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Effective Approach to Remote Web Development Projects

August 29th, 2018

Effective management of remote developers is not as easy as it may seem, especially if this is your first time working with remote employees. Generally, there are two pretty obvious solutions: either you hire a qualified project manager to do this for you, or you do it yourself. Each has its own pros and cons, so let’s take a closer look at them.

The apparent disadvantage of hiring a project manager is that you have to pay him. However, hiring a project manager may be a better option for those who are not quite familiar with software or web development and for those who have to work with a large number of distant employees. A good project manager will be able to resolve all minor issues without disturbing you, and will bother you only occasionally. A qualified manager can offer efficient solutions that you could have overlooked owing to lack of experience or some other reason. This option is best for those who just don’t have time to manage distant projects or for those whose time is worth more than a manger’s salary.

The other, a bit rougher, way is to handle everything on your own, and this one requires a more strategic approach.

Plan beforehand
Before you hire a freelancer or few to work on your project make sure you understand what you want, and most importantly, how you want it done. The same thing can be achieved in different ways, and you have to decide how you want your project executed before someone starts working on it. Simply saying that you want a blog or an e-commerce website will not do the thing. Do some research, find out about possible solutions and select the one that suits you most, and then look for freelancers or outsourcing company that has qualifications needed to bring your project to life.

Be clear
Write a detailed technical specifications that describes how exactly everything should be done. If you lack the qualifications or experience to do this, it’s advisable that you hire someone who does. I can guarantee that some changes and modification of your initial plan will still be required, regardless of how good and thought-out you initial plan is, but a qualified person will help you avoid a situation when you realize that everything, or most of it, needs to be redone.

Sign a contract
To protect your investment ask a company or a freelancer to sign a contract that specifies due dates for each stage of the project and describes what exactly is considered a successful completion of a certain stage or the project as a whole. Your contract should specify how exactly the payment will be made and at what stage of the project. It is best to make payments in milestones after successful completion of each stage of the project. If you agree to pay an hourly rate, make sure you discuss the approximate number of hours needed for completion of each stage of the project.

Test the product
This is often overlooked by many employers, but is actually one of the vital steps to successful project management. Programmers or web developers often cannot find bugs or errors in their own work; it’s like proofing the essay you wrote. Make sure each bug, and more often than not there is one, is fixed before a certain stage of your project is completed. Do not postpone this, as fixing a certain error at an early stage is easier than it will be later, when it will become a part of the big picture. After the bug is fixed, test everything again; oftentimes fixing a bug produces one or more new ones. Try to have everything checked and tested before it’s too late. You do not want to hear from one of your users that a certain feature that is already in use and is vital to a bunch of other features does not work properly.

Outsourcing your web or software development projects is a good practice, but only if you approach it strategically. And unless you are an experienced developer or project manager, I recommend that you hire someone qualified to help you manage your remote development team.

Web Development in a Fair Way

August 28th, 2018

The story

When a young man starts his LIFE alone he always have great intentions about something he already interested in be it sports, literature or technology. He always has great dreams about the future, that he will be famous in some ways, will do something nobody has ever done before and will go further then anybody in the past. He will build and then lead his business to great success, will find somebody to love, will raise a family and will lead a happy life. But as time goes by he finds it harder and harder to push through…

The business

Web development. Small or big, simple or complex, everything from one page to enterprise-level database management applications. Dealing with special needs the same way as with general queries. Working over 60 hours a week delivering only the highest quality in every job without compromise. Advanced level skills in several programming languages make it easy to select and use the right tools for every project. Having the experience to bring a project from scratch to completion. Only clean hand-written code, bespoke content management systems, unique designs, cross-browser compatibility, logical structure, extendability and interactivity – in one word, professionalism what describes the products.

Sharks in the water

Running a business always involve competitors. Old ones, new ones, smaller ones, bigger ones, less or more but there are always some. And it is all right. All right, as long as it is fair. However in the web development business nothing seems to be fair at the moment.

Customers are not aware of differences between a website and a website. They can see, what is on the screen. They can see if they can find themselves on Google. And they can see the prices. And one’s price is a really small fragment of the other. The difference is so huge that the customer thinks nobody would do it so cheap so just out of curiosity they start communicating with the guy offering the cheap price. After a few conversations it is obvious that they are talking about the same thing. It makes the customer believe that the other quote is the one which is incorrect. And there cannot be that much difference between the two products. And of course that is true.

Probably there is a little difference. Probably there is none. And even if the product is completely the same in terms of hours spent on the project, structured clean code, good results in search engines, quality design, cross-browser compatibility, high accessibility and so on, there is just a LITTLE thing… And it is called FAIRNESS.

