Here's a series of cartoon sketches I did to illustrate some aspects of a successful Drupal migration. These were used at a DrupalCon presentation given recently, "Managing Highly Successful Drupal Migrations" by Frank Febbraro and Mike Morris.
Migration Means a LOT of Moving Parts
Don't let the strays get away from you!
Project Owners and Their High Expectations
Be clear on scope, budget, and schedule.
Sometimes People Will Make Comparisons to their Existing Systems
Plan to do lots of educating about technology.
We Don't use a Fancy Estimating Machine to Determine a Project's Cost
...but we have some formulas to make it easier.
Does Your Site Seem Outdated?
Now might be the perfect time for a redesign.
Plan for Many Lines of Communication
Don’t underestimate the amount you can communicate in a 15 minute phone call (but don’t forget to take notes and right down decisions).
Content Shifts During Migration - Cleanup Needed!
Don't Skimp on Training Editors
Teach the basics...and more.
Picking a Launch Date
Prepare for delays and what else it might effect (other projects, vacations).
Prepare for Traffic to Your Site
Load testing advised.
And It's Finally Launch Day!
Celebrate - but make sure you plan ahead like being ready for search engine indexing bots.