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Need advice on what to ask when a new software client will visit us with an ideea for a new project?

Asked by gciochina (107 points ) March 5th, 2009

Okay. So this new client will come visit us next week. Something about a big project, involving mobile devices, serial communications with some sensors, etc, etc, etc… Can’t really describe too much because of confidentiality clauses, etc…

I would like to know, is there a generic protocol defined for such cases? I mean, can anybody tell me what key questions we should ask him? For example, i think it should help if we know how does the actual system works, what are the drawbacks, what should they expect from the new system and things like that..

Thanks and sorry for the elusive description…

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Projects can be completed with primary considerations being any two of the following, but not all three

Price
Speed
Quality

Breaking it down like this will give you insight as to what the company expects. Be gentle with that question, though…

It should be helpful to know where the client’s motives are… This can guide the rest of the questions, which I would imagine would be of technical orientation on specifics of the implementations of your project. Try to get as much info as you can about the working environment, as you said.

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