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comment Minimum billable time unit - industry standard for contract programming?
Even though you answered from the contractor perspective, your answer was helpful because our answer to the question "does it feel like this contractor wants a long term relationship with us or are they just trying to get as much money as they can?" is the latter. Which of course means it's time to cut things short.
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comment Minimum billable time unit - industry standard for contract programming?
... and is responsible with his use of the time. It sounds like you've hit on a way to be more efficient and that is a good thing. However, I'm asking about industry standard practices based on actual experience with more than one contractor (yourself being one).
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comment Minimum billable time unit - industry standard for contract programming?
Third, he has other clients and has made it clear he doesn't have full time to work on our project. So if he turns in one hour on each of three separate days, it was HIS decision to have "context switching" rather than just working for three hours on one day. I cannot accept that people padding their bill in this way is "just a fact of doing business." You might similarly argue that travel time from home to the office is part of "context switching" so we should pay for that too! Only charging in 4-hour increments is the privilege of any contractor, as long as he says so up front...
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comment Minimum billable time unit - industry standard for contract programming?
Bogus. First of all, we are paying very close to standard contractor rates, which implies that we are hiring an expert. Second, context switching is NOT the client's problem, because the contractor is the one who is deciding when to do the work. He's already getting the huge amount of profit between his billable rate and what he's paying the junior. He doesn't get to pad the bill for coming up to speed to help out the junior, when if he'd done it himself he would have done it faster and had no context switching. That is an internal division-of-work issue that is HIS problem.
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comment Minimum billable time unit - industry standard for contract programming?
We're the client here, and we are surprised, and we don't like it. We're not completely pleased with how the contractor has handled things, the billing, the communication, and the scope of work done. We don't like having two separate people's hours on a day rounded up to the next hour, when we didn't hire two contractors, we hired a company.
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revised Do you prefix variable names with an abbreviation of the variable types? (Hungarian Notation)
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comment Stuff every programmer needs while working
In a pinch, the headphones alone will work in lieu of silence.
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comment Stuff every programmer needs while working
I couldn't agree more on this one. Without headphones I just cannot get in the groove the same way. Plus it cuts distractions. Many times I've realized after a few hours with my headphones on that I didn't turn on the music! Just the noise-killing was enough. And perhaps the "thinking cap" autosuggestion of wearing them helping me get into working mode...
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comment Stuff every programmer needs while working
A few years back I had to leave a company for lack of pay and my family's needs. I dreamed afterward about the two sharp guys I worked with there for over a YEAR, because of how I missed my interactions with them. I still dreadfully miss having really smart and motivated colleagues. :(