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Posted - April 2nd, 2009

Now we get a lot of CV’s across our desks each week. Some good, some bad, but I can honestly say I’m quite impressed with the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity shown in the CV below.

It’s not just that he took out a big ad in the paper, but the sheer brute honesty and positive spin that I admire. I hope someone can see past his previous business ‘flaws’ and that he stays straight.

This was in the Toronto Financial Post in Feb, 2001.




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

Posted - April 1st, 2009

I was just sending a page to the printer and must have deleted the ‘Copies’ resulting in the following interesting stupid message:
The number of copies can be any number from 1 to 32767”.

EH? I can only print 32767? That seems odd?


Ok, I guess they try to calculate it based on average pages printable from a toner cartridge. However I don’t for one second believe the small cartridge in the printer is capable of 32767 prints, much less 10,000. I’d guess 5,000. So I wonder where they get that number?

Then I saw this from a colleague!


Now this is odd… I’m on XP and she’s on Vista, and you’ll note it’s not related to the printer driver as she has selected a PDF printer (No Paper People!). I Google’d it and it appears that it is related to some techy, geeky, mathematical reason I couldn’t really grasp. But it ISN’T to do with toner levels.

It’s just an example of a silly message that should have been made more friendly by the developers. It also slipped through the XP and Vista releases.

Maybe they should add this to the message:



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

Posted - March 16th, 2009

These are the headshots I had done today. We’re starting to need them for the ProWorkflow business. What do ya think people? Thought I’d post these as not many people I deal with actually know what I look like.



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

Posted - March 10th, 2009

Note: John Walley is Chairman and a Director of ProActive Software Ltd, developers of the leading project management software John is involved with strategic planning and governance.

“A little while ago Julian asked me a question that ended up in this blog – not that I am one to blog. You will see from the PWF website I am on the high side of fifty and not “techie” in the “Twitter” sense of the word. However at a functional level I was using email regularly in the early 90’s and I get nostalgic about DOS (in the operating system sense).

Anyhow out of the blue or maybe after a session of me wondering out loud about the utility of channels like Twitter, the following question from Julian hit my inbox.”

From: Julian ProActive [mailto:HIDDEN]
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 10:29 PM
To: John
Subject: re: Software

Out of curiosity, how are you liking/finding the software world of today (business/marketing-wise) versus say 5-10 years ago? Just wondered what you thought of the new culture…

Web2, SaaS, Marketing (can of worms), 100’s of competitors, etc…

Any thoughts on the industry?

You’ve got huge experience in Manufacturing and software as well as other areas and have seen changes in models over the years. I was just wondering what you thought of the online world today?

That is just the sort of question I get a lot my interactions with the worlds 20 and 30 somethings and they often make me think hard, probably harder than is good for me. My answer:

From: John Walley [mailto:HIDDEN]
Sent: Wednesday, 4 February 2009 6:18 a.m.
To: Julian ProActive
Subject: RE: Software

The world is the way the world is, at some level it has not changed – at least in my observation – that much.  Basic principles remain and probably always will. 

Finding customers, keeping customers, charging the right price that balances the needs of both sides and doing in a way that keeps the wheels on has always been the challenge – it is a bit like your Web 2 yes or no discussions – beauty/difference is in the eye of the beholder.

What has changed is access speed and turn round times have dropped dramatically – that places more pressure on individuals but somewhere in there is individual creativity, welding that to the new tools is the trick, but the tools always need the craftsman. 

For the craftsman the challenge is to learn how the new tools best fit the craft.

As a result of this email Julian asked me to do a guest blog on Julian 101 “thoughts from ProWorkflow’s old chairman” well you can see some above; the only thing I would add would be for those of you who don’t have an older person on the team get one, you will make each other think harder and that has to be good for you, your company, your customers and the mutual dependency that of necessity binds you all together.

About the author: 
John Walley – Chairman: ProActive Software

Posted - February 19th, 2009

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