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  • Blog Post: InfoPath: Adding a button to switch between views

    The ability to have multiple views of information and multiple uses for forms is one of the great features of InfoPath. And yet, any person responsible for supporting the users working with the forms can tell you that it can be a real challenge to users to have to switch views via the menu system. However...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Site Groups in SharePoint

    There's a great article by Adam Macaulay on MSD2D about using Cross-Site groups to manage your SharePoint users . It's written from a CorasWorks perspective, but don't let thinking it's a promotional piece keep you from reading it -- it has lots of excellent information for the SharePoint administrator...
  • Blog Post: Web Part Deployment Best Practices?

    In articles on MSDN that talk about creating basic web parts , they talk about deployment by importing a .DWT. However, there is also an article on “ Using Wppackager to Package and Deploy Web Parts for Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies ” along with the Wppackager download ....
  • Blog Post: Working with Korby

    I got to spend Friday afternoon talking with Tommy and Korby and then collaborating with Korby on a brief demo that we're going to do together for a leadership team. They've all heard about wikis and want to know more about them and their possibilities. Me, I've only used wikis for internal team communication...
  • Blog Post: One of the joys of working with Duncan

    I've talked before about our InfoPath form associated with a SharePoint (WSS) library that we use for status reporting ( ). I use a 'week of' field and custom views for grouping status reports for a specific week. The date needs to be set to the same date for all status reports for that week, otherwise...
  • Blog Post: CNet: Google and Social Networking

    Google tip-toed into the hot market of online social networks with the quiet launch of Orkut.com on Thursday, CNET News.com has learned. The search company, which is expected to go public this year, is flexing its power with its Internet fans by constantly offering new services, including comparison...
  • Blog Post: Decision Trade-offs

    As I was catching up on my reading last night, I found this post . Peter Torr was talking about "always making the wrong decision", and asking for forgiveness in advance for making *someone* unhappy when their project is released. (Peter works on the Visual Studios Tools for Office team. In his post...
  • Blog Post: My traveling favorites

    For a while now, I've been using a Blogger page as a traveling favorites and personal knowledge management system -- it's very handy.  I keep it as my browser homepage on my home and work computers, and on someone else's computer, it's only a URL away.  This allows me to have all of...
  • Blog Post: The rule of 3

    Remember to apply the rule of three with decision-making. If you don't have three valid options, (one of which might be to continue on) you don't understand the problem. If you think your only option is to maintain the status quo, you're not working to the best of your management ability. Make sure...
  • Blog Post: Warning: This is NOT an accurate representation of how the project will unfold

    (True North pgs, Inc.) has long proposed getting a stamp for every documented plan or schedule that says "Warning: This is NOT an accurate representation of how the project will unfold." Every really experienced project manager knows this -- yet somewhere in the chain of communication, this information...
  • Blog Post: When to outsource

    David Anderson quotes an answer by his boss on outsourcing at an all hands meeting.  We will outsource when there is no knowledge associated with an activity, such as repetitive execution of test plans. We will not outsource where there is knowledge to be gained and retained such as writing...
  • Blog Post: Agile methods for assessing progress

    Robert Martin  points out that the important thing about Agile methods is that they produce real data, and data is what you need in order to really know where you are.  Compare that to how most software projects are run. They begin with a date. Let's not kid ourselves, all projects...
  • Blog Post: Outsourcing

    I've been thinking about outsourcing a lot recently.  The difference in the apparent project costs is very appealing, from a management standpoint, but I wonder if outsourcing large chunks of development can really be successful over the long term.  Successful outsourcing projects have...
  • Blog Post: What I wonder about FOO camp

    FOO camp sounds pretty amazing... and also unreal, really, to a peon like me ;-)  I've read several of the write-ups, and I'm intrigued by the way the sessions got organized (no surprise here).  A couple of people alluded to it, and Jeremy Zawodny was the most titillating with: ...
  • Blog Post: Johanna Rothman on Agile techniques

    Johanna is one of those people who, if I'd never met her, I would hold her in awe. She has great insights, really gets managing product development, and is an all-round good person, too.  Plus, she works amazingly hard.  Today she was talking about a conversation she had about the project...
  • Blog Post: I'm obsessed with InfoPath...

    Or at least it's capabilities.  For years I've struggled with, and invented, and fudged, and jury-rigged, many ways to deal with and track project information.  We have a status report InfoPath form in a Sharepoint library, and each Monday I read each project status for...
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