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Feb
10
comment When writing specs BDD-style, should you use “should”, or should you not?
Accepted as this answer made me realize how conjugation could make matching steps harder in some cases.
Jan
8
comment Monitor aspect ratio; Does the difference matter?
@Michael: I agree on the last comment, and that's actually why I disagree on the first :) Most folks don't care about such things, as long as they know it's "full hd", so 1920x1080 became the standard, any search on an online store will show that.
Dec
28
comment Are there any arguments that can make a contractor reconsider working on fixed price?
And here is option #2 !
Dec
28
comment Are there any arguments that can make a contractor reconsider working on fixed price?
This is pretty much option #1, good suggestions from other people too, thanks.
Dec
24
comment Is remote agile sustainable?
Edited my question to answer this, as it should have been included in the original posting.
Dec
23
comment Are there any arguments that can make a contractor reconsider working on fixed price?
I must add I'm not sure how he'll react to that though. I suspect he's already agreed on a price by the time he's asking for an estimate, and just pressuring me to fit in that budget. But this would be kind of ideal, as he'd then be solely be responsible for dealing with his client's feature creep.
Dec
23
comment Are there any arguments that can make a contractor reconsider working on fixed price?
Exactly. Could you actually get better requirements from these contractors just by asking for them ?
Dec
23
comment Are there any arguments that can make a contractor reconsider working on fixed price?
I like the first suggestion, KISS.
Dec
23
comment Are there any arguments that can make a contractor reconsider working on fixed price?
I doubt his ability to do proper requirements gathering, but sound advice indeed.
Oct
8
comment Example of Terms of Services for Agile contracting?
While this answer is very sound, I'm still hoping for something more akin to legal terms which you could actually base a contract on.
Oct
7
comment Example of Terms of Services for Agile contracting?
@Chris: indeed, sorry if my question is poorly worded, I'll try to rewrite it.
Oct
7
comment Example of Terms of Services for Agile contracting?
You pinpointed what's happened a couple of times, except I got paid, by working long hours on those requirements changes. The hourly fee seems indeed logical in these situations, but since the clients insist on getting estimates, I still need some contractual basis to reflect the fact that the estimate will not reflect the actual cost of the project due to flimsy requirements.
Sep
21
comment What are some ways to be more productive with Emacs?
Plus having some level of elisp fluency, will open a world of configurability. As soon as something annoys me I just try to fix it. Also yasnippet allows for programmable snippets which can save tons of typing (like alter the pattern inserted if you're in a header or implementation file, and about a million other tricks).
Sep
21
comment Do we really need to save source code?
This is the only aswer I've found to be counter-productive for what I was describing. I don't work much with compiled languages, but can definitely see how I'd turn this off on first try...
Sep
21
comment How to bypass middlemen?
I just had some great feedback on a quick throwup version I did, without being asked to. I redisigned a bunch of things, and the client likes it more than the initial plan. My contractor probably passed it as his own idea, but this way I'm making clear the value I can add to a project. Things will get easier once they agree to have me meet the clients in the first stages of the project, but that's a step. Cheers @TomWij too.
Sep
20
comment Do people in non-English-speaking countries code in English?
upvoted for the ano bit, good laugh :)
Sep
18
comment How to bypass middlemen?
This is actually what we are doing, but the product was poorly designed in the first place (by advertising sales yes-men). So I build knowing there will be some redesign once the customer tries it. Management won't recognize we started off on the wrong foot, pretexting "that's what the customer wants". So I have to stick to the plan until the client says otherwise. That's how it is for now, but I'd like to come to an agreement for future projects. The problem is, I think the middlemen would be wary they may lose their slice of the cake once the customers realize they aren't much help...
Sep
16
comment Do we really need to save source code?
Indeed auto-commit would be an heresy ! Regarding yours and Robert's mention of IDEs, I reckon this is actually a rather widespread feature, but this question is tagged text-editors :)