How to make your team more creative by simplifying collaboration

Collaboration is a great way for teams to get more done together. Can you have too many great things?
Lisa Bodell, a TEDx speaker describes thinking as “a daring act” because companies often value doing something more than just thinking. This drive to “do” can lead to email overload and meeting overload which can make it difficult to do meaningful work.
Research supports her assertion. Many employees in companies claim that meetings, phone conversations, and emails consume 80% of their work week. This leaves only one week of work that makes a difference.
Something must change.
Lisa believes simplicity is the key to innovation. We couldn’t agree with you more. TeamGantt believes doing more with less is the best way to get started.
Back in the day, Nathan Gilmore was only able to spend 4 hours a week building TeamGantt. Collaboration is key to making significant progress.
TeamGantt’s core principle, creating space for work, is still the guiding principle of our team. This principle is how TeamGantt was able scale to serve thousands of customers with a small staff, no capital investment, and with no capital. This is why it is so important to help your team achieve work-life harmony. This is how you can put it to use and allow for innovation.
Reduce waste
Meetings are the heart of collaborative work. They are vital for your daily life. They are essential for your existence.
You can reduce waste and make meetings more productive. These meeting tips can help you score some quick wins.
Plan your meeting time
Meetings can build up quickly without anyone realizing. How can you stop calendar creep from happening?
Michael Mankins suggests that you establish a zero-based budget for funding your team’s meetings. Limit the time you have for meetings each week. The schedule must be updated if a new meeting is added.
TeamGantt loves the creativity that constraints bring to the table. Our team is encouraged by TeamGantt to find efficient ways to work together by limiting their meeting time. They are empowered not to attend unnecessary meetings.
Nix unproductive meetings
Although a meeting may seem important, it does not necessarily mean that it is. Consider the value it brings to your team before you add a meeting to your calendar.
What impact will the meeting have?
Is it worth everyone’s time?
Are you able achieve the meeting’s goals faster?
These questions should not be limited to new meetings. You can ensure that your team doesn’t suffer from unnecessary stress by challenging yourself to evaluate recurring meetings with the same standard.
Set the stage for action
It’s not fun to waste your time in meetings that end in the same place as they started. You must be able to have productive conversations immediately.
Clarify your goals. Before everyone meets at your table, you can share the meeting’s goals. This will save time and allow you focus on the reason they are here.
Limit invites. Only invite people who are open to participating in the conversation. For FYI, meeting notes will suffice.
Pay attention to the time. Keep the agenda and meeting goals close at hand to ensure that the discussion goes on as planned.
Don’t leave empty-handed. Every meeting should be filled with something to do and a decision.
Reward efficiency
If a meeting is necessary, why not encourage people to finish early? John Correlli, cofounder and CEO of TeamGantt, recently moved TeamGantt’s biweekly sprint planning meetings from the morning to the afternoon.
“The coolest thing I added to it was that sprint planning can be done after we’re done with the day. John explains that we don’t need any more work.
His team has been motivated by this reward to reduce side chatter, and make decisions quicker. “We were able cover the same ground plus an additional

Why should you do CCNA Security?

We all know that the internet is everywhere and everyone can access it. It is vital to manage the complex network of such an internet-based infrastructure.
Security is a major challenge worldwide, and it is not just about managing the network. Cisco recognizes this and has created the CCNA Security certification, which is an attempt to overcome the challenges faced by many.
The CCNA Security program offers security professionals a path to success. Security skills are highly sought after in the networking industry. Security is a top priority for IT workers as they deal with sensitive business data. IT requires people who are experts in this area, and the CCNA security certificate provides that. They need people who are able to identify and manage security threats. A certification in “Security” is a great benefit, as there is a growing market for network specialists. For recruiters, the skills gap is a significant problem. They cannot afford to put their security at risk. They seek out professionals who have a better understanding of security policies and the risks involved in handling large amounts of data.
After obtaining the CCNA Security certification, there are many career options available. These include Security administrator, Network security specialist, and Security support engineer. The CCNA Security certification will help you if you are interested in this career path. The certification training provides a detailed overview of security issues in networking technology. It also contains detailed information about the problems and how to solve them. It will also give you details about how different security policies affect a network, and how to manage them.
Most companies that deal with networking regard the certification highly and it would open up many job opportunities. CCNA security certification is a great way to gain recognition. It opens up more opportunities for those who enjoy working in the networking field and want to expand their security options.
People who have the CCNA security certification will find the CCNA Security an added benefit. It provides a foundation for understanding security processes. CCNA Security is a prerequisite for the Cisco CCSP professional-level certificate. The CCNA Security certificate will help you to grow in your career. The CCNA Security certificate can be a catalyst to help you develop your career and reach your career goals.
As mentioned above, CCNA Security offers many benefits to network engineers who want to specialize in security. There are many options for obtaining certification, with many institutes offering both online and classroom-based trainings. It helps to develop skills in network maintenance, installation, monitoring, and troubleshooting network devices to preserve integrity and confidentiality.
As with all things, new skills can help in personal growth. It is important to keep up with the latest technologies and changes in market. With the CCNA Security certification, one can expect to receive better remuneration packages than those without certifications.

