Bürgerrechtler: Apples neuer Bluetooth- und WLAN-Schalter schlecht für Sicherheit

heise online Newsticker - 11. Oktober 2017 - 6:30
In iOS 11 lassen sich die Funkdienste nur mit Mühe gänzlich deaktivieren. Die Electronic Frontier Foundation kritisiert das.

Colorfield: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Planet Drupal

Planet Drupal - 10. Oktober 2017 - 22:24
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Planet Drupal christophe Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:24 In this newcomer guide, you will find:
  • How to accelerate the onboarding process and how to get a fresh Drupal 8 install, for testing.
  • The documentation reduced to the essential for the following topics: tools, projects, Drupal concepts and drupalisms, main events, contribution and service providers.
  • A brief comparison of other solutions, and when to use Drupal.

There are at least 42 reasons to onboard drupalship.org!

Acro Media: Video: Integrating Payment Gateways in Drupal Commerce 2.x is a Snap!

Planet Drupal - 10. Oktober 2017 - 22:00

 

 

To say that payment gateways are much improved in Commerce 2.x is a bit of an understatement. The process of implementing a payment gateway has been cut down to about a third of the time, with more functionality rather than less.

U-Space: Ein System für ein europaweites Management von Drohnen

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 19:00
In Deutschland gilt nun die Kennzeichnungspflicht für größere Drohnen und für noch größere ist ein Kenntnisnachweis nötig. In der Schweiz wurde jetzt ein System vorgestellt, das Drohnen ortet und als Teil des gesamten Flugverkehrs organisiert.

Elevated Third: 5 Ways Web Development Project Management Will Make Your Project More Successful

Planet Drupal - 10. Oktober 2017 - 18:45
5 Ways Web Development Project Management Will Make Your Project More Successful 5 Ways Web Development Project Management Will Make Your Project More Successful Lily Berman Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:45

As account managers at Elevated Third, we manage many projects across our accounts. Web development project management is intangible though not unimportant. We do not create wireframes or write code, so our direct impact on the Drupal websites Elevated Third produces may be less clear to our clients.

During the sales process, some clients see their communication budget as an unnecessary expense. Similar to limiting overhead spending when choosing recipients for charitable organizations, limiting the communication budget means more time goes to execution, right?

Maybe not. In the same way that a successful benefit event can dramatically increase the funds available for a nonprofit’s mission, strong account management directly contributes to our clients achieving their business goals across projects.

So, how does an account manager foster a successful Drupal project at Elevated Third?

  1) Account managers are the single consistent knowledge holder throughout the life of a project

Our team’s level of involvement will vary throughout a project. While UX has a large impact in the beginning, developers complete the majority of the tasks at the end. The account manager is the only member of the team who is in every meeting from kickoff to launch. It can be frustrating (and often expensive) for clients when the team veers from their vision. As a consistent project knowledge holder, an account manager can guide the team to ensure that they are considering the big picture, even when the client is not in the room.

For Instance: A designer knows he needs to create visual design for the project. He reviews what he believes is the necessary documentation, but did not see the client’s email update describing her new brand direction. He spends hours designing with the original brand guidelines in mind, then presents it to the client. The client is then frustrated that her feedback was not implemented and additional hours will be needed to modify the design. As our contracts are time and materials, every additional hour spent on a project has a corresponding cost to our clients.

When an account manager is involved in a project, she is part of every conversation and reviews every client email. This means no feedback will get lost in translation and costly adjustments will be avoided. Account managers are not responsible for creating any element of the website, so we can focus on ensuring that our clients and end users are kept in mind in every meeting and throughout the whole project.

  2) Account managers keep budget and timeline top of mind

A core part of the account manager’s role is managing the client’s budget and timeline. No other member of the team has that responsibility. We balance designers and developers who, if given a chance, would often prefer to build the most beautiful, perfect user-friendly functionality. Their desire to build the best thing ever is valuable, but it has to be balanced with the client’s budget and timeline needs. The account manager sets deadlines and monitors burndown throughout the project. From early discussions of which features will be prioritized to consistent check-ins and tweaks throughout execution, account managers ensure that the project aligns with the established constraints.

