Top 10 PowerPoint Hacks

By Liza Mock on Mar 02, 2016 in Stories,Tips and Tricks
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Love it or hate it, Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most popular applications for creating and giving presentations. According to a survey conducted in 2015, more than a quarter of people see at least one presentation per day in any given work week. That’s almost twice as many as six years ago. Knowing how…

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How to Use Gliffy as a Team

By Liza Mock on Feb 16, 2016 in Stories,Tips and Tricks

Type in “communication in the workplace statistics” into google and get ready to be scared. You’ll see article upon article with statistics showing how frequently communication fails, how often lack of communication is cited as the #1 reason for work woes and on and on and on. Most jobs depend on us communicating constantly and…

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What Is Business Process Model Notation (BPMN)?

By Liza Mock on Feb 09, 2016 in Stories,Tips and Tricks
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Business-process modeling notation, or “BPMN,” is used to create graphical, flow-chart representations of business processes. It’s an important element of business-process management, also known as “BPM.” With BPMN, business leaders and analysts can map out the flow of transactions and procedures in order to better locate potential bottlenecks or inefficiencies or to introduce new processes…

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How to Get to Super(B) owl 50 on Time!

By Zack Kushner on Feb 02, 2016 in Latest & Greatest,Stories
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‘Sup bro! How ’bout them sports-ballers, huh? Playing that sports-ball so well they get to compete in Super Bowl 50 — which is both a pleasingly round number and right here in San Francisco! Assuming, of course, that by San Francisco we mean Santa Clara, which is only a short, uh, drive, uh, down the…

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Scrum: What It Is and How It Works

By Liza Mock on Jan 29, 2016 in Let's Talk Tech,Stories
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Some of you may remember the far away and long ago 1990s. A time when personal computers were a relatively new thing, software engineers had not been issued their standard hoodie uniform, and we had not yet heard of SCRUM. It was a dark time when most projects followed a Waterfall software development methodology: teams…

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Entity Relationship Diagrams: Symbols & Meaning

By Liza Mock on Jan 04, 2016 in Stories,Tips and Tricks
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The Entity-Relationship Model is used for describing data and the relationship between different entities in a database. It creates a visual map outlining process requirements and detailing connections among entities and their attributes. The Entity-Relationship Model was created in the mid-1970s by Peter Chen, but over time, it has been modified and updated. Let’s look…

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Passing It Forward

By Liza Mock on Dec 15, 2015 in Stories
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“We want the clients who ‘shop’ with us to only have the best,” said the young woman showing us the ropes in a sorting room at St. Anthony’s. “What makes it to the second round should be in pristine condition.” On a recent Friday afternoon we laid down our laptops to sort clothes donated to…

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How to Draw a Venn Diagram

By Liza Mock on Dec 03, 2015 in Stories,Tips and Tricks
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Although Venn diagrams are sometimes associated with our younger years, these super simple, circle-based diagrams are useful in many aspects of adult life. Named after John Venn, who conceived the notion in around 1880, Venn diagrams visually portray the relationship between two or more sets of things so you can quickly see differences and commonalities…

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