Zenkit is used by many types of teams working on projects ranging from building projects and app development, to film making, running charities, classrooms, and events. This week, we’re looking at how Zenkit can help web developers manage their projects and businesses.
Zenkit for web developers
Aside from the obvious benefits of using an online project management tool in general, Zenkit is an excellent tool specifically for web developers. I spoke with Jesse and Lucas from our developer team about how they use Zenkit to build Zenkit and manage our website development.
According to Jesse, “As a web developer, using a tool like Zenkit is great because it relieves you of some of the cognitive load involved in a complex project. You might be working on multiple features or different version of the same page in different code branches. By tracking the progress in Zenkit, you can think more about the actual work, rather than trying to remember which branch to check out for which version of the project.”
For example, when designing a web page and preparing multiple alternatives, the Zenkit items related to that project may hold screenshots of the page, the branch name, a checklists on what’s still to-do, and maybe even comments by the customer.
Lucas suggested several concrete ways you can integrate Zenkit with the tools you already use. For example, a GitHub integration via Zapier can help you to automatically create Pull Requests from items, or mark items as ‘Done’ when a pull request is merged with the main branch.
Additionally, you can create separate collections to cover different aspects of your business. Sure, web development projects are the obvious use case, but Zenkit is also a great tool to manage your client database, documents needed for work, calculating invoices or time sheets, and much more.
3 key reasons to use Zenkit as a project management tool
Although this week’s blog focuses on web development, these three key reasons to use Zenkit extend to all project types and teams.
- Clarity – get things out of your head and into a single source of truth that helps you plan and track your projects as they progress, regardless of how complex they get!
- Flexibility – match the workflows that you and your team already use. From scrum and Agile project management, to GTD or simple list-making, tools like Zenkit support a range of work styles.
- Collaboration – work with your team, wherever they’re based. From small teams to large organizations, Zenkit helps you share resources, assign responsibility, and track all activities and comments in one place.
Regardless of the type of project you and your team are working on, Zenkit can help you to cut down on the busywork involved in running your project so that you can focus on the project tasks themselves. There’s nothing worse than trying to get some work done then having to put it aside because you’re missing an important document or need to trawl through your inbox for the latest feedback from your client!
This week I had the pleasure of sitting down for an interview with Richard Pearce, the founder of Site Skills, which publishes courses and information to help you build better websites and grow your own web design business. We covered everything from the 3 key benefits using Zenkit provides for web developers, to where you can get ideas and inspiration for using Zenkit in your own business.
Learn more with Site Skills
At Zenkit, we’re always on the lookout for ways to improve your results and this week we have secured a resource for those of you who operate a web design/development business. As we’ve discussed, it’s easy to fall into the trap of spending all your time working in your business and no time working on the business. Even when you do have time, it’s often difficult to know where to start.
That’s why we’ve partnered with Richard to teach you what it takes to grow your web design business profits by 61%. This easy-to-understand online course walks you through the five factors that drive your business profits. You can then make small improvements to each factor that collectively adds up to a big improvement to your business profits.
The course is normally $100, but Zenkit users can get the course for free.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s deep dive into using Zenkit for web development! Will any of you be taking Richard’s course?
Siobhan and the Zenkit Team