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Testing Microsoft Office 2013

One of my ongoing learning adventures is test software.

I have been testing Office 2013 for Windows on a Windows 8 Pro machine. The installation of the suite went well and I have been using the application as part of my daily work for just under two months. The Suite, coupled with SkyDrive, allow me to work on my documents from any machine. I continue to work with documents using my Desk Top, Lap Top and my RIM Playbook. Overall, it has and continues to be a very positive experience.

To learn more about the Office 2013 Suite, visit

I think you will like the new Office 2013 a pleasant surprise.




Making Great Connections

An interesting adventure is one where you shift your thinking and explore the what ifs instead of what is.

I continue to marvel at the many ways we can connect and communicate using tools such as a Blog.

Imagine how many emails we could eliminate if we used a Blog to support projects. It would be great to get updates using tools such as RSS, Chat boards or virtual 3D meeting rooms. There are so many options.

Next time you are wondering about a new way to support a project, let your imagination wander.

You may find a new way to use a tool to make everyone’s life better.


Grinding Through the Workload

Grinding Through the Workload

If you are looking at a long list of things to get done this week, you are not alone. I’m often asked how does one manage the growing list of work with a busy schedule. Here are three (3) tips that you may find helpful.

  • Tip #1 – Turn off Your E-mail

    Yes, turn off your e-mail. One way to get some focused work done is to turn off your e-mail and focus on the task at hand. Personally, I like to check my e-mail about every 50 minutes. I put my Blackberry away to avoid the flashing light or beeps from incoming e-mail. This allows me to focus. With less interruptions, I can get some work done.


  • Tip #2 – Make a List the Night before and stick With It

    If you make a list of things that need to be done the night before, it’s easier to get started on it first thing in the morning. I find I can only plan about three major things to complete in a day. I have to account for phone calls, sudden meetings etc. I think the key is to make the list as reasonable as possible to ensure you can be successful.


  • Tip #3 – Ask for Help with Getting Organized

    If you find the lists are getting too long, seek out assistance in getting organized. The help can be in the form of a friend, a colleague or a course. I think it is just helpful to ask for tips and advice from others on how they manage their busy workloads. One of the best investments I made two years ago was visiting the folks at Priority Management for their one day training program on Microsoft Outlook.


If you are looking for a training program, I highly recommend the course. To learn more visit