2014 Review: Day 10

“I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold” by Charles Demuth

Last day of 2014, last day of our look back at the Art & Logic Developer Blog’s year…

 

My turn again, in which I think about software development, and how important it is that clients understand its actual nature, and how it differs from other kinds of work…

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5 Things I Wish My Clients Knew

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“I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold” by Charles Demuth

Earlier this summer, I spent a few days onsite with a client working through hammering out requirements for an upcoming large project. One day during a lunch break, my client asked me a question that I’m surprised no one has ever asked me before:

“We want to be the best client you’ve ever had. What do you wish we knew so that can happen?”

I think that I came up with a fairly reasonable reply at the time, but I’ve been ruminating on the question all summer long. Here are the first five things on my list of what I wish all my clients understood about developing software: (more…)