A website can be built on a computer and can be uploaded from anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection. There are many great developers and many great designers all around the world where the cost of living is really just a small chunk comparing to the cost of living in the UK, especially around London…

So Website Owners! While you don’t call yourself a millionaire however you would be really wealthy with your monthly income in some other countries, PLEASE don’t consider your country’s prices way too high just because you are having your site done by someone from far away! Thank you.

The start

When the young man started his life finishing school with a broken-up family behind his back he still had the dream to live for. In fact, that was all he had. Everyday survival can take the focus off easily though. And it did. Forgetting your dream however does not mean that you have to lose it…

Bouncing between jobs, between pride and prejudice turned his life upside down every now and then. Everywhere he went there was somebody to tell him he is going the wrong way. Time after time somebody told him to forget his dreams and grow up. He hated them. He wished they had not been there.

Although he hated them he sometimes felt they might be right. Sometimes he felt he should gave up, like everybody seemed to had given up already around him and join the queue at the end. It seemed to be all right. It seemed to be so easy. Everybody did the same. Everybody joined the same queue. He seemed to be sticking out more and more by every day and it did not feel good. But there was something he could not get out of his mind…

“A fruit is either ripening or rotting. There is no stationary state in between.”

Those people had given up already. There was nothing in front of them. They had cut all their chances that something might change to any better. The young man suddenly had to realize that those people were the only ones who helped keeping his dream alive showing great contrast between future and survival. And he has chosen the future…

Humor of faith

The young man ended up in the United Kingdom. He came to find some answers for the questions bothering him. He wanted to stay a couple of years trying his luck and wanted to save some money. But this move gave him much more than he ever expected. Learning the language and getting familiar with British culture opened his eyes a bit wider and he has seen his dream once again. Below the surface it has grown even bigger through those years than it has been ever before. And it seems to be closing up on him now…

Basic Steps Involved in Teaching Yourself to Become a Web Developer

August 27th, 2018

If you’re a young person finishing high school, you had good grades, you’re sharp, you love computers, and you have financial backing…you might just be headed off to college to master the art of higher learning. However…let’s say you’re not. Let’s say that the college opportunity door opened, then closed, and you’re still standing where you were without having gone through it. SURE, you can go to college now, but do you want to?

Let’s say instead that there were a way to earn very good money in the real world, but without having to spend the next 3 or 4 years of your time (to say nothing of your money) learning a trade that may or may not pay off for you. Let’s say that you could simply apply yourself to being your own teacher, and still come out on top. That is precisely what is possible in our day and age, and precisely what you’ll need to do to make yourself a Web developer without going to college.

Okay, it’s time to talk details. Let’s start with basic computer skills. If you’re not computer literate at this point, then you’re not necessarily in the wrong place (i.e., wanting to become a Web developer), but it might just be that you’re here at the wrong time. First, become computer literate. There are other classes that are built for that. Go do that, then come back here. However, if you are computer literate, take the first step toward becoming a Web developer…and this will involve a trip to Borders, or Barnes & Noble, or whatever bookstore is close by.

#1 – Buy yourself a coffee, then go look at the Computer Programming section of the bookstore. When I first took this step, it was recommended to me that I buy Sam’s Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 days. I bought it. It’s a great book, but nobody told me that page one of that book is still like Greek to a true beginner. Thus, first pick up the newest teach yourself ASP.NET for true beginners and you’ll be off on the right track. Then find Sam’s Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 Days, or some such “instructor’s manual”.

#2 – Now, organize your schedule. You’ll be needing the next few months to BEGIN to teach yourself this trade. Decide on a truly reasonable schedule that you can live with over a relatively long period of time. It’s much better to study for one to two hours daily than for 12 hours straight on the weekend. Find the time…then sit down in front of your computer, open the first book to page one, and begin to read.

#3 – Be a kind teacher. The really cool teachers that we remember from school were the ones that were kind, but at the same time, could really teach us something. Be that way with yourself. When you’ve been studying for a few days and you shut your book, drop your head into your hands, and say, “I’ll NEVER get this!”, then be kind to yourself. Recognize that nobody got it in the first couple of days, weeks, or even months. It takes time, but you have to keep moving forward. When you get worn down, depressed, or just feel like giving up, take a break! Go make a coffee, take a nap, or whatever relaxes you. Then come back and before opening the book again, stop and ask yourself this one, simple question: What do I know right now about this subject that I did not know when I started? Chances are very, very good that you will answer that question with quite a few things that you’ve learned. Thus, you ARE INDEED learning.

#4 – Find a way to enjoy what you are learning. When we actually enjoy something, we will keep doing it. Thus, when teaching yourself to become a Web developer, don’t forget to isolate what it is that you enjoy most about the tasks that the books/manuals give you, and then capitalize on those! Share them with your family and/or friends. Live it up. Enjoy yourself.

#5 – Once you have worked hard for months at this “project”, chances are that you’ll be wanting to start to earn money at it.

Stay tuned for the following article about how to take your training to the next level…and actually earn some money!