August 30, 2012

Management reserves and contingency reserves: what’s the difference?
Do you have contingency on your project? In Eliyahu Goldratt’s book Critical Chain he calls it safety, but whatever name for it you use, most projects have an element of budget provision put aside in case of emergency.

The Four Kinds of Burning Platforms
Contrary to how some people relate to the term “burning platform,” I don’t see it as a story of disaster. To me it’s a tale of courage and tenacity that illustrates the commitment necessary to face the risk and uncertainty inherent in departing from the current state of affairs.

The best interface is no interface
The author has tried to find out why and how the UI is a hindrance to the users and how to get away from it. Read on completely and I am sure, you will like it.

Hackers vow 'hellfire' in latest major data leak
A group of hackers has released a vast quantity of data from banks, government agencies, consulting firms and many others and promised more data leaks in the future.

Agile strategic planning and innovation at Pandora
Internet radio service Pandora’s CTO and VP Tom Conrad describes how the company’s agile strategic planning process diverged from the traditional, annual, all-hands product planning session.

Dell unveils XPS 10 tablet with ARM processor, Windows RT
The company's new tablet strategy revolves around Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 and RT operating systems. Also, with the consumerization of IT in the enterprise, Dell is also more on higher-margin mobile devices that can be used at work and home.

Innovation is the most abused word in tech
Most of what is called innovation today is mere distraction. But don’t take my word for it. Read this paper by Robert Gordon, written for the National Bureau of Economic Research. The Financial Times assesses it and has a link to the 25-page PDF.

Samsung introduces first Windows Phone 8 device
According to Microsoft's blog post, the AVIV S has a 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display made from Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Other Samsung ATIV S specs inlcude 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of onboard RAM, 8MP autofocus rear camera and 1.9MP front-facing camera

10 Tips For Starting Up A Successful Solution Provider Business
Creating a business can be nerve-wracking, but it also can be rewarding, both financially and emotionally. Here are 10 tips from Next-Gen 250 entrepreneurs on how to reap more of the rewards, and less of the anxiety.

Intel Teases Tech for Using Laptop to Wirelessly Charge a Phone
Imagine being able to charge a nearly dead smartphone battery just by putting the phone next to a laptop. Well, it turns out that feature is on the drawing board. Intel said on Wednesday that it is working with fellow chipmaker Integrated Device Technology to bring wireless charging capabilities to future Ultrabook laptops.

Quote for the day:

"A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle." --Kahlil Gibran

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