This is how people are taught to approach work when there is no clear priority – clear away the easy things, the low-hanging fruit, and then the rest of it looks easier. Less daunting.
All work, at any level in the organization, should be double-checked by somebody. That does not mean that the owner of the business should be looking over the collective shoulders of every employee in every department. That’s neither desirable nor feasible.
We want to make sure that we have plenty of time for conversations and time planned for internal company exchanges at clients’ businesses. We need to be able to send data out and get data back from the client and account for this time in our projections. Without time budgeted for this, you won’t be able to manage the project well, and things will start to fall apart!
This gives us enough money to get the project done and paid along the way, and our client feels like they’ve got the final say on when the project is up to their standards. They can effectively put their seal of approval on the finished product by sending that final payment.
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The other very important aspect of billing a flat fee project is that you must hold your client to their scope of work! When someone is buying something from you for a set price, the things you are agreeing to do for them must also be set.
A complexity represents a nonlinear growth in overall development & QA time, which can crush your project!
When it comes to creative endeavors, buyers often look at the transaction as though they’re just buying the painting or the design or the article, the website, or the application. That isn’t explicitly true – what they’re really paying for is your time and your expertise.
Scope creep is an uncontrolled growth in the scope of a project. This happens because of an unclear initial scope of work which is then added to with a lack of checks and balances in project management processes.
Positive option: When you always get approval on every single thing, every single time that request is made, and you have an initial scope of work document, you’ll almost never run into major scope creep issues.
Negative option: If it wasn’t in your contract, now the client’s upset, because they feel like they’re not getting what they’re paying for, and you’re upset because you feel like you’re working too hard for the amount of money that you’re making.