To increase my understanding of how Big Data works, I watched an extremely interesting TedTalks by Jennifer Golbeck. It’s called “The curly fry conundrum: why social media “likes” say more than you might think.” It’s less than 10 minutes, but they are ten, eye-opening minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

Today’s Daily Prompt is: If you could spend the next year as someone radically different from the current “you” — a member of a different species, someone from a different gender or generation, etc. — who would you choose to be?

I haven’t written on a Daily Prompt for a while, but this one caught my eye as I reflect on what I want 2015 to be about. Read the rest of this entry »

I really appreciated the book “The PMP® Exam, How to Pass on Your First Try” by Andy Crowe, PMP. There are several elements to it that I believe go a long way in helping one understand the global standard for project management (which is the PMBOK® Guide by Project Management Institute). Read the rest of this entry »

Recently, I worked through “Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® Exam Prep (Eighth Edition)” book by Rita Mulcahy, PMP, et al. I used it for two purposes – to prepare for the certification exam and to improve in my practice of project management. I found it helpful on both counts. Read the rest of this entry »

This is my fourth and final post in this series as I’ve worked to understand and apply a talk I heard on this topic.

Project management involves a lot of people management in order to be done well. Therefore, emotional intelligence is important for the project manager to work effectively with people on a project. In the talk, Gary introduced several elements – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management – that are necessary for effective team leadership.

Self-awareness and self-management were previously covered. Social awareness and relationship management will be covered in this post. Read the rest of this entry »

Loved, loved, loved “Agile Project Management with Scrum” by Ken Schwaber.

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I learned about this book digging through PMI’s (Project Management Institute) website. At the time of my purchase, I didn’t know that Ken Schwaber is one of the fathers of scrum methodology. His authority on and command of the topic are apparent in reading the book. Scrum is a project management methodology that is helpful in complex, development-oriented projects, such as software product development. Read the rest of this entry »

I became familiar with the concept of Big Data this year when I met a particular gentleman who works at IBM. His role at IBM is to promote the need of data scientists at universities because there is more digital data to deal with than there are trained professionals to deal with it. 4.4 million data scientists are needed by 2015 (link). The year 2015 is only a couple of months away!

So what is Big Data? It is the terminology used to reference all the data being generated through a number of digital processes. It is data we generate in our digital world while we:

  • surf the web,
  • post on social media sites (tweets, pics, posts… all of it and any of it),
  • text,
  • buy online or just browse, or
  • read a blog.

It is ENDLESS. Read the rest of this entry »

This was my first read of any material by Jen Hatmaker. Interrupted was recommended to me by two other individuals, so I worked my way through it. Read the rest of this entry »

I found this sitting as a draft. Thought to dust it off… Today’s (Aug. 30, 2014) Daily Prompt: Do you agree with Jane Fonda’s favorite exercise motto, “no pain, no gain?” Is it impossible to attain greatness without considerable hardship?

I remember Jane Fonda and the many hours I spent doing her exercise videos. Loved them! Those videos were good, and she was (and continues to be) right. Read the rest of this entry »

This is post #3 regarding Gary Rechtferig’s insights on emotional intelligence in project management. After gaining self-awareness of your emotions and triggers, it then becomes about managing your reactions.

Project or program management is generally an influencer role. It is important to manage your emotions to deal with others effectively. Gary’s recommendation is to journal after meetings to find patterns in your emotional triggers and responses. If you can identify your triggers, then you can change how you react to them. Read the rest of this entry »