Posts by natasha

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Events

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

Have you noticed an influx of email recently asking you to confirm that you want to receive e-mail notifications. This is because Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation comes into force July 1st 2014. It will effect most emails including e-newsletters. This important law will require compliance at every level of your organization big or small. The Canadian Government has a site that provides further details on this however if you still need help there are a few sessions next week where you will get the Legal Perspective on this. BVO2 will have a session on June 25th downtown, registration...

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From Idea to App

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Guest speaking

Every year during National Engineering Week I would go out to the schools and talk about engineering. I would try to break down what I do at work into an engaging activity that the kids could participate in. The hope was to take something very specialized and explain it in a way they could understand. As time went on and I moved to different jobs I never got around to updating my contact info. on this list or maybe this program was cancelled. Either way it has been a long time since I was at a school speaking to young children. On June 13th I will get the opportunity again to speak to some...

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Volunteer Actors and Models Wanted!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Events

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome have challenges fitting in socially, having significant long term impact in their lives. Research shows these children can be taught social skills through repeated exposure to real-life scenarios. As a parent, I have spent many hours helping my child with special needs  — from putting them in social skills groups and camps, to getting them involved in social stories – to overcome these long term impacts. I have found, as most parents of children with special needs, these methods do help a little, but are not effective...

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What can you do if your project goes off track?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in Product Development

There is no ideal solution as it depends on what stage the project is at or the customer need at a given time. Here are a few things that can be done to get that project back on track Expand the team Benefits – more team means shortened timelines Liabilities – time is needed from the existing team to train and get the new members up to speed Overtime Benefits – it works very well for a short period of time Liabilities – after the push the team will loose productivity and in the case of contractors it will cost you extra in comp time High value first – re-prioritize remaining...

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Launching products with critical features first

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Product Development

In order to launch products with critical features first there are some best practices that will ensure the success. These are High value first Managing distributed teams User feedback is critical to product development There are benefits and challenges associated with each of these. High value first Benefits Challenges  There was a lot of focus on the high value first. Therefore always came back to what to do on a Friday night. In this case they knew who the customers were but did not get feedback until they launched some version of the product  Keeps the team focused in getting an early...

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