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How To Create A Subscription Popup With 'Thank You' Page For Your Blog

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 like the one below for your Wordpress blog using PopupAlly plugin integrated with your MailChimp account, ...

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8 Critical Techniques For Optimizing Google Adsense

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. But first as a start, check out the online course provided by Google for all Adsense publishers who want to learn how to earn more from their website. This course helps in building your Adsense expertise through ...

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Agile Methodologies: Lean Software Development (Part 1)

In this long article, we will briefly describe the Lean process, go through its history, then present its associated principles and techniques. This is the first part of the article and subsequently the rest of the content will follow later. Lean is one of the major Agile software development methods that aims at performing only the tasks that are absolutely necessary ...

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8 Ps of Vision and Strategy

By Junaid Tahir   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 ...

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Agile Methodologies: Learning About Crystal Methods

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. Thus the colors become darker as the size ...

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Analyzing Business Strategy: The BCG Matrix

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 multi-product companies properly assess cash demands of their products, financial resource allocation across their product lines, and investment/divestment decisions to improve their return on investment (ROI) and maximize their future growth and ...

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Scrum: Learning it The Simple Way

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. Product features, known as user stories, are written from the perspective of the end user. The collection of all these user stories is known as the product backlog (PBL) which is basically a wish list of all the things ...

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Scenario Planning: Supplementing Traditional Strategic Planning

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 ...

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A Simple Method to Split a Wordpress Post into Multiple Pages

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 <!––nextpage––> tag. In the second ...

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Boosting Your Wordpress Site's Performance By Enabling GZIP Compression

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 ...

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Improving Quality of Project Estimation

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 ...

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Avoiding Common Pitfalls of High Performance Project Teams

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 ...

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Contract Management Must-Knows For Project Managers

Contract management constitutes a major component of a project procurement system. Most work done nowadays on projects involves dealing with contracts or has a contractual nature. Although some companies have purchasing departments that specialize in procurement, one of the basic knowledge and skills of a project manager is to be able to read and manage contracts. This post basically discusses ...

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Understanding And Managing Your Boss

The idea of “managing your boss” may sound quite unusual for some managers, considering the widespread adoption of the traditional top down management approach in most organizations. Even though talented and aggressive managers nowadays carefully control and administer their subordinates, services, and products, they might reveal, on the other hand, a passive stand with their bosses (Gabarro and Kotter 1993). ...

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Changes in Project Management Processes Between PMBOK 4 And PMBOK 5

This post presents a tabulated summary of differences in the names, inputs, tools, and outputs of project management processes between PMBOK 4 and PMBOK 5. Note that terms in Red which exist in PMBOK 4 have been removed or replaced in PMBOK 5, terms in Blue have been newly added into PMBOK 5, and terms in Black have not ...

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Critical Analysis of Porter's Five Forces Model - Information Technology (IT) Industry

In order to appropriately formulate their corporate strategies and distinctively compete in the market, organizations are in a need for a framework that would help them in understanding industry structure and in overcoming rivalry. This essay aims at discussing, analyzing, and criticizing Porter’s Five Forces model using a wide variety of academic literature. The first part introduces the model, discusses ...

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Key Qualities For An Effective Project Manager

This post describes key qualities needed for an effective project manager. It discusses the differences between leading and managing a project, explains the importance of managing stakeholders, describes how to gain influence by reciprocity, stresses on the significance of leading by example and managing by wandering around (MBWA), explores how to deal with the contradictory nature of work, and finally ...

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An Example Scenario Using Program Evaluation And Review Technique (PERT)

This post demonstrates how to use PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) to compute the weighted average duration, standard deviation, and the variance of each activity in a given project. It then calculates the average or expected project duration, which is the sum of the average activity times on the critical path. Finally knowing the average project duration and the ...

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Improving Scheduling Using Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM)

On December 17, 2002, Shelby County Habitat of Humanity, a nonprofit ecumenical housing ministry, broke the world record for the fastest habitat house ever built in 3 hours, 26 minutes, and 34 seconds. Chad Calhoun, the project manager, attributed the project success to the careful planning of each activity, the readiness and organization of all the resources and materials, and ...

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Porter's Value Chain

Critical Analysis of Porter's Value Chain Analysis (VCA) Framework

This post presents a critical analysis of Porter's Value Chain Analysis (VCA) framework by considering both its benefits and its limitations. It first defines the concept of value chain, discusses the primary and support activities, illustrates how to achieve competitive advantage using value chain, analyzes differentiation and cost using value chain, and finally analyzes all the weaknesses and limitations of ...

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How To Create A Subscription Popup With ‘Thank You’ Page For Your Blog

July 19th, 2014 No comments

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.

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8 Critical Techniques For Optimizing Google Adsense

July 1st, 2014 No comments

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.

Categories: Blogging Tips

Agile Methodologies: Lean Software Development (Part 1)

June 22nd, 2014 No comments

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.

Categories: Project Management

8 Ps of Vision and Strategy

June 17th, 2014 No comments

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”.

Agile Methodologies: Learning About Crystal Methods

June 14th, 2014 14 comments

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.

Categories: Project Management

Analyzing Business Strategy: The BCG Matrix

May 21st, 2014 No comments

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: Learning it The Simple Way

April 25th, 2014 No comments

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.

Categories: Project Management

Scenario Planning: Supplementing Traditional Strategic Planning

March 1st, 2014 1 comment

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.

A Simple Method to Split a WordPress Post into Multiple Pages

December 20th, 2013 No comments

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.

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Boosting Your WordPress Site’s Performance By Enabling GZIP Compression

October 14th, 2013 13 comments

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.

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Four Reasons Why Project Estimates Get Re-Adjusted

August 9th, 2013 No comments

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.

Six Guidelines for Improving Project Estimates

August 9th, 2013 No comments

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.

Nine Factors Impacting Quality of Project Estimates

August 9th, 2013 No comments

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.

Improving Quality of Project Estimation

August 5th, 2013 No comments

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.

Avoiding Common Pitfalls of High Performance Project Teams

July 29th, 2013 No comments

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.

Categories: Project Management