Cyrillic Keyboard

December 24th, 2013 by in Russian

When learning Russian you need to have a way to enter text in Cyrillic.


Learning Russian (по-русски)

December 24th, 2013 by in Russian

Prisma Russisch voor Zelfstudie

I decided that, although I am not very good at mastering new languages, I want to give it a try to learn a bit of Russian (по-русски).

I bought a Dutch book for learning Russian via self study (Prisma Taaltraining Russisch voor zelfstudie) and a bunch of supporting apps for Android.

Starting it is already fun as it enables me to slowly read Cyrillic text. And suprisingly some words already make sense. Like земля which is pronounced as Zemlja. It means land. I grew up with the book on a Dutch crew that stranded on Nova Zembla (new land) end 16th century.


Atyrau Kazakhstan

December 24th, 2013 by in Atyrau

IMG_0786In May 2013 I started on a project in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. I visit Atyrau every few weeks for a few weeks (about a third of the time).






Glassboard for Private Groups

April 27th, 2013 by in Android, Project management, Project tools, Security, Teamwork

GlassboardGlassboard is a cloud application for sharing information in private groups.  Their business model is based on paid subscriptions and not on data mining as  free services like Facebook and Google+ do.



April 26th, 2013 by in Project management, Project tools

In a project someone suggested to use for issue, change and risk management, file and knowledge sharing.

This solution turned out to be quite interesting and promising as it is a cloud solution that is both easy to use and manage.




Book planned for Fall 2013

April 2nd, 2013 by in Adobe, IT Governance, Portfolio management, Project management

A few years ago I was talking about project issues with a colleague. I said something like: “One could write a book on this…”, to which he replied that I should. Really. He repeated that a few times the weeks and months thereafter. The idea of writing a book sunk in and I started to collect ideas. Sticky notes, sheets, notes on dropbox, sketches and later notes in evernote. I purchased an Adobe Suite and  started setting up the book (page setup, table of contents and first pages). 



In the book I will elaborate on why projects struggle or fail and provide guidance how to deal with underpinning causes. Ambition is to publish the book Fall 2013.

Towards  publishing I will gradually share more on the book. For now a bit of background on development:

  • Language is English.
  • Page format is 170 x 240 mm.
  • The book is created using Adobe Indesign 5.5. 
  • Illustrations are created using Adobe Illustrator (same 5.5. suite). 
  • For structuring and organizing notes and thoughts I use MindJet (subscription).

Planning changes to interfaces

December 16th, 2012 by in IT system development, Project management

Brief article following up on the previous article on interfaces: Managing changes to interfaces.

The sheet shows the work breakdown and the two major milestones that requirere management attention:

- Requirements aligned.

- Test setup validated.

Ølen Prince2 June 2012

June 14th, 2012 by in Training

Great and fun Prince2 training 6 – 13 June in Ølen, Norway.

All students certified for Prince2 Foundation and about 80% for Prince2 Practitioner.

Driving around in a rental  I have seen much more of Norway than before. During the weekend I drove from Ølen to Stavanger to pick up my wife who flew over  for a visit to Stavanger. From  Stavanger  we took the boat trip to Preikestolen into the Lysefjord. We drove around the country side next day. Click on the picture for a few photos.


ITIL Stavanger May 2012

May 28th, 2012 by in Training

Great and fun ITIL v3 2011 training in Stavanger 22 – 25 May.

Beautiful weather as well.


Looking forward to the next training in Norway in June.



ITIL v3 2011 Continual Service Improvement Reference Sheet

May 28th, 2012 by in IT Governance, IT Service Management

In the download section I added the ITIL v3 2011 Continual Service Improvement Reference Sheet.

The sheet provides a compact overview and keywords of  ITIL Continual Service Improvement.





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