Re: How to handle when the scope changes?

Subject: Re: How to handle when the scope changes?
From: Kirsten Zerbinis <salmonzerbinis -at- rogers -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 12:55:33 -0400

The scope of the current project, in my proposal which is signed by them and me, is "I will document hardware A and B, and software 1, 2, and 3, but 3 only as it relates to getting the most out of 2. I will complete the project in 8 weeks."

They want full documentation of 3 now, as a separate manual, and they'd like it also within the 8 weeks, if possible.

They're not demanding it. It's been floated as a possibility. They have agreed with the proposal (including clearly defined scope and timeframe), and they are not trying to change it.

I'm more wondering about what I can propose to them, so that I get the higher rate for the increased work, given the following constraints:
1) I will not be increasing my rate for the original work
2) I will likely be doing the two projects concurrently
3) I cannot easily separate the work I do on one from work I do on the other.

I was thinking of proposing that I would work on both projects, I would get the first done by deadline, and the second one as close to deadline as possible, and that I would charge the lower rate until week 6 was over, then I would increase it to the higher rate for the duration.

Additional info: I'm charging an hourly, not a per-project rate.

I hear what you're all saying with regard to my having quoted a lower rate for the first job. I agree with you. I feel like I cheapened myself, and like I may never convince them to pay more for future work. However, I am in a position where they have invested training in me, now, and also I am able to walk away, and I am prepared to do so. So that's of the good. I'm practising in the mirror asking for a fair rate. I'm new at this. Be nice. :-)


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