InfolificTechnology – Infolific http://infolific.com We write. You learn. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:03:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Proposal Process: Lessons Learned http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/proposal-process-lessons/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:03:36 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/proposal-process-lessons/ Recently, I had the displeasure of bidding on a contract for a client who I am now convinced missed the “Reality Train” years ago. The experience has taught me a few lessons, good and bad, that I thought would be useful to pass along; Especially [...]

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Phishing: Don't Be Phooled By Phoney Emails http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/phishing/ Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:51:32 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/phishing/ Phishing, the use of legitimate looking e-mails that attempt to trick people in to giving out personal information, is on the rise. It's not hard to see why. Rather than digging through mounds of data looking for credit card numbers, social security numbers, and bank [...]

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SiteAdvisor for Safe Web Surfing http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/siteadvisor-for-safe-surfing/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:48:53 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/siteadvisor-for-safe-surfing/ I just started using a free browser plugin from McAfee that I believe holds great promise. It's called SiteAdvisor and its purpose is to warn users of potentially unsafe websites by marking search results with a green checkmark for safe, yellow exclamation point for dubious, [...]

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, A Great Presenter http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/dr-mehmet-oz-a-great-presenter/ Sat, 06 Aug 2016 16:42:41 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/dr-mehmet-oz-a-great-presenter/ I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Dr. Mehmet Oz. For those not familiar with him, Dr. Oz is a heart surgeon, book author, proponent of preventative medicine, and a repeat guest of the Oprah show. Aside from the medical information that I [...]

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Software Projects are Mostly the Same http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/software-projects-are-mostly-the-same/ Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:32:18 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/software-projects-are-mostly-the-same/ There's an article over at CNet about outsourcers and their attempts at distinguishing themselves from the rest of the pack. Most of the article is of little interest, but there was one part that got me thinking. An analyst from IDC and a VP at [...]

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.NET Naming Conventions http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/net-naming-conventions/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:16:21 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/net-naming-conventions/ Part of learning a new programming language is adopting the various industry best practices. The naming conventions used during software development can have a huge impact on future maintenance efforts. If no rules are followed then it becomes that much harder to read the code [...]

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A Money Making Idea Flounders http://infolific.com/technology/careers/a-money-making-idea-flounders/ Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:09:47 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/a-money-making-idea-flounders/ Today I'm going relate to you the life story of an idea in corporate America. Yes, I'm go to generalize liberally, but my experience tells me that others working in large companies will be able to relate to what I've written. The names have been [...]

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Don't Work Overtime for Free http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/dont-work-overtime-for-free/ Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:06:49 +0000 Stuart Ridder http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/dont-work-overtime-for-free/ It can be tempting to work overtime so that you're perceived as a team player but to feel guilty asking for payment for these hours. It has been my experience that this sets a bad precedent and you should almost always bill for any time [...]

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Best Free Text Editors http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/best-free-text-editors/ Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:05:26 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/best-free-text-editors/ I once read some survey results that indicated Windows Notepad was the most popular text editor used by web developers and coders. I found the results difficult to believe since Notepad isn't particularly good at doing the sorts of things that developers want. It lacks [...]

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Software Development Lessons http://infolific.com/technology/careers/software-development-lessons/ Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:02:51 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/software-development-lessons/ Andres Taylor recently wrote an excellent article about 10 things he learned from being a professional software developer. His list was inspired by Michael Bierut's list of things he wasn't taught in design school. Both lists resonated with me and if you've been in the [...]

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Feature Driven Development (FDD) Methodology http://infolific.com/technology/methodologies/feature-driven-development/ Sat, 09 Jul 2016 16:00:04 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/methodologies/feature-driven-development/ Jeff De Luca and Peter Coad were both greatly involved in developing the Feature Driven Development methodology. Peter describes FDD as having “just enough process to ensure scalability and repeatability while encouraging creativity and innovation. More specifically, Feature Driven Development asserts that: A system for [...]

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How to Write a Memo http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/how-to-write-a-memo/ Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:30:58 +0000 Stuart Ridder http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/how-to-write-a-memo/ A CIO article relates a story about a young engineer on his way up the ranks in corporate America. One day his boss told him that he'd need to improve his business memo writing skills or else jeopardize his continuing advancement. Since communication skills are [...]

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PMP Certification http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/pmp-certification/ Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:56:08 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/pmp-certification/ Not everyone sees the value in certifications. And I can't argue that both sides of the argument don't have valid points. So, I'm not going to. However, if your employer is going to pay for the training and materials needed for a certification and there's [...]

