ActiveCollab 4 vs. Feather Benchmark

We noticed Feather was faster than ActiveCollab 4 from the moment we started using it. We did a quick experiment to see how Feather performed against ActiveCollab 4.
A quick test scenario has been created: Open a new project, and create a task. Next, run the scenarios in Feather and ActiveCollab 4 and measure the time it takes to complete them. It doesn’t require programming knowledge so anyone can use it. visiting a website, typing, clicking buttons, and links. Selenium then records these actions as bits of code. After recording, you can click playback to have all the actions recorded performed again. You can find more information on Selenium IDE documentation page. We ran each Selenium test ten times, then put the time records into a spreadsheet and did a simple statistical analysis.
Feather was 18.4% faster that ActiveCollab 4, on average – at best 28.8% and at worst 10.6% slower – and here are the full results:Raw and. Perceived Performance
The test was simple and was intended to quickly assess the performance. We thought Feather would be faster than 18% but that was just psychology. Both versions work very fast, but Feather is faster because it doesn’t take too long. This is due to AC4’s UI complexity. Feather on the other hand had a close performance, but it felt light and fast. This phenomenon is due to the difference in Raw vs. Feather performance. Cognitive overload is caused by too many places competing for your attention when you open an AC4 task. Feather is different. There’s no clutter, and it’s easier to create tasks. You probably know that tasks are project-based. When you go to a project, you are greeted by a task form saying + Add Task. This is the ease of use we were really after.

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Activecollab 4 – Still Going Strong

R & W Media is a Magento development and design agency. We have many small and large e-commerce projects. It’s a daunting task to manage them all. ActiveCollab makes project management easy. We started out managing projects and daily tasks using spreadsheets or email. As things got lost or forgotten, this made it very messy. We needed a system that could allow us to set up individual projects, break them down into smaller tasks, and assign each person to each task. Each member should be notified when tasks are assigned or changed. We also needed collaboration, time tracking, and an automated way of sending invoices to clients. ActiveCollab was the answer. ActiveCollab 4 can only be used by the company’s design, development, and account departments.
ActiveCollab will help you set up a Magento eCommerce project. The project manager would break the project down into phases. Each phase will be designated as a milestone in ActiveCollab. One milestone is not enough. Each phase is broken down into smaller tasks. We break down each phase into smaller tasks. Our team of developers, project managers, and designers begin to discuss the project with the client. All our notes are stored in the Notes section or here. We attach a quote to the project spec and share it with ActiveCollab. The client has direct access to the ActiveCollab project. Once the client has given their approval, we break down the project into phases and establish milestones. We concentrate on the tasks because these are the jobs we assign each designer and developer. Clients can review the designs and leave feedback once they are approved. The task label can be changed from ‘assigned’ to’review’ to make it easy for us track the progress of tasks. Once the client approves the designs, the task label is changed from ‘assigned’ to’review. Once the client has approved the designs, we change the task label from’review’ to ‘confirmed’. After all development tasks have been completed, the milestone shows 100% completion. We then send the site to the client for approval and raise our final invoice in ActiveCollab. This is automatically emailed the client. ActiveCollab also automatically sends payment reminders to the client, which is very helpful in chasing down payments. There is no need to manually import invoices from ActiveCollab into our accounting software.

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Action Item in Project Management

Action items are often a source of concern for people. It is important to understand the importance of this term and how it works. Organizations and companies must be able to handle matters efficiently. It is possible to be efficient by completing all tasks. It’s not always possible for top-level managers to complete all tasks on time. This is why they divide the more complex tasks into smaller tasks and distribute them among employees and departments. These tasks also require description, which we call an activation item. What is an action item?
An action item is a task that can be completed by one person or a small group. Action items are usually the result of meetings and must be documented. Most employees or team members underestimate their ability to remember things. It is common for employees to commit to an action item, then write a brief note and then forget what it means. One way to prevent this from happening, is to express the action items in complete sentences. It is important to include all details, such as task deadlines, responsible persons, and any consequences. This will help you keep your business on track. Action items are a way to organize your project and keep it on track.
This term will be explained using real-world examples. Let’s say that your company decides to increase online brand awareness. This decision directly affected the rest of the company. Each employee must be aware of their role in the project. How do you translate these ideas into tasks? Action items are used to delegate tasks to the right people. A couple of actions items in this instance could be: Creating an Instagram presence by testing a few strategies
Develop a social media content calendar to guide you through the next months
Get in touch with your SEO team for more information about Google ranking
Spend more money on Facebook ads
It is important to remember that each task will require the assistance and support of multiple people who will achieve certain goals within a given time frame. You are setting yourself up for success by delegating tasks. By clearly defining actions items, you can remove any confusion that may result from the discussion in a team meeting. What are some good action items?
Let’s begin with a simple task: Find a wholesaler to sell your product. Are you aware of the limitations? This is the final result, and it is important. However, it doesn’t reveal much. We don’t know who is responsible, how it should be done, or when it should be completed.
What can we do?
How can you take action?
When – The due date.
This is how the basic model could look. The operations team must contact a potential wholesaler in order to secure a deal for office furniture. How do you create an action item list?
Avoid vague meeting minutes by following these tips when creating action items. It is important to give specific details about what you need to do and why. You will waste your time if your team members don’t understand this basic requirement. Although you should be specific, don’t specify how a group or individual must complete the task.