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Why should I trust you? (with Mike Clayton, OnlinePMCourses-The Digital Project Manager)

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Audio Transcription:
Ben Aston:
Stephen Coby says trust is the glue of life in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It is essential for effective communication. It is the foundation of all relationships. It is essential that project managers have the trust of their clients, teams, bosses, and colleagues.
It is essential that we deliver our projects. Trust allows us to focus on our work and not have people convince us to do what we want.
Trust is something we take as a given. We don’t think about how we can earn, maintain, or lose it. Listen to today’s Podcast and learn how to build trust, manage your projects, and make it easier.
We appreciate you tuning in. Digital Project Manager was founded by Ben Aston. Welcome to the DPM Podcast. We have a mission to help project managers succeed and deliver better results.
We are here for you to take your project to the next level. Check out thedigitalprojectmanager.com to learn about the training and resources we offer through membership. This Podcast was brought to you by Clarizen, a pioneer in enterprise portfolio management and project management software. Clarizen.com is a great site to start your search.
Mike Clayton joins me today. Mike Clayton is a doctor. He is the founder of onlinepmcourses.com and its CEO. The site provides tools and resources for project managers at all levels of their careers. Mike has written 14 books and has taken many courses. He was also a PM for Deloitte for 12 year. Mike, we are grateful that you are here today.
Mike:
Ben, good afternoon. It’s a pleasure to be here. Happy New Year!
Ben Aston:
Thank you so much. Mike, I would like to ask you what’s new. This is a new Year. 2020 is here. What’s new for you?
Mike:
There are many things happening. My YouTube channel will be my main focus for the year. You may have seen that I have an online PM training YouTube channel. I have seen the growth and decided to invest more in it.
I increased my video uploads from one to two per week at the end of fall. I plan to increase that number throughout the year and invest more money in better videos. Another aspect of my YouTube channel is that I am actually starting one.
Two YouTube channels. Yes, because I’ve been thinking for a while about the fact that project managers aren’t just project managers but also project managers of people involved in our projects. It is difficult for young project managers to acquire basic people skills.
Not everyone can afford to take courses offered through their employers. Although there is a lot of information online, it can be costly.
My YouTube channel Management Courses will provide structured management training for anyone. It will be particularly useful for young professionals, such as project managers, and those with no management experience. It will be a busy year.
Ben Aston:
It sounds like you have had a busy year.

Project Management is like Surviving the Hunger Games

**Spoiler alerts** If you haven’t read The Hunger Games, The First Book, this book is not recommended.
The UK general release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is available this week. The District selection, planning and achieving a clear goal. This sounds like project management.
Here are some reasons why project management is similar to The Hunger Games.
Your project needs a generous sponsor
Sponsors offer tribute gifts to the arena. Little parachutes will be given to generous sponsors who have a strong appeal.
Sponsors are required to negotiate for the resources, time, and money needed to complete your project. It is also a good idea to get your sponsor involved in communicating with your team and sharing the project vision.
It is important to have a flexible plan for your project.
It is impossible to predict when the arena might change. It can suddenly catch fire, then it rains. The powers can change the rules without notice.
Projects can be as unpredictable as other projects so it is important to be flexible with your planning. You might lose members of your team, or you might be asked by the boss to join. You suddenly find yourself with less time for certain tasks. Flexible scheduling and change management are two ways to deal with unexpected circumstances.
It is vital to have a creative team
Cinna and her team help Katniss prepare. Cinna’s creativity helps Katniss to see herself differently in the Games. He designed a Victory Tour dress that honored the deaths Thresh and Rue, for example. It is fair to say that her behind the scenes creativity in dressmaking was what helped her win the support of District residents.
To help you out of difficult situations, you can also use a creative team. Their expertise can be used to solve problems in your project.
Mentorship is essential
All tributes have mentors that have gone through their own trials. Haymitch is Katniss’ mentor. They can count on Haymitch for his knowledge and experience, as he is the District 12 victor and 50th Hunger Games winner.
When it comes to finding a mentor, you’ll likely have more options. Mentors can help you navigate the complexities of your job and open doors to new opportunities.
You need to be resourceful
Katniss has to use her wits in order to be resourceful. She makes the most of what she has, and doesn’t waste any, be it berries, nuts or bowmanship.
Resources are limited for projects. Don’t waste time or energy on things that aren’t important. You must focus on the tasks and people that are necessary to reach your overall goals and complete the project.
Project management, although not as violent as The Hunger Games, can be quite difficult. What can you do? Comment below.

