Off to China

Tomorrow morning I’m heading off early for a week in Beijing, China. It’s the first time for me; and to be honest the first time I’ve travelled anywhere where I really don’t have any ability to speak some basic local language and read my way around.

I downloaded a Rapid Mandarin course by Earworms from Audible – and I at least know some phrases. (Well – it’s another language I can order beer and coffee in ..)

Hopefully internet won’t be too shoddy during the week – I’ll be there with Laurence so I’ll make sure we post some pics.

Slow blogging

I spend a few days catching up on posting video to my family and home blog instead 😉 No posts for a week or two.

100 days of ZENworks – Windows only management

I’m in Singapore at the Asia Pacific Partner Academy; we are training partners on the forthcoming ‘ZENworks Pulsar’ release. It’s just gone beta 1.

One question that came up:

How do I integrate ZENworks 7 with Active Directory?

Well – here are the links.

Here is a really cool article from Novell Connection Magazine; it’s from December 2004 and refers to ZENworks 6.5 – but the concepts are valid today.

Also take a look at the Novell Wiki.

Here is how to integrate the ZENworks Middle Tier with a Layer 4 switch; here are the Middle Tier Best Practices.

There have also been several BrainShare sessions on Windows only management. I’ll try and find the links to presentations.

Vista launch – Singapore style

I’m in Singapore – it’s hot (28’C) and humid (90%)

Walking around this morning with Mark – and we saw a huge advertising display for the Vista launch; tied in nicely to the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Singapore - Vista Launch

More from Singapore later. Last time I was here was almost exactly four years ago.

Tweaking Collanos Workplace

I’ve blogged about Collanos before.

I’ve had to tweak the client to make best use of bandwidth. I’m finding that because most of my team are on pretty fast connections – fast DSL, fast LAN – the default settings are too conservative.

I suggested to the Collanos people that they have a ‘I have infinite bandwidth’ setting.

Here are my two settings that I changed.

Under Tools – Preferences, select Connections. Select Individual and click Apply.

Next click on Advanced Bandwidth Settings and bump up the upload and download speeds; also set the upload and download to use more threads.

on New Product Management

An interesting post by Charles Zedlewski of SAP on Product Management. He also references Storm Grillin – another blog on ‘agile Product Management’.

Especially interesting; we had training from Pragmatic Marketing a few weeks ago – which was a good refresher.

Here are the interesting comments; readers at Novell – I’m pointing fingers at you.

a product manager needs to be:
A salesperson. Selling the vision of the product to the development team is essential. How else can they come up with lots of good feature ideas or believe in the priorities? More energy is spent explaining the “why” of the product versus the “what.” 

This also means a product manager should not be:
A document generator. Why bother to generate that 100 page PRD? It’s going to change a month into the project anyhow.

These shifts in focus also change the psychic rewards for the product manager. Most product managers I’ve known love being the satisfaction of being resident expert.

and from Storm Grillin’

Agile product development is all about focusing on real value and delivering it as quickly and measurably as possible.  Many times this means we focus on story cards and use cases and velocity.  But on Monday, the dev, qa, and support folks took things to a completely new level.  They wanted to talk about the business.  They wanted to understand the key metrics that determine financial success, and they wanted to measure their progress against those metrics!

 Interesting thoughts.

WordPress 2.1 beta 1

Hot on the heels of WordPress 2.0.6 release candidate – is WordPress 2.1 beta 1.

I tried the alpha from subversion on this blog a while ago; it looked promising. Now we are at beta 1.

You can get the beta from here; knowing the test and release team – it will be live in weeks.