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FileMaker: How to Hire a Junior Developer

  Molly Connolly's presentation, "How to Hire a Junior Developer," provides valuable insights on hiring, training, and evaluating junior FileMaker developers. Click the image below to view the presentation on the FileMaker Technical Network:      

How to Write Status Reports that Keep Clients Happy: Tips for FileMaker Developers and Software Consultants

How to Write Status Reports that Keep Clients Happy Voicemail: “Hey Bill, it’s Sandy at Widgets, Inc. I just wanted to check in with you before I head to my meeting – I haven’t heard from you lately and Shannon is getting concerned about where we are on the project. I’m sure you’re busy but give me a quick call back so I can give my boss the heads up. He wants an update before I submit your invoice for payment, okay? Thanks so much!” If you’ve been consulting for any length of time, you’ve probably found yourself in this position at ...

May 13 Webinar on Training Junior FileMaker Developers

May 13, 2014 Webinar, "Training Junior FileMaker Developers."   Interested in growing your business or need help mentoring a junior employee? Join Molly Connolly on May 13, 2014 at 11 a.m. Central Time for a live webinar , "Training Junior Developers." The webinar will be about 45 minutes including time for Q&A.  Areas of focus include: 1. What to look for in hiring a junior developer; 2. Technical resources for your new hire; 3. Business resources for your new hire; 4. Sample skill building exercises helpful for training. Join the meeting by following the instructions below: 1.  Please join my meeting, May 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/218768333 2.  Use your ...

Cris Ippolite on Designing Effective User Support and Training Materials for FileMaker Products

The ultimate goal for any FileMaker developer is to ensure that clients are comfortable with new products and embrace the application(s) in their work. Effective training, documentation and ongoing support is a critically important element but can be costly and time consuming for developers. Cris Ippolite, president and founder of iSolutions, Inc., addressed these issues and offered ideas and solutions in his presentation, “Best Practices for User Support & Training” at the 2013 FileMaker Product Developer Conference in Chicago.  This session is one of more than a dozen included in the audio package available on the conference website*. During the “Best Practices ...

How Much Should FileMaker Developers Charge? Kirk Bowman on Value Pricing

How much do FileMaker developers make? How much should FileMaker developers earn? According to Kirk Bowman, your bank account balance is a direct result of your pricing strategy. Is your pricing too low? In a compelling presentation at the 2013 FileMaker Product Developer Conference in Chicago, Bowman suggested developers make pricing a "core competency" and outlined strategies to help increase your income without sacrificing the quality of the work you deliver to clients. Kirk Bowman's presentation, "The Art of Value," is available for download in the 2013 FileMaker Product Conference audio package. All 2013 sessions can be downloaded for $125*. *FMPug members get ...

Download Audio from the 2013 and 2012 FileMaker Product Conferences in Chicago.

Are you looking for best practices on technical issues? Do you sometimes feel as if you work in a vacuum? Are you curious about how other developers maintain a successful business? If the answer is yes, you might be interested in downloading the audio from last fall’s FileMaker Product Developer Conference. Listen to discussions about architecture, deployment and support. Hear what people have to say about the costs and challenges of hiring full-time employees, managing sub-contractors and outsourcing. Find out how other experts estimate project hours. Mark Anderson, founder and developer of the FloristWare POS system said, “I was unable to attend ...

FileMaker Virtual Training Program “Jump Start” Your Career as a Developer

It's official! I'm going to be offering my FileMaker Junior Developer training again. The class runs June 3-June 27, 2013. Who should attend this class? I originally designed the course to help companies onboard new employees who had little to no FileMaker experience. The idea was the company saw potential in this person but didn't have the immediate resources to train them. My goal was to help these junior developers develop skills that they could use to immediately assist their organization with useful (billable!) work. By "earning their keep" they would then free up additional resources within the company to continue to ...

How to hire and train a Junior Developer

Since I'm typically talking about business topics at Devcon--as opposed to technical issues--I usually have a small crowd. This year for my session on "How to hire and train a junior developer" I was surprised to have a packed room. I've known that hiring and recruiting is a huge issue in the FileMaker community and has been for years, but I was surprised at how many people (consultants, business owners, in-house developers) were interested in the topic. It's obviously a top concern at FileMaker as well. This is the first year I looked out into the audience to see top FileMaker ...

FileMaker Product Conference in Chicago

I just returned from Devcon and was thrilled to find so much interest in having a short, 2-day conference focusing on the needs of business owners who develop products using FileMaker as a platform. We are currently negotiating the hotel rates but the dates are set and registration is open. FileMaker Product Developer Conference October 23-24 Chicago, IL http://fmproduct.eventbrite.com I'll be posting more information on content and speakers but wanted to give advance notice to anyone who is planning their busy schedules this fall.

Think big, start small and the success of Baconfest

Occasionally, I'll get together with a group of friends to share ideas and opportunities. After our meetings I would often call up fellow collaborator Seth Zurer and say, "Big things Seth! It's going to happen! The BIG idea is on its way!" and I remember him saying, "How's about we start small?" During one of our meetings, Seth mentioned he and a few friends had an idea of hosting an event centered around indulgence in eating bacon. We all thought that was a great idea and laughed at how fun it would be to have an "all bacon all the time" ...

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