For instance: A UX strategist, excited about how valuable the tool we are building will be for its users, starts planning her user testing. She creates a first round of prototypes and tests with five users. Their feedback is so beneficial, she creates another iteration of prototypes to test with another five users, and then tests a third. Although she has gained valuable insight, she has now used half of the project hours that were allocated for visual design, as the budget did not accommodate extensive user testing. When an account manager takes on the role of web development project management, she knows the scope and the hours that are allocated for each task. She completes a variety of checks and balances to ensure the execution aligns with the project constraints.

  3) Account managers communicate with clients and with the team

Custom web development can often be a mysterious and complex process. Luckily, an account manager has learned to translate jargon for our clients. As a result of working in this industry, we understand the terminology used along with the impact of the choices we are asking our clients to make. Not only do we coordinate meetings and send status updates to keep clients in the loop, but we are also uniquely equipped to ensure they understand the process. This means that our team can stay focused on their tasks and more efficiently complete work with minimal interruptions.

For Instance: A developer has spent an hour working on a very complex task. Knowing that he needs to maximize concentration and minimize interruptions, he silences all of his notifications. This practice, called going “heads down,” is common when tackling problem-solving tasks. During this time, a client reaches out with an extremely urgent issue. Since he is the only person available to answer her request, it lingers for hours before she receives a response. For some development-related issues, especially on a live site, this delay can dramatically impact the client’s bottom line. When an account manager is involved in the project, she can immediately alert the developer of the request and let the client know her concern is being addressed right away.

  4) Account managers are organization wizards

For all projects, but especially for complex projects, there can be a lot of documentation. Luckily, account managers choose this field because we love organizing chaos. This skill helps our team work faster throughout the course of a project. Although a client rarely sees our organization and management of tasks and documentation, they will see the benefits of more accurate work and increased efficiency across teams.

For Instance: A developer knows that she needs to reference a particular piece of documentation for the element of the site she is building today, but she can’t find it. She spends 15 minutes digging through folders to find what she needs, which seems to happen every time she completes a task. When an account manager is involved in a project, she knows what documentation the developer will need, so she has already attached it to the current task, saving the developer time.

 

5) Account managers are flexible and adapt their skills to maximize their value

Every other role on a project is clear. A UX strategist helps to define which features will best achieve the business goals and how to maximize a user’s experience of interacting with them. A designer crafts how they will appear. A developer builds them. An account manager’s role in web development project management is less clear. When people ask me what I do on a typical day, my answer often comes after a long pause, and it’s rarely the same. Many others in my field find it difficult to describe their role succinctly, as our work can vary dramatically from day to day and from project to project.

For instance: Some days, my role is quite technical, and I am preparing or reviewing project documentation or checking the quality of completed development tasks. Other days, my role is more interpersonal, and I am supporting my team in delivering their best work or in back-to-back meetings with my clients. With each project comes a new business to learn, often along with new technologies and additional nuance to my role. To be successful, I am always switching between the various priorities outlined here, along with many more.

 

At Elevated Third, we value our clients’ investment in our work and are always evolving to maximize the value of that investment. We build communication time into our projects because we know how invaluable strong account managers are to ensuring our Drupal websites generate the outcomes our clients value most.

Neues iX-Tutorial: Plattformübergreifend entwickeln mit Qt

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 18:00
Wer Anwendungen für unterschiedliche Betriebssysteme entwickeln möchte, kann Qt dazu benutzen. Das Anpassen an die jeweilige Plattform reduziert sich so dramatisch.

Mechanischer Arm mit Tastsinn soll Roboter-Technik bezahlbar machen

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 18:00
Drei deutsche Forscher haben einen leichten Roboter-Arm entwickelt, der nach ihren Angaben der weltweiten Konkurrenz weit voraus ist. Er lernt durch Ausprobieren oder Nachmachen.

Motion: BlackBerry Mobile stellt zweites Android-Gerät vor

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 18:00
Am gestrigen Sonntag hat BlackBerry-Lizenznehmer TCL nach dem KEYone ein tastaturloses Touchgerät gezeigt, das zunächst nur in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten angeboten wird. Weitere Märkte sollen folgen.

init – der Wochenausblick: von Rock bis Rock

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 18:00
IBM besteigt in Frankfurt ein kleines Watson-Gipfelchen, Microsoft bereitet die Developer auf das Fall Creators Update vor, ebenfalls in Frankfurt folgt die Buchmesse und in Nürnberg die it-sa. Eingerahmt wird alles von der Musik alter Männer.

