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100+ Lessons Learned for Project Managers
"Jerry Madden, the former Associate Director of Flight Projects at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), collected 122 lesson learned nuggets from a variety of sources that are instructive to managers of NASA spaceflight projects. These aphorisms should be accepted where they may provide insight into NASA project management success."
business  projectmanagement  nasa  advice  funny  wisdom 
january 2019 by garrettc
Moving to Berlin: The Needle Guide 2018 | The Needle: Berlin
Moving to Berlin? This is the independent guide––no ads, no sponsored tips––from The Needle. The advice you need in one place to simplify setting up in the heart of Europe.
emigration  germany  berlin  advice 
september 2018 by garrettc
Sizing engineering teams.
"Over the past year I've refined my approach to team sizing into a bit of a framework, and even changed my mind on several aspects, especially the viability of small teams. This post describes how I now size teams"
advice  career  management  business  mentoring  teams 
july 2018 by garrettc
Playbook is one place for the design community to share knowledge. Ask and answer questions on career development, design tips, and design process. Build your playbook.
advice  community  design  freelance 
february 2018 by garrettc
JSOxford - Speakers advice
A regular meetup of JavaScript enthusiasts every other month in Oxford, UK.
javascript  meetup  speaking  talk  advice 
january 2018 by garrettc
40 Tourist Scams to Avoid During Your Travels
"Traveling is stressful. The last thing you want to worry about is getting scammed by crooks on the street. Your best tool? Knowledge. Know how they work. Know what they’ll do."
travel  security  advice 
january 2018 by garrettc
So, You’d Like to Buy Your Loved One a Book?
Follow the arrows to discover the best reading to give as a gift this season.
books  advice  presents 
november 2017 by garrettc
Three Paths in the Tech Industry: Founder, Executive, or Employee
When people ask me for tech career advice I find it helpful to lay out the three paths I’ve encountered most in my career: founder, executive, and employee. I wrote this post though because when I talk to people about their careers I’m surprised at how often they focus on only one of these paths without taking the time to consider other options.
entrepreneurship  career  advice  business  startups 
october 2017 by garrettc
My questions for event organizers.
When I’m asked to speak at an event, I ask a few useful questions. Maybe you’ll find them useful, too.
speaking  presenting  advice  business  conference 
july 2017 by garrettc
How to say no
Here are a few ways to kindly and firmly say no when you need to focus.
advice  management  career 
june 2017 by garrettc
Does This Need to be Said
3 questions to ask yourself before you speak... 1. Does this need to be said. 2. Does this need to be said by me. 3. Does this need to be said by me NOW!" ~Craig Ferguson
advice  comedy  philosophy  society  equality  funny 
february 2017 by garrettc
How to write a successful conference proposal
There are probably thousands of tech-oriented events being ran each day. From casual meetups to full-blown, multiple-day conferences with large budgets. A significant amount of them sources their…
publicspeaking  conference  speaking  advice 
february 2017 by garrettc
Unusual Traveller
Tips and tricks for travelling around the world, including places to visit.
travel  advice  society 
august 2015 by garrettc
Lessons Learned in Software Development
Here is my list of heuristics and rules of thumb for software development that I have found useful over the years: Development 1. Start small, then extend. Whether creating a new system, or adding a feature to an existing system, I always start by making a very simple version with almost none of the required functionality.…
advice  programming  software  development  career  management 
april 2015 by garrettc
Continuous Integration & Delivery - Illustrated
Hand-drawn sketches by Nhan Ngo that illustrate the principles of Continuous Integration & Delivery. Released under a Creative Commons license.
