How to host a brilliant kick off meeting

What is a kick-off meeting? Kick off meetings serve one purpose. When should a kickoff meeting be held? Participants at the kickoff meeting Invitation to the project kickoff meeting Your kick-off meeting agenda Project goals Scope of the project Project approach Roles of project team Potent roadblocks Next steps What length should a kickoffmeeting last? What to do after the […]

How to help your team manage project risk

Project management is more than just managing the work. Your team is also your responsibility. A resource management plan includes building the skills of your team. Usually, we think of this as the technical skills that they need to deliver the project. For example, taking a course on programming languages or improving their system maintenance skills. You should also take […]

How to go from technical expert to leader

Domenic was very intelligent, precise, and had great success in his current job (as a chemical engineer). He was offered the chance to be a team leader, a position he wanted and where he felt he could contribute. He accepted the role and was frustrated. He was frustrated because he spent hours per week in meetings where he had solutions […]

MindManager 2018: How to Get Started [Software Review]

Mindjet MindManager 2018 offers a powerful mindmapping and visual management program. I was asked to review it recently, so I created this tutorial on how to create your mindmap. Below are my overall thoughts about the product. (Full Disclosure: Although I was compensated for the article, my views are my own. This is an honest review/tutorial about how I used […]

How to get ready for next week

Sunday nights are full of activity in my house. This is what I love. Everyone seems relaxed after a weekend. On a typical Sunday, I spend the evening planning my outfit for the morning, packing my laptop bag and snack, and finding my train tickets. These are just work-related tasks that I need to do in order to be ready […]

New Course: Linux Essentials

You’ll find the new SPOTO training course “Linux Essentials” helpful, whether you’re new to Open Source software or want to improve your Linux skills. Shawn Powers teaches command line basics, scripting, creating and moving files, and other topics in this 20-video course. This course is for system administrators who are interested in learning Linux technology. Here’s the complete video listing […]

Juniper JNCIS ENT: Enterprise Routing & Switching Specialist (JN0-348)

This intermediate training video, 129-video, by Knox Hutchinson, covers the knowledge network administrators need in order to configure, monitor, or troubleshoot enterprise networks functionality. He has specialized knowledge of routing protocols, codexes, and concepts. This is the new JNCIS-ENT training. The Juniper Networks specialist-level certification in enterprise routing/switching is the JNCIS-ENT. If you are a network administrator working on an […]

Juniper JNCIPSP: Service Provider Routing & Switching Professional (JN0-663)

This 259-video professional-level training by Knox Hutchinson, SPOTO trainer, gives you the knowledge and skills necessary to troubleshoot and deploy service provider networks using Layer 2 or 3 VPNs, IS/IS, IP Multicast and BGP technologies. This is the new Juniper training. This Juniper Networks Certified Professional – Service Provider (JNCIP–SP) training is for advanced networking professionals. It validates more advanced […]

Juniper JNCIP ENT: Enterprise Routing and Switching Professional (JN0-648)

This 118-video professional Juniper training by Knox Hutchinson, SPOTO trainer, covers what network engineers need in order to use IP telephony features and Layer 2 authentication and access control, ethernet switching and IP multicast, BGP, IGP, and ethernet switching to manage and maintain Juniper enterprise networks. This is the new Juniper training. To manage enterprise-level networks, it takes advanced routing […]

New Course: Juniper JNCIP DC: Data Center Professional (JN0-681)

Knox Hutchinson, SPOTO trainer, covers the knowledge network engineers required to professionally manage data center deployments and management in this 157-video Juniper training. This is the new Juniper training. Juniper Data Centers expect a lot of their network engineers. They need to be familiar with zero touch provisioning (ZTP), understand multi-link aggregation group concepts (LAG), Layer 2 and 3 technologies, […]