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In Need of a Web Team

By WebDevHead ·
I am in quite a predicament at my work and hope that some of you can help me in my decision making. Here's the situation:

I work for a non-profit organization that has about 500 employees and is split into over 180 different programs.

We have a web site that consists of over 3500 pages. Most of it was setup by myself with the help of one or two others in the company.

In addition to this main site there are other "Child" projects that are going on in different departments, each with its own web site needs. One of these child projects I work on as my "position".

Basically, what I'm getting at is my work management doesn't see the need to have a web team to handle all of these "child" projects as well as the main company web site. They say that there is no money to pay the salaries of a web team. The funny thing is that in our company right now, we have three or four people that can be considered web gurus (including myself). We also have someone who is a programmer. All of us are being paid now, but we are in different departments, working on separate projects (but EVERY aspect of these web projects).

My company is wanting a complete redesign of the internet and intranet sites, but they want to keep all ofthe web gurus in their own separate departments. This just won't work, but I don't know how to explain this to management.

By reading this message, you can probably see how complicated this mess is and why I need help. Everybody seems to be turning to me since I am the "webmaster" of the main company site. I would like to make a presentation to management about how we need a web team, but I need some help from professionals about the effectiveness of a web team and how it will benefit thecompany to do things this way instead of splitting up all the web gurus (but asking them to work on projects together).

I'd appreciate any input.


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by DSR28 In reply to In Need of a Web Team

I have had some experience with this in a truly disorganized and poor organization. When I put the cost of development into terms they could understand - showing the direct relation to taking existing people off of the work they were performing, and putting some nice numbers on ROI for the implementation of a team, that seems to work wonders.
Basically, [cost of development] + [cost of not being able to do other work] + [transition time between projects] is far greater for one person than it is to hire dedicated staff. It helps to account for time as well. Obviously if time is not an issue, they win.
I hope this helps.

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