Here at Freelock, we are all in for web development. Truly, what could be more important for our clients in today's climate than a properly functioning and safe website?
"Hey, since the upgrade, I can't use the power edit feature anymore!" came the request. Ok. There have been several different upgrades over the past few months. The menu editor module has been updated. The server has been upgraded.
Previously we learned why a custom web site is not a car. But it is a lot like a building.
"Make me a building. How much is it going to cost?"
"My budget is really tight, can you get the project started and show me what to do to finish it?" -- Yet another request from several different prospective customers.
"I just want a web site to do memberships, events, and e-commerce. How come you can't tell me how much it's going to cost? I just want to know the price, like when I buy a car."
At Freelock our project management tool of choice is Open Atrium.
OpenAtrium is an online collaboration and task-management suite built on top of Drupal. Like Drupal, it is completely modular, so the feature set can be changed and expanded to meet the needs of a wide variety of applications. Out of the box it has support for case management, collaborative document editing, shared blog and microblog, and a variety of user-configurable dashboard views.
A couple weeks ago I wrote a post on why customers complain about Drupal -- the short version is that they either had incorrect expectations, or "developers" who were in over their heads.
At Freelock, we're huge fans of Drupal. But we keep running into customers (or potential customers) who are terrified of it. So here's our take on why.
I have a confession to make. I'm absolutely terrible at making estimates. No matter how long I think something is going to take, it always takes longer. Even if I double, triple, or even quadruple my original guess.