Simple can be harder than complex

Simple Can be harder than complex

Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

-Steve Jobs

Motivation make my day.

Do you need a resource to complete IT project/s? Yes. Then call me now…

Every company needs resources. Resources to complete projects where budget has been already allocated.  Now problem is with very little unemployment in the UK, companies are struggling to get hold of good resources and workforces, people are moving getting better wages and of course Brexit on the horizon and it has started its negotiation process. Yet all of this uncertainty, projects need to be carried out and delivered constantly, Pressure is mounting to make financial targets on Project Managers and Teams.

In this tough time, few things happening to the existing projects either project needs to keep on hold or hire more resources, or delegating projects/workloads to offshore or inland third-party (if it is safe to do so.) and on the top budget is limited and time is burning quickly.

Hire Ravi Lodhiya as a contractor

With this in mind, and as an experienced IT Contractor (trying to be Freelancer) I have few things to offer in this crucial time:

  • I can come to rescue your projects or workload if you delegate me.
  • I can help you/your company to find resource for your troubled IT projects.
  • I can help you to motivate your team and engaging them to better perform.
  • I can be honest to assess your estimates for the project and add value to it.
  • I can bring your project on track and if your budget is tight then find alternative resources for that.
  • As an independent entity, I  can be more resourceful to your enterprise by more cost-effective and reliable, affordable and promising.  While you are searching with your current recruitment agency to fill the gap in your team, I can surely add value to your projects and keep balls rolling till you find right candidate as a permanent staff or may be help your trainees to come up to speed.

So if you have a project going on trouble due to  lack of resources or new greenfield project on the horizon but not able to prove by recruiters or want to get an idea about how much it is actually going to cost. Just email me your details via contact page here.

I usually turn around your projects quickly and we can build long-term relationship as it grow.

p.s.: I am not a recruiter or neither representing them. I am an independent contractor work as a limited company and try to rescue enterprises and deliver value to their projects by offering my ability.

So if you reading this and feel that it is better to contact me here for further discussion. Believe me you won’t be disappointed.

Saturday Afternoon–Best Use of time

Yeah People you’ve heard it. What is the best use of the time at Saturday afternoon?

And…. answer is solving the Rubik cube. Ta… Da…I spend bit time on reading the God’s Number to solve rubik cube and realized it was doable so I thought let me try it.

rubikcube-solved

It was fun and challenging, I was wondering woh… woh… wohhh….

What The… , why I can’t finish it in 20 steps? I tried but ….

Doah.  No Good. But here its interesting stuff I found. How you can solve this puzzle in 20 step.

http://cube.rcombs.me/

Just brilliant. I like the solution given.

I tried it and Voila…. Great stuff. So people use your time wisely.  Enjoy the rubik. Have fun at afternoon.

God’s Number

 

My Personal Kanban Board

After few quick attempts and experiments with Kanban board, I am going to start using this Kanban implementation, 

So what is 4D matrix of Things to do.

  1. DO
  2. DECIDE
  3. DELEGATE 
  4. DELETE

The idea behind 4D is simple – keep clutter out and gain more focus on get things done. 

I have started putting my to do a list in the matrix but it is just for every fortnight  or 2 weeks. So that I can start doing more rather just scared myself away from long list of To do. Every week I have 3 main priorities to carry out and everyday just three things to do, thus my list items are limited in numbers, each DO part can only has maximum of 6 tasks (which is  3 tasks (priority) per week),  and rest of grids are either DELEGATE or DELETE and DECIDE(DIFFER). DECIDE is a column which you can think as important but not so urgent or less priority. 

After that Next is a column holds tasks I am going to tackle in the current  week, and if I was interrupted by any variables then it will be put ON HOLD, may be later either I can DECIDE, DELEGATE or DELETE. And when it needs to be done then just start DOING it and upon done it’s DONE. Here is the magic doing cell has only one  and one task at any given time.

Now every evening or first thing in the morning I can update board and start doing more, by limiting my to do list and achievements I reward myself a treat or may be if too many things on hold for current week then push a bit and decide or delete quickly without demotivate myself or feeling grief about it.

