Everyone is talking about google plus, and pretty much all of them are talking about how Google is taking on Facebook. This is particualy true with Facebook anouncing it's panicked reactions to Google+'s scope. Facebook announced a partnership with Skype for a video chat feature. (Considering how flakey text chat is on facebook, its hard to imagine this will be a rousing sucsess) and their attempt to challenge Google's Circles with Beknown. Its no surprise therefore that the Google+/Facebook comparisons are common.

Like all deeply cool people, I occasionally spend my evenings doing some JavaScript coding.....In this instance I wanted to build a simple proof of concept for possible inclusion in one of our clients mobile applications, or at least to understand the feasibility of a particular approach, in this case a Jquery 360 degree product viewer.

I love gadgets. Gizmoes, do-hickies and high-tech toys. Honestly, if they made a touch-screen toaster that tweeted when the toast was done, then I am the target audience.

As such, I find it easy to get caught up in the digital tools available to me in Project Management. I've been looking at iPad Project Management tools, and I feel the loss of Jira's Greenhopper task manager deeply. Give me a problem and i'll try and figure out a way that JQuery can help solve it....

There is a famous truism, any client wants three things. Low Cost, High Quality and Fast Delivery. It is also generally regarded as a truism that a project can only deliver on two of those three things. If you want it fast and good, it's going to be expensive. Top quality and cheap? Well, that’s going to take a great deal of time to deliver. Fast and cheap? well how many take aways offer haute cuisine?

XML is a funny thing, it is an extremely effective and efficient as a method for roping together data into nice easily manageable elements. One of the difficulties is the fact that, outside of technical tools like Eclipse, it is treated as text and edited as text. When content loading or amending this raises two problems. One is a ramp up issue. the text needs to be interpreted and its not necessarily obvious to all involved how the structure is pulled together. For example, the structure may be:

A lot of what defines a good project manager is experience. It is almost necessary to have a certain world-weary cynicism which ensures you think about what would happen if the glass wasn't just half empty, but broken and used as a weapon in a pub brawl...

One of the most technically ambitious decisions to recently come out of the European Union (a body I happen to typically have a great deal of empathy for) is the recent decision on Cookies. The decision has various impacts, but at its heart, the idea is that cookie are bad. At least that marketeers using them are bad. I understand the point of view, the development of cookies over the years has gone a great deal further than ensuring that session data remains through a transaction and now allows for all sorts of cross site tracking.

Like most PMs, once I've found a role I'm happy with; where I have challenging, interesting projects and a good team around me, the inevitable calls start from recruiters promising that I can partake in the far greener grass in their clients' meadows. Where they've been hiding whilst I was actively looking for work is never disclosed. One question that are especially are guilty of asking, which is sure to set me off, is if I am an Agile or Prince2 Project Manager?

I was reading an article on Mashable about The Podio Project Management solutionFound at, Podio is a really interesting approach to Project Management. It is part Google Wave, Part Dropbox/, part Jira and part something else entirely.

Whilst this is a new site, I have been running a site for my photography for a number of years. Recently, as part of the build for this site, I decided I should upgrade the core system the photography site runs on to Drupal 7. For various reasons this went wrong. Whilst I had a backup, it was incomplete for several reason. For a time, I felt that I had lost all the content for the site. This was naturally concerning and it made me realise that I had not made any effort for source control.