Why project management is good business

You are ready to hire a project manager. It’s obvious. Maybe your team members are aware. Others don’t see the benefit of putting someone dedicated into that role.
It can be frustrating to feel like the only one advocating for project management in your company. We are here for you.
Maybe you are a designer or developer who fell into project management. You struggle to keep up with all the demands and still produce great work on time. Perhaps you are passionate about project management and would like to transition into a PM role. Perhaps you are a business owner who is comfortable managing projects, but now realizes that it’s becoming more difficult for you to manage your team and business.
No matter your situation, we can help you understand and even explain project management.
Understanding the business value and project management
Let’s start with the basics of project managing and how it can benefit your business.
Cost is a major concern when advocating for the addition of a project manager in your organization. It is important to weigh the long-term advantages of a project manger against any upfront costs.
Many people don’t realize the importance of project managers because they manage so many intangible tasks. When arguing for the hiring a project manager, make sure to communicate your case with executives. Your argument should be structured in a way that aligns the benefits of project management with the values of your leader or organization.
For example, you might point out that project management helps achieve these important business goals.
Setting goals and meeting deadlines
Budget-friendly
Increasing project profitability
Team morale
Earning customer loyalty
Keep important communications flowing
The salary and benefits of a project manager are not included in the cost. A successful project is the foundation of a successful business. It is worth having someone dedicated to your team to push you toward the win.
Do you need more evidence? These 7 stats show how powerful project management can be.
Why project management should be a job that is exclusively for you
Sometimes, project management is simply added to the existing duties. This may work for a while but it is not sustainable over the long-term. This is especially true when the person managing the projects on the side was not hired for the job.
Here are three reasons why a dedicated manager of projects is a worthwhile investment.
Motivation and morale are better
Some people don’t like project mangers and even fewer want to be one. It is important that you clearly define your roles. This will improve morale and motivate. People will be more productive when they are valued for their expertise, and given the chance to develop their strengths.
Better resource utilization
It is also important that you consider the cost of split attention. Consider a designer/developer who doubles up as a manager of a project. Next, think about how that resource is being utilized to its full potential. They won’t be as efficient and effective if they constantly switch between tasks. Expert PMs can deliver better results for your team and projects.
Vision and strategy that unify
Many people see project managers as administrative task masters. A project manager should be a strategic resource that aligns the project goals with the overall business goals. The whole picture can be lost if project management is spread among many team members within a company.
Signs that it is time for project managers to be hired
No matter what your job title is, if it’s working, you can be proud.

Xplenty Analytics as a Service at Amazon 3 Storage

Data integration specialist Xplenty Ltd. today announced its new Analytics-as-a-Service (A3S) offering for analyzing and querying files on the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), which provides highly scalable object storage.
“A3S gives Xplenty users the ability to use Amazon’s object based storage repository (Amazon S3) (on the cloud) to quickly access the data via SQL or any other Business Intelligence or reporting tool,” the company stated in a statement.
The A3S service is compatible with Xplenty’s extract transform and load (ETL). The data integration platform of the company helps enterprises prepare raw data to be used in cloud-based analytics. It is easy to use and has no need for hand-coding. It can work with both structured and unstructured data, such as Amazon Redshift, SQL, NoSQL databases, and cloud storage services. The integration with Amazon S3 has been improved.
Xplenty claims the new offering allows for quick and simple querying. The company stated that the new offering, which includes the ability to leverage SQL through Xplenty A3S data is cached locally and has columnar storage that can easily be used for quick queries.
The company also said A3S can scale as needed and features a simple pay-for-what-you-need pricing model.
Data professionals can prepare the data they need using the company’s ETL program. It is easy to use and doesn’t require any coding.
CEO Yaniv Mor stated that data preparation must be as simple and comprehensive as possible to allow businesses to get the insights they need quickly. A3S offers users the benefit of extremely cost-effective interactive querying capabilities over the Amazon S3 cloud data lake. Xplenty’s addition not only enhances users’ processing capabilities but also highlights our commitment to a hassle-free data prep environment that can handle a wide range of tasks for businesses of any size.

