Publication Date: 4/15/2013 8:29:40 AM
A customer last week told me that one of their partners has hired a freelance programmer in China from a forum for a development project. This partner has no experience managing a software project. This is their first time.
Look - I get that software development is expensive. And I realize that offshore developers are often available at very popular prices.
But do you honestly think that selecting a developer you can't meet with in person is the right move for your FIRST development project?
The truth is that as an inexperienced purchaser of software development services, you don’t ...
Publication Date: 4/6/2013 7:35:05 AM
“Everything was going great but then he became slow to answer my requests and now he’s disappeared entirely,” the prospective client lamented. “What should I do?”
Oh – that you had called me sooner
Houdini developers are a common problem. They are easily available at first but suddenly disappear with no warning and you’re left wondering “what happened?”
Freelance developers are often poor managers of their time. They start out on your project with lots of availability but then get busy and overwhelmed. They start avoiding their inboxes when things get swamped and leave you wondering if they fell off ...
Publication Date: 3/15/2012 8:40:24 AM
One of my customers LOVES to ask for configuration options. Often when I ask “do you want that implemented as “a” or “b” he will reply “can you make it something we can change later?” It isn’t that he wants to make my job harder (although sometimes it feels that way.) The problem is that he understands their environment, and he knows change is likely.
But making everything “flexible” adds cost, not only in initial development, but also in testing and maintenance. It can even be dangerous. When options are infrequently used, it is easy to forget how they work. This ...
Publication Date: 8/10/2011 9:11:56 AM
The best developers are consultative. They can work with you to help you achieve the best results for your business.
But you probably wont’ attract the best developers or get the best results if your interactions with them inhibit feedback. For example:
Publication Date: 7/15/2011 8:58:55 AM
Not sure it's worth the added time and effort to make sure you are hiring the right programmer? Here's an example of why the time is worth it:
A client hires a new consultant. They have a database with about 4 million records, and then need help exporting some of the data to Excel. The previous consultant used a query that grabbed ALL of the columns, so the file was quite large. The new consultant asked if they really needed all that data. Guess what? They only needed 5 columns, so the new file was about 20% of the size!......
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As someone with over 20 years of software development experience
and currently a small business owner, it has been a pleasure working
with Avonelle. In addition to being a talented developer, Avonelle also
has database expertise and system design skills. Avonelle is open
minded and willing to discuss various methodologies for achieving a
project goal. She is also not afraid to ask questions which is vital in
a software development project. Her up-front project cost (not
estimate) is very helpful in budgeting for a project.
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