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Cal Evans' Blog: Six ways to be a better client for your developer - Point 6

Note: This article was originally published at PHPDeveloper on 27 January 2011.
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Cal Evans has posted the final point in his "Six Ways to be a Better Client for your Developer" series seeking to make the client/developer relationship more stable and enjoyable for both sides. This latest tip involves the paperwork part of the relationship.

Good fences make good neighbors just as good contracts make for good developer/client relations. At the very least your agreement with your developer should contain a complete description - in non-vague terms - of each feature to be built as well as a paragraph description of the overall project.

He emphasizes that, if the feature or change is not included in the documentation from the start, it's not a part of the project. Making assumptions on vague definitions will only cause problems down the road, so be specific in what you want.

If negotiating the contract with your developer is a hassle, consider it your last opportunity to walk away and find another developer.