advice  architecture  devops  continuousdeployment  continuousintegration 
august 2014 by garrettc
I ask, you answer
Interviews looking at all aspects of web design and development
webdesign  webdevelopment  bestpractice  advice  workflow 
january 2014 by garrettc
Creatives, if you've lost your passion, don't be afraid of change
Creatives, if you've lost your passion, don't be afraid of change
life  lifehack  advice  creativity 
april 2013 by garrettc
How to be a better designer
"If you can’t draw as well as someone, or use the software as well, or if you do not have as much money to buy supplies, or if you do not have access to the tools they have, beat them by being more thoughtful. Thoughtfulness is free and burns on time and empathy." - Wonderful advice from Frank Chimero
advice  designthinking  design  inspiration 
april 2012 by garrettc
How to blog
A must-read for all writers, bloggers, journalists; both aspiring and working. From Boing Boing's Rob Beschizza.
blog  writing  creative  copywriting  advice  wdcs  wdcsintranet 
april 2012 by garrettc
Henry Miller's 11 Commandments
I love #7: "Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it."
advice  creativity  life  writing  writer 
february 2012 by garrettc
Our First Principles
Content Magazine interviews developers and strategists about their own first principles, how those principles have changed over time and about the place where they began
advice  business  content  copywriting  contentstrategy 
february 2012 by garrettc
How Shopify’s Apps Team Gets Things Done
The "tacit knowledge" that drives Shopify's app team. Keep things lean, don't be afraid to fail, good is better than perfect.
business  advice  principles  agile  projectmanagement  management  teams 
january 2012 by garrettc
The LSE guide to using Twitter
Publication from the London School of Economics on using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities.
twitter  guide  advice  socialspace  wdcsintranet 
january 2012 by garrettc
10 steps to better blogging
A good list from Dan Frommer at his new site SplatF
advice  blog  writing  technique 
december 2011 by garrettc
Email checklist
Seth Godin's checklist before you hit send.
advice  checklist  email  etiquette  society  communication 
june 2011 by garrettc
"How to create advertising that sells"
An advert written by David Ogilvy that ran in the 60s and 70s.
advertising  business  creative  marketing  advice 
april 2011 by garrettc
American Red Cross Social Media Guidelines
A really good presentation for Red Cross chapters on how to engage across different social media platforms.
presentation  charity  nonprofit  advice  bestpractice  wdcs  wdcsintranet  guidelines  society 
april 2011 by garrettc
10 Kick Ass Presentation Techniques
Alex Hunter on things to keep in mind when preparing and delivering a presentation.
presentation  tips  advice  speaking 
march 2010 by garrettc
How to Save 6Music & Asian Network
Great advice on what we can do as the public to ensure our voices are heard at the BBC Trust.
bbc  review  save6music  advice 
march 2010 by garrettc
7 Ways to Improve your Public Speaking
Great advice from Andy Budd on how to prepare and execute an effective presentation.
speaking  presentation  conference  tips  advice  howto  performance  technique 
january 2010 by garrettc
UX Team of One
Leah Buley's talk on tips and techniques for generating diverse design ideas on your own.
design  collaboration  webdesign  userexperience  brain  tips  howto  research  advice 
november 2009 by garrettc
Leah Buley’s A UX Team of One.
Tips for brainstorming ideas when you're on your lonesome. I especially love the spectrum idea.
webdesign  userexperience  brain  tips  howto  research  advice 
november 2009 by garrettc
What Startups Are Really Like
An essay by Paul Graham based on a questionaire sent to startup founders about what surprised them about starting a startup
business  startups  advice  management  tips 
october 2009 by garrettc
How to Develop a (Small-Scale) Social Media Plan
Written from the perspective of museums, but useful advice for everyone. Define your goals and resources, make a plan
museum  socialmedia  socialsoftware  advice  webdevelopment 
june 2009 by garrettc
Guesses vs. Data as Basis for Design Recommendations
"Even the tiniest amount of empirical facts (say, observing 2 users) vastly improves the probability of making correct UI design decisions."
usability  testing  research  data  webdesign  webdevelopment  userexperience  userinterface  advice  jakobnielsen 
june 2009 by garrettc
Copywriting: a prescription for great text
Copywriting advice from Amanda Aitken (aka, the stylish copywriter)
tutorial  resource  advice  howto  writing  copywriting 
may 2009 by garrettc
How to give a lecture
Set up with a hook, say a lot about a little, not a little about a lot.
education  teaching  presentation  advice  howto 
may 2009 by garrettc
Give your Online Store Some Bite!
