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: 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:
Publication Date: 11/9/2010 5:36:19 AM
One of the more colorful characters I've worked with over the years was a woman I'll call Ashly. Ashly was a programmer employed by my former employer, and had made the transition from an older technology to classic ASP, which at the time was the cool new thing.
Occasionally she would ask for my help with something. And each time I was astonished because her difficulties always demonstrated a fundamental misunderstanding of the technology. She was functional, but for the most part illiterate in her coding skills.
Here's an example: Ashly once came to me confused because her classic ASP ...
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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.
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