Next four weeks I am going to monitor how things are going and measure my success by using task points, each task has an effort mark on it. Let’s say if things take less than an hour has 1 point and if more than 1 hour but less than 2 hours then it has 2 points and 4 points, 6 points, 8 points and 10 points maximum. 

I am working 48 hours a week including travel. Achieving 10 points a week will be a good milestone however, I am not going to crazy on that. I would rather progress slowly and steady week by week.

Ciao.

2017-04-17 4:25:30 PM

Video Player Using Angular JS

Recently I have finished my training on angularJS and it has given tasks on how to complete the project. So I have got an opportunity while I was preparing for new role. It took me around 8 hours to complete task on my own. I have to refer some of the topics again but overall I am really happy with it.

 

I have attempted it with following structure

  1. Design as I go, follow up instruction, recall from memories.
  2. Go through some in depth topics such as reading json files using angular js
  3. Concepts of controllers and additional packages such as Animate.
  4. Layout and styling correctly.
  5. Add pagination to the demo list.
  6. Downloaded around 10 videos for just laugh.
  7. It was fun project to do.

Here is the link where you can see it easily.

Click Here

I hope you all have lovely weekend. Have fun.

 

Building Custom HTML5 Video Playback with AngularJS

What kind of entrepreneurs are you?

 

P is for Powerful and P is for Positive, P is also for People. P is for Product. P is for Profit. P is for Politics. P is for Persuasive. P is for Passionate. P is for Polite. P is for Performance. P is for Perfect.  And P is for Promotional. P is for Placement. P is for Portable. P is for Punctuate.

At Last, P is for Pee.

So far, What kind of business are you running?

– People Driven

– Product Driven

– Profit Driven

– Politics Driven

– Passion Driven

– Place Driven

– Performance Driven

These are 7 P’s of the marketing or business who defines value for your business or alternatively it defines business you drive.

How do I deliver small projects or tasks?

Recently I have been asked that how do I deliver small projects or tasks? What is my approach to solve a problem/task?

Well I said POC (Proof of Concept) because I think it is a one of cost effective way to tackle small projects and tasks, Also it helps to deliver 80 percent functionality or requirements asked by users. It also backs KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid!) rule. Most often stack holders are not so clear with their ideas or concepts, or not able to put a business cases against the benefits over ROI, which I think its fair on them, POC can rescue it. I see it as a tool that try before you buy in.   I consider this as maximum throughput of Return on Investment. Also it will give a chance to refine complex processes to more normal forms.

Right so let us understand what is POC?

Proof Of Concept

A Proof of concept (POC) is a realization of a certain method or idea to demonstrate its feasibility, whose purpose is to verify that some concept or theory has the potential of being used. A proof of concept is usually small and may or may not be complete.

A proof of concept in software aims to determine the solution to some technical problem or to demonstrate that a given configuration can achieve a certain throughput.

POC APPROACH

The Proof of Concept approach – A Time Travel to a successful Project

poc

The Proof of Concept approach is practiced for various client requirements to provide the customer with the opportunity to “test drive” core processes in order to validate its needs are met as expected. The value proposition for a customer doesn’t end there-by investing a part of the total project cost up-front customers are able to identify and circumvent complex challenges that could become showstoppers later. In this way, a Proof of Concept would act as the first step of the blueprinting phase – very much like a conduit or bridge to a successful project launch. By leveraging the POC approach, we were able to rapidly prototype core business processes as requested by the customer.

The Proof of Concept approach Benefits

  • Clarity in need/problem formulation;
  • Number/quality of new ideas;
  • New knowledge;
  • Special planning;
  • New ways of thinking;
  • Level of planning;
  • Management of time;
  • Planning capabilities;
  • Efficiency of execution;
  • Strategy formulation;
  • Cost Effective;
  • Low in budget;
  • Low in risk;

Right so we understand the POC and its process but actually can you explain it with an example?

A Successful Client Consulting

Yes sure Let us say for an example, As an admin I want a dashboard which allows me to monitor who has login to the system and reports on their action lists such as assigned,  pending and completed tasks.

I have estimated the work involved in it was around 6 days and budget was around £1500.

