Category: Technology

Get It Right EVERY TIME (not just the first time)

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life One of the cool things about working with developers, sysadmins, and customers is that the environment is changing constantly. The Habit We technical folks often fall into one of two mindsets when we’re...
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Complete Work Faster and Better With Scrum

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life I’ll go ahead and assume you know what Scrum is.  If not, look it up – there are tons of people who can provide a far better and more complete explanation than I....
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Keep Email in its Box with Inbox Zero

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life We all have a love/hate relationship with email, except maybe without the love. Yes, email is terrible, but it’s part of life so we may as well deal with it in this...
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Online Meetings and Collaboration

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life The Habit Online meetings can be just as productive as a meeting held in person, provided everyone remembers that the meeting is still a meeting. Turn your camera on.  It seems weird at...
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Why I Keep My Files in Dropbox

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life Dropbox for File Sharing Free with paid version available for home users with large amounts of data enhanced collaboration features for business Dropbox makes it a breeze to sync files between multiple...
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On Sunsetting Code

Today I took a call from a colleague asking if we could extend an existing app to support new changes that had been made in the business. When scoping the project and prioritizing we realized that we have outgrown the app and need to replace it with a 3rd...
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Set Boundaries with Your Time and Money

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life The Habits TIME BLOCKING The Covey organization does a fabulous job of describing life as boulders, rocks, pebbles, and sand. You’ve likely heard the analogy a dozen different ways, but it goes...
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How to Round Up by Quarter Hour in T-SQL

If life should ever punish you by challenging you to round up decimals by a quarter of an hour – always up and never down – here’s a liferaft In a scenario where you wish for 2.04 to be rounded up to 2.25 instead of down to 2.00: [crayon-5d0a4b4890be3871103361/]...
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Weekly Review and Planning

This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life For the past year I’ve kept a habit that has helped me significantly to grow professionally and to be more productive.  That habit is what I call the weekly review and planning pause.  This simple,...
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Shrink Your Window to Reduce Time Spent Writing (and Reading) Emails

Email is expensive to write, and expensive to read.  It costs our organizations vast amounts of time (aka money) to communicate with email.  Worse, email is far less effective at communicating ideas, and is utterly useless in the human interaction department. My advice is to avoid email whenever possible,...
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