Freelance / PRGM Post Mortem - main page

This week there will be no class, and I will not be in the lab or classroom, unless you have made an appointment with me.

CD Post Mortem

I will have a post mortem session with the Content Developers where we talk about the challenges of being a CD. I will use SKYPE to create a group chat. We won't be able to have video but can all speak and send URLs as needed

Since 5 pm may be a tough time for all of us to meet I am suggesting 6pm. If you can't make that time please send me an email and we can set up a seperate skype session.

During the post mortem I will be asking you for feedback on the following issues.

What was the biggest challenge

What did you enjoy about the process

What was the biggest surprise

Would you do this job again?


Programmer Post Mortem

I will have a post mortem session with the Programmers where we talk about the challenges of being a PRGM. I will use SKYPE to create a group chat. We won't be able to have video but can all speak and send URLs as needed

Since 5 pm may be a tough time for all of us to meet I am suggesting 7pm. If you can't make that time please send me an email and we can set up a seperate skype session.

During the post mortem I will be asking you for feedback on the following issues.

What was the biggest challenge

What did you enjoy about the process

What was the biggest surprise

Would you do this job again?

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Freelance Lesson

This week everyone is testing the site, and if problems are found correcting them. The testing schedule is:

PM tests with typical users supplied by the client
DES tests with the client
CD tests with classmates
PRGM tests hardware and software (if team does not have a PRGM, IMD does this test)

If you have questions or concerns, please send me a note.

Best Wishes

You will also be reviewing the resources listed below. Refer to the homework page for the deadline for freelance postings.

Freelance resources

"What Skills do I need to get hired?" You can watch it at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A42Tab_bu6A

Read 1 of these 2 articles

Living with Irregularity - how to survive as an independent contractor who has an irregular income.

How to Qualify Prospective Clients for Your Freelance Business

Review each of these sites

Monster - Career and Information Technology Jobs

http://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/company-industry-research/computer-information-technology-stimulus-jobs/article.aspx

Monster - IT / Software Development Articles

http://career-advice.monster.com/Technology/job-category-660.aspx

 

Starting Your Own Business
This is not a required part of the curriculum, however many students enrolled in the course request information regarding setting up their own business or hiring themselves out as freelance contractors. Refer to the links listed below for information on this topic. Also if you would like to use the class mailing list to discuss this issue - feel free. Finally the Redwood Empire Small Business Development Center is available to help you in creating a business plan.

Redwood Empire Small Business Development Center:
http://www.santarosa.edu/instruction/jtwd/sbdc/

Lorraine DuVernay, Director
707.524.1771
lduvernay@santarosa.edu

Web page with links to former students who have their own freelance business

Student Portfolios - http://www.santarosa.edu/cs/online-portfolios.php