In the fifth video of the Project Management - Sub Contractors series, Susan Fennema and I talk about tips for subcontractors to help with meeting expectations. Below the video is an overview...watch the whole video for all the useful details:
What is the developer's role in using project management tools?
- Checking off or assigning tasks to the client when they are finished
- Post your time to the correct job and task, with coherent notes
- Add tasks to keep yourself and the client on task
- Make sure that everything assigned to you is truly in your court
If you offer 20 hours/week, how can you guarantee that you give it?
- Progress vs. deadline is estimated based on your availability and workload
- It is imperative that you give what you promise
- Calendar your allocated time... if you promised 25 hours to a client, that's a 5-hour block per day. if your calendar is filled up, you have overpromised
- If you are stretched and in demand as a subcontractor, raise your rates
What if a deadline is unrealistic?
- Discuss this with your Project Manager
- Figure out if part of the project can be delivered on time
- Communicate on this early and often - avoidance and assumptions are dangerous
- Give clear, concise communication – with consequences – to your client
Next week, we'll offer tips on how to be more responsible as a developer. Don't miss it!