So with a POC approach, I have created a web application which has functionality of above and simple report on action lists of the user and user management functions such as CRUD. Now with an exception of no need of prettiness on look and feel wise  but signed off on a condition if approved then they will allocate more fund on further development.

After It was demonstrated successfully and stack holders has given further requirements to enhanced functionality and user experience.  

The technologies I have used was MVC, ASP.NET and SignalR (which gives me real time update on who is logged in).  

Consultant engagements beyond simply purchasing expertise require the development of a relationship between the consultant and the client.

Consultants add value by addressing both content and process issues based on expertise, methodology and general problems solving skills.

Zero disruptive OS

I wish if I could have been involved in an OS development which has my ideal features 

  • Boot in 3 sec.
  • Can develop any application regardless of any platform or any dependencies.
  • Zero disrupting while update.
  • Resilient and reliable, robust
  • Designed for development only.

The list is endless but I wish I had these, even in my dreams.

But reality is so brutal and crude.

One day may be AI and Deep learning might help.

Try Me

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Custom Software Development Checklist

Custom database software development is facilitated by the use of a checklist of standard questions to be answered before a system is created, and before analysis begins. This checklist is provided to assist in the Analysis/Requirements phase of a new custom software development project.

 

If you are interested in having 21st Century Technologies, Inc. create a new system for you, then the following checklist and the associated answers will facilitate the analysis process. The answers can be e-mailed or faxed to us at the email address and fax number at the bottom of the page.

 

BUSINESS CONSIDERATIONS

 

1. Desired delivery date or proposed project schedule.

2. Business reason for, and urgency of project.

3. What are the cost constraints?

4. Use cases – description of how each group of users will be using the system.

 

a.    General business process – web user will buy a product, web user will add a customer, web user will add contact information, etc.

b.    Input/Output – web users will enter data into forms, data will be imported, administrator must run many management reports, administrator needs to export to Excel and text, etc.

c.    Frequency of activity – many times each day, once daily, weekly, etc.

d.    Cycles of activity – weekly sales reports to all sales managers on Monday morning, close books at end of year, etc.

 

NATURE OF APPLICATION

 

1.    Do you have a desired development tool or technology in mind? You may want to split the application into some parts that can be run on a Windows workstation computer, while other parts (like reports, or timecard entry screens) are accessed via a web browser on your local intranet. Web applications and reports can be viewed on all computer types and operating systems that are capable of viewing web pages. Some tools currently available to build the system are listed here:

 

·         C#/VB.NET

·         ASP.NET

·         Active Server Pages or Cold Fusion for robust database driven Web applications

·         ColdFusion

·         Visual Basic

·         SQL Server

·         MS Access

·         JavaScript – for cross browser compatibility,

·         VBScript – for server scripting, and client scripting if Internet Explorer is

the only client browser

·         Dreamweaver – for higher ended client functionality

·         SQL Server Reporting Services

·         Crystal Reports – for Windows and Web based reports

·         ActiveReports

·         Excel

·         PowerPoint

·         Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Systems – dial 1 for English, 2 for

Spanish…

 

2.If other applications are involved (MS Word, MS Excel, QuickBooks, etc.), what version will be used?

3. Desired screen resolution (800×600, 1024×768, etc.),

4. Screen Size (15", 17", 19”, 21")

5. Preferred Font and size (Arial 10, Times New Roman 12, etc.)?

6. Target Windows version for each client computer in the system (98, NT 4.0, 2000, XP, 2003 Server, etc.),

7. Web Server – MS Internet Information Services (IIS), Apache, etc.

8. Target computer Operating System if not a Windows Platform – Apple, Unix, Linux, etc.

9. Target workstation hardware for all client stations,

a. Clock speed –1333, 1500, 2000, 3000, etc. MHz,
b. Hard drive space – 100, 200, 400, etc. Gbytes,
c. RAM – 128Mb, 256Mb, 512Mb, 1Gb, etc.


10. If a network application, which network and version? –Windows, Novell 3.1, Novell, etc.

11. What are the drive letters for the networked back end databases if a network application? F, G, H, etc.? This reduces the deployment effort by developing in the same environment as the target workstations.

12. If available and pertinent, please provide a network configuration diagram with paths to server (where database will reside) and all clients, security/user groups, etc.

