Updated Jan/2010 Mr Angry makes some comments about employing contractors. A few weeks ago I made a presentation at the OSDClub on how to get the greatest benefit from using consultants. i.e. paying project budget for outsides to perform services for you. As it was very much a personal perspective I would be very interested in people's comments, just click the mind map on the left to see the full size version What was also interesting from this exercise was that I used the mind map, instead of the usual slides, to present my views and the novel format for the material meet with great approval. The mind map was created with FreeMind The source mindmap for this diagram is on GitHub. You will need a copy of Freemind (at least Rel 9).