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Posted - October 21st, 2009

I’m loving seeing the adoption of social media by our New Zealand Government and in particular, John Key (Prime Minister). Well done John!

Looking back, I don’t think this would have worked with Labour, as Helen Clark wasn’t exactly what I’d call an ‘approachable’ lady, but the Nats  have done it well! John Key is really coming across as a decent chap I could have a coffee with.

This does beg the obvious question though:

“With the rapid onset of social media, and keeping in mind the person using it needs to be ‘Followable’ to be ‘Followed’, will the next election be won (or ‘steered’) based on the candidate’s ‘Online Personality’ rather than their ‘Policies’?

Anyway, here’s an interesting list of some New Zealand Government social media and other online links:

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image Twitter: (NZ Official Government Twitter accounts)

 imageJohn Key (Prime Minister)

  imageNational Party:

Websites: (Official NZ Government Websites)

Civil Servants:

Feeds (Unofficial government feeds)

Posted - October 9th, 2009

I was cruising the ‘tubes’ this evening and came across a great software review written just a little while ago of our ProWorkflow tool.
Check out the review!

Software Review:

“Like all good online project management software, ProWorkflow manages projects and tasks assigned to users. Where ProWorkflow is set apart from its competition is in the extra features: time management, reports, invoicing, quote management and customizable settings.

ProWorkflow is marketed as having been designed with customer feedback, and it shows. The interface is streamlined and arranged in such a way that what users actually use is readily available. Other, less-often used features are kept a few clicks away.

We were especially impressed with the dashboard that users see upon login: a comprehensive view of tasks and projects that managed not to feel cluttered. The calendar on the left-hand side menu is a nice touch.

For managers, it is even possible to see the dashboard for another user, so that he or she can have a bird’s eye view of the user’s workload. But team management in ProWorkflow goes further than that: we were impressed with the staff workload report, which shows, for each user, how many hours are scheduled. It can even be broken by project and tasks. This makes it easy to see when a resource is overscheduled.

Yet another impressive feature is the invoicing module. As staff log in their time and expenses for each task and project, ProWorkflow builds a “bill” for the client. Then, within a few clicks, a professional-looking invoice can be built, that includes everything from staff hours and billed rates, to other expenses. Invoices are fully customizable.

ProWorkflow is chockfull of details that show they really listened to their customers:

  • Multiple Tasks can be edited all at once in a grid.
  • Email alerts are detailed and can be adapted to the company’s needs.
  • The basic look and feel of the system can also easily be changed without having to contract work from ProWorkflow’s developers.
  • Project managers can leverage a search feature that includes clients on top of the usual parameters.

Pricing is also simple at ProWorkflow: users pay for file space and staff logins. Tasks and projects are not limited. This is a welcome change from other systems that charge per project.

Overall, ProWorkflow is a highly flexible system that will benefit organizations big and small, without a steep learning curve, both on the user and the administrator sides.”

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Posted - October 7th, 2009

 

image I’m wondering if we need to get a few of these for the new ProWorkflow office! I can just see the team running web demos whilst zipping around the office. Just needs a drink holder.

It’s called the “U3-X” from Honda and is good example of the growing number of futuristic transportation devices being released. This awesome beast is capable of a whopping 6km/h and weighs less than 10kg. Runs on a lithium-ion battery with about an hours charge.

I’d really love to try one of these…

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Julian Stone, CEO – Project Management Software visionary for:
ProActive Software, ProWorkflow, ProWorkflow Blog & Julian101
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Posted - September 30th, 2009

I just really like this story… I bet the Mint guys are really stoked about turning the heads of Intuit. Good on them I say! Great job guys!

From this:

“Quicken Online Can’t Believe Mint Is Doing So Well; Sends Threatening Letter”

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/19/quicken-online-cant-believe-mint-is-doing-so-well-sends-threatening-letter/

“Intuit, the company behind the well-known Quicken suite of money management software that includes Quicken Online, can’t believe how well its competitor Mint is doing. In fact, they were so bewildered by Mint’s claims of gaining 3,000 new users a day and jumping from 600,000 to 850,000 users in a matter of months that they decided to send a threatening letter demanding an explanation for this apparently inconceivable feat.”

to this…

“Intuit To Acquire (Former TechCrunch50 Winner) Mint For $170 Million”

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/13/intuit-to-acquire-former-techcrunch50-winner-mint-for-170-million/

“Intuit will acquire the free online personal finance service Mint, we’ve confirmed from a source close to the deal, for around $170 million. Silicon Alley Insider first reported a rumour on this. The deal should be announced in the next few days.”

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About the author:
Julian Stone, CEO – Project Management Software visionary for:
ProActive Software, ProWorkflow, ProWorkflow Blog & Julian101
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Posted - September 25th, 2009

One of our team, Lara, just sent me a link to a great article written by Joel Spolsky about programmers and shipping product called:
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The Duct Tape Programmer

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2009/09/23.html 
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It’s basically saying don’t worry too much about the polish on your code or getting it 100%, just ship it! I talk to other software co’s that get so wound up in perfecting technology that they never get their releases to the customers.

At ProWorkflow, of course we’re always trying to improve technology and programming – that’s just ongoing, but we do ship, and often! We roll out updates about every 1-2 weeks. They contain a mix of fixes and functionality, but the fact is they’re rolled out and the customers benefit.

All functionality updates are posted about on the blog here: http://www.proworkflowblog.com

Back to the the article though, there were a couple of paragraphs that really stood out.  Check out these:

“Yeah,” he says, “At the end of the day, ship the fucking thing! It’s great to rewrite your code and make it cleaner and by the third time it’ll actually be pretty. But that’s not the point—you’re not here to write code; you’re here to ship products.”

and…

“A 50%-good solution that people actually have solves more problems and survives longer than a 99% solution that nobody has because it’s in your lab where you’re endlessly polishing the damn thing. Shipping is a feature. A really important feature. Your product must have it.”

So true! Our Chairman reminds us of the latter on a regular basis. So Ship people, ship, ship, ship!

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About the author:
Julian Stone, CEO – Project Management Software visionary for:
ProActive Software, ProWorkflow, ProWorkflow Blog & Julian101
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