Minibar (HTML5 vs Native)

I recently attended a social/networking event called Minibar. It is put on once a month in London and is a great place to meet with interesting people and learn new knowledge primarily in the startup, tech and web environments. I met and chatted with some interesting people and made some good new contacts. I have copied and pasted Minibars overview of the event below.

MiniBar – London

Your Monthly Face To Face

You think about creating the next, flickr, or Web 3.0 start up? You think London lacks opportunities to meet up and discuss those ideas? Then come to MiniBar. MiniBar is a social evening in Shoreditch, which offers people a chance to snaffle some free beer while discussing mobile web, web applications, start ups, social networking, investment and general Web 2.0 mayhem & fandango. There is usually a brilliant mix of around 300 web entrepreneurs, developers, tech investors and other geeks plus a few 5 min presentations on what’s hot right now.

I specifically want to mention one of the talks that was given. One of the presenters gave a talk on html5 vs native apps. It was a good talk and by the end of it, html5 and native apps had come out even in the comparison that was done. However the presenter did estimate that html5 apps will completely over take native apps by about 2017.

One issue I would bring up with the speech was that the speaker did not give an introduction to what native and html5 apps are! He went straight into a comparison. I do know what they are, so this wasn’t an issue for me, but for someone who didn’t then they may have been a bit lost!

Apart from that, the evening was really good and I would recommend anyone who is into startups, tech or web development to go at least once (if you live in London). I will surely go again.

The great roster of speakers for the evening I attended was:

Foodity – Jonathan Agnes

Kaldorgroup – HTML5 vs Native –  Jon Marks

SmileMachine – Jade Leighton and Eric Broto

Microsoft Developer Outreach and Ventures – Anand Krishnan


Task Management (How to Manage Yourself)

I think one of the key approaches to good task management is not creating a large amount of paper work or documents. Keep things as lean and simple as possible.

Effective Personal Task Management:

1. Keeping a to do list: One great on-line tool to do this is called WorkFlowy

1.1 Keeping a to do list: I also have found a great way of keeping a to do list is by using kanbanflow – this gives your to do list a great instant visual view.

1.2 I also use a simple pen and notepad for the immediate tasks I am working on.

2. An up to date calendar. Have all your key tasks, deliverables, project milestones, meetings and any re-occurring items, tasks, meetings etc… in your calendar.

3. To keep a log of what you have done for the day, try a tool called iDoneThis (please note I haven’t used this tool, but have seen it recommended). This tool sends an email at the end of each day and then you can reply to it and it converts the reply into a bull point list in their (iDonethis) on-line calendar.

4. Another good way of keep track of tasks you have done is using a blog or wiki. They all provide password options so you can keep it private to yourself or team if you wish.

5. Penzu an on-line journal also offers a great way to keep a record of your work.

The tools I have mentioned above may be good for you personal use or for your use at work. Obviously your team or the company you are working for, may have a task management system in place such as Jira or Leankit. Which may replace some of the tools I have mentioned above.

My current task management “system”

A good task management system. Although primarily for personal task management.

Dr Andus's toolbox

I’m just taking a moment here to reflect how I manage my to-dos these days. I’m not saying this is a great system. But currently it works for me. I work with three monitors on my desk. In the left monitor I have Firefox open with four tabs open all the time. I switch the monitor on and off, as needed. For times when I’m not at my desk, I have an iPod Touch and an iPad, which form part of the system.

The first open tab in Firefox has Google Calendar in Week view. The calendar contains all appointments, recurrent tasks (such as payments I need to make), and other important tasks that must be done at a particular day and time. It is not for managing small or detailed tasks or tasks that have not been allocated to a time coordinate. All Google Calendar tasks have an…

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Agile Project Management Resume Example

I found this link below to an example of a good Resume (or CV as we say in the UK) to an Agile Project Manager. I wanted to share this, as it is a good example of a concise and good resume.