Would you like to delete your social media account? ?

The shocking revelations about Cambridge Analytica (a data analytics company that worked with Donald Trump’s campaign team and won the Brexit campaign), obtaining Facebook data from 50 million users has prompted everyone to think about their social media accounts and possible misuse.
Centrify conducted a snapshot poll of 220 IT and cybersecurity professionals at Infosecurity Europe in London this Week. Two-thirds of respondents said they would delete their account if their personal data was misused by a social media provider. 59% of respondents said they have deleted a social network account, while another 7% stated that they plan to do so. However, 32% of respondents said they don’t plan to delete Facebook or any other social network account, which is, no doubt, a substantial number.
The poll revealed that 55% of respondents would not use a company after a data breach, while 45% say they would continue to use a company despite these risks.
Surprisingly, only 10% of respondents were able to name social media providers as their biggest concern about privacy. 34% worry about data breaches at companies that have access, while 25% are concerned about credit card fraud.
It is impossible to see how your personal data is being used. The internet is a global web of corporate surveillance. Although GDPR, a data protection regulation, is a significant step towards giving individuals control over their data. However it is not an all-encompassing solution. For those who have tried to disconnect from Facebook and other social networking sites for a while, data breach may be the final push to end all ties with the site.
Author – Jaya KalwaniIndependent Consultant

AWS Bucket Policies – Working with AWS Storage Buckets By default, Amazon Web Services (AWS), storage buckets are relatively permissive. There are bucket-level permissions that grant permissions to grantees, but these permissions only include List, Upload/Delete and View Permissions. Edit Permissions cannot be granted. Bucket policies allow for greater control over storage buckets. Logging in to AWS console, clicking on Storage buckets and then clicking the Permissions tab will allow you to access bucket policies. You can then click on the Add Bucket Policy button. Figure 1 shows the permissions that can directly be applied to grantees. You can also see the option of adding a bucket policy. [Click on the image to see a larger view.] Figure 1: To apply a policy on the bucket, click the Add Bucket Policy button. AWS S3 displays essentially an empty dialog box when you click on the Add Bucket Policy button. Figure 2 shows that this dialog box has an area where you can edit or create a bucket policy. However, it does not have a mechanism to generate that policy. Figure 2: The policy window appears blank. Unfortunately, the AWS interface doesn’t allow you to point and click your path through the creation of bucket policies. Bucket policies are created from scratch using a JSON file. AWS offers some assistance. You can find several examples of policies in the AWS documentation. These policies are not intended to be used as-in. However, they can be used as a starting point to create your own custom policies. The anatomy of a bucket policy folder is not complicated. There are a number of strings and values in the file. The policy will determine which strings are used. The majority of policies begin with three strings.

  • Version: Usually, the date on which the policy was created or changed.
  • ID: A policy name.
  • Statement: Defines that a set of policy settings will be followed. These policy settings are enclosed within brackets.

{This portion of the policy looks something like this: This section of the policy looks like this: “Version” – “2016-09-21”, Id : “Posey Example Policy”, Statement : [ The policies settings go here ] ]As previously noted, the policy settings that are used can vary depending on what the policy is intended to do.|As mentioned, the policy settings used can vary depending upon the purpose of the policy.} In most cases, there are five strings. These five strings are:

  • Sid: The SID is the basic determinant of what the policy does. It should not be confused or confused with a Windows Security Identifier. If the action required is to add a user to an Access Control List, then the SID would likely be AddCannedAcl. The SID could also be set to IPAllow if the policy is to evaluate IP addresses. You can use a variety SIDs as described in the Examples page.
  • Effect: The Effect string controls what happens to the policy when it is applied. The effect can be either to allow or deny an action in most cases.
  • Principal: The Principal string determines who the policy applies. The Principal string can be set to * to apply to all accounts, but it is possible for each account to be specified.
  • Action: What happens if the policy has been applied. For example, “s3:GetObject”, allows the principal to access object data.
  • Resource: The bucket to which the statement is applicable. However, you cannot simply enter a bucket’s name. You must use a specific format to enter the bucket name. If, for example, the statement were to apply to a bucket named poseydemo-test, then the resource would be expressed as “arn:aws:s3:::poseydemo-test/*”.

