How to Create UML Diagrams with Gliffy

By Zack Kushner on Mar 04, 2016 in Stories,Tips and Tricks
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Drawing UML diagrams with Gliffy is easy regardless of which type of diagram you want to create. All you need to do is spend a couple of minutes playing with the intuitive Gliffy interface and you’ll be diagramming like a pro. In this UML diagram creation walk-through we’ll assemble a package diagram, but these same…

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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 Create an Org Chart with Gliffy

By Zack Kushner on Feb 23, 2016 in Tips and Tricks

If you’ve ever looked at a family tree, you’ve seen an example of an organizational chart. These diagrams help you visualize the people (or elements) of your organization and the relationships between them. While most people use org charts to visualize who manages whom in a business, they can illustrate any hierarchical system. You can…

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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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Customizing Shapes & Connectors in Gliffy

By Zack Kushner on Feb 12, 2016 in Tips and Tricks
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One of the most effective ways to make your diagrams look more professional is to customize the properties of your shapes and connectors. Doing this can make the difference between a diagram that’s presentation ready and one that’s less compelling. A quick primer is all you need to get started: Customizing Shapes Start by selecting…

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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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