Navigating Windows 8 on a desktop PC

Graham Jones, as a top engineer created many innovations and more recently led the Canadian user group VANTUG to a No.1 work ranking. In addition, Graham was a founder and long time Chairman of the largest international user group federation, GITCA, which is HQed in Canada. We met recently where he shared his useful insights…


Connecting the Personal Dots…

Graham Jones (Chair 2009-2010 Culminis Global Board) Back in April 2008 I wrote a blog here entitled “Professionalizing the Profession”. I was inspired to write this following a presentation made by Stephen Ibaraki [blogger extraordinaire and regular contributor here] on what is happening with respect to Professional Status in the ICT sector, specifically the formation…

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Professionalizing the Profession

Graham Jones (Surrey, BC – IT Professional and President of VANTUG) The Opportunity to Spread the Word Last week Stephen Ibaraki (blogger extraordinaire – congrats on being named one of the top 10 in Canada) and I attended the “Global” MVP Summit and a “World” UG Management Summit in Redmond. Most of you may have…

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The Changing Role of User Groups

Graham Jones (Surrey, BC – IT Professional and President of VANTUG) The Traditional Role The traditional role for most UG’s has been to hold technical events to inform and educate their members, promote networking between members and perhaps to run certification classes. Although this is a necessary role it may no longer be sufficient to…

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Are We There Yet?

Graham Jones (Surrey, BC – IT Professional) Leading VANTUG I have written here several times about running User Groups and the important part that I believe that they play in the IT Community. When I took over as Leader of VANTUG a little over 6 years ago I had absolutely no clue how to run…

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Human Resources Planning and Allocation in a Project Environment (Part 3 of 3)

Graham Jones (Surrey, BC – IT Professional) Keeping Things Current As already stated in part 1 the quality of the data is paramount. Keeping the resource plan up to date requires organization and discipline. The frequency for doing this may vary by project timescales and organization but probably shouldn’t be less than once per month….

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Human Resources Planning and Allocation in a Project Environment (Part 2 of 3)

Graham Jones (Surrey, BC – IT Professional) Putting It All Together From a resource planning standpoint we need to see the total demand picture into the future by discipline. The components that make up that picture are: Project backlog, ie. currently active projects Prospects, ie. work that you are currently bidding or anticipate into the…

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Human Resources Planning and Allocation in a Project Environment (Part 1 of 3)

Graham Jones (Surrey, BC – IT Professional) The Problem In a project environment it is an ongoing challenge to match human resource requirements and skills to project and proposal demands. You need to try and avoid a surplus, which goes straight to the bottom line, or a deficit, thereby affecting schedules, which may bring project…

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Effective Communication

Graham Jones (Surrey, BC, IT Professional) Recently I was having a “serious” conversation with my son and it was progressing as usual, ie. not going much of anywhere. As the frustration level was rising I said to him, “you need to work on your Active Listening skills”. This was met with the familiar and “helpful”…

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[Guest Blogger] Rising to the "Surface"

Graham Jones (Vancouver, President of VANTUG) About 25 years ago I became involved in 3D Computer Aided Design of process plants using a product called PDMS (Plant Design Management System) which is now marketed under the company name Aveva. I was the typical young (well fairly young) “enthusiast” and I was going to show people how…

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