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The Barest Essentials of Project Management & FileMaker Tips and Tricks

Sorry for the short notice—I couldn't get confirmation on the venue until just now.


This month we're mixing management with making. First, we're lucky to have our own Marc Ouellette share from his wealth of experience. Closely related to last month's topic, estimating, project managing is something that concerns us all, whether we're managing our own projects or projects for others.

Here's Marc's abstract:

Project Management is itself a Best Practice. Many clients will not pay for what they consider irrelevant to their ends. However the absence of project management methodology of some sort is often costly in dollars and good will on both sides.

I will emphasize “Scope, timelines, milestones and sign off”, recognizing that within the SOFA group there is a considerable range of project management expertise as applied to organizations and businesses from tiny to massive, with considerations of formality and culture correspondingly ranging from completely informal to “rules for everything”. The talk will pick up items in the last two SOFA presentations. Referencing Adam’s talk about what is billable and why, and will address the relevance of mediation if a project starts to sour.


After Marc's presentation, we'll talk about what we do when we aren't managing: Make FileMaker databases. I'm looking for two or three volunteers to present either a FileMaker tip or a trick, or show how a particular problem was handled. If you've got some thing you'd like to show, send me a note either here on Meetup, or at [masked]. If worse comes to worst, I've got a couple of things I can show, one of which will include a quick refresher on FileMaker security essentials followed by a very useful tip for handling record-level access in external files without jumping through hoops.

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  • David P.

    To all the ones that are coming, if there is time, I have a cool demo of scanning a document using a scanner which will drop the document into FileMaker and all the text will be searchable. It was something I started for Sick Kids with a few steps to get to the end result. I wanted to see if it could be easier. I have it down to scan, click done, and it is finished. It is really cool.

    1 · January 29, 2013

    • Beatrice B.

      Darn! I can't make this evening. May we have a raincheck?

      1 · January 29, 2013

    • Charles D.

      What technologies are you using to do this David?

      February 2, 2013

  • Terry C.

    The general advice surpassed my expectations

    January 30, 2013

  • Beatrice B.

    Our Annual General Meeting started early today, and it's been an eleven hour day so far. Sorry to be a wuss. Hope the evening goes well.

    January 29, 2013

  • Stefan P.

    Too sickly... will share some tips instead, next time.
    Stefan : 0

    January 29, 2013

  • Jeff E.

    I'm sorry guys tried to make it, but can't this evening. I'm sure the presentations will be great.

    January 29, 2013

  • David Z.

    Have come down with a cold. Rather than infecting everyone I'll see you next time around.

    1 · January 29, 2013

    • Doug G.

      Get better, Dave.

      January 29, 2013

    • David Z.

      Thanks. Looking forward to the real version of 2013 to begin. The one where I'm healthy. :)

      January 29, 2013

  • Dan R.

    Have tried, but can't either, sorry.

    January 29, 2013

  • Alexis A.

    I'm sorry I can't make it that night.

    January 23, 2013

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