Author Archives: Jeffrey Gifford

On Methodical Problem Solving

Co-workers who have solved problems with me over any period of time have heard me talk about “building the matrix”. Sometimes its an actual table on a whiteboard (virtual or on the wall) while other times it’s in my head… (read more)

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Case Study: Security Controls in small, non-traditional Organizations

Several unfortunate events were used together to defraud a 501(c)(3) of nearly all their operating funds during a transition from one managing group to another, highlighting the needs for stronger controls in a wider spectrum of organizations than usually considered.… (read more)

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Off the Shelf: July 2021 (The Checklist Manifesto)

Of all the several books I read in July, the most impactful was The checklist manifesto, by Atul Gawande. The Checklist Manifesto Early in the book Gawande introduces research proposing that there are “three different kinds of problems in the… (read more)

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Off the Shelf: June 2021

Most of June’s reading was for fun, but each stands out for something unique. I first put I sing the body electric! on my e-reader a few months ago because I knew I’d soon be needing a collection of short… (read more)

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Off the Shelf: May 2021

Looking back at the month, I finished more books in May than I had thought, including two that I’ve been working on for a long time and two that I rushed since the Library wanted them back sooner rather than… (read more)

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Broken Everywhere

I catch some good-natured and well-deserved ribbing from my co-workers and colleagues about this precept, but frankly, I take it in stride. It’s true that sometimes the new hires don’t understand it right away, but once explained and demonstrated, I don’t… (read more)

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Ban “Interesting”

Let’s ban the word “interesting” (at least for a while). Think about it for a moment. When was the last time you used the word when it actually[1. Let’s ban “actually” next.] meant something? “What did you think about the… (read more)

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Never too early—rarely too often

We’ve got a rather large project going on at the moment and a shrinking window to get it done. The deeper we dig into this mound of work, the more and varied things we pull out. What started as a… (read more)

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A Manager’s Smile

We moved offices this past week, relocating the IT department (and one other) into a new space. The new space is light and airy and is laid out on the open office plan.[1. I believe that the only fans of… (read more)

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5 Reasons Why Not to Use Your Work Computer to Do Your Personal Taxes

You don’t have local admin. TurboTax requires[1. See “Administrator Rights In Windows 7 And Vista – Turbotax Support“. Web. 8 Feb. 2017.] it and you probably don’t have it, nor should you. Admins take away local admin because users frequently don’t… (read more)

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