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4 Very Important Things to Note When Getting Software Programmed By Someone Else

A year ago we had some of our code written by someone else.  That year we learned a LOT about getting code done from an outside source.  Now it is a year later, and the site has been in public beta for a few weeks (check it out at  Customers that are using it cannot tell us enough about how amazing a tool we have made (and we are disposed to agree).  That the venture of offshoring my development was more rocky than I anticipated is true.  However, not all is anticlimactic and there are some strong positives I have gained.  That I l

Gantt Template

Many projects use Gantt charts. The chart covers information about project tasks like their titles, start and end dates, and durations. A Gantt chart also shows task lengths and relationships in a visually obvious way.

How to do Project Management and Planning Like a Pro

The task of project management and planning for your small business has been placed on your shoulders, and you are eager to start but unsure of what to do next.  There are lots of certifications, and online tutorials for project management and planning but nothing really comprehensive for someone fresh on the block.  This guide will get you up and running as a project management and planning expert, regardless of your experience in project management from before. 

Project Management and Planning using the Rule of Three Threes

Who Else Wants to Admit that Wizard Applications are The Next Blog

When we found that blogs were a great way to reach and engage an audience, we were very excited. Undoubtedly we also started asking what is next, what happens when everyone has a blog? A few have picked up the trend that tools becoming heavily niched yet staying incredibly complete. Youtube is only for sharing video.   What if there was a Youtube equivalent for your field?  A Youtube equivalent where people share cake recipes?  A Youtube equivalent where people swapped notes on real estate information?

How to Set Up a Web Tool Company For Under $100 a Month

When I started out people were certain that the cost for starting a business was going to lower. The fear for many was that there would be increased competition and hair thin margins on prices. I strongly believe that running a business is more than setting up shop and so here is how to set up your company on solid infrastructure for less than $100 a month.

How to Search MySQL Using PHP

I wanted to figure out how to let my users search our published projects on PoP Project. Googling for 'search mysql php' gave me several scripts that would search a sql table column from form input. BUT THEY WERE ALL DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND, as well as generally procedurally written.  I found little explanation and unwilling to use a script that I did not understand or like, I kept searching.

Manifesto for Agile Project Management

"On February 11-13, 2001, at The Lodge at Snowbird ski resort in the Wasatch mountains of Utah, seventeen people met to talk, ski, relax, and try to find common ground, and of course, to eat. What emerged was the Agile 'Software Development' Manifesto. Representatives from Extreme Programming, SCRUM, DSDM, Adaptive Software Development, Crystal, Feature-Driven Development, Pragmatic Programming, and others sympathetic to the need for an alternative to documentation driven, heavyweight software development processes convened.

Let's not force organization on projects

People, let's not force organization on projects!

College Application Software Sucks

I read Smart Computing's article on college application software, and I bawked at the age of words used to describe the things you can do with college application software. Diskette. DOS (plus an explanation of DOS). If you are trying to get high school students to apply on software that is so old, it ain't going to work.

Agile Game Development Vidcast

Intel has an interview with HanSoft who makes HanSoft AB, an agile development tool, about using agile when developing video games.  The interview is hosted by Arti Gupta, who is responsible for community management at Intel games.