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Website Design Estimation Tool

How Four Kitchens creates realistic estimates for their clients
Every agency needs to create estimates and Four Kitchens is no different.
When I became Design Manager, one of my goals was to simplify estimation (so I could focus more on design).

What I inherited was an arcane Google Spreadsheet setup.
There were too many tabs and cells and too little (i.e. no) documentation.
I found myself jotting estimates down in emails rather than wade into that mess.

Hack Day Project—A Better Estimation Tool

At the next Four Kitchens "Hack Day"—where we all spend a day working on pet projects—my inspiration was to fix this problem. I spent part of the morning exploring the options available and I landed on Coda.io.

I've had a soft spot for Coda since I discovered them while they were in beta.
We've been using it for a variety of other internal tools, so it made since to use it for my new estimation tool.

Solution

At the end of the Hack Day, I stood up in front of everyone and presented the brand new Design Estimation Tool.
I showcased how it was fast, flexible, and finally something we would enjoy using.
(You can have fun making estimates!)



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