Futuremark: iPhone-Performance bleibt nach Updates stabil

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 17:30
Drosselt Apple über iOS-Updates die Performance alter iPhones, um zum Kauf eines neuen Geräts anzuregen? Benchmark-Hersteller Futuremark widerspricht diesem Gerücht mit einer Analyse.

18-jähriger Brite gesteht Hackversuche auf Ex-CIA-Chef

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 17:30
Ein 18-Jähriger Brite soll hinter mehreren Hacker-Angriffen auf Ex-CIA-Chef John Brennan und andere Mitarbeiter von US-Behörden stecken. Zum Zeitpunkt der ersten Angriffe war er 15 Jahre alt.

Zivtech: Drupal is Not Just for Your Marketing Site

Planet Drupal - 10. Oktober 2017 - 16:51

As a Drupal expert, many of the projects I’ve done over the years have been marketing websites. Drupal is widely understood as a content management system that’s used to power sites like ours, but this is actually only the tip of the iceberg of what Drupal can do for an organization. Our team has used Drupal to build a variety of complex custom web applications that help companies work more efficiently.

Do you need an intranet?

We’ve used Drupal to build intranets that securely keep internal content and documents for staff eyes only. Drupal has an abundance of community features that make it easy to have wikis, commenting, user profiles, and messaging. Many organizations we’ve worked with integrate their intranet with their LDAP or other Single Sign On system. 

Radial's intranet allows team members to quickly locate information about co-workers

We’ve also used Drupal for our own intranet for the past eight years. Our intranet helps keep our internal knowledge base easy to access and organizes information like our servers, sites, clients, and projects.

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Online-Banking beschleunigt Fillialschließungen

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 16:30
Laut einer Studie der Förderbank KfW ist seit 2000 in Deutschland etwa jede vierte Bankfiliale geschlossen worden. In den vergangenen Jahren soll sich der Trend noch beschleunigt haben.

Amazon schließt Diskussionsforen

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 16:00
Der Internet-Händler Amazon macht offenbar am 13.10.2017 seine Diskussionsforen dicht. Die Gründe dafür sind unbekannt.

US-Baseball: Bußgeld für das Tragen einer Apple Watch

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 16:00
Der nordamerikanische Baseball-Verband MLB ahndet den vermeintlichen Betrugsversuch eines Trainers, weil er während eines Spiels eine Apple Watch trug.

Die Dynamik im Ruhigen: Die Bilder der 40. Kalenderwoche

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 15:30
Das man mit dem Bildschnitt oder der Aufnahmetechnik Dynamik im Foto einfangen kann beweisen unsere Bilder des Tages der vergangen Woche aus der Galerie von c't Fotografie.

Sachsen wehrt zahlreiche IT-Angriffe ab

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 15:30
Das sächsische Staatsministerium des Inneren verzeichnet einen deutlichen Anstieg der Anzeigen wegen Internetkrimininalität – und wehrte immer mehr Cyberangriffe ab.

Was war. Was wird. Von Spionen, Stollen und entropischen Schwurbeln

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 15:30
So richtig geheim können die Geheimdienste eigentlich nichts mehr halten. Macht ja auch nichts, Konsequenzen haben die Enthüllungen eh nicht. Und hinter den Kulissen bleiben alle eine große Familie, weiß Hal Faber.

Drupal Modules: The One Percent: Drupal Modules: The One Percent —Content connected (video tutorial)

Planet Drupal - 10. Oktober 2017 - 14:32
Drupal Modules: The One Percent —Content connected (video tutorial) NonProfit Tue, 10/10/2017 - 07:32 Episode 39

Here is where we seek to bring awareness to Drupal modules running on less than 1% of reporting sites. Today let's consider Content connected, a module which displays where content has been referenced.

Färöer fordern Google Translate – und übersetzen bis dahin selbst

heise online Newsticker - 10. Oktober 2017 - 14:30
Wer die Färöer-Inseln besuchen und dort Schafhoden zum Mittag bestellen will, muss ohne Google Translate auskommen. Das will der Tourismusverband ändern: Bis Google die färöische Sprache spricht, bieten die Bewohner eigene Videoübersetzung an.