13. Is 24×7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) uptime required? If so, please explain the business need. We will discuss this further. The cost goes up as more uptime is required. More resources are needed – various personnel on pagers, redundant computers or components like power supplies RAID or mirrored hard drives, etc.

14. Is Internet/Intranet data access desired?

a. For data entry?
b. For report reviewing only?
c. To disseminate existing documents?
d. To email notification of pre-determined business trigger events (project milestone met and approved, employee appraisal ready for approval, etc.)?


15. Is Security desired?

a. Extremely high network (Internet) security – firewall, proxy server, etc.
b. Database level security – MS Access has security, but SQL Server has a much tighter security model tied in with the Win 2000/NT operating system.
c. Application level security
d. Minimum (pseudo) security algorithm – low cost
e. Please specify User Groups that may have special Security needs requiring different levels of security:


i. Administrative Assistants
ii. Analysts
iii. Engineers
iv. Managers
v. Company Owners
vi. System Administrators


16. Are Backup Scenarios currently in place? Backups will be an integral component of the system. The importance of this cannot be over emphasized.

a. Daily, Weekly, Monthly onto tape
b. Daily, Weekly, Monthly onto CD or other optical drive
c. Onto another computer
d. Regular backups located at a remote site


17. Are Anti-Virus protection and policies in place? It is an important part of ensuring that a system stays up and running.

18. Will remote troubleshooting be desired? The addition of Error Processing and Logging software will facilitate remote support and troubleshooting.

19. Desired Documentation?

a. None
b. Installation
c. User
d. Administrator
e. Software
f. On-line help
g. Special
h. All of the above


20. What is the proficiency level of all users for the target tools and environments – Windows, Excel, etc.?

21. Will interfaces to other systems (accounting, payroll, another database, GIS, truck routing, etc.) be required? This will affect the data model and system configuration, so early planning for these interfaces is critical to their successful inclusion into the system.

22. Is an audit trail function desired for changes to existing data? What parts of the system will need to be audited?

23. Is government reporting or data security required – Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, etc.

24. Number of reports. A sample hardcopy or at least hand drawing of each will significantly help in determination of report prices and commonalties (company headers, formats, etc.). Important items are:

a. Number of sections including sort groups,
b. Definition of the source data for all fields in each section and their calculation method,
c. Summaries,
d. Desired output format:


i. Windows screen preview
ii. HTML
iii. E-Mail
iv. PDF
v. Delimited Text
vi. Excel spreadsheet
vii. Other outputs


25. Is an ad hoc user-defined reporting, data retrieval, or analysis (On Line Analytical Processing (OLAP), Data Mining, etc.) capability desired?

26. Is an installation program needed for distribution of an application to many users?

27. Is an automated network or internet installation desired?

28. Are custom point to point communications needed? This may also include automated faxing.

29. Special Considerations:

a. Unique business rules, calculations, desired warnings, etc.
b. Significant text parsing
c. Known or possible issues and problems that may be alleviated with testing
d. Voice driven capability
e. Multiple databases (Access and SQL Server, Oracle, etc.)

 

DATA AND VOLUME

 

1. How many users are expected on the system in the near (first 6 months) and long (1 – 3 years and past) term?

2. How many users are expected to use the system at the same time during peak periods in the near and long term?

3. What type of data traffic will be on the network for the near and long term – numbers, text, images, video, multi-media, etc.?

4. What is the expected volume of traffic for the near and long term?

5. What is the estimated number of data records to be stored for the near and long term?

6. Do we need to import data from existing files or systems? Note that Characters like ‘ " # have special significance in data processing and conversion, and require special code handling. Names (D’Joy) and other data fields may contain these characters.

a. No. Example data will usually be provided in database, text, or spreadsheet format. This helps significantly in system testing and allows for error discovery and error trapping before the system is delivered.

b. Yes.

i. Is all or part of the existing data needed? What parts?
ii. Can use of the existing data be stopped while we convert the data into the new system?
iii. Is this a one time data conversion, or will we have to import data from existing systems regularly?
iv. Are some fields mostly blank?
v. Are some desired fields missing?