Tag: Business

  • Background Check

    Background Check

    Way back in 2013, when the economy was really being stupid, I took the leap of faith that taking a job in Salt Lake City would be a good move. Prior to finding that job, I’d been through a bad run in a sluggish economy, and having had a few years  trying to be a […]

  • Unintended Consequences

    I’m always fascinated by unintended consequences, especially when they are an artifact of trying to do something right. In moving to Salt Lake City from California, I’ve been reminded that good intentions and planning do not a perfect world make. I live close to downtown, so I’ve started walking to work. It’s a nice walk, […]

  • Governance Change (A Fable)

    nce upon a time, there was a kingdom of people who were busy managing projects named Pee-Em-Eye Ess-Eff-BeeA Sea. They were busy doing this work, and they found themselves wondering if there was a better way than just telling people what to do, and then scurrying off to the next project. A small group of […]

  • Unemployed (Forced to) Become Bank of America Customers

    I’ve worked hard (as many others have) to eliminate credit cards, stay away from large fee charging banks, and generally protect my money, so when I recently learned that the EDD is paying people with debit cards, I got a bit angry (see: http://www.sfbg.com/2011/09/13/banking-misfortune?page=0,1.) Now I think the idea of giving people an option other […]

  • Project Vision

    One of the key success factors for any project is the “vision statement“, which is the Executive Sponsor‘s opportunity to excite the team, stakeholders, and customers with their vision of where we are going and how the product of the project will improve things. When well done, the charter can be condensed into an elevator […]

  • Project Managing my Career

    I was talking to my friend George Ross the other day about the job search that we both unexpectedly find ourselves in, and it occurred to me that I haven’t been approaching my career management with the same level of commitment to planning that I have when managing projects and programs. A while ago, I […]

  • Loss of Innocence (and Arrogance)

    There’s a saying I’ve heard in self-help and twelve step programs that basically means you will learn more about yourself if you continue to do the work: “More shall be revealed …” I’ve always been a very confident person when it comes to my ability to adapt to work, and always felt that as long […]

  • iPhone Visual Voice Mail returns

    This weekend, AT&T finally fixed my visual voice mail. I still don’t know what they did to fix it, but I’m pretty sure it’s related to a hack that I’ve been reading about which lets the phone do tethering. Now I didn’t try this hack on my newly replaced phone, but when I asked the […]

  • iPhone non-visual voice mail …

    A couple of weeks ago, I notice that my iPhone was not receiving voice mails, and I seemed to be missing calls on occasion. In fact, I hadn’t received a voice mail since around the time I upgraded to the 3.0 firmware. Since I use this as my primary business phone, I was a bit […]

  • Oracle and Sun – Better Microsoft competition ?

    I was thinking about this as I drove to work this morning: what is the real business value to Oracle of buying Sun ? It occurred to me that part of the many benefits to Oracle are the products that help them compete better with the Microsoft offerings. Could this be another in a long […]