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Does FlexBuilder 3.0 Cause Unrealistic Expectations?

Posted by Ross | June 16, 2008 .

Dolores Joya Moore likes FlexBuilder 3.0. She is a graphic designer and uses it to mock up projects for clients. Then she passes the project off to developers. The question is does the advanced UI mock-up she provides give the client the impression that building the UI is too easy?

You want to show your client what you can do with your RIAs but at the same time you don’t want them to expect too much too quickly. Coding these applications takes a lot of time and Ted Patrick advises us to manage our client’s expectations from the beginning. He suggests that you start out by providing them with skeleton mock-ups.

As with any working relationship communication is vital. I think that you can show your clients beautiful mock-ups but you just need to communicate with them how much work is left to code. Be sure to give realistic time frames that give you some flexibility. It is always better to under promise and over perform.

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  1. Hannes Moser  June 16, 2008 7:18 am

    This is a problem i have/had too. If you present a (semi-)working screendesign-mockup, prototype even people which should know it better always think, i have already done my job. I had to build up some UI elements for an upcoming game in the last month and have to handle with lot’s of different states.

    There was some time left in the timetable, but we have milestones and as you know, the graphic and interactive designers want to show new features at this kind of presentations. But 80% off my work was refactoring, measurement and tweaking performance during this period, so i decided to build up a quick-and dirty presentation-prototype with all features inside and afterwards i started to program the new features from scratch. One week after the presentation, the designer wants to see the current version and he does not even recognize the 50% speed increase (ok, he is working on a 8core Xeon Mac 😉 ) but was frustrated about an anti-aliasing mini-display-bug i was not able to remove in 1 week.

    A life of a developer could be so frustrating… ok, it’s monday.

  2. Russ  June 16, 2008 7:43 am

    Yeah I have fallen into this trap a couple of times.
    each time the client wondered why it would take so long to finish the project, when it looked like it was really far along when I showed them the Flex mock-up.

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