I remember the last straw for me before we started building BrainLeaf. A developer had given us an estimate of 50 hours to complete a feature set, but 400 hours later it still wasn’t done. Frustrated and upset is a huge understatement of what I was feeling. I had to deal with big losses, multiple missed deadlines, a frustrated and demoralized team, and a very upset client. Sound familiar?
People forget things. It’s just a fact of life. Companies aren’t immune to this, either. At their core, all companies, including digital agencies, are still people-centric operations. A high-tech focus doesn’t make them infallible.
This is a deep dive into writing up a WordPress website scope of work. It is applicable to other kinds of content management systems but focused on WordPress. Each area will break down the amount of time it takes to do these items, show why they are necessary as well as what items can be removed. If you are an agency building a website for a client or a business that needs a new website and wants to understand what goes into building the system, this article takes you through it all.
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!
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.
A Scope of Work or SOW for a website, web-app, mobile-app, application, or software-as-a-service (SaaS) has a few specific aspects which we’re coving in today’s article. These are the: Contract Creative brief Information architecture (IA) Project flows or wireframes Project plan The Contract The contract questions such as: Who’s paying for what? What are the […]
Want to avoid getting left holding the bill after a project? Here’s the fastest, easiest way not to end up between your production team and a client in a bad situation.
Are Inaccurate Estimates Killing Your Business? This is something that happened yesterday and today that I want to share with you. We were working on creating estimates for a fair sized project, perhaps a 3 or 4 month engagement. While we were getting estimates, we had different developers giving us times for the same aspects […]