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The ghost of the profitable fixed cost projects. the truth is out there.


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The ghost of the profitable fixed cost projects. the truth is out there.

  1. 1. The ghost of the profitable fixed cost projects. The truth is out there. by Alex Tuchkov, COO at AnyforSoft Kharkiv, Ukraine 2017
  2. 2. Agenda Hard truths about Agencies life 5 useful practices to improve productivity 3 counterintuitive lessons learned
  3. 3. Who am I? Chief Operations Officer at AnyforSoft 5 years in IT management Lecturer at A-level school Blogger at
  4. 4. 3 hard truths about agencies life Tighten the purse strings Sub-sub-sub contracts The feedback loop from hell
  5. 5. Tighten the purse strings* Cost Effectiveness Drupal should save costs Fixed-Cost projects *
  6. 6. Sub-sub-sub contracts Several teams, One project Who are you real clients? Going East
  7. 7. The feedback loop from hell Contractors feel undervalued They pay back in the same coin It hurts community in first place
  8. 8. 5 Delivery Practices Agile values / waterfall tools Discovery Delivery trains Test Ahead Pattern library
  9. 9. Agile values / waterfall tools Agile Manifesto is great But you need control project budget like a Scrooge
  10. 10. Discovery* ** Estimation techniques Spec out & Wireframing Technical solution * **
  11. 11. Delivery trains No matter what, but we have a scheduled delivery each week
  12. 12. Test Ahead Test reports, test checklists are not internal artifacts Everything is shared with a Client
  13. 13. Pattern library Paragraphs library Drupal frameworks Functional kits
  14. 14. Results?
  15. 15. To do more, Do less Say No to your Clients Say No to your Managers Set limits
  16. 16. Save on everything, but Managers Someone should ensure deliveries Self-organised team is good But a predictable team is better
  17. 17. Less Pain, More Gain Best clients are those with whom we’ve failed Maturity comes with fails
  18. 18. Questions & Answers /alexandr.tuchkov /alextuchkof