InfolificTechnology – Infolific http://infolific.com We write. You learn. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:56:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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10 Barriers to Job Effectiveness http://infolific.com/technology/careers/10-barriers-to-job-effectiveness/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 18:08:39 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/10-barriers-to-job-effectiveness/ In the “State of the CIO 2006” survey conducted by CIO Magazine, CIO's identified the 10 biggest barriers to job effectiveness. Here's what they said (bolded) and my comments about each one (not bolded). Overwhelming backlog of requests and projects. Sounds a lot like what [...]

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Rapid Application Development (RAD) Methodology http://infolific.com/technology/methodologies/rapid-application-development/ Sun, 06 Mar 2016 17:29:20 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/methodologies/rapid-application-development/ RAD (rapid application development) proposes that products can be developed faster and of higher quality by: Using workshops or focus groups to gather requirements. Prototyping and user testing of designs. Re-using software components. Following a schedule that defers design improvements to the next product version. [...]

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DropBox Makes Google Drive Look Like the Work of a Script Kiddie http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/dropbox-outperforms-google-drive/ Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:55:39 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/dropbox-outperforms-google-drive/ I used to be a fan of Google Drive. I loved the idea of housing files in the cloud and being able to access those files from any device that had an internet connection. I chose Google Drive over other solutions because of the promise [...]

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How Managers Cope With Information Overload http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/how-managers-cope-with-information-overload/ Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:02:32 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/how-managers-cope-with-information-overload/ Information is the business resource that tells managers how effectively their other resources (material, human, and financial) are being combined and used. On the surface, it's hard to argue that more information could be bad. And yet today's managers often find themselves trapped in an [...]

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First Days on the Job http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/first-days-on-the-job/ Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:49:02 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/first-days-on-the-job/ Bob Weinstein over at Gantthead.com recently published one of those common sense articles about how to behave as a new hire that resonated with me. In it, he identified 4 things to not do and 8 things to do so that first impressions of you, [...]

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A Task is Either Done or Not Done http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/a-task-is-either-done-or-not-done/ Sun, 21 Feb 2016 15:17:39 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/a-task-is-either-done-or-not-done/ Another project manager whose blog I read covered a topic recently that really resonated with me. He covered the idea that it's foolish to try and put a percentage complete note beside a task. I totally agree with his assessment. Even though project managers are [...]

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Project Management Career Paths http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/project-management-career-paths/ Sat, 20 Feb 2016 15:09:37 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/project-management-career-paths/ Mark E. Mullaly has posted a great article over at Gantthead about the obstacles a project manager may face in moving up the corporate ladder. He states that, “The project manager is a role unto itself, with no entry point and no graceful exit.” The [...]

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Free Spyware Removal Programs http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/free-spyware-removal/ Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:20:50 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/free-spyware-removal/ It is a harsh truth that there are people out there who are trying to cause damage to our computers or simply use them for their own purposes without our knowledge. Because of such people, it has become necessary to arm ourselves with a variety [...]

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Pull the Plug on Projects http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/pull-the-plug-on-projects/ Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:58:44 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/pull-the-plug-on-projects/ A day or two ago I posted some comments on improving project management. Looking for ways to improve the project management process is an admirable thing to do. But sometimes, it really just makes sense to cancel a project and move on. The main reason [...]

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Ultimate Category Excluder for WordPress http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/ultimate-category-excluder-for-wordpress/ Mon, 22 Feb 2016 19:41:09 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/ultimate-category-excluder-for-wordpress/ Ultimate Category Excluder (UCE) is a WordPress plugin that allows you to quickly and easily exclude categories from your front page, archives, feeds, and searches. Just select which categories you want to be excluded and UCE does all the work for you! You can download [...]

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Improved Include Page Plugin for WordPress http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/include-page-plugin-for-wordpress/ Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:05:07 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/include-page-plugin-for-wordpress/ Improved Include Page (IIP) allows you to use a shortcode to include the content of any page inside any other page or post. This makes it easier to manage content that needs to be published in multiple pages. You can download this plugin from the [...]

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No Category Base for WordPress http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/no-category-base-for-wordpress/ Mon, 22 Feb 2016 19:41:16 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/no-category-base-for-wordpress/ For those of you that like “clean” URLs, this plugin is for you. It will remove the otherwise mandatory ‘Category Base' from your category permalinks. For example, ‘mysite.com/category/my-category/' will, with this plugin, become ‘mysite.com/my-category/'. You can download this plugin from the WordPress plugin repository. The [...]

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