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Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by whaithee(m): 9:18am On Mar 06, 2017
I have resolved not to hire the service of a one-man developer. By one-man, I don't necessarily mean one person doing the entire development. He may have other developers he delegates part of the job to. But as long as it's not a structured organization, I'm not interested.

After wasting close to 5 months for a project that was supposed to last for one month (at most 6 weeks), I'm yet to get a final product.

Communication has been horrible.

Despite that I had to go out of my way to pay him a second installment, which was not part of the agreement, just to make sure the project goes on.

I know there are exceptions. There are respectable and reputable developers out there, but I don't have the luxury of trying again. I'll rather deal with a company with a physical presence and structure.

If you know any good App development company to develop Android and iOS apps, please recommend.

Thank you.
Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by ibnSalaudeen(m): 9:43am On Mar 06, 2017
try out sci.ng. You shouldn't be disappointed
Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by chim14(m): 9:46am On Mar 06, 2017
It depends on what you were building. And you didn't say how much you paid this developer.

If you are thinking of looking for a software firm, just know that they still outsource projects they can't handle to external developers.

It all lies on meeting the right and level headed person to do business with - period.

If you need my services contact: 07014312741

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Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by whaithee(m): 9:55am On Mar 06, 2017
ibnSalaudeen:
try out sci.ng. You shouldn't be disappointed

I checked them out. They offer training in software development. From the website of their parent company, which offers software services, I don't see any service for app development though.
Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by whaithee(m): 10:03am On Mar 06, 2017
chim14:
It depends on what you were building. And you didn't say how much you paid this developer.

If you are thinking of looking for a software firm, just know that they still outsource projects they can't handle to external developers.

It all lies on meeting the right and level headed person to do business with - period.

If you need my services contact: 07014312741

We created and sent a more than detailed documentation of the app before negotiation.
Note that my partner and I were web developers before we decided to focus on building a business.
It had nothing to do with how much paid. The price was very reasonable, and we didn't do any hard negotiation to arrive at the price.

As for the firm outsourcing, I don't have a problem with that as long as they deliver a good job and on time.

Thanks
Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by Nobody: 10:13am On Mar 06, 2017
@op, I get your point but truly it depends on the project agreement and some project can be a little bit of an hassle and as such, a programmer or a developer is still open on learning new things during project execution, no man Is am island of knowledge

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Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by seunthomas: 10:16am On Mar 06, 2017
A lot of factors may cause the delay in a project.

In my own experience, sometimes the issue may be from the client brief.

In some instances the client may want something and the developer is thinking something else.

It also lies in the experience of the developer.

And the very common one is issue with 3rd party integrations. I once tried to integrate a 3rd party mobile payment sdk and it took me more than 3 days. Ordinarily it would not take me more than a few hours but the documentation for the SDK was very brief and the sdk itself was buggy.

Anyway i am available for outsourcing (IOS,Android,Windows)
Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by ibnSalaudeen(m): 10:24am On Mar 06, 2017
Yeah, they offer trainings, which involves exposing the trainees to real life projects that are contracted to them. The guy who owns that place is a seasoned programmer. And I can vouch for his honesty.
whaithee:


I checked them out. They offer training in software development. From the website of their parent company, which offers software services, I don't see any service for app development though.
Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by whaithee(m): 10:30am On Mar 06, 2017
godgiftmaro:
@op, I get your point but truly it depends on the project agreement and some project can be a little bit of an hassle and as such, a programmer or a developer is still open on learning new things during project execution, no man Is am island of knowledge

Trust me, I'll perfectly understand if this was the case.

But 5 months?
Epileptic communication.
Transferring blame to the person he gave part of the job.
Even he had to admit severally that he had messed up. But why not make up for it by delivering on the project. Up till now, reaching him on phone is often uncertain.
Now he keeps reminding me that he has a lot of things to do. Even went to the extent of sending a number of someone he gave part of the project for me to deal with him directly.

It's all unprofessional.

But 5 months?
Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by whaithee(m): 10:39am On Mar 06, 2017
seunthomas:
A lot of factors may cause the delay in a project.

In my own experience, sometimes the issue may be from the client brief.

In some instances the client may want something and the developer is thinking something else.

It also lies in the experience of the developer.

And the very common was is issue with 3rd party integrations. I once tried to integrate a 3rd party mobile payment sdk and it took me more than 3 days. Ordinarily it would not take me more than a few hours but the documentation for the SDK was very brief and the sdk itself was buggy.

