Publication Date: 6/11/2010 5:38:16 AM
When your software breaks, how quickly do you expect the programmer to respond to your request for assistance?
Okay, that’s probably too broad. We both know that it depends on how broken it is.
The software I build for my customers is an integral part of their business. It might be their money scoop. Or it might run their day-to-day operation. Regardless, if it isn’t working at all, it affects their bottom line pretty quickly.
On the other hand, if it is minor bug that only affects a limited number of transactions, it probably isn’t an emergency.
Assuming it is VERY BROKEN, how quickly do you expect the programmer to respond?
Here’s another question: do they know that? Is it codified in your agreement? Or is this just an assumption you are making?
If your website or application is critical to your business, make sure you discuss your emergency response needs with your programmer. Find out BEFORE there is an emergency whether or not they are prepared to handle it. Not all freelancers are set up to handle emergencies – some only deal with one project at a time, and are not available to assist with issues unless there is a project in place. Unplanned emergencies are rarely “projects”.
Also understand that many programmers will charge something to be available for emergencies. It isn’t unreasonable for you to pay for the programmer to drop someone else’s work if you have an emergency.
And be specific. I don’t guarantee an immediate response – I provide a response to emergencies within 1 business day (or in some cases within 12 hours). Is that good enough? Or is it too much – perhaps you just need a response within 2 business days. How much money will it cost you if your app is completely down for 2 days?
Your URL (optional):
Type the code shown
Top 5 Programmers to Avoid
What everyone should know about bugs
How to tell if an estimate sucks
The Secret to Building a Crappy User Interface
The Problem with Selecting the Lowest Bidder
5 Ways to Control Software Development Costs
Avonelle is an incredibly talented software developer. She works fast, is economical, and offers great insights into the project at hand. She is also not afraid to speak up when she has concerns about a decision or approach. We’ve utilized her talents on many of our software development projects over the years.
Carrie Rocha, Chief Operating Officer @ HousingLink
Copyright © 2013 Avonelle Lovhaug. All Rights Reserved.
Sitefinity ASP.NET CMS