On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 6:16 PM, Paul M Foster <pa...@quillandmouse.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 11:34:30AM +0300, OOzy Pal wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I have just hired a remote PHP programmer. His main job is web
>> development and applications.
>> I have few concerns, I would be happy if someone can point me to the
>> right direction.
>>    1. How can I provide him the requirements. I mean how can I analyze
>> the site and put everything in writing.
>>    2. How can I estimate manhours.
>> Is there a sample web site/application anyalsis.
>> Basically, what is provided to the programmers in order for them to
>> start working?
> I know it's probably a lot to ask, but it's at least 50% up to the
> programmer to drag out of you what's needed. Customers usually don't or
> can't express what they want very well, and don't realize what
> trade-offs they're asking for. As the customer, do the best you can. As
> the programmer, your vendor will have to do the best he can to
> understand and deliver what you want. Unfortunately, coders don't always
> have the best communication skills. It's a problem.
> You have no idea how many hours this will take, and neither does he.
> It's unbelievably difficult to estimate that properly. And because
> you're not a programmer, you have no way to evaluate what he tells you
> it will take. Sorry.
> I hate to sound all doom-and-gloomy, but I've worked for programming
> companies and I've done programming as an independent programmer. And
> I've rarely seen estimates come in on the button. And my experience with
> customers defining their requirements is that, as the vendor, I have to
> do most of the work. My company does logos as well and if you think
> website requirements are hard to define, you have no idea. Logos are a
> whole different level of difficulty.
> Paul
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I guess I did not make it clear. Sorry guys/gals. I forgot to tell you
that I own a web development/design company.

Thank you

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