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This is a view into my thoughts, interests, and activities.

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  • Mon 02 March 2020
  • Work

Data visualization skills

As IT professionals, we deal with quantitative information quite a lot — on a daily basis, literally. Many of us present numeric data to colleagues: be it a report, forecast, or information dashboard. However, only a few possess the basic skills to present numbers well. Most of us have never been …

  • Fri 17 January 2020
  • Misc

Personal finance dashboard in Google Data Studio

To better understand my expense habits and overall spending, I used to track my financial transactions in a mobile application. I would manually put data after each payment. I was doing it for a couple of years until I realized that it didn’t quite help me. First, since most …

  • Mon 28 October 2019
  • Work

Project Manager's Dashboard

When you manage several projects simultaneously, you have to switch context quite a lot. It's important to have a tool that helps update awareness of the current situation on a particular project. You need a dashboard. Information dashboard, when well designed, is a good means to update situational awareness at …

  • Wed 31 July 2019
  • Work

Project Retrospective Data

When you face a problem in your project, don’t get frustrated. Take another perspective: It’s an opportunity to learn, an opportunity to improve yourself or your team. Failure, however painful and stressful, is a resource, so embrace it. Of course, in order for problems to benefit you, you …

  • Thu 13 June 2019
  • Work

Schedules slip but are still important to have

As well known, human beings are bad at predicting the future. Having worked on different kinds of projects, I can say that engineers who are supposed to do the project work are reluctant to schedules. Their attitude is rather skeptical. Why trying to predict if the schedule will slip regardless …

  • Thu 13 September 2018
  • Work

Reviewing interim project outcomes

We failed to review one piece of the project with a customer before proceeding to the next step, not believing it to be necessary since the project was just beginning and actual deliverables were yet to come. The customer took some time to inspect a deployment model we prepared, because …

  • Wed 05 September 2018
  • Work

How to Make Meetings Work!

Here's my mindmap based on the book "How To Make Meetings Work!" by David Straus and Michael Doyle. This embedded mindmap is hosted on XMind website. Steps to a better meeting Also copying an appendix from the book, slightly updated for the online reality. Before the Meeting 1 - Plan the …

  • Tue 14 August 2018
  • Misc

Lisbon 2018

I had never been to Portugal before this travel. I knew little about the country, and had no clue what to expect. As a result, my expectations were easily exceeded. I really liked what I saw and experienced there: places, nature, local food, and people! In this post, I'll share …

  • Tue 20 February 2018
  • Work

Avoid pie charts

Pie charts are overly popular and widely used in the business world. However, as Stephen Few puts it in his book “Show me the numbers”, this kind of graphs is not efficient communication tool. He jokes that the author of pie charts, William Playfair, was probably under the weather when …

  • Wed 27 December 2017
  • Work

Publish Gantt chart from OmniPlan into Confluence

As many of us would agree, a project manager is responsible for a realistic project schedule. And Gantt chart is a tool that allows PMs to manage schedule in addition to coordinating a team's work. However, here's the challenge I encountered in my work: only PMs are the ones who …