Here is an example of a very simple bucket policy: { “Version”:”2016-09-22″, “Id”: “Posey Sample Policy”, “Statement”:

Nutanix Expands Platform to AWS Azure and Google with ‘Xi’

Nutanix shared some key additions to the Enterprise Cloud Platform last Wednesday, and shared plans to expand its hyperconverged infrastructure platform into all three major public clouds.
The company’s.NEXT conference was held in Washington, D.C. Nutanix Xi Cloud Services, which will allow Nutanix software as a service to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform(GCP), and Microsoft Azure, was announced. Nutanix Calm is another addition to the Nutanix Xi Cloud Services.
Dheeraj Pandey, Nutanix CEO, presided over Calm & Xi demos at the conference stage. However, neither product will be readily available for a while. Calm will be available in the fourth quarter this year. Xi will initially be available as a disaster recovery application. An “early access” technology release is planned for early 2018.
Pandey outlined the company’s path to hybrid computing as the melding Xi and Nutanix on-premises products. “That’s the big news of this conference, but it’s a multiyear journey for us,” Pandey said Wednesday night during a conference kickoff keynote.
All three major public clouds are part the Xi plan. However,.NEXT’s Wednesday focus was on GCP as Alphabet and Nutanix, Google’s parent company announced a strategic alliance. Diane Greene, senior vice-president of Google Cloud, spoke on the stage to discuss the three components, which include GCP integration with Calm and Xi, a joint solution (Kubernetes, Google Container Engine, and Nutanix’s Acropolis Container Services), and a joint solution for Kubernetes.
On Wednesday, shares of Nutanix rose more than 7 percent following news of the Alphabet partnership. Nutanix was founded in 2009 and went public in September 2018. The first quarter of 2018 is expected to bring the fruits of this alliance. However, the first deliverable will be the integration of NutanixCalm with GCP.
Calm and Xi will expand Nutanix’s current offering. This is operating system software for a software defined datacenter that brings together storage, virtualization, and networking resources on one integrated hardware. Nutanix currently offers its hyperconverged infrastructure offerings on-premises only in three ways. As its own, branded appliances such as the NX-1000, as partner appliances from Dell or Lenovo, or as software running on Cisco UCS or HPE ProLiant hardware. Nutanix and IBM announced Tuesday that Nutanix will be coming to IBM OpenPOWER LC Systems.
Xi would allow users to use existing Cloud OS constructs within the Nutanix environment, and then use them in AWS and GCP as well as Azure. According to the company, the approach will eventually allow users to quickly move traditional enterprise applications (e.g. SQL Server or Oracle database deployments) from Nutanix private cloud into the public cloud and back again as needed.
“What if enterprises could move to the public cloud, but keep the tooling, the economics, and the SLAs intact?” said Nutanix Chief Product Officer Sunil Potti in a Tuesday morning keynote.
Potti stated that disaster recovery was the most important use case for the approach. He also said that it will improve the process for testing disaster recovery for enterprises, and reduce the need to have secondary datacenters. “You shouldn’t have to worry anymore about your secondary datacenters.” He predicted that in the next few years, you should be out the secondary datacenter business.
During his keynote, Potti also spoke about Calm, calling it Nutanix’s “first strategic product after Acropolis or Prism.” These are the company’s operating systems and management technologies.
“Every part of our workflows is now coming”

AWS Launches the Largest EC2 Example With X1 Addition

Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is used for large memory-intensive workloads, now offers a new instance option: The 4TB x1e.32xlarge.
Wednesday’s announcement of the new Elastic Compute cloud (EC2) instance was made. It is now the third largest and most popular in AWS’ X1 collection of SAP HANA-certified instances. All three instances of X1 are capable of running large, enterprise-class, in memory database workloads including SAP HANA.
According to AWS, they also have the lowest price per GiB RAM among Amazon EC2 instances types.
The new x1e.32xlarge supports 128 virtual CPUs and has 3.9TB DDR4 memory. It is AWS’ largest cloud-native instance and is “supported” by SAP for production HANA deployments (SAP Business Suite on HANA, SAP Business Warehouse on HANA and the next-generation SAP BW/4HANA ERP and data warehouse solution,” said Jeff Barr, AWS evangelist.
Comparatively, the x1.32xlarge, the oldest and largest X1 instance, was launched last May with 2TB memory and support 128 virtual CPUs.
The smallest X1 instance, x1.16xlarge was released last October with 976GiB memory and support up to 64 virtual CPUs.
The x1e.32xlarge as well as the x1.32xlarge have two 1,920GB SSD volumes. They run on four Intel Xeon E7 8880 v3 Haswell CPUs. The x1.16xlarge has one 1,920GB SSD volume. It runs on two Intel processors.
According to AWS, the x1e.32xlarge can only be used by users of AWS virtual personal clouds (VPCs). It is supported out of the Northern Virginia and Oregon, Ireland, and Tokyo regions.