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Free Wifi – REALLY!

Free Wifi – REALLY!
Most people don’t know this but O2 Wifi is FREE to anyone & everyone with a mobile phone REGARDLESS of who your service provider and or who yoir contract is with.

Unlike other wifi hotspots, O2 Wifi is free to use and available to users on all networks. You do, however, have to be over 18 to register and accept the terms and conditions.

You can use O2 Wifi to browse the web, make phone and video calls over the internet and watch online videos. All of these services work better over wifi than a standard 3G or 4G network or web dongle.

Signing up to O2 Wifi

It’s easy to sign up to O2 Wifi. All you have to do is find an O2 Wifi hotspot and follow these instructions:

For mobile devices

Make sure your device’s wifi is switched on. This can usually be found in the connection settings, or in the system settings on your deviceLook at the list of available networks in your wifi settings. You should see O2 Wifi on the list – click on thatOpen your web browser, which should now display the O2 Wifi homepageFollow the instructions onscreen until you reach the Welcome screen. Type in your mobile number and you’re good to go

For computers

Check that your wifi is switched on – most computers have a manual switch or buttonOpen the list of available networks, and select O2 Wifi from the listOpen your web browserWhen you’re on the O2 Wifi page, follow the onscreen instructions and navigate to the Welcome screen. You’ll need your mobile number to complete the registration

Once you’ve completed these steps, you won’t need to do it again. You’ll be automatically signed in as soon as you select O2 Wifi from your list of available networks.

O2 Wifi is a free, fast, reliable and easy to use wifi service across thousands of locations nationwide including; McDonalds, Debenhams, Costa Coffee, House of Fraser, Café Rouge and many more. O2 Wifi is designed to replicate your ‘at home’ wifi experience, when you’re out and about. Checking emails, uploading photos to Facebook, funny cat videos on YouTube – whatever you’re into, surf it for free on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. 
The above text is reproduced from O2’s website, is copyright O2 & may change at any time from time to time without notice.

Due Diligence – the Key to successful Change?

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Due Diligence – the Key to successful Change?

Someone asked me, “If you’re given the role of Programme Director,  what are the first things you do?”

Frequently, projects and programmes are over specified (too ambitious), over promised, under funded and late starting, with poor plans and negligible provision for contingency, realistic risk avoidance and / or issue management plans – people plan for success invariably failing to anticipate failure – if you don;t assume there are going to be problems, why would you include contingency time, resource and budget to manage them?

Reports of progress are over stated and issues and risks concealed or undhappyPMerstated.

The delivery team are sceptical and soon become concerned that failure will be blamed on them, but, these are the people most likely to know what’s going well and what isn’t, and what is required to address / resolve the challenges.  Happy people deliver good quality and productivity, frightened people don’t turn up!

In complex portfolios or programmes, the slippage of one key activity in one project, activity or task could stop or delay the entire enterprise being a significant dependency across the plans sitting at the intersection of multiple critical paths – the little things matter.

Care needs to be taken in reviewing motives – if a project features multiple suppliers or service providers, none of them wants to be the cause of or the victim of delay, but they will all be looking for opportunities to extend the scope of their obligations and increase their revenue – extensions.  However, extensions in one area often result in scope creep in others and costs rise.

It is essential to start every assignment / new role with a comprehensive Due Diligence exercise which can take anything from a few days to weeks, depending on the scale, circumstances and the state of the portfolio, programme and / or project.

Delivering big changes on time, budget and to expected scope of requirements, is not easy, and although businesses and service providers (marketing companies in particular) may trumpet success, a comparison of the final outcome and the original scope can be very revealing.

AGILE is very popular with both internal and external suppliers; it provides the capacity for lower start up costs; and the attendant need for senior management approvals, early deliveries and continuous improvement, additions to functionality, etc.. However, it also enables projects to run and run, never ending, and work to be charged to the project repeatedly, when there are repeated failures to deliver, and costs to run rampant below the senior management radar.

Should you require any further information, please get in touch.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Cheers John

John L. Evans FCMI, FIC, FBCS CITP, MCIPS.
+44 7957 190 186
+44 203 051 3370

© John L. Evans 2017

 

Death Is Nothing At All

As we get older, news of someone’s passing becomes a more and more frequent visitor.

Take comfort in the beautiful words of Henry Scott-Holland.

Henry was a Christian, however, his words are no less powerful for that, whoever your God may be, or not…

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Death is nothing at all.

I have only slipped away to the next room.

I am I and you are you.

Whatever we were to each other, 

That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.

Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.

Put no difference into your tone.

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.

Let it be spoken without effect. 

Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.

It is the same that it ever was.

There is absolute unbroken continuity.

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? 

I am but waiting for you.

For an interval.

Somewhere. Very near.

Just around the corner.

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.

Right Next Time – Really!?

The key to success is quality which means ‘Right First Time’.

Nothing wrong with continuous improvement but serial failure is not acceptable.

Total quality management (TQM) is an approach to success through customer satisfaction that can be summarised as a management system for a customer-focused organisation, that involves all employees in continual improvement.

Do it right the first time (DRIFT) is a management accounting theory related to production management & just-in-time (JIT); whereby a manufacturer only receives goods as needed, cutting inventory costs.

We expect zero defects in things or services we buy. Buy a new TV & the pixels start burning out, & you demand satisfaction. When  the car goes in for a service, you expect the mechanic to install parts as prescribed. No defect is acceptable when it affects you personally.

So why is it so easy to accept that “shit happens” when producing a product or providing a service.

Zero defects is a great way to resolve the discord between what we expect for ourselves but can accept for others.

AGILE is great if it means continuous improvement,  not so much if it means continuous rectification.  Trouble is, if the supplier has to get it right first time, then how’s he going to justify continuing to milk the cow?

[ERP is a system or systems (people, processes & technology) to facilitate & support JIT & getting things right first time.]

Cheers John

UK; 51st State of the Union?

There is much being said about Donald Trump separating his Presidential, business & private affairs but little comment on, what appears to be, his new business; expanding US interests and establishing a dynasty.

He could run two terms, under current legislation, legislation which could, of course, be changed.

He has sons and heirs.

He has both Houses of the Legislature & the Judiciary behind him.

He requires few backers and claimed for a long time to be self-funding, a claim he conveniently swept aside after three months of making it a key feature of his campaign.

Seemingly he is prepared to operate with or without democratic approval using Executive Orders.

These aspirations have not been seen in a peaceful ‘coup’ for years – perhaps ever.

If Trump’s new business was expansion into quasi monarchy, would that be a good or a bad thing; today the USA, tomorrow……..

By blurring the lines between his businesses, including the new family firm #POTUS is he laying a course in history which could run inexorably nto the future; the House of Trump?

I didn’t see Theresa May as a pussy cat but could not believe my eyes when I saw her holding daddy’s hand!!

She might not have gotten off the plane with a piece of paper, but where was her dignity?’.

She says she doesn’t agree with his imigration  ban but defends his right to do it.

Of course Brexit is going to be, as Trump said, whilst holding her hand, a “wonderful thing”, and the UK’s divorce from the EU, a “blessing to the world”. He also said, “I think it will go down as a fantastic thing for the United Kingdom”.  Little wonder he gets on so well with Pinocchio.

As Aircraft Carrier One, the UK, drifts further west, into the Atlantic, and away from the care and protection of Europe, and Trump appoints Pinocchio Farage as his Ambassador and Comercial Governor General, of the UK, to oversee the operation of the USA/UK trade deal, and the UK’s transition from 28th Member of the EU, to 51st State of the Union.. …
You couldn’t make it up!