Professional Effectiveness

The End is Near

Actually, the end is now.  The time has come to wrap up this experiment; it’s hard to believe I’ve been using my iPad for nearly a year -- and that alone should tell you something about how well it’s gone.  I could be cruel and make you read to the end before sharing my conclusion, but this isn’t a mystery novel.  And anyway, it’s probably no mystery to anyone that’s already spoken to me recently.

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By Martin Bajt on Mar 4, 2013 10:16:59 AM
Professional Effectiveness

Delivering Bad News: The Art of Saying No

I’ve Got Some Bad News for You

No, not really. But sometimes, as consultants, we do have to deliver news that clients don’t want to hear. There can be awkward news about delivering late or running over-budget, but as a business analyst, I tend to leave that to my project managers (you’re welcome) – after all, timelines and resources are their domain. Repeat after me: a project is never late or over budget because of business analysis. (More likely it’s because of a lack of business analysis, but that’s a completely different story.)

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By Martin Bajt on Feb 6, 2013 10:38:57 AM
Professional Effectiveness

Language: A Must-Have for Any Analyst’s Toolkit

"The pen is mightier than the sword."

It’s probably one of those words-as-weapons quotes that we’ve all heard at least once or twice. It’s attributed to English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton from his 1839 play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy. It has subsequently been used many times as a school motto, dialogue in films, and a slogan in marketing campaigns. Bulwer-Lytton coined the phrase in that form, although there may have been many precursors that used a similar metaphor. OK, technically it’s a metonym, not a metaphor, but I’m neither here to argue literary attribution nor linguistics.

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By Martin Bajt on Dec 10, 2012 1:40:58 PM
Professional Effectiveness

The iPad as Productivity Tool – Fact or Fiction? (Part 4)

More on Writing Notes

As I wrote in my last post, I’ve been relying primarily on an app called Noteshelf for making handwritten notes. It’s been well rated by other reviewers for its smooth responsiveness and ability to reproduce highly legible handwriting; with very little practice I found it to be almost as natural as writing with pen and paper. Its biggest drawback is that you cannot import PDF files for annotation.

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By Martin Bajt on Oct 9, 2012 10:11:08 AM