Mike Dariano


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Emailing Evernote Notes

In my immediate circle of colleagues, friends, and family, I'm the only heavy user of Evernote. Not even my wife, who I run technical services for, uses it. For other platforms this would be a problem. To see Facebook posts or pictures you need to be on Facebook. To have a Twitter conversation it helps to be on Twitter. To Pin things on Pinterest you need to be on Pinterest. To use Evernote you only need email.

I always share notes through email. Notes like details for daughters' school. I can use Evernote to keep an updated note on something, changing it from different devices and then send it over to someone.

We also used emailing notes on our trip to Disney. Disney is rolling out Wi-Fi in their parks but the service is still splotchy. One option would have been to create an itinerary in Evernote and then load and read it from the Evernote app while we were in the parks.* The other option was to create a note in Evernote and then email that note to my wife and me. This worked out much better because pulling up the emailed note on my phone was a lot faster than loading Evernote in the parks.

Another benefit to this was that we were on the same page for where we would be. Most mornings my wife had conference meetings and didn't know when she would be done. These notes gave her an idea of when our FastPass+ reservations were, what park we would be in, and what area of the park she might want to head first. She could call of course but my cell phone service was no better 'down where it's wetter, under the sea.'

I'll also email notes to myself for things I want to have handy when at work. Sometimes I travel to rural schools with splotchy service for my iPhone. In these cases it's nice to have the note information already downloaded from my email account. Sometimes I'll send my wife our grocery list and ask her what she would like to add. Sometimes I'll even add it.

Better Project Planning Means Less Project Failure, by Kevin Archbold


I'm incredibly pleased to bring you this interview with Kevin Archbold, a 25-year veteran in project management and a 13-year consultant and teacher of the specialty. This opens the door to people who have excellent skills to better managing their projects and getting better communication going. This one is dense, but work through it carefully because it's a life-changing skill and Archbold is a master at this topic.

You might also be interested in his GiveGetWin deal, "Real-Time Live-Fire Project Management Training With Kevin Archbold" where you'll bring two sentences describing a project you want to the 5-person class, and leave with a project charter filled out.

Better Project Planning Means Less Project Failure by Kevin Archbold, as told to Sebastian Marshall

My background is project management. Most people have a career in a technical field first and then move into project management, but I went directly into PM after University in England. I found it was a good fit for me and stuck with it ever since.

I've got a CompSci degree, but no one's ever paid me to program anything. I started in the telecommunications industry, and then moved through many other industries: 10 years around Detroit, working on a lot of automotive and time at a nuclear power plant. I've worked on internet startups and biotech in Seattle, spent time with the City Government in Seattle, and have been in Tucson for seven years now -- doing mining-related projects and astronomy related projects… a whole gamut of things. I do not provide technical expertise; I bring fundamental project management.

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