InfolificTechnology – Infolific http://infolific.com We write. You learn. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:48:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ask Me No Questions and I'll Tell You No Lies http://infolific.com/technology/ask-me-no-questions-and-ill-tell-you-no-lies/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:47:00 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/ask-me-no-questions-and-ill-tell-you-no-lies/ I often get requests from students about technology-related homework and projects they are working on. Usually the questions are short and as far as I can tell the students are just looking for quick answers. The other day I received an e-mail from an IT [...]

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Software Isn't a House http://infolific.com/technology/methodologies/software-isnt-a-house/ Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:39:44 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/methodologies/software-isnt-a-house/ I came across a discussion recently (I can't remember where) about how the typical comparison between writing software and building a house is flawed. The article was pretty compelling, pointing out that because a building is something very tangible and physical, it doesn't actually compare [...]

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Five Ways that Decisions are Made http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/five-ways-that-decisions-are-made/ Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:35:53 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/five-ways-that-decisions-are-made/ There are 5 ways in which a particular action is decided upon. This is pretty obvious stuff, but as with many obvious things, it sometimes bears repeating. And I also think it helps to recognize how things get done around you and perhaps to examine [...]

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What Drives Organizational Success? http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/what-drives-organizational-success/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:27:07 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/what-drives-organizational-success/ Business is, at its heart, a rational beast. It operates according to rules, policies, logic and habit. The ability to think in a reasoned, logical and coherent manner is one that is highly prized up and down the org chart. Passion, for the most part, [...]

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Project Management Politics http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/project-management-politics/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:20:52 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/project-management-politics/ An article in the June 2006 issue of PM Network discusses the political waters that a project manager must navigate regardless of company, project, or location. A sidebar in the article makes for a good summary. Follow-Up After informal and verbal communications, send a friendly [...]

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Project Management Fundamentals http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/project-management-fundamentals/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 21:14:59 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/project-management-fundamentals/ The following discussion about project management has been pulled together from various sources including books, courses, presentations, and my own experiences. This is by no means intended to be a complete treatment of the subject of project management. Nor is it going to make you [...]

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Free PowerPoint Templates http://infolific.com/technology/careers/free-powerpoint-templates/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:10:14 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/free-powerpoint-templates/ There's no question that PowerPoint is ubiquitous in corporate America. And because it is so widely used (and overused I might add), everyone wants their presentation to be unique. So their first step, after cycling through the templates installed with the program, is to search [...]

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Projects Are Strategy http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/projects-are-strategy/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:00:03 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/projects-are-strategy/ The column builds on the fundamental principle that many of the challenges stem from the fact that project management is not the primary purpose of organizations, and never will be. Companies are created, structured and run primarily to deliver operational products and services. Projects, however, [...]

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Windows UI Tweaker http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/windows-ui-tweaker/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:47:05 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/windows-ui-tweaker/ I try to stick to writing about software that I use a lot myself. I figure that's the best way to make sure that my recommendations are meaningful. But sometimes I come across a program that I know some people will like, something that I [...]

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Sample Cold Calling Phone Script http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/sample-cold-calling-phone-script/ Sun, 05 Feb 2017 20:32:59 +0000 Stuart Ridder http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/sample-cold-calling-phone-script/ Phone Script: Outline for Effective Outbound Communications Leaving the voicemail. Name: Hello, I am _______________. I am calling from: [COMPANY] a local, [LOCATION] Company founded in [YEAR]. We are dedicated to helping companies be more effective on the Web by driving greater results and efficiencies [...]

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Free Windows Startup Manager http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/free-windows-startup-manager/ Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:07:41 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/free-windows-startup-manager/ It's typical for computer users to install more and more programs the longer they use their computers. There's just so much interesting software out there that it is inevitable that you'll find some of them. The problem is that many software makers think that their [...]

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Professional Software Development http://infolific.com/technology/careers/professional-software-development/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:55:29 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/professional-software-development/ Years ago I read Code Complete from Steve McConnell. It is one of my favorite software development books that isn't programming language specific. I think it's such a great piece of work that whenever a client of mine starts to talk about coding standards, I [...]

