Tools guy...

Once I was a freelance (and sometimes not so freelance) consultant type guy, now I’m retired (doing music and helping Marcie with Prairie Haven).  Always building tools for myself.  Here they are, for your viewing enjoyment. Feel free to use/share them.

Musical Tools

Extended Frequency to Note Conversion chart — a chart that matches frequency (pitch) with musical notes on the keyboard.  Most such charts stop at the end of the piano keyboard (C8).  This one goes to A11 (56,320 Hz) which is way beyond human hearing.  I needed it for a bird call to MIDI project.

Management Tools

Mike’s Pretty Good Project Definition Worksheet — a series of questions you can answer when you are chartering a project. A good project charter will keep you out of all kinds of trouble.

Mike’s Pretty Good Business Planning and Strategy Gizmo — I used to use this simple Powerpoint deck to help organizations answer the three basic business-planning questions… “Where are we now?”, “Where are we going?” and “How will we get there?”  Click HERE for the Power Point version and HERE for the PDF version.

Mike’s Pretty Good Instant CIO Checklist Gizmo — Here’s is a one-pager I used when I was asked to come in and give the IS shop a quick once-over-lightly looksee.

Mike’s Pretty Good Information Architecture — my view of how info-stuff used to fit together.   Definitely dated — early ’90s

Mike’s Pretty Good Forced-Pair Ranking Worksheet — An Excel spreadsheet that can be used to rank up to twelve items.  People compare each item with each of the others (in pairs) and pick which of the pair they prefer.  It tallies their choices and identifies their ranking.

Mike’s Pretty Good Status-report Template — good for small to mid-sized projects that just need a gentle tapping sound to keep them on track.  The only rule is that if one of the questions across the top gets a “yes” answer, there needs to be an explanation in “Issues and Concerns” at the bottom.  One copy of this spreadsheet, administered weekly, usually does the trick.  Takes about 5 minutes to fill out.

Tools by others (aka favorite links)

How To Get Rich Without Getting Lucky – epic tweetstorm that is the foundation for an even-more-epic series of podcasts (a link to it is at the end).  A nice companion to Warren Buffet’s Ovarian Lottery.