A great list of articles and blog posts this week, enjoy.
Some men learn all they know from books; others from life. both kinds are narrow. The first are all theory; the second are all practice.
It’s the fellow who knows enough about practice to test his theories for blow-holes that gives the world a shove a head, and finds a fair margin of profit in shoving it.
George Lorimer, Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son
The kernel of a strategy contains three elements: a diagnosis, a guiding policy, and coherent action. The guiding policy specifies the approach to dealing with the obstacles called out in the diagnosis. It is like a signpost, marking the direction forward but not defining the details of the trip. Coherent actions are feasible coordinated policies, resource commitments, and actions designed to carry out the guiding policy.
Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The difference and why it matters by Richard Rumelt.
To get an overview of the book read A primer on strategy from the excellent Farnam Street blog
Article of the week
If you have tried to wrestle, persuade, force, shout at, plead, or trick the charts in Microsoft Dynamics to show something useful, you will realise it’s a difficult job.
For this reason you have to admire the awesome blog posts from CRM chart guy
Best of the Rest
Understand the benefits of Access teams and start using them
A free editable grid
Database encryption can cause problems if you restore a backup of a CRM database because the encryption won’t work. This article will help you understand what is encrypted and how to add the encryption key
Great post from CRM MVP Jukka explaining Activity Party and how data interacting with you is held and can be displayed in CRM
The highlights of CRM 2016, it’s coming soon
There’s a different choice between on-line or on-premise
Shows how you can search full text in CRM
FetchXML has no table lock, who knew
Great Slidedeck showing you how to import data in CRM
An SQL query to tell you how many users are connected to your CRM database
Do you understand the Deployment Admin roleChanging a Custom Entity Icon in Dynamics CRM
Leon Tribe informs Microsoft of the next businesses they should buy, Listen up Microsoft
If Microsoft Dynamics CRM on premise has stopped working, check out these common causes
Answers to common bulk delete questions
Comparing the sandboxes of CRM and Saleforce
Do you need to change your thinking and processes when moving to from CRM 2011 to CRM 2013/2015
Running faster doesn’t always get you there quicker.
If you’re having CRM problems I feel bad for you son
I got 99 problems but my CRM Project ain’t one.
Previous top picks
Useful Hosk Links
A list and review of CRM 2013 tools, this will probably work in CRM 2015 as well
A collection of my favourite CRM Developer articles I have written
All the CRM 2013 content to help you pass the exam
Words of Wisdom from the Hosk. I have written over 900 articles, surely I should have said a few memorable things