I recently wrote an article for the website Project Management Planet on the topic, managing virtual software management projects. The article came via Elance, a freelance website that I use at times to outsource project work or to work on projects myself. The site owner was very interested in my experience as virtual project manager and needed me to write 1200 words on it. While writing is not my bread and butter, I complied mostly because I did want to share my experience on managing projects virtually and because I can get some Cat-C Professional Development Units (PDUs) from PMI since I needed to do some research to substantiate my article.
The link to the article and website is above, have a read and let me know what you think.
This post has been in writing ever since I came to UK, got my own bank account, set up a direct debit and used my card for online subscription payments. Mind you, it has been a very unnerving experience since even after 6 months here, I am surprised when:
- a transaction occurs 2 to 3 days before the given date of a charge
- there is no acknowledgement or receipt sent by the company that has charged you a fee (which they will days before it is set to renew)
Google+ is another social experiment by Google, followed by their past projects of a similar nature Google Wave and Orkut. I have been a beta user for the past two weeks and I fear this is going to be another failure, if we consider Facebook to be the hallmark for success right now. Here’s my take on this. Continue reading
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I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series. For me it is a wonderful escape into an alternate world that manages to coexist with mine. It offers mystery, adventure, laughs, some romance and most important of all instructions on life itself. While there are many insights and goodies throughout the series, some are truly thought provoking and downright brilliant. Mind you, these concepts have been elucidated time and again over the course of centuries by various philosophers. For me however, it is the ease, clarity and simplicity of how each is described that makes them standout and get me to write this post here.
1. The Unforgivable curses
In the Goblet of Fire, their new Defense against the dark arts teacher, shows his students the unforgivable curses. Each curse is a fantastic embodiment of our basic human rights i.e. to kill a person (the killing curse), to inflict pain (the cruciatus curse) and to control actions of another human being (the imperius curse). Continue reading
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Early this month I had the misfortune to experience a new ‘low of food standard‘ set by KFC Pakistan. It had been months since I had eaten a KFC meal and as such it had slipped my mind that since last year their food has declined; while it is fairly ok for dine in, it is generally an absolute disaster if delivered. Anyhow, I called their UAN and placed an order for a Zinger Extreme meal, they gave me a delivery timeline of 30 mins which was acceptable and believable since the KFC outlet is less than a kilometer away from my home. The delivery boy arrived at the 50 minute mark with someone else’s order. Continue reading