NCDevCon Session Spotlight: Clients from Hell

How to Avoid 6 Common Client Driven Project Pitfalls

I once had a family member tell me "You're lucky. You don't have a boss to work for". Ha! Every client I have ever had has been "my boss". Some were great, some got fired, but most are somewhere in between. Still, in the 20 years as a free lancer, there are common client behaviors that will tend to sabotage a web design project. Here's how to spot those qualities and behaviors and tips on how to avoid complete project collapse.

1. Clients lie. Always.
2. Clients haven't done their homework
3. Clients have ADD.
3.5 Clients Have ADD. Again.
4. Clients Creep.
5. Clients are afraid of commitment.
6. Clients undermine you.


About Tami Burke

Tami BurkeTami Burke is a web developer whose business grew up with the Internet. As president of Honey House Web Designs, Tami has over 20 years of experience in the full life cycle of web-based projects. She has actively managed projects through all phases including concept, design, development, implementation, and training. Tami is also well versed in software project management, client-project engagement, and sales. She is currently the Technology Directory for TootSuite Communications, a web services division of Evening Post Publishing, where she provides guidance on digital sales, SEO/SEM, social networking, and project scoping in addition to web development. As a dedicated Coldfusion developer since version 4, a frustrated javascript/jQuery student, and an emerging Mura enthusiast, Tami acknowledges there is always more to learn than there are hours in a day.

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