Starting a project with a developer or a team of developers can be intimidating, if you don’t know much about coding. However, creating innovative applications, websites, and other technologies requires the skill and expertise of at least one developer. For those that have never worked with developers, it’s important to understand how they work and how you can make your project be successful.
To help with the process, here are a few tips on working with developers:
1. Include any developers working on the project in the planning process.
The entire point of having a planning process is to identify goals and potential speed bumps for the project. Think about it this way, if you were building a house you wouldn’t just hand the builder a set of plans and say go. You’d want to talk to the builder, an interior designer, and an architect to determine all of the little details that go into the project. In the same way, the developers working on your project need to know all of the little details you want included.
Another reason to include developers in the planning process is that they’ll have the insight to determine those speed bumps better than you, unless you have in-depth knowledge of coding. Plus, when you’re working with developers, you want them to understand the full scope of the project and have the ability to prepare for the work properly.
2. Create a plan for the project and actually stick to it.
No one really enjoys working on a project that changes every single day, but it might be even more difficult on a developer. When you make even the most minor changes, it could mean scrapping all of the code the developer wrote and starting fresh. This might be no big deal one or two times, but any more than that and the developer will naturally become frustrated with the project. To keep the developer happy, the project on track, and everything sailing smoothly, create a plan and stick to it.
If you’re project is a huge application or a large website, consider breaking it down into smaller, more manageable projects. By doing this, developers can focus on individual aspects of the project one at a time. Then, you can make revisions and updates to the smaller projects before the full project is complete.
3. Don’t try to micromanage developers or what they’re working on.
There’s more to coding than typing a bunch of numbers and getting the results you want. Developers spend time planning out the project, writing code, finding the best, simplest way to write the code, and test the code for any possible bugs. When working with developers, you shouldn’t expect results right away. If you do, then you’ll end up micromanaging not only the project, but the developer, too.
The best way to handle this is to let the developer get to work and allow them the space they need to accomplish the goals you’ve set. Check in with them, but don’t be pushy (unless they’ve gone past any goal dates). Keep in mind that every time you check in about your project, you’re probably breaking their flow of creativity and concentration, which could cause your project to be delayed even more.
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