How to avoid scope creep

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How to avoid Scope Creep


A while back, I was hired by a company to assist them with their website. We sat down over a great cuppa java and hashed out a game plan for what was to be a relatively small job.

As per usual, I outlined all the project's details in a proposed scope of work, along with a quote and payment time-line. Client approved the details, appreciated the timely manner in which I would submit the deliverables, and cut me a cheque for the deposit.

As the project neared completion, the client began submitting requests to also "just add this" and "quickly do that"... all of which were not 'quick/simple' tasks, nor included in the agreed upon scope of work.

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BC Kids Writing Contest - Express Yourself!

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We really enjoy designing sites for kids. It demands color, energy and a certain playfulness. That's what we feel we've accomplished with the BC Library's latest Kids educational project - Express Yourself: The BC Kids Writing Contest.

The BC Kids Writing Contest 2011

JenTekk was contacted June 1st, 2011 with an opportunity to design a small site for the BC Library Association in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, providing Kids with an opportunity to showcase their writing skills. The only catch was, they needed it done yesterday.

Unable to resist a challenge, working with the BC Library Association again and finally for the love of our kids - I took it on. Fortunately all the preliminary work was ready: basic content, site objectives, and functionality requirements. I'm happy to say the site was completed in under 3 weeks and right on time for the official launch & start of the competition.

Thank you!

Thanks once again to BC Library Association et al for this unique and exciting opportunity! May the "Express Yourself" writing contest be a huge success!

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2011 Kids SRC - Savour Each Word

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JenTekk is pleased to announce the launch of the 2011 Kids Summer Reading Club website themed "Savour Each Word!" We're pretty stoked to have been invited to build the Kids SRC website for the past five years, with this year making it half a dozen.

Kids SRC 2011

The Kids SRC is designed to get children reading, with the use of a fun theme, posters, stickers, a reading record, bookmarks, completion medals, and novelty items. In addition each year they have a new designed website which offers 7 quizzes (1 for each week of the program) word puzzles, and fun games.

This year's artist is Rose Cowles. Rose lives in Victoria, BC and is a Governor General Award nominated artist. She earned a three year diploma in Illustration from Sheridan College in 1990 and has been designing and illustrating books ever since.

Thank you!

Thanks again to BC Library Association and all the wonderful folks who also contribute to the Kids SRC - as always, it's great fun working with you!

The 2011 Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and your local public library with the assistance of the Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education, The Honourable George Abbott, Minister.

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TAZZU and the winds of change

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Rastin of rmdStudio and I met yesterday in Kitsilano at Calhoun’s Bakery (below) where we first partnered in 2007 to officially incorporate TAZZU as TAZZU™ Networking Ltd.

This meeting today however was to mark the passing of time, and acknowledge the winds of change.

We did some reflecting and agreed that TAZZU had definitely been a blast!

Rastin and Jen at Calhoun's

Since that first meeting in ’07 TAZZU has had its share of successes - initially a vibrant growing community, networking meetings in Yaletown, Gastown and Richmond, a number of WordPress Camps, Joomla Camps, including organizing and hosting the very first Joomla Day in Canada: "JoomlaDay Vancouver 2008".

The TAZZU community grew from an initial small handful of local acquaintances in 2006 to a vibrant group with members hailing from around the globe.

Some say that all good things must come to an end. I'm not so sure this is true, but what I do know is that time keeps ticking, and along with the passing of time comes change.

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2010 Kids SRC - Reading Rocks

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JenTekk is pleased to announce the launch of the 2010 Kids Summer Reading Club website themed "Reading Rocks!" We have had the pleasure of creating the Kids SRC website for the past four years, with this year making it 5!

Kids Summer Reading Club 2012 - Reading Rocks

The Kids SRC is designed to get children reading, with the use of a fun theme, posters, stickers, a reading record, bookmarks, completion medals, and novelty items. In addition each year they have a new designed website which offers 7 quizzes (1 for each week of the program) word puzzles, and fun games.

This year's artist is Chris Tougas - a writer-illustrator who loves dogs, the great outdoors, writing fun stories and making art. Scot was born in Santa Monica, California but now lives here in beautiful Victoria.

Thank you!

Thanks to BC Library Association and the great people who also contribute to the Kids SRC, it was a blast working with you.

The 2010 Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and your local public library with the assistance of the Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education, Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister.

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2009 Kids SRC - Follow the Reader

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JenTekk is pleased to announce the launch of the 2009 Kids Summer Reading Club (SRC) website today. We are honored to have been invited yet again (fourth year) to assist with the Kids SRC program.

Kids Summer Reading Club (SRC) 2009

The Kids SRC is designed to get children reading, with the use of a fun theme, posters, stickers, a reading record, bookmarks, completion medals, and novelty items. In addition each year they have a new designed website which offers 7 quizzes (1 for each week of the program) word puzzles, and fun games.

Interestingly enough, some of the kids that participate in the Kids SRC are children of my own friends. That certainly makes it pretty exciting.

This year's artist is award winning illustrator/author Scot Ritchie. Scot also lives here in Vancouver - just a stones throw from the ocean.

Thank you!

Thank you again to the BC Library Association for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful program.

The 2009 Kids SRC is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association, and the local public libraries with the assistance of the Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education, Shirley Bond, Minister.

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Fairlawn Labradors

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JenTekk was hired to convert the Fairlawn Labradors static website to a WordPress site so that the client could update the content herself. We decided this was a great time to give the Fairlawn site a fresh new look. The photo of Cassie - a Fairlawn pup - is absolutely irresistible and an obvious choice to showcase the beauty of their puppies.

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Fairlawn Labradors website

After

Fairlawn Labradors website

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