Schedule the Project-Xojo Snippet [Video]

Scheduling your project at the very beginning helps to create clear expectations for your client. But how can you do that?  More importantly, how can you make sure it is a schedule that is reasonable? In this video from Xojo Developer Conference 2018, I explain the best methods for scheduling your project fully. Continue reading

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Project Set Up-Xojo Snippet [Video]

Once a project proposal is signed, most people jump straight into development.  However, taking the time to set up your project can help avoid gaps in communication with developers or the client. Laying out the roadmap helps to complete all the steps needed for a successful project. In this video from Xojo Developer Conference 2018, I go over how you set up your project and where. Continue reading

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Starting with the Proposal-Xojo Snippet [Video]

Your proposal is one of the most important parts of your software development project. It defines price, terms, scope, timing, etc. A strong clear project proposal helps ensure you kick off your project with clear definition without any hint of chaos. In this video from Xojo Developer Conference 2018, I go over how you can best set up your project proposal. Continue reading

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Clear Communication: Encouraging Responsive Communication

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Communication is not a natural skill for most individuals. It isn’t something taught in school or in college. I’ve had my fair share of working with people who weren’t the best communicators and I’ll admit it’s quite the challenge. It’s even harder when you’re not in the same place and cannot go stake out at their desk (something I did quite frequently in my agency days). So how do you encourage responsive communication without always being available? Or how do you deal with a lack of response? Better yet, how can you keep the communication streamlined and succinct without things going off track? Continue reading

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FMPUG Presentation: Managing Your Projects to Success [Video]

In this video, I give a 101 Project Management Overview to the Austin FMPUG. This presentation was also shared with the Dallas and Minneapolis FMPUGs in February and March, respectively. I talk about how to manage your projects to success including milestone setting, changes and setting expectations. Continue reading

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Project Proposal Structure Leads to Project Success

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A good project proposal is necessary to the success of your project. It defines the scope. It provides the budget. Lastly, it sets the timeline. In other words, your project proposal sets the tone and expectations for your project.

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Project Management Template for FileMaker Developers

For a couple of years now, you’ve heard me talk about setting yourself up to repeat successes and how you need to create processes so you can stop reinventing the wheel. You might have also heard me mention that using templates to start projects is an effective way to start to manage like you mean it. But, where do you start? How do you get set up with a project management template?

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Clear Communication: Saying No

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Your custom-software project is nearing its end. But, the client is already submitting bugs, tweaks, and flat-out changes. You are out of time and out of resources, but the client wants MOAR. Saying no and setting clear expectations along the way could have helped you. But, now what?

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Xojo Presentation: Managing Your Projects to Success [Video]

I presented “Managing Your Projects to Success” to the Xojo Virtual User Group in February 2018.  In this presentation, I cover some of the most common project problems that software developers run into and how you can use project management tips to manage your project to success.

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Project Management Talent and Its Evolution

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I’ve demonstrated project management talent my whole life. I remember things I did as early as 3 years old that were clear signs. And, I was in jobs where I was project managing without even realizing it. But, the first time my job title was “Project Manager” was in 2010… that was 22 years after my career path began.

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