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  • Wed 31 July 2019
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Project Retrospective Data

When you face a problem in your project, don’t get frustrated. Take another perspective: It’s an opportunity to learn, an opportunity to improve yourself or your team. Failure, however painful and stressful, is a resource, so embrace it. Of course, in order for problems to benefit you, you …

  • Thu 13 June 2019
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Schedules slip but are still helpful

As well known, human beings are bad at predicting the future. Having worked on different kinds of projects, I can say that engineers who are supposed to do the project work are reluctant to schedules. Their attitude is rather skeptical. Why trying to predict if the schedule will slip regardless …

  • Thu 13 September 2018
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Reviewing interim project outcomes

We failed to review one piece of the project with a customer before proceeding to the next step, not believing it to be necessary since the project was just beginning and actual deliverables were yet to come. The customer took some time to inspect a deployment model we prepared, because …

  • Tue 14 August 2018
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Lisbon 2018

I had never been to Portugal before this travel. I knew little about the country, and had no clue what to expect. As a result, my expectations were easily exceeded. I really liked what I saw and experienced there: places, nature, local food, and people! In this post, I'll share …

  • Tue 20 February 2018
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Avoid pie charts

Pie charts are overly popular and widely used in the business world. However, as Stephen Few puts it in his book “Show me the numbers”, this kind of graphs is not efficient communication tool. He jokes that the author of pie charts, William Playfair, was probably under the weather when …

  • Wed 27 December 2017
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Publish Gantt chart from OmniPlan into Confluence

As many of us would agree, a project manager is responsible for a realistic project schedule. And Gantt chart is a tool that allows PMs to manage schedule in addition to coordinating a team's work. However, here's the challenge I encountered in my work: only PMs are the ones who …

  • Thu 29 December 2016
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My 2016 Annual Review

This is my attempt to reflect on events of the year 2016. For that, I'll answer three questions: What went well this year? What could have been done better? What am I working toward? This is a format I decided to use being inspired by the annual reviews by James …

  • Thu 03 November 2016
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Pairwise testing

Problem: Imagine you're a managing a project where the constraints like scope, time, cost, and quality have been already negotiated and approved. At some point before the project start, it turns out that a customer wants to change the scope so that a number of test combinations goes significantly up …

  • Wed 19 October 2016
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Against multitasking

Multitasking is a feature of the microprocessor not a human's. In the world surrounded by computer technologies, multitasking is something quite natural. Opening multiple tabs with different resources in a browser. Chatting with several people at a time. Sending an email when on a web conference call. Does it sound …

  • Sun 02 October 2016
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My website: why and how

In this post, I'm going to describe why and how I built my personal website. I'll begin with why. Here are several reasons that motivated me in the first place. Improving my writing English skill Enhancing communication Writing about what I've learned should help me understand it better Showing my …