Working with Programmers Blog Hiring and working with programmers Good programmers don&rsquo;t all look alike <p>A lot of people think that the best programmers have the same attributes, like…</p> <ul> <li>They keep odd hours, working well ...</li></ul> Avonelle Lovhaug 86a22c1b-15ef-4ad2-99a3-44a67c417a5b Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:07:17 GMT Inexperienced? Perhaps an offshore resource isn&rsquo;t the best choice <p>A customer last week told me that one of their partners has hired a freelance programmer in China from a ...</p> Avonelle Lovhaug 18287d5b-b9c8-4d1b-83ae-5477fd173c4f Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:29:40 GMT The Great Disappearing Act <p>“Everything was going great but then he became slow to answer my requests and now he’s disappeared entirely,” the prospective ...</p> Avonelle Lovhaug 402b03f3-64cc-4f75-a508-14d48e3b68fe Sat, 06 Apr 2013 05:35:05 GMT Too much flexibility can be dangerous <p>One of my customers LOVES to ask for configuration options. Often when I ask “do you want that implemented as ...</p> Avonelle Lovhaug 9fde1410-955b-47fc-a2af-ab2085a7bc2e Thu, 15 Mar 2012 06:40:24 GMT Want better results from your programmer? Communicate your goals. <p>The best developers are consultative. They can work with you to help you achieve the best results for your business....</p> Avonelle Lovhaug c856e18f-8ef9-4924-94bc-464805985ddf Wed, 10 Aug 2011 07:11:56 GMT How much of a difference does hiring the RIGHT person make? <p>Not sure it's worth the added time and effort to make sure you are hiring the right programmer? Here's an ...</p> Avonelle Lovhaug 813d6cc2-e465-41a4-9cdb-40c8c47a126b Fri, 15 Jul 2011 06:58:55 GMT Random changes &lt;&gt; debugging <p>One of the more colorful characters I've worked with over the years was a woman I'll call Ashly. Ashly was ...</p> Avonelle Lovhaug 72206654-6d82-460f-b0e9-8662725db343 Tue, 09 Nov 2010 05:36:19 GMT Five reasons why my customers are awesome <p>I know, I know. Sounds like I'm just trying to suck up, doesn't it?</p> <p>Well, just a tiny bit.</p> <p>But ...</p> Avonelle Lovhaug 562d6f59-5576-486b-b350-c69932c248ce Tue, 26 Oct 2010 07:22:49 GMT What kind of emergency support do you need? <p>When your software breaks, how quickly do you expect the programmer to respond to your request for assistance?</p> <p>Okay, that’s ...</p> Avonelle Lovhaug 4ca14e5e-4ca6-4611-8d4e-80c9da4fbab9 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 05:38:16 GMT Your design will never be &ldquo;perfect&rdquo; <p>I have unhappy news for you. Your design will never be perfect.</p> <p>This can be very frustrating to some people. ...</p> Avonelle Lovhaug d884f536-3594-428b-ad64-905637e0c03b Mon, 08 Mar 2010 06:39:17 GMT Project success tip: Provide a single point of contact <p>Whenever I’ve heard people talk about the importance of a single point of contact for communication between the developer and ...</p> Avonelle Lovhaug bb8e41fe-28ba-4bf6-95ad-51661cd233da Mon, 15 Feb 2010 06:38:17 GMT The cynicism of hourly fees for programming <p><a href=''></a> Most programmers who have been around a few years can tell you horror stories about a software project they worked ...</p> Avonelle Lovhaug 62a07707-3390-4ce5-89d9-96daa60379f3 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:06:43 GMT How to learn about secret software bugs <p><a href=''></a> One of the more frustrating aspects of being a programmer is that sometimes users encounter problems you never hear about. ...</p> Avonelle Lovhaug bcb38f36-c5f0-4464-93a9-b811ef5fd76c Sun, 10 Jan 2010 08:51:36 GMT Ask the Programmer: Why can&rsquo;t I &ldquo;own&rdquo; my code? <p><em> Ask the programmer is a feature designed to answer questions from non-geeks about hiring and </em><a title='Working with Programmers Blog' target='_blank' href=''><em>working with programmers</em></a><em>. If ...</em></p> Avonelle Lovhaug b8e5b216-1293-4f9f-8222-4364d7a3b5ec Tue, 08 Dec 2009 06:33:17 GMT When more is less (or makes you look stupid) <p><a title='Muffet&#39;s Flickr photostream/Creative Commons' target='_blank' href=''></a> My new thermostat has a myriad of features, including a sensor that will tell me the outside temperature. The thermostat ...</p> Avonelle Lovhaug 46151b88-a087-401a-b254-f81c249c1130 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 14:20:16 GMT