Working with Programmers Blog Hiring and working with programmers http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/Default.aspx http://backend.userland.com/rss 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> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/13-04-15/Inexperienced_Perhaps_an_offshore_resource_isn_rsquo_t_the_best_choice.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/13-04-15/Inexperienced_Perhaps_an_offshore_resource_isn_rsquo_t_the_best_choice.aspx 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> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/13-04-06/The_Great_Disappearing_Act.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/13-04-06/The_Great_Disappearing_Act.aspx 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> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/12-03-15/Too_much_flexibility_can_be_dangerous.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/12-03-15/Too_much_flexibility_can_be_dangerous.aspx 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> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/11-08-10/Want_better_results_from_your_programmer_Communicate_your_goals.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/11-08-10/Want_better_results_from_your_programmer_Communicate_your_goals.aspx 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> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/11-07-15/How_much_of_a_difference_does_hiring_the_RIGHT_person_make.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/11-07-15/How_much_of_a_difference_does_hiring_the_RIGHT_person_make.aspx 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> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-11-09/Random_changes_lt_gt_debugging.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-11-09/Random_changes_lt_gt_debugging.aspx 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> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-10-26/Five_reasons_why_my_customers_are_awesome.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-10-26/Five_reasons_why_my_customers_are_awesome.aspx 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> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-06-11/What_kind_of_emergency_support_do_you_need.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-06-11/What_kind_of_emergency_support_do_you_need.aspx 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> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-03-08/Your_design_will_never_be_ldquo_perfect_rdquo.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-03-08/Your_design_will_never_be_ldquo_perfect_rdquo.aspx 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> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-02-15/Project_success_tip_Provide_a_single_point_of_contact.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-02-15/Project_success_tip_Provide_a_single_point_of_contact.aspx bb8e41fe-28ba-4bf6-95ad-51661cd233da Mon, 15 Feb 2010 06:38:17 GMT The cynicism of hourly fees for programming <p><a href='http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/Libraries/MetaBlogLib/WindowsLiveWriter-Whyhourlypricingreflectsprogrammercynici_1003C-StopWatch_2.sflb.ashx'></a> Most programmers who have been around a few years can tell you horror stories about a software project they worked ...</p> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-01-18/The_cynicism_of_hourly_fees_for_programming.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-01-18/The_cynicism_of_hourly_fees_for_programming.aspx 62a07707-3390-4ce5-89d9-96daa60379f3 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:06:43 GMT How to learn about secret software bugs <p><a href='http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/Libraries/MetaBlogLib/WindowsLiveWriter-Howtolearnaboutsecretsoftwarebugs_98B4-Top_Secret_resized_2.sflb.ashx'></a> One of the more frustrating aspects of being a programmer is that sometimes users encounter problems you never hear about. ...</p> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-01-10/How_to_learn_about_secret_software_bugs.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/10-01-10/How_to_learn_about_secret_software_bugs.aspx 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='http://www.CodePoetrySoftware.com'><em>working with programmers</em></a><em>. If ...</em></p> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/09-12-08/Ask_the_Programmer_Why_can_rsquo_t_I_ldquo_own_rdquo_my_code.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/09-12-08/Ask_the_Programmer_Why_can_rsquo_t_I_ldquo_own_rdquo_my_code.aspx 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='http://www.flickr.com/photos/calliope/634168638/'></a> My new thermostat has a myriad of features, including a sensor that will tell me the outside temperature. The thermostat ...</p> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/09-11-17/When_more_is_less_or_makes_you_look_stupid.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/09-11-17/When_more_is_less_or_makes_you_look_stupid.aspx 46151b88-a087-401a-b254-f81c249c1130 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 14:20:16 GMT Top 5 tasks that get missed in software estimates <p>Software estimates can be tricky. One challenge is remembering what to include. When people put together their estimates, they usually ...</p> http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/09-10-05/Top_5_tasks_that_get_missed_in_software_estimates.aspx Avonelle Lovhaug http://www.codepoetrysoftware.com/default/09-10-05/Top_5_tasks_that_get_missed_in_software_estimates.aspx d6288f72-ea7a-45aa-b780-abe47c1b01ad Mon, 05 Oct 2009 06:56:33 GMT