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Two Project Management Metaphors http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/two-project-management-metaphors/ Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:52:13 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/two-project-management-metaphors/ I recently got through the book, The Blind Men and the Elephant by David Schmaltz. The sub-heading of this book is “mastering project work”. That, along with recommendations from others, prompted me to buy the book expecting to read about processes and techniques for managing [...]

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Fixed Bid Follies http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/fixed-bid-follies/ Mon, 26 Dec 2016 19:20:24 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/fixed-bid-follies/ A couple of months ago, my family was in the mood for a change. We had some extra money lying around after paying for our trip to Ireland (highly recommended, btw), so we decided to invest in some home improvements. As a general policy, I [...]

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Do You Have a Good Job? http://infolific.com/technology/careers/do-you-have-a-good-job/ Sat, 24 Dec 2016 19:18:45 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/do-you-have-a-good-job/ In yesterday's post, I described a few tips for finding a new job. That posting assumed you already knew you wanted a new job. But how to you get to the point of deciding it's time to move on? It's not necessarily an easy thing [...]

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The Seeds of Project Failure http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/the-seeds-of-project-failure/ Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:51:27 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/the-seeds-of-project-failure/ In Volume 47, Number 11 of the Communications of the ACM, Amrit Tiwana and Mark Keil reported on some results from a study of the relative importance of 6 project risk drivers. They were surprised that the most critical risk driver was actually the choice [...]

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Successful IT Operations http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/successful-it-operations/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:47:41 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/successful-it-operations/ Bill Vass, CIO of Sun Microsystems took some time to relate 10 essentials for successful IT operations. The list appeared in the October 1, 2005 issue of CIO Magazine. Here they are. Open systems succeed. Proprietary systems fail in the long run. Separate logical layers. [...]

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Software Engineering http://infolific.com/technology/careers/software-engineering/ Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:45:57 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/software-engineering/ I've just about finished reading Steve McConnell's Professional Software Development book. I'm far enough in to the book to know that I'm not going to get nearly as much out of it as I did from Code Complete. Which isn't to say that there isn't [...]

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Outlook Still Better Than Thunderbird http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/outlook-still-better-than-thunderbird/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:28:49 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/outlook-still-better-than-thunderbird/ The philosophy behind portable applications appeals to so much that I spend a lot of time evaluating replacements for the non-portable software that I use. Most recently I decided to give Mozilla's Thunderbird a try to see if it was good enough to replace Outlook. [...]

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Techies: Don't Get Pigeonholed! http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/dont-get-pigeonholed/ Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:20:46 +0000 Stuart Ridder http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/dont-get-pigeonholed/ Technologists have to be careful not to become pigeonholed. What do I mean by that? Well, after 10 years of Java development, you're going to have a very hard time convincing anyone that you can do anything else. This is not good for your career. [...]

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Robots.txt Plugin for WordPress http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/robots-txt-plugin-for-wordpress/ Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:13:11 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/robots-txt-plugin-for-wordpress/ Coming soon…

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9 out of 10 Managers Waste Time http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/9-out-of-10-managers-waste-time/ Mon, 03 Oct 2016 18:10:01 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/9-out-of-10-managers-waste-time/ In the book, A Bias for Action, leadership expert Heike Bruch and management expert Sumantra Ghoshal demonstrate that managers often confuse activity with accomplishments, and motivation with true leadership. Their study reveals that a whopping 90 percent of managers waste their time by procrastinating, becoming [...]

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Jack Hidary, A Professional Presenter http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/jack-hidary-a-professional-presenter/ Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:02:50 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/jack-hidary-a-professional-presenter/ In the last two weeks I've given a presentation and I've seen a professional presenter, Jack Hidary ply his trade. In a previous post, I went over a few things I did to try and make a recent presentation of mine a success. In this [...]

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The (Almost) Perfect RSS Feed Reader http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/the-almost-perfect-rss-feed-reader/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:59:10 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/the-almost-perfect-rss-feed-reader/ I spend far too much time looking for software that works exactly the way I want it too. I'd probably have a lot more time on my hands if I just settled every now and again, but that doesn't seem to work for me. One [...]

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Useful Internet Tools http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/useful-internet-tools/ Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:54:08 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/useful-internet-tools/ The Internet isn't perfect and if you're a heavy user, some of its oddities become annoying over time. Fortunately, some smart people out there have written some really useful software to help with day-to-day activities. Here's my list of favorites. The Google Toolbar has two [...]

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