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Joomla Development Insights

Joomla Development Insights

John is the owner and senior developer of Blue Bridge.
Sep
11

RFP's: Savvy or Stupid?

RFP's: Savvy or Stupid?

I receive a work inquiry in the form of an RFP every couple of months.  If you're unfamiliar with the abbreviation, an RFP is a request for proposal.  It's a document that a client will prepare and post publicly or send out to potential vendors with the aim of gathering proposals to accomplish a project.  In certain industries, and at certain business sizes, this approach is common.  For example, government projects will often be initiated with an RFP.  Without fail, the RFP's that are sent our way go directly to my garbage folder.  Its not that I'm ungrateful for the opportunity, just that I recognize a waste of time when I see it.  And, though it does have some merit, I don't think it's a great way for a client to get their project completed either.  In this post will take a look at the problems with RFP's and suggest an alternative.

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May
14

2 Common Mistakes for Joomla Component Development

2 Common Mistakes for Joomla Component Development

We are not often the first developers to work on a project. More often, we are the second or third developers hired. This is for a variety of reasons, but we're often called in to finish projects where other developers got stuck or couldn't deliver results. One of the key things that we offer our clients is code level expertise- we know how things work and do top notch development. Unfortunately, nearly all the Joomla component development projects we take over have serious code level issues. In this post, I'll cover two common mistakes we see and how they cost our clients time, money, and sanity if not addressed.

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May
08

1 Easy Change to Level up Your Results

1 Easy Change to Level up Your Results

We were recently approached by a marketing firm that was looking for a partner to skin and build Joomla sites for them. One of the questions they asked of us was what sort of quality assurance we performed on our work. This is a great question, because if you talk to developers they will tell you that all software has bugs. Writing zero error software is extremely difficult. This was also a great question for us particularly, because our dedication to quality is one of our selling points. I won't bore you with our response to the firm, instead I want you to consider how we might reliably generate solid work when software is so fraught with challenges? The answer is not that we are god-like Joomla developers (though I won't deny we're good.) I'll give you a hint, the answer is something that any business and any individual can employ. Give up? The answer is systems. You may think that you already know the what and how of systems, but I promise in this post I will provide a unique perspective into their benefit you won't find elsewhere. So keep reading!

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