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Before you start a new project/contract, what questions do you ask?
Here's what I send my potential clients. I pre-filled some of it...
1. Primary Point of Contact
a. Name, Company, Address, Office and Cell Phones, Email
2. Scope of the Project
a. Time & Cost
i. Expected Date of Completion
1. (Date goes here)
1. (Amount Goes Here)
i. Web Access
1. Does the app need to be able to remotely access the database?
a. Yes / No
ii. Development Platform
1. Microsoft C#.Net 4.0, Windows Presentation Foundation 4.0
iii. Target Hardware
1. (What kind of computers will the application run on? Desktop, Laptop, tablets, Phones, etc)
iv. Supported Operating Systems
1. Desktop/Tablet/Laptop/Phone Components
a. Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 82. Server Components
a. Microsoft Window Server 2008 R2
v. Target Databases
1. (SQL Server, VFP, Access, NoSQL)
i. See Requirements document
v. Interoperability with other applications
1. Will the software interact with other software applications?
2. Will the software use an third party components
vi. Source Code Control
Do you guys use or do anything like this? Any thoughts on this? Amy I missing anything critical?
Don't be too demanding, contracting has two styles, code guru, and consultant. As a consultant it might be YOUR job to provide many of these answers. Many companies are in this situation, they just don't know what they need to get to where they want to be, and that's your job, to lay it out, to set expectations.
I have been in many contracts like this, and only one that wasn't, so playing lose is IMO the best way to go about it. Communication is the key. And flexibility.
For first time about to leave though. Anyone still using my CPForAndroid? I love it. Just when I thought the code was bad I upgraded my phone to MAXX (when it first came out a year ago? 6 months ago??) and it still works. I know its basic but it still allows me to hang CP style