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Request for advice about contracting out some work

I tried posting this in the PB LinkedIn group and got no responses - maybe my question is too vague - but thought I would try it here too.

We have a fairly complex program and a fairly complex spec for a significant feature to add. My guess is it might take a week of concentrated work to add the feature, and I'm tempted to try contracting it out. However, I'm worried about how much extra time would be required to get all the required pieces to the contractor, get them up to speed on the bits of the program they would be changing, review their code when it came back etc.

I'm definitely competent to do the work myself, but because I'm running a 2-person software business with thousands of users, I have a lot of other demands on my time and am having a heck of a time carving out enough time to concentrate on this.

Does anyone have any thoughts about the merits of contracting out this sort of piecework for one complex feature of a program? I'm also open to offers from people who would consider taking something like this on, with details of how you see something like this working! And/or, is this something you think could be farmed out on a site like UpWork, which seems to have a number of PowerBuilder programmers on it?


If anyone wants to see the spec that describes this feature, it's at http://www.software4nonprofits.com/files/AlternateDONATIONCloudSolution.pdf. The only parts that remain to be done are everything in the last section, "Use Cases". I'm afraid the doc is 10 pages. What makes it a bigger job than it looks is all of the error handling that must be done at each stage.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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    Oct 28, 2015 at 02:30 PM

    I have accepted a bid for this work.

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    • Former Member

      Hi Dan;

      FYI: I found my NDA document template that I have used before in the past. If you would like a copy, please send me a direct email at  cpollach.at.travel-net.dot.com  (edit accordingly) and I can send it to you if you are still interested.   😉

      Good luck with the out sourcing!  

      Regards ... Chris

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    Oct 26, 2015 at 05:16 PM

    Hi Dan,

    I'd recommend just letting the contractor work remotely on one of your computers. If you want to lock things down you can do that through Windows policies. Latency issues may be noticeable but nowadays should be tolerable, especially for such a limited-duration project. If you get a serious bid from someone that you trust they may have another suggestion, but I'd keep things simple to start.

    Good luck!

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    Oct 23, 2015 at 04:01 PM

    Hi Dan;

      One of specialties that I tackle on a regular basis for many PB & Appeon customers. I'll have a look at your specifications and give you my thoughts. What I find though on these type of assignments is that setting up the infrastructure to properly do justice to unit & system test can be more effort than the actual code changes. Also, not to mention the design / approach to use.

    Regards ... Chris

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