We just overhauled our entire website. Ask anyone who’s undertaken a project of this size and scope before, and they’ll tell you it’s no small feat. So, how did we pull it off? We used our trusty intranet, of course.
We’re happy to report that we’ve just given igloosoftware.com a complete revamp. It’s cleaner, faster, and better looking (if we do say so, ourselves). If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, take a look.
As you can imagine, launching a new website takes a lot of planning, discussion, and hard work. Thankfully, we had the perfect place to gather our thoughts, share ideas, and keep track of everything on the go while we worked towards our deadline (spoiler alert: it was Igloo).
Here’s what we learned along the way:
Not everyone has to be in every meeting
Our project team was made up of people from all corners of the company (yes, this Igloo has corners) from web dev, marketing, and project management to design, sales, and IT – and everyone in between. Input from the whole team helped us ensure we captured all the different perspectives – from the big decisions down to the nitty-gritty details – before making any decisions. More often than not, we chose to “meet” using our intranet to post ideas and get feedback. But, when we did meet in person, only those with specific actions related to the meeting were invited. (Who has time for unnecessary in-person meetings when there’s work to be done?)
Sharing our work doesn’t have to be scary
Our intranet site also came in handy for tracking both team and individual tasks related to our website relaunch. That’s where our in-house designers tracked all of the illustrations they needed to create, where the writers kept page content organized, and where our project manager kept a birds eye view of everything on the go, keeping us moving towards the target. Anyone on the project team could see who was working on what, and track our progress in one shared space.
Sometimes we need another app
When the graphic designers were ready to hand off their awesome designs (seriously, our new website is a thing of beauty) over to the implementation team, they kept track of over 200 assets using Google Sheets – which is integrated right into our intranet community. The designers owned the sheet, and could make edits to the content, which were automatically updated on the intranet site, and everyone on the project team could view the sheet to see what was in progress, on hold, or complete. Now, that’s what I call integrations in action.
From initial concepts all the way through to implementation and launch, our intranet site was our home base for the website relaunch – just as it is for everything else we do here at Igloo. It’s the first place we log in every morning, and it’s the starting point for everything we work on throughout the day (including the much-needed comic relief we all need to get through our workdays).
Have a story about how your modern intranet has helped you work more effectively? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Or, tweet us @igloosoftware.com