I absolutely loved this title and blog post from my colleague, Brenda Kubistek: “Creating a Longer Line at the Female Restroom!” Click the link to read a great article about Women in Dynamics.
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I was thrilled to see this session on the AXUG Summit docket. An somewhat agile ERP implementation is generally what will end up happening, because it’s incredibly hard for users to Design an entire system before they are deep into system functionality. Planning a project broken down in smaller chunks helps keep projects flowing and provides a solution better suited to native functionality.
Jennifer (the presenter) had an interesting way of describing Agile (frequent go-lives) and Hybrid (multiple sprints). A hybrid concept breaks down subsets of functionality and development into multiple short phases, then brings all functionality live at the same time.
One of the drawbacks mentioned was an agile approach requires strong project management skills to deliver. There are a lot of workstreams (Business process, Development, Data migration, etc) the project manager has to align from a timing perspective. Also, end users may not be used to an agile approach, so more methodology explanation is required on the front end of the project.
Excellent session – I agree a Hybrid implementation approach is the best default implementation option. This style of implementation moves the project forward quickly, while giving users a chance to revise and hone their system processes.
I felt annoyed for the past year that AX is no longer called AX, and I no longer make manuals for the iPad; “Dynamics AX Manuals” needed a refresh. Unlike product names, which seem to change every six months, I will very likely never change my name. With consistency and future-proofing as my guide, I decided to get creative and go with joelleichty.com. Also find me on Twitter @joelleichty.
If you ever want to vent about marketing craziness, use the hashtag #MicrosoftBusinessSolutionsDynamicsAXapta365ForFinanceAndOperationsEnterpriseEdition.
Periodically I like to highlight other bloggers who are active in the D365O/AX community.
Kelly Kane is a newly minted MVP who blogs over at AX Soup about a “hodgepodge” of AX relatated topics. No word on how a hodgepodge compares to a plethora or slew. Kelly also promotes Women In Dynamics 👍🏻👍🏻.
Rachel Profitt and I go way back, having worked together on an AX 2.5 implementation in 2002! She blogs now at Dynamics 365 Lady. And apparently getting her autograph at a conference is a rite of passage.
So there you have it. Lots of free great content brought to you by a fun bunch of nerds. If you find any of our posts helpful, please comment and like the content – we all love getting feedback on what helps you.
Once again I will be avoiding real work and attending the AXUG Summit in Reno, NV. At the Summit I’m slated to lead or participate in three presentations:
- Project Module for Beginners | Wednesday, October 14th | 1:00 PM
- Project Module for Professional Services | Thursday, October 15th | 11:00 AM
- Challenge the AX Experts Panel | Friday, October 16th | 1:00 PM
Look me up if you’re there! @AXManuals
I am hoping to have a lot more AX content the 2nd half of this year. But until then…
I needed a professional looking profile picture for a while, but I have not had time to hire a photographer. So today I decided to try it myself.
Below are tips for setting up a plain background.
I was able to do something similar by hanging two white pillow cases in my office window on a sunny day. The background ends up blurred so the setup doesn’t need to be perfect.
Taking the Photo
Use a camera with manual settings to control the shutter and aperture against the bright conditions. Keep the aperture fairly open so the background is blurred and you get a small depth of field. If your camera has a zoom lens, zoom between 50mm and 85mm. Take a number of test shots and look at the pictures on a bigger screen before taking the final photo. It is possible to do this on a phone camera.
Proper position of your chin and forehead helps accentuate your jawline and remove wrinkles from your chin and neck. This video by photographer Peter Hurley is a little long but taught me everything I know about sticking out my face. Basically you extend your chin and forehead slightly towards the camera.
Shave, haircut, and a nice shirt. Try playing the Happy Song to get you in the picture taking mood (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaWkh-lQ-kQ) or in my case I had my wife make me laugh.
Photoshop is too much for me, I tend to look for single-purpose apps when I need to edit photos. In this case I found one on iOS called FaceTune that worked great.
For the final picture, I removed blemishes, whitened teeth and eyes, and softened harsh wrinkles.
The Final Product
Not bad. If I set it all up again, I’d try to have a better light source on my face to balance out the picture. But the approach is fairly simple and can produce a good result.
This week I had the opportunity to attend the MVP Summit in Seattle, Washington. While there I met four very smart and talented consultants from the AX community.
Dynamics AX Musings
Joris de Gruyter (middle) writes about technical AX topics. The blog posts are focused on high level development topics, but Joris goes very in depth on each topic.
http://daxmusings.codecrib.com | t @jorisdg
Brandon George (left) also writes about technical and BI topics. The blog posts are frequent, with a focus on reviewing and explaining the tools around Dynamics AX.
http://dynamics-ax.blogspot.com | t @dynamicserp
El Rincón Dynamics
Antonio Gilabert (right) writes in Spanish, and has created a Dynamics social network for Spain and Latin America.
http://www.elrincondynamics.es | t @_Gilabert_
Dick Wenning (second from left) writes on performance and technical topics. He also writes about bothersome recruiters.
Dynamics AX Manuals
Joel Leichty (second from right) writes this blog.
http://dynamicsaxmanuals.com | t @AXManuals