WHAT THE HELL IS PROJECT MANAGEMENT, ANYWAY?

Project management seems like a classic chicken-and-egg career conundrum: How do you prove you’re adept at managing projects if you haven’t worked as a project manager? Beyond that, what does project management really entail, and how is it different from, you know, being a manager? And what tools do the pros actually use, since there seem to be a new one released every week?

“PROJECT MANAGEMENT” CAN SOUND LIKE EVERYTHING AND NOTHING ALL AT ONCE. WE SPOKE WITH A PROJECT MANAGEMENT PRO TO CLARIFY WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO GET PEOPLE MOVING IN THE SAME DIRECTION.

To better understand some of the managerial speak around project management, I spoke with a 20-year veteran of the field, Frank Ryle. He’s worked as an international project manager for Arup International, managed construction and operation of the first Cadbury Schweppes factory in Russia, and now trains and teaches project management. Ryle analogizes project management to a nine-hole golf metaphor in his book, Keeping Score: Project Management for the Pros, available now as an ebook and due out soon in paperback.
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Accomplish Any Goal by Doing Something Small, Every Day

Accomplish Any Goal by Doing Something Small, Every DaySEXPAND

It takes time to do anything worthwhile, but thankfully, we don’t need it all in one chunk. So this year, forget about the year as a whole. Forget about months and forget about weeks.

Focus on days.

This post originally appeared on Austin Kleon’s blog.

The day is the only unit of time that I can really get my head around. Seasons change, weeks are completely human-made, but the day has a rhythm. The sun goes up; the sun goes down. I can handle that.

There’s a reason many recovering alcoholics adopt “one day at a time” as their way of being. Here’s Richard Walker in Twenty-Four Hours A Day:

Anyone can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you and I add the battles of those two awful eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives us mad. It is the remorse or bitterness for something that happened yesterday or the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us therefore do our best to live but one day at a time.

Building a body of work (or a life) is all about the slow accumulation of a day’s worth of effort over time. Writing a page each day doesn’t seem like much, but do it for 365 days and you have enough to fill a novel.
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The Incredible & Indispensable: 5 Must-Have Apps for your One – HTC Blog

The Incredible & Indispensable: 5 Must-Have Apps for your One – HTC Blog.

So you just picked up your stunningly sexy and sleek HTC One. Congratulations! Now, you’re probably wondering which amongst the virtual sea of Google Play apps will help you best put your One to good use. You’re in luck! We recently asked the HTC community on Twitter to share their top five indispensable apps for the One, which we’ve rounded up for you!

Instagram

The wildly popular mobile photography-based social media network has become a staple in the wake of increasingly powerful mobile phone cameras. Perhaps the first app to popularize photo filters, the collection of filters has increased over time, giving users access to a plethora of photo-customization options. Not much of a photographer? Not to worry: earlier this year Instagram also added support for short videos up to 15 seconds in length. What better way to show off your One’s powerful camera and all of your Zoes?

MX Player

The One comes equipped with a stunning 1080p display. That being said, it would be quite a shame not to put it good use with the occasional movie, right? Enter MX Player: a powerful, versatile, and feature-packed video player. Its support of several subtitle formats makes it perfect for discreet viewing, and its multi-core decoding ensures that you’re utilizing your One’s powerful quad-core processor.

Pocket Casts

Who needs iTunes to enjoy podcasts? Pocket Casts allows users to stay up to date on their favorite podcasts via streaming, or download them directly to their Android device for later listening. Podcasts are sorted through an intuitive, user-friendly graphical interface for easy browsing. Additionally Pocket Casts supports both video and audio podcasts, and has extra features such as variable speed playback, playlists, and the ability to toggle video podcasts to “audio only” when you need to direct your eyes elsewhere.

Waze

Google Maps may have set the standard for smartphone navigation apps, but Waze broke new ground by marrying navigation and crowdsourcing. What does that mean for you? It means access to the latest, user-submitted information on road hazards, construction, accidents, traffic jams, speed traps, and other potential impediments to your travels. Waze automatically updates maps based upon information such as traveling speed, or allows you to manually submit information to the Waze community—all hands free. Picking someone up? Waze connects your Facebook account and allows you to coordinate your travels together, or helps you notify your friends when you’re running behind.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a favorite cross-platform messaging app amongst those who want an alternative to SMS messaging. Unlike conventional SMS inboxes, Whatsapp logs messages received while offline, allowing users to stay connected no matter what. Whatsapp supports group chat, audio messages, and video messages, and also conveniently syncs automatically with your Address Book. Whatsapp is free for a year—after which it only costs $0.99 annually—and is completely ad-free.

What is your must-download app for the HTC One? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Most Useful Apps For Your Daily Life

Do you consider yourself a high-tech user with a smartphone? Is there any favorite apps out there to help your life out? Here’s my favorite daily apps in my HTC One.

1. Google Maps

Google Maps has many various tools to be used as my daily applications. I have this application for years as it solves my daily traffic check when I go to the office and back to home or anywhere. Google maps has made a very interesting approach in giving an information like traffic, navigation, places, etc.

How to enable the traffic? You just need to open Google Maps menu and enable/tick the traffic. It will show you 3 colors, Green : No traffic, Yellow : Medium Traffic, and Red : High Traffic. Google Map delivers the service with internet connections, so you need to have a good connection and location services to run it effectively.

Download Google Maps application here.

