Category Archives: Project Management

Project Management is Billable!

As many make getting their projects in order a New Year’s resolution (or goal!), I often hear that adding project management is overhead. It cannot be billed to the client. But, project management is billable. And, your clients are already … Continue reading

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Finishing a Project: Support Agreements (pt. 2)

This is the second in a 2-part series. The first is Finishing a Project: Testing & Support (pt. 1) and it focused on the Testing aspect. Part 2 will focus on support agreements. Finishing a project can be frustrating when it … Continue reading

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Finishing a Project: Testing and Support (pt.1)

No matter your business, finishing a project can be a challenge. Without proper testing and support plans in place, you can struggle with closing out a client’s project. Whatever your quality assurance needs, it comes down to how well you … Continue reading

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Running a Quality Kickoff Meeting

A quality kickoff meeting begins with a killer proposal with a clear scope and a solid agenda. The purpose of a kickoff meeting is to get everyone on the same page, working toward a successfully completed project. If you are … Continue reading

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Changing Priorities and Project Management

Working with a client who has many changing priorities can make you feel like you are playing Whac-A-Mole. Changing priorities can be a huge challenge in managing a successful project. But, often clients don’t even realize they are doing it. … Continue reading

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PauseOnError: Stand Tall and Say the Thing

Lisette Wilson (Informing Designs), Martha Zink (Soliant Consulting) and I set out, in January 2018, as representatives of Women of FileMaker, to host PauseOnError, a project by Ernest Koe (Proof Group) and John Sindelar (Seedcode). They offered WoF the opportunity … Continue reading

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Clear Communication: Encouraging Responsive Communication

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 … Continue reading

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Project Proposal Structure Leads to Project Success

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 … Continue reading

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Clear Communication: Saying No

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 … Continue reading

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