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A stupid game and the ingenious lesson it taught me about teamwork

One conference had a team game called Faraway Kingdom. It was designed to teach us about the importance of teamwork. Everyone hated it. They couldn’t see its point. After many projects, they realized the genius of the game.
Although we were split into two groups, Task Group and Waiting Group, we were all part of one team. Each group was assigned a facilitator to guide and answer questions. The Waiting Group was instructed not to move and to stand in certain places on the floor. They were instructed to stand in a certain place on the floor and not move. They were told to just wait and stand. The Task Group was given a logical problem to solve. The task was to move pieces in order to achieve a goal. These pieces were placed in accordance with the positions of members of the Waiting Group. After the problem was solved they were directed to go to the Waiting Group’s room and move the pieces in the correct place. The Development of Events
The Task Group began solving the puzzle. They tried many different routes and were great at working together. They spent hours in their rooms trying to solve the puzzle, and the time flew by. They finally solved the puzzle after 45 minutes. They were proud and excited and walked out of their rooms to arrange their teammates who waited in another room. When they returned to their room, they found the other half frustrated and bored. Task Group members rearranged Waiting Group players, and the game was over. Everyone could take a break. Everyone complained, even Task Group members: it was stupid, pointless and wasted time. The person who designed the game should be fired.
The game had an excellent point. The game’s purpose was not to solve the puzzle, but to communicate progress. Facilitators could tell other groups what they were doing and keep them informed. They didn’t. They were focused on solving this problem. The Task Group lost focus on solving the problem and became frustrated. The Waiting Group found it frustrating to wait rather than being in the dark. The Waiting Group found it more frustrating to wait than to be in the dark. This happens on a regular basis with projects. This happens constantly on projects. One group can’t move forward while the other doesn’t do its job. It’s perfectly normal. But it’s frustrating when you don’t post updates on progress. It’s not enough to isolate yourself from work. Communication is vital, even if it’s not directly related to work. They would draw a wrong conclusion if they only saw photos of them having fun during breaks, but not the hard work. Communicating progress is important. Human relationships are not like cactuses which don’t require watering but more like delicate orchids. It doesn’t matter if you were really busy, the orchid will die. The damage is irreversible once the orchid reaches a certain threshold.

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A Practical Guide to Project Planning

It’s thrilling to begin a new project. Everyone in the team wants to jump in and create, code, and design. As a project manager, you have the solemn responsibility to create a game plan before you can dive in and start coding, designing, and creating. Even if your plan is not successful, it is essential because it clarifies the goal as well as sets a starting point. I will take six hours to cut down a tree, and the first four hours will be spent sharpening the blade.” — Abraham Lincoln.
You need a consistent way of organizing your work before you can start planning to-dos and time. There are many ways to organize tasks in projects. It is best to group tasks by their progress, and projects by their products, for continuous projects that have no beginning or end (such as developing your own product). For small-scale projects (like website development), you can group them by feature. However, for larger projects (like a complete redesign of your product), you can organize tasks by progress and projects by product. You will learn which tasks are most frequently used and when to use which principle over time. If you finish tasks as soon as they are started (there are no complicated processes just simple to-dos), then grouping them by their progress is pointless. What you need is to add a column to hold all the odd jobs. You can also use the hybrid method: If you want to categorize by complexity add the In-Progress column. Don’t go overboard. It can be confusing to use more than one principle. For example, does a new bug go into Backlog or Hot Fix, Development, or Features A? Swimming lanes solve this problem, but they cause more confusion than clarity, as they make the flow non-sequential. You can segment both design and development into Planning, In-Progress, Review, and Review. Swimlanes make it difficult to track work items, and developers don’t know what tasks they can complete next. A better solution is to break a task list into several task lists so the flow is straight and manageable.When deciding on how you want to organize tasks, keep in mind all the tools you have at your disposal and how you can retrieve information.ActiveCollab offers a solution for this – a task has several information fields by which you can filter them. This means that you don’t need to organize task lists by assignee or time. You can get these dimensions automatically. You can use more dimensions to segment tasks (e.g. Labels can be used to mark a task as a bug. Labels can be used as tags. One task can have multiple labels. Labels can be used to communicate the task’s complexity, type, priority, or any other information. You can also use labels to indicate progress if you organize task list by feature. What?