Anyway i am available for outsourcing (IOS,Android,Windows)

Which was why we took time to document what we wanted, with screenshots. The communication was clear enough, even for a budding developer. I was once a web developer. In fact at some point I had to wonder if they actually read the documentation because we had to keep repeating what was clearly stated there.

If I reconsider, I'll contact you.

Thanks
Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by Realphilo(m): 6:35pm On Mar 06, 2017
I wish I can hear developer point(s) also.

Of A truth some clients are also funny, for instance, a client once contacted me for a web project he made so much emphasis that he needs it ready within two weeks, so I made it a priority, believe me it's over 6 months now,I use to be the one always disturbing him the contents and d likes, when through with a part, I will wait for weeks before he can review and give me go ahead.


The story is just funny, trust me organization disappoints more, and they bring the project to people like us.

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Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by silento(m): 8:22pm On Mar 06, 2017
Nigeria neglect people because they are not putting on suit
Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by asalimpo(m): 11:25pm On Mar 06, 2017
This is where the law comes in. In more litigious societies, failing to fulfill a contract like that could lead to serious legal consequences!!. Lost revenue, productivity etc.
All the contract freelancers i know have stories to tell of their clients. Clients who don't pay the full amount etc.

Op, maybe the task turned out to be more complex that it initially seemed. It happens all the time in programming. You start out on a project thinking you'll be through in a month but the project stretches on for far longer. Two most bidders to quickly secure work underestimate how long it will take to get the job done. Words are cheap. They just want to impress the client and win the contract. Those on the other hand with more professional work ethics and high reputation of being highly dependable may charge much and clients trying to go cheap will skimp on money only to end up with cheaper quality labour and high level of dissapointment. In the end they get what they pay for.

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Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by Lamzzyy(m): 9:11pm On Dec 28, 2017
seunthomas:
A lot of factors may cause the delay in a project.

In my own experience, sometimes the issue may be from the client brief.

In some instances the client may want something and the developer is thinking something else.

It also lies in the experience of the developer.

And the very common one is issue with 3rd party integrations. I once tried to integrate a 3rd party mobile payment sdk and it took me more than 3 days. Ordinarily it would not take me more than a few hours but the documentation for the SDK was very brief and the sdk itself was buggy.

Anyway i am available for outsourcing (IOS,Android,Windows)
sent you a PM and no reply this is how it feels to be a developer huh? One will have to chase you around.. I'll like to start my project my january and I don't think just PM is the best way to communicate.

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Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by cbrass(m): 11:47pm On Dec 29, 2017
whaithee:


Which was why we took time to document what we wanted, with screenshots. The communication was clear enough, even for a budding developer. I was once a web developer. In fact at some point I had to wonder if they actually read the documentation because we had to keep repeating what was clearly stated there.

If I reconsider, I'll contact you.

Thanks

Am sorry you got involved with a complete quack, from the look of things he may not even know jack and commission the project to a very cheaper developer who are often quacks too. Its rare to see clients that will give you detailed documentations and for you to have gone to the extent of giving him a full documentation and he still couldn't deliver shows he is not a developer. You don't just have to give up like that, most "structured" companies will charge you so high and may still outsource your job to folks like us here on Nairaland, all I will advice next time is observe during discussions if the person is truly a programmer or just a business man then have a timeline for both you and the guy or company, and makesure it is followed religiously

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Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by CodeTemplar: 12:15am On Dec 30, 2017
There are many weirdos in IT.
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Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by AkhisonThecoder(m): 10:53am On Jan 12
Like some dev has already mentioned, the issue might be as a result of unclear project details or maybe the developer himself is unable to handle the project.

This is why it is most important to reject any project outside ones comfort zone.

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Re: Why I Will Not Hire A One-man Developer Again by bet9ja(m): 11:13pm On Jan 12
whaithee:
I have resolved not to hire the service of a one-man developer. By one-man, I don't necessarily mean one person doing the entire development. He may have other developers he delegates part of the job to. But as long as it's not a structured organization, I'm not interested.

After wasting close to 5 months for a project that was supposed to last for one month (at most 6 weeks), I'm yet to get a final product.

Communication has been horrible.

Despite that I had to go out of my way to pay him a second installment, which was not part of the agreement, just to make sure the project goes on.

I know there are exceptions. There are respectable and reputable developers out there, but I don't have the luxury of trying again. I'll rather deal with a company with a physical presence and structure.

If you know any good App development company to develop Android and iOS apps, please recommend.

Thank you.


Why not pay him for a prototype of your idea project before committing.

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