Posts Tagged:organization

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


Our new book “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work” is out!

Now available in the US, Canada, the UK, Austrailia, and New Zealand. Other countries and languages will follow.A couple years in the making, our brand new book, “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”, is now available in bookstores near you. There’s a hardcover, paperback (UK markets), audiobook, and ebook.The Economist says…“Their book is funny, well-written and iconoclastic and by far the best thing on management published this year.”800ceoread calls it an Editor’s Choice and says……Each [short chapter is] packed with a punch that seems both profound and practical — profound for how clear and different they tend to be from most accepted business wisdom, and practical because almost everything they describe is immediately applicable.And the ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amazon reviews are flowing in as well. And, BTW, if you’ve read the book, please do leave a review. Thanks much.If you’ve read and enjoyed REWORK, you’re going to especially love “It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work”.…

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HTML elements, unite! The Voltron-like powers of combining elements.

Guides, resources and discussions about Semantic HTML are often focused around specific elements, like a heading, or a sectioning element, or a list. It’s not often that we talk specifically about how we can combine HTML elements to increase their effectiveness. Normally, when we introduce HTML, we talk about how it is used to apply meaning to content in a document, and we do this by using examples like: “Is it a paragraph?” “Is it a heading?” “Is it a numbered list” “Is it a button” We use these examples because they are easy to understand — it’s a single piece or chunk of the same content that needs to be represented in a particular way. This is useful, but it only scratches the surface of how we can use and combine elements to provide more context and meaning. You remember Voltron, right? Each member of the Voltron force was…

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The 9 Most Important SEO KPIs You Should Be Tracking by @SEOBrock

Your website is beautiful. You’ve invested heavily into content marketing. You’ve spent countless hours developing buyer personas and zeroing in on your target audience. Now it comes time to present your efforts to your client, or share the latest campaign developments with the higher-ups. How can you prove success? How can you demonstrate value in a tangible way? Key performance indicators (KPIs) hold the answer. KPIs are objective metrics that help to measure and give clarity into the success of a given organization or campaign. What are the most important KPIs when it comes to measuring the success of your […]The post The 9 Most Important SEO KPIs You Should Be Tracking by @SEOBrock appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Introducing Trashy.css

It began, as many things do, with a silly conversation. In this case, I was talking with our Front End Technology Competency Director (aka “boss man”) Mundi Morgado. It went something like this… Mundi Morgado I want you to build a visual screen reader. Nathan Smith Who what now? Mundi Morgado I want a CSS library that allows you to see the structure of a document. It shouldn’t use class so that you’re forced to focus on semantics. Also, make it theme-able. Nathan Smith Sure, let me see what I can come up with. Fast-forward a week, and we’ve got what we are now calling: Trashy.css: The throwaway CSS library with no class Why throwaway? Well, it’s not really meant to be a fully fledged, production-ready style framework. Rather, it’s like training wheels for document semantics, with some bumper lanes (think: bowling) to keep you on the right track. It’s…

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Vectors, People, Alignment

I really like this, a lot. The basic concept is simple: We can think of the people on any given team as vectors People vectors have both direction and magnitude When people all work in precisely the same direction, their magnitudes are added to each other When people have any degree of deviation, the varying directions subtract (at least somewhat) from the maximum amount of productivity that could be achieved Vectors, People, Alignment This is one of the better ways to understand the power and importance of team and organizational alignment. What does this actually mean? Here’s the answer: Align people with the organization’s goals. Aligning individual teams (product, marketing, sales, service, etc.) with the organization’s goals. Aligning the organization’s goals with the needs of the customer. When your team is aligned with the organization, their specific team(s), and then finally with the needs of the customer, you have a winning…

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Farewell Megan, but not goodbye

As you might have read on the Drupal Association blog, Megan Sanicki, the Executive Director of the Drupal Association, has decided to move on. Megan has been part of the Drupal Association for almost 8 years. She began as our very first employee responsible for DrupalCon Chicago sponsorship sales in 2011, and progressed to be our Executive Director, in charge of the Drupal Association. It’s easy to forget how far we’ve come in those years. When Megan started, the Drupal Association had little to no funding. During her tenure, the Drupal Association grew from one full-time employee to the 17 full-time employees, and from $1.8 million in annual revenues to $4 million today. We have matured into a nonprofit that can support and promote the mission of the Drupal project. Megan led the way. She helped grow, mature and professionalize every aspect of the Drupal Association. The last two years…

