Steve Zehngut – How to Hire and Manage a Developer

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April 24, 2010

Steve Zehngut discusses working with WordPress developers to build successful sites using WordPress as a content management system. Learn “How to Speak Geek” and work with a WordPress developer to complete a successful project in this session.

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WordCamp Orange County 2010 13

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Steve Zehngut 9

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Business 64
consultants 3
development 164
project management 13

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English 1860

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2 Responses to “Steve Zehngut – How to Hire and Manage a Developer”

  1. Scott Ellis

    Steve, First off Excellent presentation! While I’ve been ramping down my services work in favor of product based development, as a developer and (like you) now, primarily a business person (who still happens to do some dev) for much of my career, you addressed a lot of good points that need to be understood when hiring someone for a project.

    In my mind there are two things that simply can’t be emphasized enough:

    1) You can’t plan enough and it should take up the bulk of your time in a project. Easily > 50%
    2) The hiring party needs to own the project. It’s not to say that the developer/shop that gets hired shouldn’t be driving the project but the hiring parties need to be very involved in the process and absolutely must make ample time to work with the developer as per #1.

    Developers also need to understand that they have a responsibility to educate their clients, share their knowledge and make sure they actually understand what they are asking for.

    The last thing, and this is a big one I emphasize with all of my clients, is that YOU (the hiring party) own and are responsible for the content. You might get help if you hire a firm with copywriters, but if you are working with a freelance developer (most, no all) they may not have the skills, industry knowledge or bandwidth to also write your content. I know that seems like common sense but I can’t tell you how many clients I’ve had that think of their site and their content as the same thing (they’re not).

    I’m sure we could discuss this topic for days but thank for making a great presentation on the topic, I’ll be sure to recommend this video to a lot of people.

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