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New Course: Cisco CCNP Security (300-710 SNCF).

This 131-video training course by SPOTO trainers Keith Barker, Bob Salmans, covers the knowledge network administrators need to manage Cisco Firepower Threat Defense, Firepower 7000, and Firepower 8000 virtual appliances. It also includes policy configurations and integrations.
This is the new Cisco training.
Cisco’s 300-710 exam SNCF tests a particular skill set, but it is a very important one. Cisco Firepower Management Center offers a unique suite of security products that can be used on a variety of platforms. It requires specialized knowledge to manage and administer them. The 300-710 SNCF exam tests this knowledge.
It takes hard work to be a network administrator and pass the specialization exam. It takes a lot of work to learn how to manage firewalls, intrusion prevention, URL filtering, and application control on Cisco ASA 5500-X Series Next-Generation Firewall.
The training covers 19 topics, including initial device setup and configuration for Cisco Firepower Threat Defense Systems, advanced next-generation firewall features and network security with file type detection, deep packet inspection, and network intelligence.
You can watch a video from the series here:
This training includes the following skills:
In ESXi, create a Cisco Firepower Lab
Create a Cisco Firepower Lab from VMware Workstation
In EVE-NG, build a Cisco Firepower Lab
Cisco Firepower: How to Get Started
Cisco Firepower Access Control Policy Fundamentals
Cisco Firepower IPS/IDS
Cisco Firepower Malware Prevention and File Policies
Cisco Firepower SSL Decryption
Cisco Firepower Security Intelligence
Cisco Firepower High Availability

This training covers the following topics:
Verification with a Client Virtual Machine
How to create an SSL policy
Bootstrapping FMC & FTDs EVE NG
FMC and FTD deployment in EVE-NG
ACP Rule Actions

This training includes:
18 hours of training
131 videos

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New Course: Cisco CCNP Data Center (350-601 DCCOR)

This intermediate training video, 538 videos, by SPOTO trainers Jeff Kish & David Smith, covers the knowledge network engineers need in order to secure, automate, and implement network, compute, and storage infrastructure for a Cisco data center. It also qualifies for expert-level job positions.
This new Cisco Data Center training is available.
Cloud computing, lightning-fast internet, automation and many other factors are key to modern economic success. These essential services can only be delivered by professional, well-staffed Cisco data centers.
This training is divided into 77 parts. It covers topics like implementing routing protocols in a data centre environment, describing Cisco Cloud Service deployment models, and implementing Fibre Channel and UCS(R Fabric Interconnect as well as server abstraction.
You can watch a video of the course:

This course teaches you the following skills:
Explain Data Center Concepts
Multicast Routing explained
Explain OSPF Architecture
Explain BGP Concepts
Spanning-Tree Protocol explained
Virtual Port-Channels explained
Fibre Channel Fundamentals
Virtual Port-Channels
FHRPs Describe Data Center
Explain Overlay Transport Virtualization

This training covers the following topics:
Set up the OTV Environment
Review and Quiz
Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM)
OSPF Routing Protocol
Configuring OTV FHRP blocking

This training includes:
Training for 69 hours
538 videos

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New Course: Cisco CCNP Collaboration Core (350-801 CLCOR)

This 322-video intermediate training by SPOTO trainers Jeff Kish and Lalo Nunez covers the knowledge network administrators need in order to configure and maintain Cisco collaboration solutions, endpoints, and features. You will also learn what it takes to specialize in one or more of the four collaboration concentrations.
This is the new Cisco training.
This 44-part series covers topics like Cisco collaboration core technologies, implementing collaboration applications, and maintaining advanced call control services and mobility services.
You can watch a video from the series here:

This series includes the following skills:
Cisco Collaboration: Configure Globalized Phone Routing in Cisco UnifiedCM
Cisco Collaboration: Introduction to Communication and Audio Basics
Cisco Collaboration: Key Design Elements
Cisco Collaboration: Licensing
Cisco Collaboration: Edge Devices
Cisco Collaboration: Install Cisco Unified Communications Manager
Cisco Collaboration: Phone Bootup Process
Cisco Collaboration: Cisco Unified Communications Manager – First Look
Cisco Collaboration: Cisco Unified Communications Manager Regions & Locations
Cisco Collaboration: Core Network Components

