Teryl @ Work

Nov 17 2014

Like many people, I constantly feel guilty about procrastinating. I make long lists of things to do, and feel extremely virtuous if I cross any off.

When I started writing this article I was focusing on reducing the guilt, while improving the flow of work and personal projects, as well as still managing to have genuine chill time.

Teryl @ Work
Nov 6 2014

Tablet or Notebook? Moleskine, anyone…

Three years ago, the move from laptops and notebooks to tablets in meetings was noticeable.

If you didn’t have one, you definitely felt a little technologically challenged. Move to November, 2014, and what do you see?

A myriad shaped moleskine notebooks emerging, mostly black!

Trends in Usage

Teryl @ Work
Oct 29 2014

Does anybody really have enough retirement income?

Okay, the really rich, but for most people today, there will definitely be a cutting back after retirement.

And that’s the crux. If you are used to living a certain way, it is not easy to change your patterns when you stop working.

A combination of the new Liberty Life ad and an excellent presentation to Accsys clients and staff by Professor Jackie Arendse, got me thinking.

Teryl @ Work
Oct 22 2014

Decisions, decisions, decisions

Slow decision making is seen as weak leadership. True or False?

People make comments like “Well, at least he makes decisions” as if any decision is better than none.

And once a decision is made, woe betide the leader who changes his or her mind.

No matter that new facts have come to light, or that certain information was deliberately withheld, leaders who change their minds are incompetent in the eyes of many.

Teryl @ Work
Oct 20 2014

The short answer is yes!

As a software vendor, we regularly get told the following:

1. My staff don't have time to come on training
2. We will come on training once it is all working
3. We have worked on other similar packages, we will teach ourselves
4. The person leaving will teach the new user

While most software companies limit services to formally trained operators, this rule can cause serious relationship challenges with clients.

Teryl @ Work
Oct 14 2014

When we look at the future, and what we want from our world of tomorrow, our point of departure is usually what is available today.

So I took a step back into my childhood and tried to imagine what my future dreams would have been. I was a bit of a day dreamer, and know that I rather shocked my Grade 6 teacher, and my mom, by saying I wanted to be buried at the North Pole, so that the worms wouldn’t get me. Still waiting for Cryogenics or Cryonics ....

What was I expecting?

And would my 16 year old self recognise the world I now live in?

Teryl @ Work
Oct 13 2014

The build up to the Business Connexion (BCX) event has really got me thinking back over the early days of working in the computer industry.

As a fully fledged baby boomer, my career started when being a computer programmer still had a strong air of mystique.

Computer rooms were gigantic, smoke free zones, limited to the chosen few.

We hand wrote code, the punch room ladies punched it onto cards, and we booked time for testing.

Teryl @ Work
Oct 10 2014

Speculating about what would really change our world is a constant conversation in IT companies. Business Connexion (BCX) and +Accsys being no exceptions.

When BCX decided to launch an Expo and Conference around the topic, the conversations became really focused.

Teryl @ Work
Oct 9 2014

At +Accsys, we get asked everything from how fingerprints form, to what is the best solution, identification or verification.

Then there is optical or capacitance as a choice, too.

Lots of choices.

The Identification or Verification question is interesting, though. Biometric identification is simple, you present the required body part to the reader, and it recognises you based on an algorithm saved on the system. Verification requires media or a pin code first, then you are asked to verify that it has the right person by presenting your finger or face etc.

Teryl @ Work
Aug 20 2014

I do love a good truism and "You can't manage what you can't measure" is one of them.

Why do so many companies, the moment they hit tough financial times, look to Marketing departments as a place to save costs.

While it may be a short term cost saver, the truth is it might also seem to be a good, long term decision, because so many marketing departments do not deliver easily measurable results.

Yes, they deliver great ideas, brilliant award winning advertisements, fabulous collateral and mind blowing events. But how do they measure success?

Teryl @ Work
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