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  • Blog Post: Things You Know Now

          Jimmy May, aspiring geek and part time editor in chief for www.PracticeThis.com tagged me for Things You Know Now . The idea behind all this is sharing the lessons learned at  hard knock school of life. Or in other words it is about what would I do differently if I had...
  • Blog Post: Software Release Management - The Questionnaire

        Have you been involved with Application Lifecycle Management consulting? Have you helped to build solid Release Management process? If so I need your insights. I started my research with a quick search and I have stumbled on the following article that perfectly matched my online search...
  • Blog Post: "The Most Important Act In Consulting Is Setting The Right Fee."

          This is what Gerald M. Weinberg writes in his book Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully . The book is full of great advices to consultants like myself and to those who hire consultants.  Weinberg discusses many other topics spiced with...
  • Blog Post: Consulting And Security Reviews - How To Get Everyone Onboard

          Security reviews are a respected methodology.  People know about them, and probably use them semi-regularly. Ask anyone if security reviews are important, and they would all say yes.  Ask them if they do it regularly, and most would say no. Related Materials Three...
  • Blog Post: Three Laws Of Consulting By Gerald M. Weinberg

        As part of my quest to become a better consultant I am reading Gerald M. Weinberg's book Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully . It is quite controversial and provocative book. At the same time Weinberg shares real world practices that help folks...
  • Blog Post: Two Crucial Lessons Every Consultant Must Learn First

          Good consultant is a leader. If not, why hire one anyway? I was reading Gerald M. Weinberg's book Becoming a Technical Leader: An Organic Problem-Solving Approach . This is good book that helps you build technical (and beyond) leadership skills. Good consultant paves the path...
  • Blog Post: Seven Characteristics Of High Performing Consultant

          After I've read Kenneth H. Blanchard's book Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service I fell in love with the author. The next book on my list from Blanchard was The One Minute Manager .  It was less entertaining than "Raving Fans..." book but...
  • Blog Post: Consultant Eaten By Sharks

    "If you swim with sharks, do not act like food" - I can crystal clearly remember that quote by Michio Kaku when he was giving a keynote during internal MS convention. It resonated with me a lot. As a consultant, I often find myself deep in the waters surrounded by sharks. Sometimes frightened to death...
  • Blog Post: Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Consultants

          I was reading The Practice of Leadership blog that briefly reviewed Steven Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People . I like Steven Covey's approach. In fact, I massively use Steven's Urgent/Important quadrants to prioritize my daily work (as outlined here - Prioritize...
  • Blog Post: Who Wants To Be A Consultant?

         I Consultant. As part of my personal growth quest I constantly challenge myself wether consulting is my career path. These are the questions I ask myself: Do you like solving engineering problems in the field? Do you like meeting lots of different people? Do you like to be exposed...
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