Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Contract Killers

Web design contract goals between client and designer ...

"No, I’m not talking about hiring a hit man to take care of a difficult client, although I’m sure we’ve all been there at some stage. In this article I’m going to be discussing the tricky situation of quoting for web design and development projects, and the various types of contracts you can agree upon. Enthralling stuff, I know, but I hope that I can show you a way to make the arrangements between you and your clients fairer, and less risky, for both sides.
You are not a beautiful, unique snowflake—but your project is.

... The Third Way

Using our best user-centered methodology, let’s look at the concerns of each party and see how they might be aligned.

Client concerns:

* I need a functioning site that meets my business objectives.
* I need to know how much this project is going to cost, so I can set a budget.
* I need to make sure that the budget doesn’t overrun by too much.
* I don’t want to be over-charged by some unscrupulous suppliers.
* I need to know when the project is going to be finished.

Supplier Concerns:

* I want to create the best site possible so it looks good in my portfolio.
* I need to know exactly what it is my client wants
* I need to be able to alter the scope based on new or clarified information.
* I want to avoid scope-creep eating into my profitability.
* I need to know when the project will finish so I can schedule in new work."    (Continued via Digital Web Magazine)    [Usability Resources]

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