This training covers the following topics:
SIP Responses
High Availability
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP Sync)
Authentication using the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
Bulk Administration Tool (BAT), – Using a custom file

This training includes:
38 hours of training
322 videos

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New Course: Cisco CCNP Collaboration (300-815 CLACCM)

SPOTO trainer Lalo Nunez teaches intermediate training in 200-videos. This training covers the knowledge network administrators require to provide collaboration solutions for a Cisco network. He has advanced proficiency with the protocols, elements, and elements of the CUCM.
This Cisco Collaboration training is now available.
Cisco’s collaboration networks, telephony and VoIP are known for their heavy lifting. However, not everything about a Cisco mobile network or IP phone is easy to use. Cisco phone networks require advanced technical knowledge and hands-on experience.
The CLACCM is an essential step for administrators who manage networks that rely upon Cisco to connect phones and mobile devices.
This training covers topics like troubleshooting and managing SIP protocol elements, maintaining IP phone connectivity with reliable gateways, configuring all elements in the Cisco Unified Border Elements dial plan, and configuring all of them.
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This series includes the following skills:
Call Hold, PRACK, Early Media
Mid-call Signaling & Session Timers
H.323 Protocol Element
Cisco Unified CME SIP Phone Registration
Cisco Unified CME dial plans
Implement Toll Fraud Prevention
Cisco Unified CME features
Cisco Unified CME Paging & SRST
Cisco Dial Peers
Voice Translation Rules and Profiles
Voice Gateway DTMF/Codecs
Troubleshoot DTMF
Voice Translation Rules
Inbound Dial Peers
Outbound Dial Peers
Options for dial peer configuration
SIP profiles, media bindings, and signaling
Partitions and calling search spaces
Translation Patterns and Transforms
Call Routing Concepts
Route Patterns, Route Groups, and Route Lists
Translations and Transformation Patterns
SIP Trunks
Analyzing and Collecting RTMT Traces
Additional CUCM Call Routing Techniques & Troubleshooting Tools
Call Admission Control or the Intercluster Lookup Service
Hunt Pilots and Call Pickup groups
Call Park, Conferencing, and Time of Day
Reach a Single Number
Mobility Options for CUCM

This training covers the following topics:
Troubleshooting and managing H.323 and SIP protocol elements
IP phone connectivity to reliable gateways
Configuring all elements in the Cisco Unified Border Ellement dial plan
Optimizing call routing by utilizing transformation patterns and routes
Navigating Mobility Options in Cisco’s Unified Communications Manager

This training includes:
27 hours of training
200 videos

Cisco Collaboration skills available now!
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New Course: Cisco CCNA Security 210-226 IINS

As technology becomes more important for businesses, there is a growing demand for IT professionals who can protect networks and data from potential threats. Keith Barker has just completed his “Cisco Cisco CCNA Security 220-260 IINS” course. This 38-video course covers security basics such as zone-based firewalls and cryptography. It prepares you for Cisco’s revised CCNA Security exam. This training is suitable for both new and experienced IT professionals.
Keith spoke with us about the course and how learners can get the most out of his new training.
Q: Why should companies train IT professionals in this technology. What is the value? IT professionals can benefit from understanding the concepts and tools of implementing a secure infrastructure.
Q: What was your student perspective when creating this course? I wanted every student interested in Cisco Security to be able build a home lab to practice their skills and reinforce the information in the Nuggets.
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Start trainingQ: Do you have any tips for students that will help them get the most out your course? It is not necessary, but it may be beneficial to the learner to use these Nuggets in the right order. This is not too far “outside the box”, but it’s what I just thought of when I was thinking about the question. Consider how the security methods that were taught throughout the course could help reduce the risk of a comprise.
Q: Which real-world application can someone expect to use thanks to this course? Here are four: Layer 2 port security, routing authentication VPNs and firewalls.
Q: Which Nugget was your favorite to make? The ASA integration. I was happy to use 9.x of the OS to create the ASA. This was because so many people had asked how to do it in a home lab. It took me several days to get it right, but now it is easy for anyone who is watching our videos and learning from them.
Q: What is the one thing you hope learners will take away from this training program? Learn with the intent of becoming an expert in the technology. You should practice and verify all that is possible. Enjoy the journey, breathe, and have fun!
This video clip shows Keith in action.

Cisco security is now available!
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