Evaluating Jobs

Over the years I have been in a variety of positions in a variety of companies, sometimes very content, and other times ready for a change.  Over the years I have developed my own criteria for evaluating how good a job is and I have narrowed it down to 4 attributes: Location – How far/close […]

Dynamic Resumes

A long time ago when I was working with Web Services I got turned onto the idea of resume content in XML format and having a variety of DTD displays, some more serious and others more creative.  At the time I found a open source framework which does this and, more recently, a web based application, but looking […]

Print (and Export) Friendly Web Page Tool

I was working with someone who wanted to export some wordpress articles from a site I was working on. One of the developers found a wordpress plugin which did just that. But after following up with the requester I found that the creator of the plugin also offers that service from an external web page. […]

Automation

I’m all for automating routine tasks when it makes sense, when the time it takes to develop the automation is less than the amount of time it takes to perform the task. I found this chart a while ago and it has been sitting on my desk for a while. I finally decided to add […]

The Evolution of Databases

I first learned about Databases and SQL years ago when relational database and flat files where the only options for data storage.  Since then I had heard about NoSQL and document databases but I did not understand them or why anyone would want to use one.  After attending a webinar today put on by Pentaho (a system […]

Overcoming Resistance to Change

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -” ― Heraclitus Many people don’t like change, but if they have a voice in the change, they will be “bought in” and will be more accepting. This is important information for managers, but also for employees who find themselves trying to deal with change that they […]

How much communication is ideal?

I noticed an interesting article about communication in the workplace, but I don’t think there is an ideal level of communication for everyone involved in every situation.

Bad Presentations

I continue to see bad presentations everywhere I go and sometime I just want to reach out and help the presenter improve, but I know everyone is not open to it. I know there are a lot out there, including a book series which I own, Presentation Zen, but I recently came across another article […]

SE Book

I always knew there was the Project Management Institute and the PMIBOK which needs to be purchased, but I just heard about the SEBoK (Systems Engineering Book) which is free and open to the world.

Learning Systems Manager at NPS

Up until this job, I have not stayed in a single company or position for more than 3 years.  After 3 years or so I would usually feel like I had done and learned everything I could, so I found something else and moved on. But when I was working at the Learning Systems Manager […]