One of the best ways to boost the number of blog subscribers is via popups. A well-designed, timed, and informative popup can greatly enhance user interaction to your blog and increase traffic. In this article, I will explain how to quickly create a cool popup for your Wordpress blog using PopupAlly plugin integrated with your MailChimp account, and setup a custom page to thank users for subscribing to your blog.
Google provides an easy way to earn money from online content using Google Adsense. The article lists eight critical optimization techniques that bloggers should adhere to for better ad monetization.
Lean is one of the major Agile software development methods that aims at performing only the tasks that are absolutely necessary to provide value to customers. “Value” means any process or activity that the customer is willing to pay for. Tasks that do not provide any customer value are wasteful and should be eliminated. According to Taiichi Ohno, father of Toyota Production System (TPS), waste is defined as anything that does not produce value. During the 1980s, Toyota was a leader in implementing Lean practices.
The young boy asked the old man, “why a fast running horse is better than the slow running horse”? The old man said, “it has developed the habit to produce more power so that it can run up to ten times faster than the slow horse” The youngster said, “and what if the horse is running in the wrong direction”? The old man smiled and said, “then definitely it has the proportionate factor for wasting the efforts ten times quicker than the slower horse” The young man said, ” and what if other horses are following him too” The older man said, “off course it will mislead all those horses too!” “Then why all other horses follow the faster horse” “Because that attracts them but all that glitters is not gold sometimes”.
Crystal is a family of related methodologies described by Alistair Cockburn in his book “Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams”. It is a family of color-coded agile methodologies such as Crystal Clear, Crystal Orange, Crystal Yellow, etc. whose attributes are determined by various factors such as team size, system criticality, and project priorities.
The BCG matrix, also called the Growth-share matrix, was developed by Bruce Henderson of the Boston Consulting Group, a private global management consulting firm, in the early 1970s to help companies properly assess cash demands of products, financial resource allocation across product lines, and investment/divestment decisions to improve the return on investment (ROI) and maximize future growth and profitability.
Scrum is one of the best Agile practices used today that helps in building complex software products for customers through a simple fundamental process described below.
It is clear the rate of change in today’s work environments has been aggravating with more emphasis nowadays on smaller teams, incremental and rapid delivery, faster payback, and frequent project status reporting. This acceleration has instigated uncertainty that forced organisations to start supporting their strategic planning with a longer term perspective of planning called scenario planning or scenario thinking/analysis. Scenario planning was established by Royal Dutch Shell during the 1973 petroleum shortage period and was adopted later by many big companies like US Steel, Microsoft, AT&T, and IBM.
One of the most effective ways to increase the number of page views and decrease the bounce rate of your site is by splitting your long posts into several pages. In the first part of the article, you will learn in 2 steps how to split a post in Wordpress using the codex function wp_link_pages() and the tag. In the second part, you will learn how to display both previous/next and page number links.
Ever heard of GZIP? It is a simple software application that compresses/decompresses files based on an algorithm named DEFLATE. It works by finding similar strings in a text file and replacing them temporarily to make the overall file size smaller which would drastically improve the performance of your website. The algorithm perfectly works with CSS and HTML filetypes which typically contain repetitions of whitespaces, tags, and strings.
In the previous part of the article Improving Quality of Project Estimation, six guidelines for improving project estimates were presented. Experience in this world tells us that estimates sometimes do not materialize as planned and to compensate for this problem, project managers might end up readjusting their estimates by adding 20 percent or more. But why after all the efforts that have been put on detailed estimates do these numbers slip? In this third and final part of the article, we discuss four reasons for this dilemma.
In the previous part of the article Improving Quality of Project Estimation, we highlighted nine important factors that need to be considered when making estimates. In this second part of the article, we present six guidelines that will hep project managers develop better quality of estimates and avoid common pitfalls in practice.
This post is the first part of the article Improving Quality of Project Estimation. It highlights nine factors that influence the quality and accuracy of project estimates.
It is clear that estimating a project is important for the project manager to determine how long the project would take, to figure out how much the project would cost, to decide whether the project is worth doing, to measure variances against the baseline plan, and to take corrective actions. However some project managers nowadays tend to put minimum effort on their estimations which is the primary reason why their projects slip or fail to be delivered. Although achieving accurate estimates is desirable, there still remain a hidden uncertainty that can not be factored. Besides, while accuracy in estimating incurs extra costs and inaccuracy leads to unpleasant outcomes and customer discontent. the process of project estimating then becomes more like a balance of benefits between the two.
Previously in one of my earlier articles, I discussed the key qualities required for a project manager to be effective in building a high performance project team. Believe it or not, though high performance project teams can produce incredible outcomes, there still remain some serious pitfalls that project managers need to be aware of in order not to fall victims in their trap. This post talks about those pitfalls in detail and presents techniques to reduce their probability of occurrence.