Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Secrets about LinkedIn Invitations to connect!

Have you ever wondered about the limitations on the invitations you send for growing your network on the most popular professional networking platform: Linkedin?!

The following are some facts from the LinkedIn experts:

- Maximum number of of 1st-degree connections: 30,000 connections.
- Number of people who can follow you is unlimited.
- Your ability for sending invitations is limited , if many of your invitations are ignored or rejected. Attention!
- Invitations validity: 
    * 6 months for LinkedIn members.
    * 2 weeks for non-LinkedIn members.

Inviting or Connecting with People on LinkedIn:

Managing sent invitations\Withdrawing an invitation:

Controlling who can send you invitations:


This information is as of 20th Sep, 2017, and since the platform is continuously evolving, it is advised to refer to the Linked help or support for the latest updates.

Sending LinkedIn message to someone outside your network! (Free - No InMail)

Objective: Sending a message to someone outside your network, when message button is unavailable.

Method:    Send an invitation request with a note.

How to:     Open the person's contact page and select "Add Note", while sending an invitation request.

The other party will receive your message with the Invitation Request!

Friday, 20 May 2016

Consistency in product, process and project management

Although the say goes: Consistency is the key to success.
I say: Consistency is the key to excellence! 

- This starts from sustaining customers' loyalty, as customers usually flee from services that are undetermined.

- Significantly, total cost of ownership is directly proportional to the variations in your processes and the work practices. So the more coherent and consistent processes you operate, the lower the cost of their maintenance.

- Overall governance and compliance frameworks are highly challenged by inconsistent work set-ups.

In short, achieving consistency within your  products,  processes and project management practices is critical in aligning their objectives to your business goals.

There are several methods for achieving this consistency, such as:

- Adopting a unified project management methodology, which is disciplined enough to handle complex and long term projects, as well as being agile enough to exploit quick wins and ah-hoc engagements.

- Promoting one-stop-shop for the inception, design, inauguration, and continual improvement for your policies, processes, standards, procedures and practices.

- Conducting regular awareness campaigns with the latest enterprise processes and standards operating procedures.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Tip: Moving folders in SharePoint

My easiest way for doing this is to open the document library within the Windows Explorer using the button: "Open with Explorer"

- Make sure that you are using IE 32 bit.

You can know that by opening the Task manager and checking the process name, if suffixed by *32, then it is the 32 bit version of browser.

By default, usually the 32 bit version from the browser is launched.

- Don't use compatibility mode while opening the SharePoint site.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

How to establish Green Operations?!

Green Operations, here, refers to operations, which follow the rules and regulations "by the book" to achieve the highest interests for the enterprise.

First - Red - Policies: (Rules and Norms)

Establish the required policies.

Second - Blue - Standards: (Build on others' success )

Define the related standards.

Third - Orange - SOPs: (How to get it done?)

Detail the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures).

Fourth - Yellow - Guidelines: (Recommendations)

Support with guidelines and best practices.

Fifth - Green - Operations: (Actual Work)

Act in a green way! 

Monday, 17 August 2015

Why aren't surveys the best feedback elicitation tool?!

Although the value of surveys cannot be denied, and the stakeholders’ feedback, in general,  is so valuable in improving the service they receive; I am in the habit of volunteering very little time for filling-in surveys!!

Simply for many reasons about the survey itself:
- -          Not my business.
It is not directly contributing to my own business objectives, only indirectly through the service I receive from that service provider.

-  -        Accountability.
In all ways, the service provider is accountable to deliver the service of highest quality based on its experience with its business, not based on the experience I transfer to it.

-    -      Prioritization.
My feedback as an end user to a service provider is voluntary, not explicitly a measured output for my day work, so it is with low priority unless there is a specific reason to change that.

-   -       Time.
It is time consuming, filling the survey is a commitment, which consumes time in context switching from other day activities into opening the survey tool, and reflecting on my past experience to fill-in the answers appropriately. It is not very accurate, in reality, to measure that by the few minutes consumed in checking the radio buttons.

-   -       Fun.
it is boring; it usually lacks any fun. Especially those typical direct expected questions like “Rate your satisfaction with that specific service in the scale A-D”, “Do you think we are doing good in delivering our service A?”

What I would suggest is to vary the tools to obtain the same desired output.

For example:
-  -       Feedback can be much more diverse and innovative through focus groups.
-  -       Highest reliability can be achieved through direct interviews with staff, where the input is based on real stories.
-  -        Much more engagement can be achieved through introducing gamification into the process. 
-  -        Improving the effectiveness of a specific tool might be reached through combining two tools together, such as focus groups and targeted surveys.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The unit for measuring project's work

The answer is Time!

Yes, it is at the first sight a bit surprising since time is used also for scheduling. However, when we mention scheduling, we are more concerned about the task duration with a specific number of resources assigned to complete it.

Take care that!
A specified task duration assigned to a single resource can't be directly halved by assigning it to 2 resources:

This might be an over simplification, as usually this involves at least some interaction between the resources which can add to the communication overhead work to be performed. 

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam Time Preparation

Examination Paper:

   --> Scenario Booklet: (1 scenario + possible additional information for specific questions)
   --> Question Booklet:
      (8 questions,
      each contains 10 question lines subdivided into parts,
      each part covers specific syllabus area identified at the beginning of the question)
   --> Answer Booklet


Process Groups

1- Business Case
Starting up a project
Initiating a project
2- Organization
Directing a project
Managing a stage boundary
Closing a project 
3- Quality
Controlling a stage
Managing product delivery
Tailoring PRINCE2
4- Plans

5- Risk
6- Change
7- Progress
6 out of 7
2 out of 3
- Not examined
- May be included in other questions

Timing: (2h30)

Scenario & Overall


80 Qs for 80 marks
Pass: 44 marks (55%)

Good luck!

* Some content is based on information from Axelos PRINCE2 Practitioner Examination Candidate Guidance ver 1.12