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Jul 3, 2011

Why My PC is So Slow?

Advance Window Care The usages of PCs(Personal Computers) have increased many folds in recent years. The lowering hardware cost with more powerful devices has added further demand in this segment. I am a computer user when the memory (HD) size was just 256KB. Today the size is in GBs. Then response time has become very fast. But I was experiencing that my PC has become very slow. This is 2 years old Laptop with 4GB Ram and was functioning well. When I further studied my system and took actions my system is working fine. I would like to share for your knowledge also(may be).

1. The disk was fragmented.

2. The RAM was increased to 4 GB, but as this was 32 bit OS, it was not utilizing full RAM.

3. PageFile was improperly set.

4. Too Many temporary files were available on system.

5. Too Many services were running and consuming too many resources.

6. Many unwanted programs were running in startup itself.
I fixed these issues and now the system is running fine.
Actions

1. I de-fragmented my disk. Also I created two partitions and now I am keeping my all documents in one drive and all system files in C drive.

2. The OS to 64 Bit could not be changed and stil it is 32 Bit only.

3. Page file was changed 1.5 times than RAM. Clikc Here to find out the way.

4. All Temporary files were removed.

5. Following unwanted services removed.

    a. Indexing Service

    b. Help and Support

    c. Error Reporting

    d. Automatic Update. (May be you can disable other unwanted services. But be very careful).

6. Many Unwanted program removed from startup.

To Carry out action # 4,5 and 6, I used Advance Window Care tool(free version).
Thank God!. System is running fine now without increasing or changing any hardware.


The results are good. Please try and then your feedback is requested. If you have something to share, please add in comments to others to use.



Jul 1, 2011

Project Cost Estimation Accuracy

Many time I experienced a dilemma when user is asking for estimated cost of Project instantly. As a project manager, It become utmost importance to say anything because, if it is over estimated you are going to have a bad name or may loose the project. If it is under estimated than your project will be a loss making lad. In my opinion to overcome such situation, we should give estimated cost but also update the user about the Accuracy tolerance in Cost Estimation. This will help user to be ready for listening something else when actual cost estimating is done. This will also help a project manager to throw away the unwarranted burden over head. As per prevalent market conditions, following is the accuracy in project cost estimation.

1. Rough Order of Magnitude - (-50% to 100% )against projected cost estimation.

2. Order of Magnitude  - (-25% to 75%).

3. Budgeted Estimates - (-10% to 25%).

4. Definitive Estimates - (-10% to 15%).

Project Manager must understand the time of giving estimates and accordingly explain about the accuracy. The magnitude of estimation accuracy can be decided based on the project phase. The more close you are to the project definitive estimation more accuracy is available.

Please do not forget that the progress is project and cost of changes is directly proportional.

Aman

Jun 29, 2011

What are the Importances of Good Communication for Project Managers

It is always said that a Project Manager spend his appx 70-80% time in communicating. The modes of communication could be different but statics seems to be correct. As a project management professional, I am experiencing the same. My most of the time is going in communicating and and just communicating.

I was watching Nat Geo channel where they were showing the Nuclear Disaster took place at Chernobyl in Russia. When I followed the story in detail the final outcome was a communication failure. Had a good communication was maintained between the water pumping engineer and Uranium control rod controller, the disastrous could have been averted. It is also said that future war will be won by that country where the communication is pretty strong.  By following same lines and my previous experience, I am fully agreed with this line.

Same way the importance of communication can be felt in a Project. The root cause of many projects failure leads to communication failure. The inadequate communication is a big bug in project success. Same time over communicating is also a big threat to project success. The thin line between these two parameters must be recognized by project manager and he should communicate effectively. That is the crush of the core. If a project manager can communicate effectively, he can also manage effectively. I am sure about this. In my next post I will be writing about different modes of communication (rather effective communication).

enjoy reading...........

Aman

Jun 28, 2011

Mango Bulz - Food and Cooking

Hi

I am found of new and delicious foods. I always try to make something new and special. Sometimes it goes well but sometime, I have to listen some downsizing words from my wife. Last Saturday, I tried to make a new dish and I named it Mango Bulz. Fortunately this become delicious and I was able to convenience my family that I am a good cook. I would like to share the same with you guys as well. Following are the steps.

For Stuffing

1. Take a ripe Mango and peel of the skin.
2. Take out the pulp in grinder and add some brown sugar and nuts(crushed) of your choice.
3. Grind well. Try without adding water.
4. Leave it is freezer to make a thick pulp.

For Making Dough

1. Take one cup of fine flour (Maida).
2. Add little salt, Ajwain.
3. Add small amount of oil.
4. Add pinch baking powder.
5. Make a soft dough.

Making of Mango Bulz

1. Take a small pie of dough.
2. Flat it with pastry roller.
3. Make a small well in center of the rolled dough.
4. Put one spoon full of Mango Pulp (taken out from Freezer and in thick form).
5. Bind with out allowing pulp to come out(If pulp is out it will not bind).
6. Two Options you have (Microwave , I did so) or just fry it.
7. Put it in microwave for 8 minutes else fry it out.
Wait till it comes at room temperature.

Enjoy with family and friends.

I hope you liked it. Please comment.
Thanks for preparing. Please share your experience.

Jun 24, 2011

5 Very Important Steps in BI Implementation.

Business Intelligence is the demand of contemporary era. There is one balloon blast post recession in terms of BI implementation. Many organizations are going for the BI implementation for a good visibility about the ongoing activities in organization. In my opinion following steps must be taken to make BI project a successful implementation.

1. Collect detailed requirements and add your comments as well. As a BI consultant it is your fundamental duty to appraise customer about the power of product and how it can be used for organizational Goal. Due to lack of knowledge at user end, many powers vested in a BI tool are not at all used. Therefore, the detailed study about the requirements must be done and your comments to be added. Your feedback should be approved by user and then only it should be added in to the project development.

2. Carry out strict stakeholder analysis. There are some users in every project implementation who are responsible for the failure of the project. They should be properly judged and a plan should be in place to handle such elements.

3. Carry out intensive training before go live. This training should also include about the detailed benefits of BI tool. How it is going to reduce the data collection time for managers and give then extra time for decision making. Also highlight the special features for analysis.

4. Plan for Change Management. You should be able to send information to all users that the idea of implementing the BI is not to highlight your mistakes, but it is to give a helping hand for decision making and giving clarity about the ongoing issues. This should facilitate the managers to plan for corrective and preventive actions in advance.

5. Involve the actual users during implementation(If possible). No BI is successful unless this is adopted by the actual users. If possible and situation permits, take actual users along with you in implementation. If not possible, at least keep them updated on current situation. This will help them to adopt the BI system easily.

The above steps are not exhaustive but are major point which should make a BI tool implementation as a success story from Project Management Point of view.

Thanks.