Advice on making your online shop stand out from the crowd.
ecommerce  webdesign  userexperience  advice  t  tips 
may 2009 by garrettc
Commissioning for Attention Part 1
"Attention is far too precious a resource these days to act like a bouncer and pull across a velvet rope if people turn up too late. The dirty secret of the web is that, although its never been easier to publish, its never been easier to be ignored.”
media  trends  education  socialnetworking  socialsoftware  socialmedia  advice 
april 2009 by garrettc
Online community management 101
Great advice from Heather Champ and Derek Powazek's workshop at Webstock.
community  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  advice  management  leedsgeekup09  ogn16 
february 2009 by garrettc
Working From Home: The Readers Respond
Tips from the ALA readership on how to maintain the life/work balance when working from home.
home  business  advice  ala  work  tips 
october 2008 by garrettc
Focus and Recompose Exposed
James Duncan Davidson explains how the focus and recompose technique can sometimes lead to out of focus shots. Damn, I use this quite a lot.
advice  camera  digital  dof  tutorial  photography  photo  howto  technique  tips 
october 2008 by garrettc
Opera Web Standards Curriculum
How to develop sites acording to current best practises, from the makers of the Opera browser.
advice  code  resource  education  learning  reference  css  html  webdevelopment  webstandards 
july 2008 by garrettc
The cron commandments
Good tips from Dean Wilson on how to write cron jobs correctly.
advice  cron  guidelines  howto  linux  unix  sysadmin  reference  shell  tips 
june 2008 by garrettc
How to nap
I'm definitely an owl, so I should be taking a wee siesta about 2-3pm
advice  biology  sleep  health  nap  productivity  energy  lifehack 
june 2008 by garrettc
How to Clean Stuff
Donating to the Clean Water Fund for every tip published.
advice  clean  diy  home  howto  learning  lifehack  productivity  reference  skills  tips  tricks 
may 2008 by garrettc
Pixar’s Brad Bird on Fostering Innovation
"It seems counterintuitive, but for imagination-based companies to succeed in the long run, making money can’t be the focus."
advice  apple  art  business  creativity  culture  design  development  economics  environment  ideas  inspiration  lessons  management  philosophy  process  leadership  lifehack 
may 2008 by garrettc
Web design 2.0 - it’s all about the resource and its URL
Or as Tom Coates so beautifully puts it: "Identify your first order objects and make them addressable."
advice  architecture  data  design  URL  REST  principles  trends  webdevelopment  restful 
january 2008 by garrettc
100 ways to say I love you
"#29: In the late 19th century you cut her name into the cornfields, hoping someone would invent the airplane."
advice  article  funny  humour  love  relationships  society 
december 2007 by garrettc
The Forgotten Lens
Why you should invest in a 50mm prime lens and ditch that 28-80 zoom that came with your SLR
advice  camera  photography  howto  optics  lens  photo  tips  tools  tricks 
october 2007 by garrettc
How To Do
Very nice looking drupal site: "HowToDoThings strives to solve people’s everyday problems by compiling reliable information from experienced contributors and making it available to inexperienced readers."
advice  content  drupal  creativity  education  guide  howto  help  information 
september 2007 by garrettc
Getting A Form's Structure Right
Affordance, orientation and chunking, 3 important areas of form development
accessibility  advice  article  design  workflow  usability  userexperience  webdevelopment  webstandards 
september 2007 by garrettc
This Way to the Web, Print Designers!
Khoi Vinh on how print designers can make their way into the world of web design and development.
design  print  advice  webdevelopment 
august 2007 by garrettc
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