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    Hi everybody,

    I'd love some casual commentary here.
    I've been digging pretty hard into Flash, and to a
    smaller degree, HTML, for around six months.
    I do fully understand that one does not build Rome or
    become a webmaster of any sort in merely a day.
    Somewhere back in July, an acquaintance who is
    a real live webmaster with ongoing accounts, seemed impressed enough with my progress to offer me a place on her main site, ostensibly to make Flash work
    available to her business accounts.
    My mission is to create five example sites for her to
    post, then build up my own site.
    Well, I am continually thinking of ways to improve what
    I've done so far-exactly two -, then I have to learn how to implement the changes. There certainly should be limits; there's no need for huge expectations, yet the work must justify the use of Flash in the first place.
    I feel as though I am taking entirely too long to get this
    together. I do have day work like most people, and
    there's only so many productive hours in a day.
    It seems kind of pointless to keep everything ridiculously simple, but I can't set the world on fire
    cause I ain't that good yet. I am confronted by an endlessly multiplying array of issues to resolve,
    and my sincere excitement is getting derailed by
    unfounded paranoias and the occassional stress dream.

    So, I'd like to hear your opinions, experiences with
    deadlines, and general thoughts on time spent wisely.

    Cheers and Peace from Nashville,

    Bryan T





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    tell me, is this sellable..... OddDog's Avatar
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    i find that every so often i make giant leaps forward. then i get stuck again. then another good leap forward.

    the learning curve is not curved. it is full of steps. but if you do nnot stick with it ... u are not going to see many steps



    hope that helps



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    Yes definitely---my last late-night ecstatic walk around the neighborhood was quite some time ago, so I'm probably due for another soon...thanks.

    BT
    [Edited by BrainTea on 08-16-2001 at 04:36 PM]

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    forever

    when i look at some sites, i think they are well designed
    and then i find that it took a team of 7 people, 3 months to produce.
    wow. for 12 pages?
    (evidence on request)lol

    dont worry, be happy.




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    ........THAT is good to hear....
    I sort of wondered, and that makes me feel better.
    I would actually like a link to those places, to see
    what that teamwork and timeframe produced---not that
    I would judge others by it, but simply out of vulgar curiosity.
    Many thanks for the kind words darkstar and OddDog!

    Bring on other opinions/horror stories!

    A hoist of the cup---
    BT


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    Walking a fine line

    There are times that I am weeks ahead of schedule. Then there are times that I am behind. Being behind is the worst feeling. But I can usually talk with my clients and explain to them that I need an extra day or two or even a week. Things come up: weddings, funerals, sickness, robery, the plague, automobile accidents, earthquakes, war, famine, etc. People usually understand.

    Then there is the problem where I could be on schedule, but I would have to sacrifice quality in the process. Now I have to decide whether the client will be more impressed with:

    1. The quickness and efficiency of completing a project on time.

    or

    2. The cool flashyness of the project even though its late.

    There's no set answer. It always depends on the client. Just don't be afraid to finish a project quickly or delay a project. Whatever will make the client happy in the end.

    Just some thoughts.

    -scott
    http://www.scottmanning.com

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    Try this if possible..

    underpromise

    and

    overperform

    If you think it will take 2 weeks, say 3..
    If they want a 10 second intro, make it 12 and the BEST 12 seconds you can do..


    Just my thoughts, anyhow..

    And remember - in the end your name goes on it. Web pages dont talk.. so if you have OTHER visitors impressed with your site, it will usually drum up new business and the NEW clients will not be aware of the tardiness of the others.


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    egomedia

    erm, i can't actually find the site i was talking about but here is one that had a team of 11 and a development time of 14 weeks.
    http://www.egomedia.com




    http://www.bp.com
    had 30 plus developers and took about 6 months.

    hope that makes you feel a bit better!!


    (taken from Createonline magazine sept 2001)


    [Edited by darkstar on 08-17-2001 at 07:51 PM]

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    Many thanks to all for the encouragements and perspectives. Even on days with a modicum of success, it's really never what I'd call fast. I appreciate the info on timeframes and number of people involved. Now I need to hook up with some locals who aren't way far ahead of me; I'm tired of doing this alone...thanks to all of you at Flash Kit for the community. If you ever happen to be in Nashville, the cold ones are on me.

    ------egomedia...good GOD....

    Bryan T




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