For every successful project out there you can find a half-dozen more that never quite made it. Sometimes these are failed prototypes that lead to better ideas and other times they’re the result of budgets drying up.
Every now and then though you’ll find that a project is struggling due to a lack of cooperation or communication. I’ve gotten a few clients that call me up with a conversation like this:
“Hey, you guys are PXP -- you build sites and apps, right? I hired a team for a project build but I haven’t been able to get a hold of them in weeks. Can you help get this thing going again?”
Now every case is different and I always try to get both sides of the story -- most times it’s a matter of payment or scope changes. But it’s not that easy sometimes.
So I’ll call them. In a perfect world, we talk it over, get to the bottom of it, and there’s a healthy exchange of resources and contracts. The old dev team gets their dues paid and we get new work. Other times we need to resort to more desperate measures.
If you have a project that needs rescue, there are a couple hurdles that need to be taken into account:
Step 1: Access to your DNS
In many cases, a dev team will take charge of this. Ideally though, you have access to your own DNS. What we need in the very least is your GoDaddy password or whatever credentials you require to your URL. If not? Then we might have to go to the registrar or through legal channels to release the name to you.
Step 2: Access to the web hosting
Your project’s most likely on a server and we’ll need to access it. This is not as critical as your DNS but having access to the old work will go a long way in salvaging a lost project.
Step 3: Code Rescue Battleplan
This is a hodgepodge of factors but we DO NOT want to repeat whatever halted the project. This involves getting the old code base released to you. After that, or in spite of legal roadblocks, we’re talking formal agreements. We want to make very clear that you have full control over your name, server, and any resources you’ve already paid for.
Step 4: The Talk
We’ve gone through a whole lot to get this project breathing again but now that it’s rescued it’s time to keep working on it. And that brings us to the usual ‘start’ of our procedure. We’ll take a couple meetings, do a bit of research, and start discussing time costs and estimates around your objectives.
Once all that’s wrapped up, you’ve got yourself a rescued project. No worse for wear. Maybe some time and money got spent in the transition but your idea can still become something.
PXP isn’t interested in a game of hot potato, either. This project isn’t going from one dev team, to us, and off to another dev team. We’re going to do everything we can to ensure you have full control over your project, its objectives, and that you can rely on our partnership in order to see your idea come to fruition.
We will send you the report from our audit findings for free