About Alan

9 PM March 3, 2003

My name is Alan Green. If you are reading this in the few months after I wrote it, I'm 33. I'm also married with two children and slowly going grey in a dashing, distinguished kind of way.

I work in a boutique (small, high quality) J2EE consultancy located in the CBD. As well as Java and J2EE, I have commercial experience in a wide range of other languages - Python, Smalltalk and C++ through to COBOL, Rexx and Assembler. From a public exposure point of view, the highlight of my resume is the Qantas web site, where I did a portion of the original Frequent Flyer functionality.

After 15+ years in the industry I still enjoy programming. I haven't told my boss though, as he might start charging me to come to work.

I live in Penrith, Sydney, Australia, which is where the rowing was for the 2000 Olympics. Here is an amusingly inaccurate map of the area - I live near where the little dude is shooting a target, next to the freeway. Thirty or forty years ago, Penrith was a little country town and I get a real kick out of talking to people who can remember how it used to be, with dirt roads and planes landing on the farm paddocks.

My local church is Kingswood Anglican. I might also describe it as boutique except that there is nothing pretentious about it. Good friends and good teaching are the highlights and we've been there ten years or so. Church soaks up most of my time not spent with family, work, computers or house maintenance.

That's me. If you'd like to send me a message, please leave a comment on this entry or email at avgreen-at-cardboard.nu. (Please keep in mind that I don't want to hear about:

  • buying anything,
  • legal-but-shady deals to move large amounts of money around the world,
  • stock tips, or
  • anything at all related to Bio-Tec.)

Enjoy the rest of this site!

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At 06:07, 10 Nov 2003 kafene wrote:

Found this site by accident, really. I was looking for a small, free project management app for Mac OS X and did a search through Google. Found a part of your site regarding project management, which I will read. Thank you for the info. Are these information from personal project experience?

kafene.

BTW, Alan, you need to get rid of the entry before mine made by that idiot, lolita.

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At 08:39, 11 Mar 2004 Gary wrote:

Alan, Iam requesting that you remove my post about Bio-Tec.

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At 15:23, 07 May 2004 Al wrote:

Alan,
Thanks so much for your very informative (and entertaining) site. I'm a PMP, and have been managing projects for 25+ years. For the past 7-8 years I've been consulting (mentoring / coaching) in PM ... I've seen many (most??) of the PM sites out there, and have found yours to be among the most helpful.

I very much appreciate your very pragmatic and well-thought-out approach; I also appreciate the fact that you are very open about your faith. I also am a believer.

I am consulting with a major US company in the creation of a PM Methodology (to accompany their CMM methodology), and will be excerpting some of your concepts to utilize in our new methodology.

Thanks again.
   .. Al Peterson
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At 17:50, 05 Jul 2004 Paul wrote:

Alan,
Great content. I've been leading software development projects for...a very long time, have been president of vertical market software companies, and led a failed start-up that developed web-based project management tools. I stumbled onto your site today from a google search thread.

The main point: You have boiled down a wealth of IT specific PM knowledge into very succinct, practical, usable checklists. Like a professional airline pilot, development PM's should use checklists as reminders. Since you have posted this on the web, I assume you won't mind me using this content with my future projects. I'll include your web site reference in my associated project documentation.

Thanks,
Paul

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At 17:51, 05 Jul 2004 Paul wrote:

Alan,
Great content. I've been leading software development projects for...a very long time, have been president of vertical market software companies, and led a failed start-up that developed web-based project management tools. I stumbled onto your site today from a google search thread.

The main point: You have boiled down a wealth of IT specific PM knowledge into very succinct, practical, usable checklists. Like a professional airline pilot, development PM's should use checklists as reminders. Since you have posted this on the web, I assume you won't mind me using this content with my future projects. I'll include your web site reference in my associated project documentation.

Thanks,
Paul

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At 06:49, 06 Aug 2004 George Caley wrote:

Hello Mr. Green!
This is George Caley, Mitchell's friend.
I like your website.
If you want to see mine, I entered it in.
By clicking http://george555.012webpages.com you can hyperlink to my website.

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At 00:56, 24 Aug 2004 David Brooks wrote:

Hello Alan,
Several years ago I used Cardboard Scheduler and it was extremely useful at the time.
Was it possible to purchase it back around 2000 timeframe? If so, then I probably paid for a license (maybe to Pattern Discovery Software in Waterloo Ontario Canada).
I now have a similar need so I tracked it down again online and tried to install it.
I get a message about JVM version.
java -version reports 1.4.2_05 so that should be sufficient.
Any suggestions?
Thanks
David Brooks

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At 15:46, 18 Sep 2004 Judi wrote:
Hello Alan,
 
Your comment on the Asian Cha, Cha, Cha music was right on the money. 
After hearing this CD at my nail tech's salon, I new I had to inquire where to find more.
Thank you for posting the songs for download, they are the best.
I am now in search of 2, 3 and 4 version and if you know anyone who may have it, please post it as I have been searching endlessly for the others.

