NTEN just published of mine called “An Eleven Step Program to Cure Shiny Object Syndrome” (technically, they reprinted an article that AFP will publish this summer). My co-conspirators were Dahna Goldstein, Marc Baizman, and Tracy Kronzak. The four of us, plus Vered Meir, will be leading a workshop on the topic of shiny object avoidance at […]
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CASE has just published the third edition of its guide to Advancement Services. The title of this edition is ”Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success.” The book was a labor of love for over 2 years by 25 of advancement services professionals, led and edited by the esteemed John Taylor. I’m honored to have written two chapters. You […]
This Friday, October 16 at 1 pm Eastern time, Nonprofit Radio will be broadcasting a discussion with me, Tracy Kronzak of Bright Step Partners; Marc Baizman of the Salesforce Foundation; and Dahna Goldstein of Altum. We’ll be talking about how people and processes can be the real culprits behind technology problems. Links to listen live […]
Copyright P. S. Mueller http://www.psmueller.com/ Does it feel like you never find the right combination of technologies to just make things work? Do you lie awake at night and wonder how everything is going to get done, or why a new project was just dumped on your plate? If you technology decisions at your organization are […]
A question was posted to a listserve for nonprofit techies looking for tips on training staff on a new database. I discussed training at a high level on page 13 of this chapter from CASE’s Handbook of Institutional Advancement. Here are some more detailed rules of thumb: 90% of training is forgotten within the first […]
I’m working on an article with the title, “Maybe It’s Not Your Database, It’s You.” The premise is that complaints about an organization’s database may be misdirected: the problem is how the system is being managed (aka management problems disguised as technology problems). Now, it’s certainly possible that an organization chose the wrong database […]
NTEN published my somewhat snarky predictions for nonprofits’ use of fundraising technologies in 2012. My overall predictions are that most things will be pretty much the same as last year (and 2010 and 2009, etc.): many nonprofits will struggle with out-of-date systems. No surprise — many will also lack the funding to replace them. But […]
NTEN just published a short piece of mine on data management in their Change magazine. It’s in their DIY series — short tips for implementing something for your organization without extensive tech know-how or extra budget. The topic they gave me was managing decentralized data entry.
I’m planning a new workshop on selecting donor databases, focusing on the question, “Why is this so friggin’ complicated?” Some initial thoughts: The maxim “Fast, cheap, or good–pick two” is true. You want the technology to be forward-looking but also want to avoid shiny object syndrome. You want to make a reasonably quick decision but […]
I picked up some malware recently and one of the many annoyances it caused was problems with Firefox’s security settings. When visiting secure (https:) web sites Firefox would say “the connection is untrusted.” When I said I wanted to trust the site and add an exception for it I would get a “sec_error_untrusted_issuer” error. When […]