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    Including a Flow Chart in the proposal

    I've been hearing about companies including a flow chart with the proposal they issue the new potential client. Do the flow charts consist of information about the sites proposed navigation structure such as about us section could be broken down to company profile/history/mission statement/etc? Or is the flow chart describing the process the company will take from start to finish to complete the website project? I believe it is probably for the second one, but was curios if companies perhaps maybe do it for both.

    Trev

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    i use a flowchart for the site's navigation and a gantt chart for the process of developing it.
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    I usually would but navigation etc in a simple outline format...

    ...same for the process...

    flow chart would seem to be a little much as far as effectiveness of portraying the info... but that might just bring a degree of professionalism or an implication that you put a lot of time and thought in.

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    my proposals never ever include a gnatt chart.

    thats to much work for me.

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    word, odddog...

    i'd never include comps or navigation/architecture upgrade ideas until i had a check and i'm working for the client...

    i include a development process and estimated schedule, that's as close as i'll get to a flow chart...

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    i suppose i never put together that info until the beginning of the project either

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    Thanks everyone for all your great feedback. I agree that a flow chart and especially a gantt chart is very time consuming. I'll stick with including a basic outline of the development process with the proposal but wait on creating a flow chart until receiving payment.

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    get a program called SmartDraw. you can make extremely good looking flow charts and gantt charts in 5 minutes. Thats what i use.


    and i only include all this stuff for large projects, not small ones or ones where i dont think i'll get the job (dont want to waste too much time).
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    Yeah,

    Smartdraw looks pretty decent. Here is the link to see sample Gantt charts: http://www.smartdraw.com/resources/e...ness/gantt.htm

    Sample Flow Charts: http://www.smartdraw.com/resources/e...flowcharts.htm

    Website Maps: http://www.smartdraw.com/resources/e...ebsitemaps.htm

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    Originally posted by trevr1
    Yeah,

    Smartdraw looks pretty decent. Here is the link to see sample Gantt charts: http://www.smartdraw.com/resources/e...ness/gantt.htm

    Sample Flow Charts: http://www.smartdraw.com/resources/e...flowcharts.htm

    Website Maps: http://www.smartdraw.com/resources/e...ebsitemaps.htm
    Looks interesting, I'll check that out.

    I'm currently using Microsoft Visio for my diagrams, I might switch to this.
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