Andy Budd, a freelance web designer in Brighton, England, offers 10 Bad Project Warning Signs, many of which ring very very true over on this side of the pond as well. In particular:
>* The project needs to be done in an incredibly short space of time, due to a fixed deadline. In these situations the potential client has often known about the deadline for a while. However itï¿½s taken them longer to plan the project than initially anticipated so they expect the developer to make up the time.
>* The client says they want the site to be as cheap as possible, or they have an extremely low budget. This usually means the client doesnï¿½t value their web presence much, preferring cheaper over better. In this situation potential clients are often spending their own money, can be extremely demanding and expect more for less.
>* The client expects much more from the project than their budget will allow. In these situations it can be difficult to manage the clients expectations.
A couple of my warning signs:
* The client is unable to articulate the outcomes/results they want from the project, or to connect those outcomes to accomplishing their organizational mission.
* The client resists the idea of trading off features, cost and time — the classic project management “iron triangle.”
* The client appears too busy and overwhelmed to do their part of the work on the project.
What are your warning signs?