July 2007

The Dilemma of the Capable

July 29, 2007

The Peter Principle states that in a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to their level of incompetence. In other words, every employee gets promoted until they reach a level where they are unable to perform their duties well and hence cannot be promoted. A variant I have noticed on the Peter Principle is this: If […]

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& A Session on Google Analytics">Q & A Session on Google Analytics

July 28, 2007

Users of web visitor analytical data from applications such as Google Analytics and other programs use them to understand more about their visitors. They use the information to better design their website layout and content. But Google Analytics also provides other pieces of interesting information. Using some of the statistics (over the last 6 months) […]

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When Murphy Strikes

July 25, 2007

Management is tough. It takes years of experience and learning to understanding how to manage people and resources well. While some managers get lucky and have an easy time, most managers find the going tough. Management is fundamentally a balancing act between several conflicting priorities and an assumption of risks and responsibilities over which one […]

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Productivity Tips for Nerds

July 22, 2007

Everyone wants to be more productive and there are literally thousands of books and web pages to cater to them. In this article, I want to focus on technical people because they exhibit certain special behaviors that get in the way of being productive, even if they want to. Here are some productivity tips for them: […]

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Coping with Difficult People

July 21, 2007

I recently heard an audio tape of the book, “Coping with Difficult People” by Robert M. Bramson. This is one book that every manager should read. In fact, probably every person should read this book. If they have to interact with difficult people, then they will learn how to manage such behavior. And if they are themselves […]

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Integration between Google applications

July 18, 2007

The recent acquisition of FeedBurner and the subsequent quick integration with Blogger was a superb move by Google. Recently, Google has made many integration efforts between various applications and many of them have been really beneficial to both web authors and end users. A few examples from Blogger itself: Integration with Google Custom Search: With no […]

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High-Class Problems

July 15, 2007

Nobody wants failure, but success brings its own challenges and problems. I don’t know if you have experienced this, but every time you cross a new milestone, there is some other new issue waiting to be resolved. It is not that you don’t want to succeed or you would be happier being a failure. It is […]

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Startup vs. Non-Startup

July 14, 2007

There are a lot of useful books and articles on business management. But many of them have a particular problem: The advice works only in a startup or a non-startup, but not both. Unfortunately, many articles do not clearly explain the context under which the advice is applicable. This has the result of confusing readers, who […]

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The Full Feed Problem Again

July 10, 2007

Steve McConnell, the author of the programming Bible, “Code Complete”, has a blog called “10x Software Development”. I am a huge fan of McConnell and actually buy his books to use as reference material, instead of my usual method of borrowing them from a library. His blog is pretty good and I would encourage you to […]

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Free vs. Getting Paid

July 8, 2007

In a previous post on making your hobby count, I mentioned that when you start making money, the focus shifts from you to your customers. There are 2 logical objections to a statement like that: Objection 1: When you start earning money for something, isn’t it about you at that point? It is definitely true that you […]

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