Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
The guest on C-SPAN's Q&A is technology analyst Omar Wasow, co-founder of BlackPlanet.com
Omar is an internet analyst who appears frequently on radio and television. Wasow tutored Oprah Winfrey in her first exploration of the Net in the 12-part series Oprah Goes Online. He is co-founder and strategic advisor for the social networking website BlackPlanet.com.
In 1995, Wasow was proclaimed by Newsweek as one of the "fifty most influential people to watch in cyberspace." Around 1999 or 2000, Wasow introduced Oprah Winfrey to electronic mail in a series of 12 appearances on her television show. In 2003, Wasow appeared in an Apple, Inc advertisement discussing their latest operating system at the time Mac OS X Panther.
Wasow is currently working on his doctorate at Harvard University in African-American Studies and political science. In a 2009 interview with Brian Lamb, Wasow stated that he had started at Harvard in 2005.
Wasow is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City, where he was President of the Student Union. He then graduated from Stanford University in California with a BA degree in Race and Ethnic Relations
His website is http://www.omarwasow.com/
From Beatstreet to the Bible, former rap superstar has a new kind of rap, that is much more powerful. Find out what it is
Thursday, November 25, 2010
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Google Voice gives you more control over your phone calls. With Google Voice, you get one number for all your phones, cheap international calls, voicemail like email, and more, for free! (US only)
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Sunday, November 7, 2010
http://www.bacollective.com No one likes to read documentation. And who can blame them. When is the last time you picked up a user manual? Its probably been awhile. No one even prints documentation anymore. You can maybe find an odd PDF file here or there, and then you have two choices: you can print it out and kill a few trees at your own expense, or you can read it online. Most people dont do either.
When people dont read documentation, its as much a reflection on the writer as it is on the reader.
Thats where the Business Analyst comes in. The Business Analyst is a bi-lingual communicator. The BA speaks the language of Business and of Technology. And each language has many dialects, colloquialisms, and subtle slang in its vernacular. When the BA writes documentation, it needs to command not only the attention, but the respect of its audience. Here are three things to consider when developing documentation as a Business Analyst.
First, balance Documentation Style and Substance * Well-written documentation, formatted and laid-out poorly, is not well-written documentation. * Know your audience. Who are you writing for? * Also, usability isnt just for software; its for documentation, too. Create great documentation that is easy to read. * And remember Re-usability is as important as usability. * Last, if your company/project/SDLC doesnt have a Style Guide, create one.
A second suggestion is to use Microsoft Word to its Full Potential * Know the basic controls for properly formatting documents. * Get it right and then make a template. * And stylesheets are your friend. Use them. * Its easy to master documentation by using Master Documents. Master documents allow you to: specialize, customize, assemble, disassemble, and change scope on a dime
The last suggestion is to create a Documentation Platform and Strategy * It establishes a single known go-to source for all documentation. Plus, network locations provide for security and backup. * Its easy to keep documentation up to date while maintaining historical versions of documents. * It can notify appropriate audience members regarding new versions of documents. * And can provide workflow, online review, approval, sign-off, and audit functions.
Well that is it for today but the BA Collective does not stop. Go to the BA Collective to view more from this article on Documentation written by Andrew Kass the CIO of Collective Genius. Also, stay tuned for up coming Business Analysis videos and articles at BACollective.com
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Author and NU alumnus Ellen Gordon Reeves discusses her book "Can I Wear My Nosering to the Interview?," on September 23, 2009 as part of Northeastern University Libraries' Meet the Author Series. She shared her advice on finding, landing, and keeping your first real job. She offered advice on: cleaning up your online act, using a professional email address, crafting your best resume, dressing your best for interviews, networking effectively, and avoiding emailing hundreds of resumes. Find her book in the Library's catalog, NUCAT at HF5382.7 R449 2009.
In the Spring Into Action webinar, the Google Retail Marketing Team discuss strategies retailers can take to get the most out of Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Graduation. Topics include: retail consumer behavior in 2009, a look at how the spring gift-giving season has performed historically, retail category trends and insights, and marketing tactics and tips for building successful online campaigns.
The scene: a CEO is celebrated on the cover Fortune. Soon after, the company is in the midst of a financial fiasco. What went wrong? It seems that top management made some incredibly stupid mistakes. But the people responsible are almost always remarkably intelligent and usually have terrific track records. "Why Smart Executives Fail" relates the stories of great business disasters and demonstrates the ways many businesses make themselves vulnerable to failure.