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Tell Me What To Do

If Steve didn’t say this then that’s fine… but, I still believe it to be true: It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do. Actually, here’s the original video… I think. Still, makes total sense: When I think about hiring this is how I think – hire great folks who you can trust and then, collaboratively, you’ll figure out how to solve the many, many problems that an organization has today and tomorrow. Teams that trust each other can do that. Sometimes it’s one person trusting the other to do what they suggest and sometimes it’s the other way around. It’s not the CEO and everyone else. It’s just everyone, working together, rowing in the same direction. The post Tell Me What To Do appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

How to Be a Problem Finder

Working in consulting means that organizations hire you to solve their problems. You’re “the expert.” You know exactly what to do when parachuted into an unfamiliar business environment and are entrusted with creating something great. You can help. You WILL help. But first, to solve problems, you need to know what those problems are. This should be easy, right? Just ask the people who hired you! They know their business better than you ever could, and after all, they wouldn’t have hired you if they didn’t know what needed fixing. Unfortunately, this is not the case (most of the time). Your clients might know their business, but they probably hired you because they only know the extent of their problems insofar as they know those problems exist. When it comes to the web, more than likely, problems have come to your clients’ attention because of some kind of suboptimal customer…

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Top Free and Affordable Project Management Tools for Copywriters

Most copywriters don’t have the luxury of working on just one project at a time, so they have to be able to juggle multiple assignments at the same time. This is difficult for even the most seasoned writers, but a project management tool can make a huge difference in a copywriter’s organization, time management, and content output. Benefits of project management for copywriters In the shortest of terms, project management software is a tool that streamlines the planning, initiation, execution, completion, and review of all your various tasks and projects. Whereas you’d normally have to keep things like deadlines, client notes, ideas, pitches, and other copywriting mainstays in straight on your own, a project management tool effectively consolidates those processes and data into a single platform. Needless to say, a copywriter has much to grain from selecting a project management tool. But with so many options available, how do you choose…

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Security Essentials for Site Developers and Admins

Of all tech topics, security is possibly the most complex, and certainly the most important. This is because security is always evolving. It is a forced evolution, as we must adapt to constantly emerging threats. There are various levels of security that we’ll have responsibility for. The first level is ourselves or the organization we work for. The second level is our clients. And the third level is the users of the websites or applications we develop for our clients. Despite our best efforts, clients will always find ways to undermine the protections we provide for them. They rely on us as IT professionals to help them stay safe, but paradoxically also rarely follow the safety advice we provide them with. Most users really are their own worst enemies. What we need to do, then, is make it as difficult as possible for clients to compromise their own security, while…

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Creating the “Perfect” CSS System

My pal Lindsay Grizzard wrote about creating a CSS system that works across an organization and all of the things to keep in mind when starting a new project: Getting other developers and designers to use the standardized rules is essential. When starting a project, get developers onboard with your CSS, JS and even HTML conventions from the start. Meet early and often to discuss every library, framework, mental model, and gem you are interested in using and take feedback seriously. Simply put, if they absolutely hate BEM and refuse to write it, don’t use BEM. You can explore working around this with linters, but forcing people to use a naming convention they hate isn’t going to make your job any easier. Hopefully, you will be able to convince them why the extra underscores are useful, but finding a middle ground where everyone will participate in some type of system…

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How to Give a Great Agile/Scrum Sprint Demo

Overview The Sprint Demo (often part of the Sprint Review ceremony in Agile/Scrum methodology) is a critical step in completing a sprint, an opportunity to excite stakeholders, and a chance for developers to show off their work. For presenters, however, the demo can be a stressful exercise due to a lack of confidence, structure, or practice. If you’re nervous about giving your first demo, haven’t enjoyed giving demos in the past, or you just want to get better at demoing, this post is for you! Note that I’m not going to spend much time describing what a demo is–there are plenty of other posts online about that. This post is specifically geared towards helping you give a great one. Okay, so you’ve been tapped / elected / volunteered to give a demo, what’s the first step? Start by gathering information and setting some boundary conditions for the demo. I like…

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Experience Express in Lisbon: Forging the Future of Drupal Architectures and Initiatives at Drupal Developer Days

