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Lunch With Tom: Thoughts on PM Degrees and Fear of Failure

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Take-Aways:

 1) If you are considering a PM degree, seek a college that is recognized by the PMI Global Accreditation Center GAC.

 2) If paralyzed to act due to a fear of failure, ask yourself what really is the worst that can happen and decide if the risk and its likelihood is a cost you can pay.

 Last time I wrote about a personal risk I took in attempting to repair my Palm TX problem on my own. This installation I’ll talk about the risk of starting on the path towards PMP certification. I do this in hopes that others will consider taking more risk in their lives, which may lead to personal and perhaps businesses and communities as well. Continue reading

Lunch With Tom

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Recently I’ve had some successes by taking chances.  I haven’t posted for a while because my Palm TX has had digitizer problems.  It was too difficult to write notes and make menu selections.  Could this be the end of the line for my Palm OS experience?

 I hoped not, based upon Hewlett-Packard’s acquisition and subsequent announcement to build a pad computing device to compete with Apple. Continue reading

Lunch With Tom

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Recently I meet with Renee Stephens, director of Human Resources here at Computer Aid, Inc. We are conducting a “Lessons Learned” review for a project that, in my opinion, had mixed results. One problem I experienced was working in a weak matrix environment. A consequence of that was not receiving sufficient time for project planning and the resulting 6-month delay. I felt uncomfortable not having thorough requirements and a baselined project schedule. Continue reading

Lunch With Tom

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Car is in shop for maintenance so lunch is a walk to the mall and a Subway sandwich. The sacrifices we make when technology access goes backwards. When one’s PC crashes or gets a virus attack it is certainly worse.

Previously I mentioned that this IT blog would occasionally include my literary reading. It turns out that it can go the other way. This month’s “The Atlantic” included an exciting yet scary article by Mark Bowden called “The Enemy Within“. He discusses the events regarding the Conficker worm, and in a way that general readers could easily understand.

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Lunch With Tom

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I know it’s not good for my waistline to do something else while eating lunch. For most of my adult life, I have used my lunch period for reading, and is a large part of my personal education program. This blog series will touch upon my reading and reflection during this time. Continue reading