Using Milestones For Project Communication and Success

One of the important parts of tracking project progress is defining milestones.  These are points during the project where the required tasks and the goals for time meet.  It only makes sense that the definition of milestones and how they are treated are an important part of project success. Defining Milestones Simplified Although these steps in the definition process are necessary, that does not mean they have to be complex.  Every project is different, but I have found these guidelines …

Contractors or Employees? Options for Growing Your Team

In building a team one of the first questions that need to be answered is whether you will use contractors or employees.  Although this decision may be dictated by circumstances, it is important to recognize the pros and cons of each.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I have been a contractor for most of the last decade. Let’s look at the positives of employees first Loyalty used to be a huge plus for employees, but that seems to be …

Finding A Balance in Choosing Your Technology Tools

One of the challenges we face when building a new product is the selection of the technology.  Finding a balance between a homogeneous or mixed solution can be difficult.  On the one hand, a single vendor is easier to work with.  However, on the contrary, you want to avoid lock-in, and single vendor solutions often lack the features of one built using multiple tools. All-In-One Solutions In my experience, a single technology solution almost never works for custom solutions.  Tools like …