Prioritizing project work is a challenge for project teams across many industries. While shifting priorities are a natural part of working life, when you don’t prioritize work you can lay havoc to all your team’s projects and initiatives, and even drain team morale.
With quality assurance (QA) teams under pressure to do more with less, adding the challenge of mobile app beta-testing can quickly overwhelm them. They may have tens—if not hundreds, or even thousands—of testers to shepherd through the beta-testing process. And while gaining feedback about a soon-to-launch mobile app is critical, it’s also important not to waste tester or developer time in doing so.
Chatbots and bring your own device (BYOD) are two of the most predominate technology trends right now. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about chat bots and how they are changing some business workflows.
I’m a longtime Evernote user. I go back to the days when nobody knew who they were. I was a customer during their rise. Now over 16K of my notes and a new Evernote corporate management team later I wonder what the future is for the company and the tool that has changed how I stay organized. I read about Evernote users leaving after recent pricing changes, but that’s not me since I’ve been an Evernote Premium user for a couple of years. I believe in paying for software that’s an integral part of my workflow.
The US federal government has painted a horrible picture of digital transformation — one marred by multi-year project timelines, overspending and the Healthcare.gov website failures. But now the
I’ve come around on my feelings about Google Apps for Work after working in Microsoft Office-dominated organizations for years. My skepticism for Google Apps for Work has gone away as the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) improves across platform. One thing that I still think that Google has always gotten right is the ease of integration with Google Apps for Work and other platforms through the Google Apps Marketplace.
There are times when I need to break out of my home office to get things done. It usually happens when the solitude (or maybe the mess) of my home office gets to be too much. So during the past two years, I’ve tried a number of places close by my house in Northern Virginia including:
- Starbucks is fine for short bursts but I’m not a coffee drinker. I do love their hot chocolate though making it more of a fall/winter place for my writing.
- Panera can be a productive place for me especially on Saturdays in the fall and winter. During the summer
- McDonalds never made the list because I’m still scarred from reading Fast Food Nation.
To me, the perfect writing haunt includes good Wi-Fi and activity. My favorite area right now seems to be the Mosaic District with its large Panera and other wonderful lunchtime options.
One of the bigger mistakes I made in 2012 when I returned to freelancing was spending too much time by myself in my home office. With all remote clients, much of my communications were via email and group chat. I missed out on human interactions.
What makes a good writing haunt for you?
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I’ve collected some of my previously published posts about enterprise mobility, BYOD, mobile security, and mobility in healthcare as a Medium publication. Go to Medium and catch up on any posts you may have missed.
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I’m currently in the market for new projects or even the right full-time opportunity.
For the past few years, I’ve kept a busy schedule usually entailing a 40-hour a week contract with side freelance projects. Work became a seven day a week affair but it’s my choice. Writing felt good after going through some personal health problems and a blessing as well considering the uncertainties of my life as a contract technical writer.