Sometimes we have to accept the fact that we can’t do everything by ourselves.
As a Virgo, that’s not something I embrace. I tend to believe the more people involved in a project, the greater the likelihood of errors.
BIG errors. Messy, even.
But as 2012 wound down, I found myself at wit’s end with a project designing a new Website for a client. They wanted me to create a form, something to let their customers choose different-priced options and see — via a running total — how much they could anticipate paying for a certain service. This form also needed to capture the customer’s contact information so they could follow up and clinch the sale.
Not an easy task.
Hiding my head in the sand comes natural for me, so I designed the entire site (including the form) and got everything looking and working to their satisfaction.
Then they asked if the form worked.
Not yet, I stammered. But it will.
Did I admit I had no clue how to make it work?
Of course not. I’m a Virgo, remember??
What I did know was it involved programming. Yuck.
Back when I was taking Web design classes, programming really wasn’t part of the equation. So I went to the drawing board.
Or rather, the learning board.
I tried online how-tos, bought computer books, searched for code I could copy-and paste, and consulted my go-to gurus.
To no avail.
Now I felt pretty sure I could eventually figure out how to code the form, but there loomed a fast-approaching deadline.
And I believe in bringing projects to completion on time.
So I went begging for help.
I found a company on the West Coast that does expert programming on a contract basis.
Just what I needed!
We corresponded via e-mail and phone, and they assured me this piece of the puzzle was right up their alley.
And they even made me feel better about it.
Designing is a right-brain activity, they told me. Programming calls upon the left side of the brain.
Well, no wonder!
My project is now finished, and I feel relieved. Still, I shudder at how many places it could have blown up in my face.
Am I the only person in the world who finds collaborating on projects tricky?