Creating an Effective RFP

Sooner or later we all need to solicit proposals that provide solutions to a problem.  This might be a request for an application, a service, or products.  It should come as no surprise that an effective RFP process accurately defines the problem.  However, there is more detail that makes up an effective RFP. What is a Well Defined Problem? The challenge of a technical RFP is often the language required to create one.  The technical staff provide input (or possibly the entire …

Security Suggestions and Keeping Safe From Hackers

The news is filled with stories about hackers and data theft.  Although they are not to be ignored, hackers can be avoided or thwarted with some common sense.  Let’s look at a few of these common-sense steps and some additional ways you can protect your self and site. Secure Passwords This is a common warning.  Nevertheless, the vast majority of passwords are anything but secure.  Studies have found that there are a large number of “default” passwords used.  These include …

The Importance of Communicating Status and Plans

One of the best ways to control project success is to meet or exceed expectations.  One of the best ways to understand and impact expectations is through regular status and review.  Therefore, status reporting habits are an excellent way to improve the chances of success for your project. A Failure of Communicating Status I had an experience that has made me a firm believer in providing my clients with a weekly status.  In this case, the problem came from a …