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The Art of Project Scheduling http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/the-art-of-project-scheduling/ Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:47:20 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/the-art-of-project-scheduling/ Why the “art” of project scheduling? If it were a science then every project would be delivered on time! This sadly does not seem to be the case. In fact, overruns have become so common that people have lost faith in project deadlines and view [...]

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Solution Design Feasibility http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/solution-design-feasibility/ Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:29:47 +0000 Stuart Ridder http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/solution-design-feasibility/ When putting together an approach for addressing a client's needs for your consulting services or when comparing the pros and cons of different solutions, there are several questions that you should consider when it comes to design feasibility. The following are an example of the [...]

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More Likely to Use Scrum http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/more-likely-to-use-scrum/ Sat, 28 May 2016 13:38:34 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/more-likely-to-use-scrum/ I've been making my way through Agile Software Development Ecosystems by Jim Highsmith. This book provides an overview of agile software development methodologies and includes a brief description of the 7 most common methods. Of these 7, Extreme Programming (XP) was the most familiar too [...]

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Recruiters Don't Work For the Job Seeker http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/recruiters-dont-work-for-you/ Mon, 23 May 2016 12:40:00 +0000 Stuart Ridder http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/recruiters-dont-work-for-you/ Remember that recruiters work WITH you. They don't work FOR you. To put the relationship you have with a recruiter in perspective think of it this way. As a consultant, you are likely to only generate one, relatively short-term stream of income for the recruiter. [...]

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Common Consulting Mistakes http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/common-consulting-mistakes/ Tue, 17 May 2016 12:02:24 +0000 Stuart Ridder http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/common-consulting-mistakes/ At the beginning stages of a consulting engagement, there are ample opportunities to make mistakes. Unfortunately, mistakes at such an early stage in a project can often become magnified later in the process and can lead to disastrous results. Here's a list from Brown & [...]

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6 Leadership Styles http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/leadership-styles/ Mon, 09 May 2016 12:43:40 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/leadership-styles/ George Litwin and Robert Stringer of Harvard Business School studied the behavior of managers as leaders in various settings. They concluded that managers exhibit a variety of patterned behaviors that can be described generally by one or more of 6 fundamental managerial styles. According to [...]

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Software Developer or Manager? http://infolific.com/technology/careers/software-developer-or-manager/ Mon, 11 Apr 2016 23:29:15 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/careers/software-developer-or-manager/ Since I have entered the workforce I have been saying the same thing: “there are the people that know what they are doing, and there are the managers.” I am not sure about other industries, but in the software development industry this the case 99.9% [...]

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The 5 Habits Of Highly Dysfunctional Companies http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/the-5-habits-of-highly-dysfunctional-companies/ Sat, 02 Apr 2016 21:54:38 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/the-5-habits-of-highly-dysfunctional-companies/ The concept of management by projects is a non-starter. The average company is not a project-driven company, and likely never will be. So why is this an idea that continues to be so prevalent? What problems — real or perceived — do its proponents hope [...]

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Independent Consulting Guide: Do You Have What It Takes? http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/independent-consulting-guide-do-you-have-what-it-takes/ Fri, 01 Apr 2016 21:42:34 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/independent-consulting-guide-do-you-have-what-it-takes/ Yesterday, I received yet another email from a developer asking me how I went about establishing my own independent consulting practice. To be honest, there isn't a lot of magic to it, but there are definitely some things that I have learned along the way [...]

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From Developer to Project Manager http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/from-developer-to-project-manager/ Tue, 29 Mar 2016 21:05:34 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/from-developer-to-project-manager/ I recently received a question from a visitor to my site. This person was looking for tips on how to make the transition from a developer to a project manager. Here is the note in its entirety. The E-Mail Good morning, Marios. I did a [...]

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Staff Development Has Worst ROI http://infolific.com/technology/careers/staff-development-has-worst-roi/ Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:44:13 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/staff-development-has-worst-roi/ It's a bit dated, but CIO Magazine reports that “training programs for entry-level IT staff are increasingly rare.” That's not too disconcerting since many consider the IT market to be currently focused on cost-cutting and cost-control. However, CIO Magazine goes on to state that, “CIOs [...]

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The Real-World Guide to Using Google Drive http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/complete-guide-to-google-drive/ Wed, 16 Mar 2016 18:52:35 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/complete-guide-to-google-drive/ The idea of storing files in the cloud and being able to access those files from any location where there's an internet connection is appealing to me. Aside from the convenience, cloud-based storage also acts like a backup that almost guarantees I won't lose my [...]

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