7 Habits of Highly Effective People at a Glance

Note:  The updated article is at 7 Habits of Highly Effective People at a Glance. Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is one of the greatest books on personal development.  Why? Because it provides a firm foundation for personal effectiveness.   Even better, it provides habits and skills you can build to…


E-Shaped People, Not T-Shaped

Note: The updated page is located at E-Shaped for High-Performance. Are you I-shaped, T-shaped, or E-shaped? I is depth, T is breadth, and E executes (Of course there’s overlap, but you get the idea.) If you think of yourself as a mini-business, can you “execute” your ideas? (either yourself, with others, or through others, and…


How I Learned to Use Scenarios to Evaluate Things

Note: This article is updated at How I Learned to Use Scenarios to Evaluate Things. I first learned to use scenarios to evaluate things when I was working on security guidance for the Microsoft platform.   It was the most obvious way to really get hardcore:  Map out the most important scenarios that people perform, and…


ExpectedExceptionBaseAttribute and "Object reference not set to an instance of an object"

You’re writing unit tests with Visual Studio and you want to verify that you’re throwing the correct Exception. You could use ExpectedExceptionAttribute class but it only allows you to verify the type of the Exception. You might want to verify other properties so you decide to create a subclass of ExpectedExceptionBaseAttribute, which allows you to have…


Business Value Generation is the New Bottleneck

Note: This article is updated at Business Value Generation is the New Bottleneck. “Creating value is an inherently cooperative process, capturing value is inherently competitive.” — Barry J. Nalebuff I remember back in the day when prototyping solutions was the biggest bottleneck.   It could easily take many months to prototype a working solution that would…


Strategy Development, Consumer Experience, and Technology Build Out

Note: This articles is updated at Strategy Development, Consumer Experience, and Technology Build Out. “Strategic management consultants help clients perform markedly better in a world of rapid change.  Consultants must constantly learn new skills, contribute to the intellectual capital of business, and build enduring relations with their clients.” — Carl W. Stern, The Boston Consulting…


Setting up WebDAV on IIS using Windows Authentication and a UNC, mapped drive or file share

This article has been moved to its new home here: https://benperk.github.io/msdn/2013/2013-07-setting-up-webdav-on-iis-using-windows-authentication-and-a-unc-mapped-drive-or-file-share.html I have spent some hours setting up a solution defined in the title of this article.  I want to make clear that there are numerous ways of configuring this and there are numerous Kerberos/Windows Authentication configuration possibilities based on different SPNs, IE Zones, Application Pool…