In Lisbon, steep slopes and sweeping vistas towering over placid waters and crowded ports characterize the topography of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This year, the Portuguese capital played host to Drupal Developer Days, possibly the most important event for developers specializing in Drupal. Held at the University Institute of Lisbon, it was a conference not to be missed, with innumerable insights from Drupal core contributors and maintainers. As the summer reaches its peak and beachgoers throng the seaside, the Experience Express stopped in this beach-filled city to sit and sprint with developers as they improve Drupal on many different fronts. In this blog post, we take a tour through some of the most compelling talks, covering topics like decoupled Drupal, progress in core initiatives, and dynamic migrations. Should Drupal 9 be decoupled by design? I joined forces with Lauri Eskola (Senior Front-end Developer at Acquia) to…

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Martech: Choosing the Right Software for Your Organization

Imagine you work for an organization that regularly uses Twitter to engage with potential prospects and customers. It’s hard to manage all the different streams you have going on, so you decide that a dashboard showing all of your organization’s recent tweet streams would be useful. Source: https://www.phase2technology.com/feed/

Why large organizations are choosing to contribute to Drupal

During my DrupalCon Nashville keynote, I shared a brief video of Mike Lamb, the Senior Director of Architecture, Engineering & Development at Pfizer. Today, I wanted to share an extended version of my interview with Mike, where he explains why the development team at Pfizer has ingrained Open Source contribution into the way they work. Mike had some really interesting and important things to share, including: Why Pfizer has chosen to standardize all of its sites on Drupal (from 0:00 to 03:19). Proprietary software isn’t a match. Why Pfizer only works with agencies and vendors that contribute back to Drupal (from 03:19 to 06:25). Yes, you read that correctly; Pfizer requires that its agency partners contribute to Open Source! Why Pfizer doesn’t fork Drupal modules (from 06:25 to 07:27). It’s all about security. Why Pfizer decided to contribute to the Drupal 8’s Workflow Initiative, and what they have learned from…

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Ensure the Survival of Creativity

The video title should honestly be one about how important it is to keep creative folk in your organization. Perhaps even more important is the fact that if you want to have your company survive the natural powers of capitalism, you should keep creative people on tap: This is easy at a startup but much harder as the company scales. And as a young company it’s important to keep this in mind because by the time you know it… you’re one of “them”. The post Ensure the Survival of Creativity appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

Our Own Personal Gulag

An unbelievable list of things that one man learned from one of the harshest places on earth: For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of those years enslaved in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and most hostile places on earth. While he was awaiting sentencing, one of his short stories was published in a journal called Literary Contemporary. He was released in 1951, and from 1954 to 1973 he worked on Kolyma Stories, a masterpiece of Soviet dissident writing that has been newly translated into English and published by New York Review Books Classics this week. Shalamov claimed not to have learned anything in Kolyma, except how to wheel a loaded barrow. But one of his fragmentary writings, dated 1961, tells us more. The list is striking and uncomfortable to read. I can’t even begin to…

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Increasing Drupal contributions from underrepresented groups

For the past two years, I’ve published the Who sponsors Drupal development report. The primary goal of the report is to share contribution data to encourage more individuals and organizations to contribute code to Drupal on Drupal.org. However, the report also highlights areas where our community can and should do better. In 2017, the reported data showed that only 6 percent of recorded code contributions were made by contributors that identify as female. After a conversation in the Drupal Diversity & Inclusion Slack channel about the report, it became clear that many people were concerned about this discrepancy. Inspired by this conversation, Tara King started the Drupal Diversity and Inclusion Contribution Team to understand how the Drupal community could better include women and underrepresented groups to increase code and community contributions. I recently spoke with Tara to learn more about the Drupal Diversity and Inclusion Contribution Team. I quickly discovered…

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AIGA 50 Winners

Viget is honored to be recognized among the winners of AIGA DC’s biennial design competition and exhibition. The AIGA 50 judges selected our work for ESPN’s LeBron’s Journey and the Ad Council & AARP’s Ace Your Retirement among the Washington D.C. area’s best 50 pieces across all categories from the past two years. Here’s a little more about Viget’s winning entries: LeBron’s Journey When you’re ESPN, and LeBron James becomes one of the Top-10 points leaders in NBA history, you’re going to have something to say about it. To mark the event, we began collaborating with ESPN’s editorial team to design something unique. We knew we needed to capture the drama of the accomplishment and highlight the stats that underscored its significance. The interactive experience we created lets fans track LeBron’s journey from draft day to present day, and offers some predictions about what it will take to become the greatest…

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