A colleague of mine forwarded me this video. Experienced Project Managers have at some point in their career experienced unicorn and rainbow requests, sales guys that promise the world, and herculean deadlines. Hope you enjoy it!
I've been using Carbonite for online backups for a number of years and am a very happy customer. I
originally signed up with a competitor online backup product but was having so many problems with it that I cancelled the subscription in favor of Carbonite. It installed without incident and immediately after install started an online backup up my designated folders. The initial online backup took a number of days to complete but because it happens in background it didn't interfere with my daily routine. Restoring files from the online backup is a snap and I am able to restore previous versions of a file from my online backup dataset. I've had a number of situations when I wanted to go back to a previous version of a file and was easily able to do so from my Carbonite online backup.
There are a few things I recommend you do to ensure a comprehensive online backup strategy:
I like to use an external hard drive as a backup source in addition to doing online backups. While Carbonite is a great online backup solution, an external hard drive is faster than restoring from your online backup. Doing both external hard drive and online backup balances speed with security in the event that both your PC
and external hard drive are lost.
Back up your c:\users\%username% directory to ensure you online backup not only documents but also your favorites, your desktop, and other information about you as a user.
Go with the recommended online backup schedule option. It's best not to second-guess Carbonite's online
I highly recommend Carbonite for safe and secure online backups. Go here for a free trial.
More and more companies are outsourcing everything from IT to call centers to facilities management. Measuring the effectiveness of the outsourcer is crucial and can mitigate tons of downstream issues for both companies. Consider the following to help you better measure outsourcer effectiveness:
Recently I made a very interesting observation of one of the leaders at a non-profit organization I work with. This leader is relatively new to the organization and is very passionate about his area of responsibility. He is very focused on increasing the number of members within his organization and wants each of the existing members to actively invite people to meetings. "Get out there and bring your friends and colleagues! The room needs to be standing room only!" he would bark to the members. Yet week after week the numbers were flat. He had a small number of faithful attenders, but the group wasn't growing like he wanted it to grow.
As I thought about this dilemma, one thing clearly occurred to me. The leader clearly laid out a challenge to the existing members, but missed one crucial component: he didn't inspire them to want to invite other people. Because he didn't inspire them, they blew him off.
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