When Is It Time To Fire Your Agency Mid-Project?

When Is It Time To Fire Your Agency Mid-Project?

This usually happens to the most successful companies-accompanies-a web development project just starts to dwindle all of a sudden. Up to about 25% of the web, projects go wrong, according to a research carried out by New bamboo(now known as Thoughtbot)  as cited by ZD Net.

 

When your company’s digital commerce project starts to encounter this problem, questions on what to do will surely arise. These are some of the things that you should look for.

 

HAVE THEY CHECKED A PLAN AND STUCK TO IT?

Agile methodology gives room for some twists and turns, but each journey should be drawing you nearer and nearer by the second to your dream of having a website that is up and running. Right from the proposal period to sprint planning, there should be an agreement on the costs implications, the expectations and how certain deviations from the original plan will be dealt. Giving enough room for negotiation, there should be mutual, common and stake vision of the progress and objectives of the site.

If you always get surprised by the company you are presently working within a bad way in terms of constant progress and budget, then it might be time for you to move elsewhere.

 

WHEN PROBLEMS ARISE, CAN THEY EXPLAIN WHAT IS GOING ON?

At certain points, all projects encounter hitches during the course of work. If you show or express dissatisfaction concerning the project, it is good especially if they can quickly tackle the problem just as you the project owner can figure out the problem. If they are unable to do that, then you have to look elsewhere.

Uncertain excuses are bad indicators. You should continue asking them questions until you get the answers that satisfy you or until you clearly see that they are confused and they know nothing too. At times, you will have to do some personal findings to vividly get the explanations they give, so you will be able to analyze and see if they are making any meaning in their explanations to you.

 

WHEN THERE ARE CHALLENGES, CAN THEY QUICKLY SET MILESTONES TOWARDS A QUICK RESOLUTION?

A major part of the agile process is that very difficult, complicated issues should be broken into small, easily understood bits as the project completion draws nearer. When problems spring up all of a sudden, the approach given to it should supersede. For instance, if a developer suddenly stops working during the course of the sprint, there may be no possible way to make up for the shortfall of the 2 weeks sprint, but the manager in charge of the project should notify you on time, talk to you on your highest priorities to work on and make plans on how to get the team back on their feet by the next one or two sprint.

 

CAN YOU AGREE WITH THEM ON WHAT “DONE” MEANS?

This question sounds like a very simple one, but when you deal with an agency on different kinds of project work, you should be satisfied on the meaning when the issue is said to be closed. You might not get a straightforward, truthful, immediate and well-detailed conversation on what it means to have an issue closed and this will bring both parties to carefully analyze the response and both have a mutual understanding. If both parties cannot reach an agreement on this, then you have to look elsewhere.

 

ARE THEY STUCK ON TECHNICAL OBJECTIVES?

Magento is quite difficult. And this is why we specialize in it and also why we are so proud to be a Magento professional solutions partner. Some organizations that do a wonderful job with WordPress and some other platforms have realized that Magento designs are way beyond their power, most especially when there are newly added custom features or when it is redesigned from the scratch.

 

HOW CAN WE AVOID STARTING ALL OVER?

This is always the hardest of all the questions. You can obviously see that things are not going the way they should be going, but you cannot just imagine losing all of the work you have labored on and done so far.

It may not actually be as bad as it looks to you. Most times, the design work can be salvaged(as long as you like the design and UX work already done), and the Magento core installation is usually okay. Christopher Queen Consulting has invented quite a number of project rescue interventions, and with some intelligent thinking, we have been able to make the most out of the work that has been done, build on it and ensure that your site becomes the commerce platform you have dreamt it to be.

If your project is already going down the hill and you need it to be rescued, please get in touch with us, the sooner you switch to another course, the sooner you will get where you want to get.

 

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