HELP! They Are Going To Steal My Project!!!

Lately, I have been interacting with some major project leaders. These are people who are confident about their projects. They generally avoid discussing these projects with others, for fear of having their ideas stolen. But they still needed a trustworthy advisor... And finally they decided that it would be Nnenna. After some "maximum security clearance" considerations and "highly classified" discussions, I noticed:...

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4 important revelations that could certainly accelerate the educational revolution in Africa (Part 2)

4 important revelations that could certainly accelerate the educational revolution in Africa (Part 2)

Researches show that those who find the answer themselves retain it better than those who are told the answer. What schools should do ideally is to give children the motivation to get involved, to create an environment where children, driven by their curiosity, solve interesting problems, instead of simply memorizing answers to the problems that have already been solved. This may seem unrealistic with regard to some traditional systems but......

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4 important revelations that could certainly accelerate the educational revolution in Africa

4 important revelations that could certainly accelerate the educational revolution in Africa

When we talk about academic training, a fashionable expression is to say that the established education system is defective - the current system is not defective, it is built in a great way. It's just that we do not need it anymore, it's obsolete. Ok, I can not speak for everyone, but based on what I could see in West Africa and South Asia, here are some hypotheses to consider:...

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Gamification: 5 Peculiar Concepts That African Schools Could Actually Use

Gamification: 5 Peculiar Concepts That African Schools Could Actually Use

Let's admit that the education system in Africa is currently rather demotivational. From the beginning of the school year, and starting the first homework, the ambitious student sees himself with a perfect score of 20 out of 20, but from there, the only possible direction is the reduction of his points, depending on his mistakes. If he is really brilliant, he could stay close to the average of 20, otherwise in general his average score drops with each of his mistakes. There is a sort of feedback loop that encourages failure: when you have a bad grade, you feel less motivated to study, so you study less, so you have more bad grades, and so on. Basically, the more you fail, the more you fail. However, in games, we learn that progress encourages progress and that the desire to be effective is a much stronger motivator than the fear of failure....

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5 Attitudes Without Which You Will Have Trouble Reaching Your Goals

You probably made resolutions at the beginning of the year. Whether you have achieved your goals or not, there is no need to feel sorry for yourself. You still have time to comply with these resolutions. But you would still have trouble getting there if you don't adopt the appropriate mindsets. In my view, these are 5 attitudes that remain paramount when it comes to raising to the next level:...

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Because your projects need a symphonic soul: Some Motivational Songs

Music is like magic... They say music can alter moods and talk to you (Eminem said.) In those tough times when you go so tired/hopeless about your goals as they seem so far/unreachable, music is definitely one of the weapons at your disposal (beyond the fact that loud music helps stay awake when you write code at night) ; Motivational music helps you to keep going and to pick yourself up whn you are at your lowest. Well, I just thought I would share some songs that I find particulary helpful and motivating. I hope you would find among these soem that would help you too. I am not claiming that they are the best motivational songs ever or anything like that, these are just what I listen to. So without further ado, here is my top 10 :...

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6. Communication Techniques (on marketing for programmers)

The promotional mix, which is the overall range of techniques available to the marketer, comprises many elements but I am going to focus here on Internet marketing: the distribution of products, information and promotional benefits to consumers and businesses through internet technologies. Internet promotion is very convenient for a developer on a low budget (global reach at relatively low cost, metrics, dialogue with users, avoiding the necessity for intermediary salespeople...). The main ways to go about it include:...

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4. Market segmentation and targeting (on marketing for programmers)

Marketing segmentation is the identification of individuals and organizations with similar characteristics that have significant implications for the determination of marketing strategy. Therefore, market segmentation involves the division of a diverse market into a number of smaller submarkets that have common features. Consumer segmentation can be done according to many factors:...

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3. Research and Information Systems (on marketing for programmers)

Marketing research is extremely important. Truly market-led companies recognize that they need to always be in touch with what is happening in the marketplace (and so should you). Customer needs are continually changing, often in ways that are very subtle. If we consider the history of computing, where we went from enormous machines, to smaller ones, to reach the home personal computer; and from disconnect machines to the need to connect them as a network and then to the Internet. There were then so many resources online that there was a need to sort them(as Yahoo did), and them to search through them (as Google did). More recently, there were a need to take the physical life social experience online (as Facebook did) and now we can feel that the people need is to take the internet everywhere we go, and we are slowly going mobile. Many of the technological revolutions happen accidentally but most of them are the results of relevant research and observation. Online, there are many (cheap) ways a programmer can find out what people want:...

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