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How to get the best deal from a developer

How to get the best deal from a developer

Good developers are expensive: so are cars. Haggling with your car dealer won't leave you with a worse vehicle, but haggling with a developer can have some unpleasant consequences for both of you. Who doesn't want to get a great deal on what we buy? And for a business where development is a large chunk of expenses it's smart to try to save money here. Remember though that instead of a car you're buying the time, focus and dedication of a skilled person who needs to apply their mind and creativity to your project. The money you compensate them with...

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Doing this prevents late, over budget, wrong and buggy software

Doing this prevents late, over budget, wrong and buggy software

Ever had a developer take a long time to produce something and then you find out it isn't right and contains lots of bugs? We've all been there. Agile software development is a way of producing software that makes this much less likely to happen. Software produced in an agile way leads to better quality software, delivered faster and how you want it. How do you adopt an agile development method for your Shopify store? Let's look at the agile principles and see how each applies to Shopify software development. Customer satisfaction by early and continuous delivery of valuable software Take...

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Why the best marketers don't reply to your quote requests

Why the best marketers don't reply to your quote requests

Say you run a bonsai shop. Imagine the scene: a woman comes in with her tree and starts asking questions. First, she asks why her tree isn't growing very much on one side. Then she questions you about a problem with the leaves. And, how often should she water? prune? re-pot? Could you perhaps show her how to trim the branches properly. Do you have scissors there? "Just one or two branches and I can do the rest". Where should she place it at home? With that she leaves your shop- leaving you a little dumbfounded! Almost an hour of your...

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Bait-and-switch in freelancer marketplaces

Bait-and-switch in freelancer marketplaces

There have been a couple of times recently when I've had a very odd experience on freelance marketplaces. I eventually figured out what was happening so wanted to warn others about it to. I'd posted a job, filtered down the long list of candidates, interviewed and then used our disposable project method to arrive at the one I wanted to work with. Everything's peachy for the first few days and then I sense an odd shift. Difficult to place exactly what tipped me off, but something had changed. My guy wasn't responding as quickly to messages and the quality of deliveries...

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How to use disposable projects to hire developers

How to use disposable projects to hire developers

I've hired a bunch of developers, both permanent and temporary, for projects large and small. As a developer myself I feel I'm pretty good at identifying at interview if someone is going to work out or not. But! The time and effort we have to spend on interviews and coding tests I feel is not optimal, especially for part-time or temporary hires. That's why we now use the 'disposable project' technique when bringing contractors on board. First we whittle down potential hires to less than ten. Of these ten we ask brief clarifying questions over messaging, weeding out one or two...

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