Publication Date: 8/23/2014 5:07:17 AM
A lot of people think that the best programmers have the same attributes, like…
You get the idea.
But we need to get away from these stereotypes. I propose a different set of attributes:
Don’t look at superficial stereotypical attributes when hiring a freelance programmer. Instead focus on ...
Publication Date: 4/15/2013 6:29:40 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 5:35:05 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 6:40:24 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 7:11:56 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:
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 a rare IT professional who can communicate with business users on a level they can understand, and who can recommend creative technical solutions that are in line with the business goals and the business budget. Avonelle is conscientious not only about meeting deadlines, but also exceeding her customers expectations around quality software while providing superior customer service. Avonelle is an inspiration to me.
Valerie Vogt, Director of IT Advisory Services @ Inetium
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