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Running a Professional FileMaker Consulting Business

Lee Lukehart "data-savvy visual thinker"
The list author says: "So much technology, so little time. But ultimately you're driven to make your clients happy, right? So to serve both your needs and your client's requirements, you must know everything from highly technical mechanisms for interface design to relationship building for client satisfaction to agile project management to marketing in the age of social media. Here are some resources I recommend for each of these areas."
Agile Documentation: A Pattern Guide to Producing Lightweight Documents for Software Projects
Agile Documentation: A Pattern Guide to Producing Lightweight Documents for Software Projects
"Producing good user documentation isnít trivial, but it is a key deliverable that can dramatically enhance a developerís professional image while improving the usefulness of the solution. Developers often consider documentation a time-consuming activity with little return on effort. It doesnít need to be a huge resource drain if it is templated in advance and implemented during development."
About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design
About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design
"Just when you nailed hierarchical portals and cool context-sensitive drop-down lists, the game changes. AJAX and Web 2.0-like UIs are coming to FileMaker, so you would be well-advised to get caught up on the new UI idioms the new technologies are spawning."
Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (Developer Best Practices)
Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (Developer Best Practices)
"You've got to make money to stay in business, and one aspect of this is keeping costs less than revenue. If you're not up on Contrux's Cone of Uncertainty, then you're probably at high risk of blowing your project estimates."
Managing The Professional Service Firm
Managing The Professional Service Firm
"If you thought clients were buying your technical expertise, guess again. There's no gentle way to say this: If you don't focus at least 25% of your (or your management team's) manhours on the business side of the business, you're going the way of the dinosaur."
The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
"If by some rare chance you are a natural business person, then you'll probably need to streamline your programming practices. Don't struggle to invent the bicycle for your FileMaker development when legions of C, Java, and Python programmers have built a Ducati assembly line."
Tuned In: Uncover the Extraordinary Opportunities That Lead to Business Breakthroughs
Tuned In: Uncover the Extraordinary Opportunities That Lead to Business Breakthroughs
"If you think you don't have time for Twitter and FaceBook, you're resembling the dinosaur again. Okay, perhaps your current customer base is solid and _they_ don't use social media -- but file this message away and come back in 12 months..."
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
"Okay, I'm on the data visualization soapbox again... I'm not suggesting Edward Tufte is a god or even a precog -- but very few databases wouldn't benefit from presenting their data graphically. This becomes even more clear when you understand what the client truly wants of their FileMaker solutions. Hint: think benefits, not features."
FileMaker 9 Developer Reference: Functions, Scripts, Commands, and Grammars, with Extensive Custom Function Examples
FileMaker 9 Developer Reference: Functions, Scripts, Commands, and Grammars, with Extensive Custom Function Examples
"Still a good reference to keep within arm's reach. Don't let those occasional functions and script steps trip you up -- look them up."
Filemaker Server 11
Filemaker Server 11
"Welcome to the networked world! You *do* have shared databases of your own, right? ;-)"