Tag: projects

How To Prepare For A Software Engineering Job

Getting ready for your first software engineering job can be daunting. Developers are in demand, but gaining the minimum skill set for becoming competitive usually takes 2-3 years. The first job or two as an engineer could be quite challenging to land. The two most important things you need to understand first are: Your job…

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How to Estimate a Web Development/Design Project?

Estimates Are Extremely Hard There’s a good reason why many service providers: build a limited set of solutions in order to stick to sane ballparks, venture into building products, or productize their services under a manageable scope. I wrote a detailed post on Why Are Estimates Challenging For Custom Development Work? and the reason we’ve…

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An Estimate Is Not a Deadline

I had a few meetings over the last few weeks that were focused on tight deadlines. Two of the clients were burned by other agencies who didn’t deliver so they were already behind schedule and wanted the projects done ASAP. Or even – much faster than ASAP. The Estimate Factor I’ve shared my thoughts on the risks…

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Setting The Wrong Example

What I call a “Community Virus” is a fraction of a community that sets a bad example. You know, when you’re a part of the society and there’s a small (or larger) number of people doing bad stuff and are loud and annoying at the same time, and you tend to get embarrassed while shopping near them in…

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Estimation Is Arbitrary – Risk is Out There

Chris Lema posted about his approach for Estimating Without Requirements and this is one of the most brilliant posts of his that I’ve ever read. When I started my freelance career, the first thing I encountered was the estimation challenge. Working full-time at a company is often estimation-free – you can give some rough numbers in…

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Fighting the Scope Creep

One of my resolutions for 2014 was to fight in any way possible the Scope creep. We had a few ups in this direction for sure, but overall I’m not satisfied and I will continue pushing in that direction in 2015. What is Scope Creep? Scope creep is the process of adding more and more features…

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Hourly Rates, Amount Of Work And Availability

Note: This essay is not always applicable while some projects definitely demand a straight work schedule, reporting and collaboration between the team members. However it reflects the majority of projects and clients out there in the wild. As an employer I prefer to charge on a project basis. It’s easier to plan my budgets and…

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Project-base, Support and Salary

  During my couple years of work as a PC techy support guy, administrator, company hired developer and freelancer, I’ve finally separated three different types of work: project-base, support and salary. Project-base This is a popular way of working in USA and Europe. The client has a task to be performed by an expert. Therefore the employer seeks…

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