POSSE Day 2

June 15, 2010

I am tying all the different components for collaboration! There is a light at the end of the tunnel!

This is a test!

This is a test!

Test of my blog

June 14, 2010

Blah! Blah! Blah!

long time no see!

May 9, 2010

It has been more than a year that I have posted here and there are new and exciting things to write about. Then I will start blogging so I will remember what I did! ;)

On Wednesday evening, I started the MBA program at the University of Phoenix Irving Campus. The instructor seems to be a very knowledgeable person and he promotes participation among all students. I think these courses together with the project management will round up my vision of being just an engineer.

In my last position as Analog IP verification lead I was dealing intuitively with different aspects of the material that is covered in these courses. Now I will have a better understanding and a better way to organize my self and help organize the projects that I will be involved in the future.

Since the future is unknown for my yet, University of Phoenix gives me the flexibility to study on a different campus if I need to relocate or even to continue on line. I think that the name of the  school helps, but everything is up to the student to succeed and learn.

Today in the morning I attended a very interesting Linkedin seminar by Dennis O’Hagan. He gave us very good ideas on how to present yourself on Linkedin, how to increase your network and the most important, how to use your network to find either a job or preserve your connections and help other people. Dennis also made the comment that it is useful to maintain your Plaxo profile also, to have an up to date agenda with all your contacts information.

Facebook can be thought as the Linkedin equivalent for informal network. I use Facebook to be in touch with my friends. Before attending this seminar, I already had a profile in all these social networks, but now I have a better understanding on how to combine all of them and try to avoid redundancy and be more efficient. I will be revising my Linkedin profile next week.

Now I have a bunch of articles to read for the MBA, work on an evaluation for Pico Express which is a tool that I used to develop a project for several months and now I need to document my experiences, so others may find it useful.

Last two classes were very  interesting also!

In “Project Management Communications” we had an overview on how information has to flow back and forth between the Project Manager and the stakeholders, namely engineers, managers, etc. Also it was emphasized that a report at the end of project has to be generated to close activities and it should include a “Lessons Learned” section or better if special session is allocated to review the outcome of the project. Documentation is vital to know exactly where you are and where are you going, also to help you plan future projects.

In “Project Management Procurement” we covered what is commonly know as outsourcing:

  • How to determine if outsourcing is the solution.
  • How to start the process for companies to offer their services.
  • How to determine which contract is the best in terms of risk and benefits.
  • How to monitor the outsourcing company progress.

In general, I have seen a lot of similarities to what I was doing in my last position as the Analog IP Verification lead and all the concepts covered in this module, specially since I was working with contractors. I think with the experience that I am obtaining with this series of courses, next time I deal with either a personal project or a project that requires interfacing with a big team, I will have a much better set of skills to look ahead and plan the project.

Next week I start the first MBA program at University of Phoenix. I will let you know how it goes, being an engineer sometimes we are too squared for things that require less structure and are more subjective. Lets see!

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