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I receive a work inquiry in the form of an RFP every couple of months.  If you're unfamiliar with the abbreviation, an RFP is a request for proposal.  It's a document that a client will prepare and post publicly or send out to potential vendors with the aim of gathering proposals to accomplish a project.  In certain industries, and at certain business sizes, this approach is common.  For example, government projects will often be initiated with an RFP.  Without fail, the RFP's that are sent our way go directly to my garbage folder.  Its not that I'm ungrateful for the opportunity, just that I recognize a waste of time when I see it.  And, though it does have some merit, I don't think it's a great way for a client to get their project completed either.  In this post will take a look at the problems with RFP's and suggest an alternative.

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I haven't posted anything new to our blog since late this spring. What precipitated this lack of activity was a few things, but the one that had the greatest impact and that kept me from penning this post was this I attended a conference in April for software development. I've long wanted to have Blue Bridge build and sell software products and a few years ago we actually did launch a commercial extension for Joomla that failed. That was over two years ago and attending the conference was a way for me to get my mind back in that track. It worked. After meeting person after person that have been successful in selling products, I felt like we couldn't delay any longer in expanding Blue Bridge in that direction. However, moving in that direction meant that I had less time to focus on other activities, including blog posts. So what have we done in the meantime? We built a portfolio plugin for WordPress.

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We are not often the first developers to work on a project. More often, we are the second or third developers hired. This is for a variety of reasons, but we're often called in to finish projects where other developers got stuck or couldn't deliver results. One of the key things that we offer our clients is code level expertise- we know how things work and do top notch development. Unfortunately, nearly all the Joomla component development projects we take over have serious code level issues. In this post, I'll cover two common mistakes we see and how they cost our clients time, money, and sanity if not addressed.

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