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I wasn’t alive during the time of prohibition, but I’m led to believe there were instances where the sign above the door didn’t necessarily jibe with the activities taking place inside the building. The WordPress mobile app and desktop website hide a similar secret.
I’m out of the professional coding world for ten years, but it hasn’t stopped me from creating a BBS-style online text adventure game in the spirit of TradeWars 2002 and Legend of the Red Dragon using PHP and MySQL.
I remember well the specs of my first brand-new PC in the fall of 1993 that cost me $3,000: an Intel 486DX processor with 8MB RAM, 340MB hard-drive, and a USRobotics 14.4K modem. With that PC came the joy of exploring local dial-up BBS systems, namely the Trenton NJ area It’s All Rock ‘N Roll and the online text adventure games the SysOp offered his members.
I must have missed the memo informing writers that the tried and true adage, Write what you know was replaced in the last decade by Write to achieve SEO criteria. As a result, readers interested in learning more about a topic unknowingly consume watered-down content that lacks nuance, entertainment factor, and author’s voice in exchange for a few upticks in search engine rank.
SEO, an acronym for Search Engine Optimization, is basically about crafting a website’s content in a way that emphasizes the subject topic so that it appears higher in a search engine’s results, thereby increasing the probability the content will be found by readers.
Like it or not, our colleagues view their daily interactions with us similar to a corporate brand. Here are five intentional behaviors I use to actively manage my personal brand.
Several weeks ago I participated in multiple concurrent assignments where none ran smoothly according to my standards. I found myself frustrated with what was shaping up to be my new normal—my days consisting largely of redundant throwaway work and a greatly reduced operating efficiency.
The yearly goals and objectives (G&O) process in most organizations is often perceived by staff as a mundane HR activity required solely to support year-end performance appraisals. Here’s my thoughts as to how directors and managers can strengthen the process with cross-functional peer reviews.
In my experience, the goals and objectives process is typically structured and communicated as a vertically-siloed exercise held between a supervisor and employee. Staff are asked to create tactical objectives to help achieve broader goals that cascade down from executives within a single department like I.T. or Finance.
By no means am I a data pack-rat requiring vast needs of online backup. I’ve accumulated only 600 gigabytes of data over the past twenty years that consists mostly of photographs, edited home video projects, and miscellaneous Microsoft Office documents.
For years I shuffled these digital assets across multiple storage devices in my home. At some point I started to wonder, “What happens if my home catches fire or my external drive fails? This data is surely gone forever. Should I investigate an online backup subscription?”
Like most, I spent the recent year-end holidays reconnecting with family and friends over a tin of homemade Toll House chocolate chip cookies and non-fat cappuccinos. We laughed. We cried. We debated the merits of Agile SaaS deployments and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) delivery.
It began as an innocuous statement:
“Drive-thru windows at coffee shops. Call-ahead seating at chain restaurants. Online order pickup at big-box stores. Clearly we’re an impatient society. We know what we want. And even if we don’t, we want it now, anyway.”
Not every employee is the ideal candidate to attend formal change management training. This article presents a few considerations organized by role.
I’ll always remember my first experience being on the receiving end of an enterprise software replacement project that occurred without a formal change management strategy. I had just returned from a week’s vacation and discovered the introduction, rollout, and three (and only three) software training sessions for the new system all occurred the week I was away. The system adoption results were abysmal.
In the early to mid-2000s Microsoft Corp. painted the world a beautiful picture of the ease at which one could exchange information across disparate systems, whether across the LAN or across the Internet. The company simultaneously eased both Office users and professional developers into unfamiliar terminology like Web Services, Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), and XML.
Don’t worry about the new terminology, Microsoft told Office users (paraphrased). With a few drag-and-drops and mouse clicks, we made it simple for you to call a web service with little to no coding experience. You’re going to love how easy it is to push and pull data using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) within your Office files—namely Excel (paraphrased).
Executive leadership just gave the go ahead for the PMO to fire-up another project but it feels like staff is already over-capacity to take on more work. Here’s how I built a lightweight, easy-to-sustain project labor demand solution using SharePoint and Excel to measure and prioritize project labor demand.
Does this sound familiar?
Let me take a shot at reading your mind:
Your executive leadership team just gave the go ahead to fire-up another project but it feels like your staff is already over-capacity to take on more work. That’s right—feels—a squishy, subjective term. The reality is you don’t currently have a compelling way to show leadership your project labor demand. You’d prefer to wait two months (or more) before taking on more projects but that pushback won’t fly without hard facts.