Category Archives: The Big Picture

REVELATION: SharePoint isn’t THE THING… it’s the thing that GETS you to THE THING…..

Greetings all….. Ever been watching a show or listening passively to a conversation… and suddenly hear someone say something which literally stops you dead in your tracks? NOT specifically because of WHAT was said… but because it was some sort of last-piece-of-a-puzzle-you-didn’t-even-know-you-were-SEEKING?… A few weeks ago that happened to me. I was watching the premier episode of “Hold and Catch […]

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BEST PRACTICE: The Wise Consultant makes his code “INHERITABLE”…

2011 02 14 MV to All: As I move from gig to gig, role to role, I am constantly in a state of refreshing a particular skillset (e.g. EJB session bean development, custom SharePoint web part development, custom Infopath 2010 forms, custom SharePoint 2010 Designer workflows, custom Visual Studio.NET 2010 Windows forms Data Acquisition applications, the list goes on), solving […]

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The Inescapable Myth Underlying the PMP Certification…

2010.03.02 MV to All: As I sit here continuing my lunchtime studying for my upcoming PMP exam, I suddenly had a Moment of Clarity regarding why I DETEST pursuing this certification. Oh, it’s been nagging me for quite some time (at least a year since I first considered sitting for this exam), but I could never put it into words. […]

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REVISED: A new look at FranklinCovey's 4 Disciplines of Execution…

I HAVE BEEN A LONG-TIME STUDENT of Stephen Covey’s philosophies since the  mid-1990’s, when I was lucky enough to work for a company (RR Donnelley & Sons) which sent me off for “First Things First” training… That said, I find myself struggling with one of FranklinCovey’s more recent productivity solutions – that program called “The 4 Disciplines of Execution”… I […]

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H.A.N.D.S. – Mark's Secret to a Great Golf Swing

So I’ve re-fallen in love with Golf, thanks in no small part to my newfound colleagues. As a result, I’ve taken an interest in helping one of colleagues who is a fledgling golfer, by providing him with just a few simple things he CAN think about, instead of MYRIAD things he’s NOT supposed to think about… What I challenged myself […]

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What's REALLY attracting CIOs to Off-Shore Development, and how to avoid OSD and keep America working

I’ll warn you all up front that this posting is pure opinion – but that does NOT make it INvalid, so listen up, because this is a topic that needs sincere, honest people to really start THINKING… I’ve been in IT consulting now for well over 25 years, and seen all manner of bullshit flung around under the guise of […]

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