project manager

Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing,
you will be successful.”
-Albert Schweitzer

I have been a project manager at Stampede close to a year now but this is my very first time really getting a grip on an e-commerce project. Overseeing many projects all at once is quite handful, at least in the beginning. For me, the most important part of every work is to start. Once you start, you’ll find your pace. “It’s alright. I’ll get used to it,” I often said to myself as I hum along with my daily tasks.

Still, in my beautiful and peaceful private office, with my cup of tea (still having problem with coffee) and my only good looking boy sleeping beside me, I keep thinking what a revelation this project has been.

We’re now close to launching one of the biggest e-commerce project in our portfolio yet. It’s a huge online store – a project by one of our client from the States – and so the details are under wrap for now. This whole idea of selling products online is a brilliant industry, especially for the consumer. With only a few minutes of research, online shopping can save you money, frustration, and time. And the shop never closes! It’s only about time the shop goes mobile, and yes, Stampede has plans for that too.

Unlike most resident geeks at Stampede (I love you guys!), I am rather new to electronic commerce and the development of one. And now that I am managing one, it is really exciting.

There are so many details to take into consideration and I tell you, there is nothing easy about building a real, usable e-commerce website. There’s the preliminary requirement document, wireframing, data mining, product categorization and cross-referencing, image editing, price validation, shipping calculation. I can go on all night.

As the project manager, I have to be able to zoom in and out of many things at once. One minute I’m seeing the bigger picture, the next I’m making sure the smallest detail in design is met according to plan. It is a real effort, but only because we apply such strict quality standard to every product that rolls out of Stampede’s door.

But above all, I’m amazed most by the collaboration – everyone in Stampede is going out of their way to help and make sure that this little baby get off the ground splendidly. The extra effort we have taken throughout this project are all necessary complexities. And you can tell we’re all very proud to be part of it.

(photo credit goes to Todd Richardson)