Getting the Most Bang for the Buck with Devices

The mobile devices that we use everyday aren’t just a critical tool, they’re an investment.  Most of us want to get every ounce of value out of them that we can.  The trick is to balance getting that value without putting the critical tasks that our tools execute at…

How to Respond to Adversity – St. Louis Blues Style

  Sometimes things can look pretty bleak.  On January 2nd, the St. Louis Blues were in last place in the NHL.  Things are looking at little different here in June.  Their perseverance from then to now – and their behaviors along the way – are a great example of…

The Key Factors to An Ideal User Experience

If you Google “User Experience”, you will see multiple references to UX and UI.  UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface) are terms typically used within product development – and are both critical.  But I think that too often, these are the guideposts that are used to define a…

UX, UI and the True User Experience

  UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface) are abbreviations that I see more and more these days.  Traditionally, they have been used in the framework of software and product development.  Now their reference is more frequently associated to websites, mobile devices and apps. In our constantly connected world,…

The Actual Cost of FREE Software

Don’t you love it when you determine that you need something – and then you find out that it’s free?  “Yes, we have that.  It’s included in your _________ – for free.”  Cue the happy dance. The Cost of Free More often than not, something that is “free” may…

The Balance of Does and Can

When we’re talking automation projects, I’m not sure that there are two words that have bigger impact on the success of your project than Does and Can.  There is an understanding – and balance – that really needs to be achieved when it comes to these terms. Like almost…

The Importance of Condition

I was recently reminded that just because you own something doesn’t mean that you can use it. The warmer temperatures and hope for Spring got me thinking about getting out and doing something that I haven’t done in years – rollerblading.    I’ll admit, as someone who recently hit 50,…

KonMari & The Challenges of Automating Your Inventory – Part 3: After the Inventory

The last few weeks we’ve been talking about Stuff.  As a society, we haven’t exactly embraced the Less is More concept – and we all seem to be overflowing with too much Stuff. The irony is that in the middle of all of this Stuff is a repeated feeling…

KonMari & The Challenges of Automating Your Inventory – Part 2

One thing that most of us have a hard time dealing with is our stuff.  It’s everywhere.  Some is unseen as it’s tucked away in cabinets/drawers/closets/basements/storage.  Some is in full view in piles/bins/cubbies.  For most of us – it’s overwhelming and hard to manage. Enter Marie Kondo.  Ms. Kondo…

KonMari & The Challenges of Automating Your Inventory

Last weekend, I watched some of that new Netflix series – Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.  It made me shake my head at how much we as a society seem to constantly dealing with STUFF. At home, it’s everywhere – in piles, closets, on counters, that chair in the…