Starting a project with us
So you think you might want to start a project with us? Here is some information you might find useful.
How we work
We base the whole project on your needs, your budget and your priorities. We work in partnership with our clients towards the goals they set for their project. We believe that big projects are best broken down into small tasks with simple implementations.
Every new client gets a one-off free consultancy session (up to 1 hour) which is a chance to get to know each other and make sure we can work together. If we're both happy with it we'll start work on the first task.
Breaking the project down
We work with you to break the project into manageable chunks. Wherever possible, these are released as new versions on a regular basis. You define your Minimal Viable Product and then together we Iteratively Improve it. With this keen focus on what's most important we believe we can provide you with a quality website on the smallest of budgets. If you've got a set budget we usually recommend spending no more than half of it on your first version - that leaves plenty of scope for Iterative Improvements.
What if I already have a site that needs some updates
We approach this in the same way as new sites - we listen to what you want & need and look for the simplest way to move you towards your target one step at a time. Most of the time the best option is to use the existing site and improve it. Occasionally we recommend starting again but this is only when the old site doesn't do what you need it to do. We hear about companies who have a brand new website every couple of years and they never seem to really get what they want - we tend to improve what you've got rather than start from scratch.
How we break down projects
We find clients get the best results from small iterations - for most clients that's 2-4 hours at a time. If you have a set budget we recommend spending no more than half the budget on the first iteration - that gives you a chance to step back and re-evaluate your priorities after some of the work is done.
Big and small projects
We work on projects of all sizes from 1 hour to 6 months. We aim that every bit of time we spend on your project should add real value to your business - for bigger projects it may involve up-skilling the rest of the team through training & mentoring and for smaller projects it's usually a straight focus on your biggest priorities. We use tools like BCD Entities to help you decide when the priorities aren't so clear.
Who does the work?
The majority of the work is done by Consultant Developer Mat Carey. Some work is taken on by the Technical Network to avoid delays or if someone from the network has particular expertise which are relevant. We all work to the same Code Quality Standards and share a passion for well-built websites which meet real customers needs.
If you have any questions or want to discuss your project please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.