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Find out what the goals are for these areas: When is time reporting due? When are revised estimates due? What is the acceptable response time to email? How much do they expect this to take up of y …
answered Apr 11 '11 by JeffO
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Most developers are at their desk/computer/laptop most of the time so any app that makes it easy to get the notes actually entered with a reminder system (popup, text message) should work. If you were …
answered Mar 25 '11 by JeffO
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I say strike when the iron is hot. Once you feel you're just trudging along, you need to stop and rest so you can be more productive in the long run. The tough part about answering this question is m …
answered May 23 '11 by JeffO
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Not exactly journals, but I write a lot of stuff down. Paper note pad for quick stuff (they do get tossed when full). I keep a database for job specific things: how to log into the document shari …
answered Sep 15 '10 by JeffO
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Charge more. Learn to say no. Get some help. They're freaking out because they don't know what they are doing and are trying to motivate you. Every feature 'must' be included. They're all #1 priority …
answered Sep 20 '10 by JeffO
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Do it but require that the customer put your entire fee into an escrow account; otherwise, how will you know he will pay you? The escrow account should be created by a lawyer who will video tape all …
answered Sep 25 '11 by JeffO
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If you're idea of a good time is counting and tracking things, then go for it. I'd rather get lost/zoned out/lose track of time in a hobby project. Chances are you would have to code completely differ …
answered Dec 6 '10 by JeffO
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Other than having them look over your shoulder or putting the nanny cam on you, there is no perfect solution. They'll compare your rate to the market and see if you project fits in their budget. If yo …
answered May 2 '11 by JeffO
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Previous performance is the best predictor assuming you have valid data. It still may not be accurate enough, but the more cumbersome you make gathering data to gain accuracy, you risk not capturing i …
answered Mar 29 '11 by JeffO
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I break things down like this: Any significant project/application development - 1 week. Simple one-off enhancements are thrown into a list, prioritized, and each one gets addressed in half to full …
answered Oct 21 '10 by JeffO
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You're always going to do this and sales people by nature are going to optimistic, head strong, and fight a deal to the end. They don't take no for an answer and we give no for an answer. First, be …
answered Sep 23 '10 by JeffO
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Only the ones with fixed requirements.
answered Jan 18 '11 by JeffO
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Establish Due Date Risk It doesn't sound like you're communicating the accuracy (or lack of it) of your estimations nor are you getting complete user expectations. Ask when they need it and why. You t …
answered Aug 31 '14 by JeffO
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I think it's the programmer's nature. Sometimes you may have to leave early before you start work on a new problem. With all the extra time you've put in, no need to feel guilty. Then you have to be c …
answered Dec 10 '10 by JeffO
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This is why it is nearly impossible to plan too far in advance, but not an excuse to not plan at all. Don't fall too deep in love with your plans and you won't have to worry about them breaking your h …
answered Jan 26 '12 by JeffO