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I could not resist posting this because I'm overly involved with a crucial business project that is planned to increase our company's revenue by $1 BILLION. Unfortunately, we have had each of these signs in the order they are listed. 7 signs of a challenging projectTime constraintsSolution changesLimited process knowledgeLimited requirements availableTraining ......

Over time I've constructed the following general outline for creating executive summary presentations.Overview Case for change (drivers: business & IT)Current State (key observations and issues)Future State (alternatives & recommendation)Gap Analysis (current, recommended, and future capabilities)Roadmap Summary (Key... takeaways, recommendations, ......

Why is this important to our business? How is this different than how we develop today? Why now? What new skills and technologies are required? What devices and standards should we target? Is context-awareness important? Where will applications be deployed? What enterprise capabilities are required to support mobile? What is the roadmap? How is this ......

Here is my general guidance in regards to solutions architecture: Leverage what we have first Gather facts, not opinions when assessing solutions Avoid making early assumptions Prove that issues are real before escalating concerns Present issues or concerns within proper context If prototypes reveal concerns, consider alternative solutions ......

1. State your initial point of view 2. Define your point of view more clearly 3. Give an example of your point of view 4. Explore the origin of your point of view 5. Identify your assumptions 6. Offer supporting reasons, evidence, and arguments 7. Consider other points of view 8. Arrive at a conclusion, decision, solutions, or prediction 9. Consider ......

I've struggled many times to remember the custom format codes in Office.  For example, I was creating a chart and wanted to show 1.2M instead of $1,200,000.    Finally, I found this wonderful resource.

http://www.igetit.net/newsletters/Y04_02/CustomFormats.aspx



Suggested steps to fix the nasty Windows power management issue of plugged in not charging. Option 1: Disconnect AC Shutdown Remove battery Connect AC Startup Under the Batteries category, right-click all of the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery listings, and select Uninstall (it’s ok if you only have 1). Shutdown Disconnect AC Insert ......

Apparently it's hard to locate a free ISO mapper these days. Like most people I've use Microsoft's Virtual CD ROM to mount ISO images on XP and server 2003 machines. This will not work in Windows 7 and Server 2008 machines. Therefore, I recommend people try out magic ISO instead. It's freeware and can be downloaded from the following URL. http://www.magiciso.com/tut... ......

I've been a TiVo subscriber for ten years. In fact, my original series one had a serial number in the hundreds and according to my TiVo account I've upgraded every 5 years. However, I was recently considering switching to a DVR from my cable provider, Dish, or Direct TV. After making the leap to the new TiVo premiere model, I'm glad I stuck with TiVo. ......

Lately, I've been having issues with Adobe Reader and noticed that I had multiple versions installed.  Unfortunately I was unable to remove Reader 9.2 through add/remove programs.  However, I found this handy msi command that manually removed it from my machine.

msiexec /x {AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A92000000001} /qn



I was raised as Christian and attended a Methodist church where god was described as having anthropomorphic features. For example, Michelangelo’s famous painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome portrays God as being a kindly old man with a long white beard (Solomon, 2010). Growing up, I was raised to believe the concept of monotheism, meaning ......

According to the "the world's smallest political quiz", my political ideology is aligned with the Centrist group. They favor the "middle ground" regarding government control of the economy and personal behavior. Depending on the issue, they sometimes favor government intervention and sometimes support individual freedom of choice. They pride themselves ......

I started taking a philosophy class at school this week and discovered a critical thinking model that I believe can be applied to Enterprise Architecture to better communicate thought leadership on controversial topics. The critical thinking model is incredibly simple, yet powerful. 1. State your initial point of view 2. Define your point of view more ......

According to BusinessWeek (2008)... In 2007, a new form of attack, using sophisticated technology, deluges outfits from the State Dept. to Boeing. Military cyber security specialists find the "resources of a nation-state behind it" and call the type of attack an "advanced persistent threat." The breaches are detailed in a classified document known as ......

A few people have been asking me about telecommuting and deliverables based management. Therefore, I'm posting some links to resources on Results-only Workforce Environment (ROWE). No Schedules, No Meetings–Enter Best Buy’s ROWE – Part 1 http://www.fourhourworkweek... Smashing the ......

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