Thanks again for taking the time to add this wonderful music for public access.

Judi

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At 00:53, 30 Oct 2004 Tone wrote:

Great site Alan, thanks for organizing your thoughts on project management so succinctly. Great web site format too. Thanks.

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At 19:43, 04 Jan 2005 Mike Nelson wrote:

Alan
I'm requesting permission to copy your web site to our in-house server. where it can be accessed by volunteers helping project managers in-house. I'm a volunteer with Wycliffe working at the Linguistics center in Dallas TX USA.
Mike

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At 02:09, 26 Jan 2005 rnc wrote:

what does CBD stand for ?

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At 10:35, 30 Jan 2005 Alan Green wrote:

Central. Business. District. (Where all the tall buildings are.)

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At 16:28, 19 Feb 2005 Jeneda Mickelson wrote:
Alan,
  Australia is the place I most would like to visit.  
I checked into your site after following a link from my son, Lance Lavandowska's site.

WE are Apple computer nuts. My poor son gets along on those pcs. I got a new imac from my husband for christmas and I love it. We have a small mug club here in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Thanks for the personal notes. I like reading about the people my son reads.

Sincerely,

GrammaJen

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At 22:48, 18 Apr 2005 Richard wrote:

Alan,

I find your site helpful in my research for a paper I am writing. I am trying to research the various PM tools available to management that can used which will give a PM an edge on succeeding with their projects.

Can you be of any assistance with that research?

Thanks for your time.

Richard

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At 11:33, 22 Apr 2005 your beautiful sister who loves you ;) wrote:

hello you

wheres the story about the office cows? i was trying to show miss em and cant find it. please dont tell me you disposed of it. its too good.

xxx

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At 00:00, 12 May 2005 judith Ullman wrote:

I purchased Cardboard Schedule - or was it free? - and used it for quite a while. I'd like to use it again, but upon install I get a message looking for Java VM 1.1.5. I have a much later version but it's not picking that up. Any advice?

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At 00:58, 14 May 2005 Alan Green wrote:

Hi Judith, I think you were one of my real, live paying customers! I really would like to get Cardboard Schedule working again. Meanwhile, you can always find a Java hacker to put it together for you from the source code at http://cardboard.nu/docs/software.html.

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At 03:03, 27 Oct 2005 Jerry Liu wrote:

Hey you there Green. Just happened to come cross this blog, and I found it very neat and clean, tips looks very practical and useful. Hope can learn more from your personal experience. :)

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At 21:24, 03 Jan 2006 Scott wrote:
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At 13:14, 20 Apr 2006 Alan Green wrote:

Fixed! Thanks, Scott.

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At 03:14, 22 Jun 2006 RodeoClown wrote:

Hi Mr Green (can I call you Alan?),
could you please make your RSS feed full-text?

It makes for much easier reading on the train as my feed reader can cache the whole thing (I go to Syd from the Blue Mountains - more stuff to read is good :)).

Thanks.

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At 23:49, 22 Jun 2006 Alan Green wrote:

OK. Full text feeds are now on "the plan".

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At 03:11, 16 Oct 2006 Curtis wrote:

I appreciate your step-by-step descriptions of project estimation. This is much better than "think of how long it will take...now triple that." Even if it the number comes out to be the same--these are the foundations.

http://techbio.org ;)

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At 17:18, 24 Nov 2006 Krishnan wrote:

Excellent proj mgmt content. very easy to understand, thanks for sharing to the world.

Regards
Krishnan Sampath, PMP

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At 14:34, 15 Apr 2007 Troy wrote:

Great site, glad i found it.

I actually found Bright Green by searching Taree, and found the article on Paul.

Keep up the good work.

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At 15:48, 24 May 2007 TalkBlogging wrote:

Another Penrith guy here.

Is that a Yowie wearing an orange hat in your logo? :-D

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At 22:31, 15 Dec 2007 Sylvia Bright-Green wrote:

Alan Green: I am writing because we seem to have a problem. My name is Sylvia Bright-Green, maiden/married name and I use that on my website. I am a professional writer and I have been using that website for years. I cannot get into my website due to your taking my name. Every time I type my web-name in I keep getting your site. I have a problem because my editors and agent and potential publishers cannot view my site. Is there someway that we can work this out?
Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter.

Blessings, Sylvia Bright-Green
E-mail: bright-green@taowoods.org

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