2. MovPlex

This is an Indonesian Movie schedule, which is very accurate in delivering the service. MovPlex use the data from the largest Cinema Group (Studio 21 & Studio XXI) and Blitzmegaplex in Indonesia. MovPlex now connected to Rotten Tomatoes API for Box Office Movies (Opening, Top & Upcoming). MovPlex has a very attractive design and is very easy to use. You can do several things like :

1. Find the schedule of Now Playing movies & Theaters, not only that, but also you can see IMDb Rating & watch the trailer directly from your phone, anytime.

2. See the Coming Soon (Upcoming) movies synopsis and also the trailers if any.
3. Movie Review and Rating.
4. More …

Download MovPlex apps here

3. Komutta

Komutta is a comutter guide for the people that live in Jakarta, It does several useful things in Jakarta’s Mass transportations.
– Show Transjakarta/Busway koridors and route (Beta for Koridor 11)
– Show KRL schedule, shift the schedule, train position and set an alarm
– Transjakarta Route Map and shelter location
– Show Bus, Bus AC, Mini Bus and Angkot Route
– Shows Taxi name and Phone Number
– Favorite your most common route, either it’s a Busway, KRL of Angkot.
– Search Route from Start to End Shelter, Tap the item and your route will be shown in the map (non smooth)
– share your search result to a friend using email
– support localization for Indonesian language (Bahasa)
– CCTV View

Download Komutta here

 

J/Secure™ | JCB Brand

What is J/Secure?

The highest quality worldwide We care about quality service

J/Secure is a service that provides ID authentication for JCB cardmembers by simply entering a special J/Secure password registered with your JCB card issuer at participating J/Secure partner retail outlets online. By performing this authentication directly with the JCB card issuer, this eliminates the possibility of unauthorized usage of your card by any third party.
J/Secure is safe and secure!

All you need is the JCB card you already have. There is no need to download or install any special software.

  • *Some cards may not be compatible with the J/Secure service.

Using J/Secure

In order to use J/Secure, you have to register as a user. 
For details on the user registration process, see the instructions for your particular credit card issuer.

  • *This process may vary between different credit card issuing companies.

Registration Example

  1. Access the J/Secure registration page for your credit card issuer.
  2. Enter all required information, such as your JCB card number and expiration date.
  3. Specify your “Personal Message” to be displayed when purchasing products online.
  4. Specify the password you want to use for ID authentication when purchasing items online.
  5. Wait for a notice from your JCB card issuer informing you that the registration process has been completed.

Shopping With J/Secure

When shopping online at any J/Secure participating merchant, you can simply enter your personal password to easily and securely purchase any item from that store.

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You’ll Never Send Things To Friends The Same Way Again | PushBullet Blog

You’ll Never Send Things To Friends The Same Way Again | PushBullet Blog.

By  on November 05, 2013

You can now add and push to friends with Pushbullet, making Pushbullet the fastest and easiest way to share links, files, and more, directly with your friends.

Why is Pushbullet better than other ways of sharing? Because we’ve made it possible to send almost anything directly to a friend, without anything getting in the way. Here are a couple examples of why this is better than email:

  • By pushing a link directly to a friend instead of emailing it to them, they’ll instantly get a notification about the link and going to that link is as easy as tapping on the notification (as opposed to having to go and find it in their inbox). Cool.

  • Sending a picture or file to someone shouldn’t mean attaching it to a blank email. With Pushbullet, you simply send the picture or file right to them. They can then start downloading instantly by tapping the notification. So much easier.

This is awesome, how do I get started?

Once you’ve installed or updated the Pushbullet Android app, you’ll see this message on the top of the screen. Tapping on the message will take you to a list of your contacts, where you can select those you want to be able to push to. Tapping on the X icon will dismiss the message forever.

After selecting your friends and pressing the send icon, those you’ve highlighted will be added as your friends on Pushbullet. You’ll then be able to start pushing to them right away. Those that don’t already have a Pushbullet account will get an invitation to join.

You can also add friends by entering their email address in the Android app or here on pushbullet.com.

Once you’ve added someone as a friend, pushing to them is easy.

All of your friends on Pushbullet are shown as options that can be pushed to using the updated Android appChrome extension, and Firefox extension (or via pushbullet.com). This makes sending something to a friend incredibly simple—just select the person you want to send it to and away it goes.

What happens when I push something to a friend?

They’ll instantly receive a notification on all of their Pushbullet devices. This notification will be smart—links will open in their browser, addresses in Google Map, etc, just like the notifications for pushes to your own devices. Then, once they’ve dismissed the notification on any one of their devices, we automatically dismiss it on all of the rest. This means they’ll never be annoyed seeing the same notification multiple times.

What if I push something to someone who hasn’t signed up yet?

If the person you’ve pushed to doesn’t have a Pushbullet account, we resort to sending it to them as an email. They’ll be able to see whatever you’ve pushed them right from this emailwithout having to sign up first. This is important because it means you don’t have to worry about whether or not they have Pushbullet before you send them something–they’ll get it no matter what.

What if my friend has an iPhone?

We don’t have an iOS app right now but we are working on it. In the mean time, those using iOS can still install our Chrome extension to be able to send and receive pushes on their computer.

If you’re waiting for our iOS app and want to get updates as development progresses (and potentially help us test it before release), you can subscribe to updates here.

What comes next?

These new features are huge step forward in the evolution of Pushbullet. To see people start using us to share things with friends is incredibly exciting and we’re really looking forward to hearing what’s great about it and what we can make better. Our plan for the next couple weeks is to react as quickly as we can to feedback in order to improve this new component of Pushbullet.