Category Archives: Project Management

LinkedIn is a Friend

It is worth your time to keep your LinkedIn account up to date. It has become the top way for people to represent themselves to the business world. In my opinion, it’s a mistake to only think of LinkedIn as a job search tool. I like to encourage professional I talk with to make their LinkedIn account a priority. Here are some reasons I can think of at the moment:

It’s not really social media.  The little icon comes up along beside Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but LinkedIn really isn’t social media. Occasionally someone may take leave of their senses and post dinner pictures or political cartoons, but for the most part I find a ton of helpful materials for Project Management, Cyber Security, and User Cases for technologies of interest. LinkedIn really should be in it’s own class. Don’t wash away it’s potential for you personally just because it’s called social media.

It is an ever present Resume. I think we need to get out of the mode of dusting off the old resume when there is an employment need. Look at it as an opportunity to represent yourself to a very wide audience. The more you connect, the more you can represent yourself. In addition, you can attach videos or appropriate documents to represent what you do, and the value you offer. Today it’s NOT about experience…. it’s about what VALUE you offer. This is a good means to think in terms of the value you bring. 

It’s Networking on Steroids.  I still enjoy in-person networking, but digital networking is becoming a huge piece of our careers.  Going wild with connect requests isn’t a good idea. However, posting, commenting, or reaching out to discuss topics of interest is a great way to find people who will want to connect with you. It’s a good idea to have your eye on networking at all times. You never know what position people will come into or who they may know – and they may need your help or be able to help you.  Birthday and Anniversary reminders are baked into the system. It’s also good for celebrating other’s achievements – it’s nice to give and sometimes to get those kudos.

LinkedIn Learning. This doesn’t come with the free account, unfortunately, but if you do the premium gig – or even a trial of one – you can take a lot of helpful courses. I’ve learned a lot about using Teams for Project Management from LinkedIn . The offering is wide ranging. I’ve had their premium offerings off and on. I don’t like paying $30 or so a month for them, so I fall off the subscription after a while, but I’ve learned a lot through their learning courses. 

Here are some parting Dos and Don’ts.

DO keep your profile, picture, attached resume, contact info, etc. up to date. Set yourself a calendar reminder and make it a monthly task.

DON’T go crazy with the connect button. Have some messages or topics to share when asking to Connect.

DO post things. You are all professionals and you have stuff to contribute. It doesn’t need to be a full length book – please don’t do that because no one has time. But brief postings are good for others and good for you.

DON’T post things intended to raise emotional responses. Save that for Facebook…. Actually, don’t participate in that there either. 

DO change your linked url address. Available the profile section.

DON’T accept every connect request. There are spammers there as well and marketing groups looking to sell you stuff. They may also want to peruse your connection list. Just ignore them… no nasty messages and threats…

Let me know if you’d like to discuss this further. There are tons of tips online… too many actually. I have located a number of good cut sheets and helpful articles online.

Prepare for the Future of Hybrid Events with Mind Map – XMind: The Most Popular Mind Mapping Software on The Planet.

A little salesy, but I use this product and find it very helpful whether live or virtual. I use it for brainstorming and often to run meetings. It allows me to plug in responses in the agenda in real time and makes note production easy. So, I like it.

Hybrid events have exploded in popularity over the past few years, and the trend continues. Follow the tips to prepare the future of hybrid events, and XMind is here to help.

Source: Prepare for the Future of Hybrid Events with Mind Map – XMind: The Most Popular Mind Mapping Software on The Planet.

True cybersecurity means centering policies on employee behavior, report says – TechRepublic

A sentence in this article caught my eye. Ryan Kalember of ProofPoint said:  “Attackers don’t hack in, they log in, and people continue to be the most critical factor in today’s cyber attacks…”

Protecting systems from bad actors is essential, but all the firewalls in the world are useless against the modern hacker who targets human weaknesses instead of digital ones.

Source: True cybersecurity means centering policies on employee behavior, report says – TechRepublic – Blog – #PMP #PPM #project #Agile #cybersecurity #planning #ai #SAFe #coronavirus #virtual #mindmap #remote #COVID19 #scaledagile #bitcoin #webdesign

As a PM, I find these reminders very helpful in the day to day work.


Source: – Blog – #PMP #PPM #project #Agile #cybersecurity #planning #ai #SAFe #coronavirus #virtual #mindmap #remote #COVID19 #scaledagile #bitcoin #webdesign

How to incorporate the Agile Manifesto into your workday

I enjoyed this piece because it brings some of the process and project thinking I like into pieces that one can digest in life. It helps bring some of the principles of the Agile Manifesto to every day life.


Tinkering with different problem-solving methods and perspectives is a key ingredient in this agility development practice.

Source: How to incorporate the Agile Manifesto into your workday

Informational Networking

I’m available and busy in a job search. Hands down the best thing I have done is to connect with Business and Professional Exchange North Central (BPE). I have been privileged to sit at the feet of and learn from Chris Waymire, Master Trainer. He has helped me connect with great people! Sometimes hearing information again from other point of view helps pull the pieces together. That happened for me today.

bigbookpicflanaganRecently at a BPE Panel Discussion, I met Mr. C. Bruce Flanagan. I knew of Mr. Flanagan from multiple references Mr. Waymire shared in class from his book, “It’s Not About You. It’s About Them”. The book is available on Amazon and there is a kindle version. I am pleased that I purchased the book. At the discussion, we agreed to have coffee, and that is how I got to spend some time learning from Mr. Flanagan today.

After he asked me a couple of questions, he made the following suggestions.

  1. Make a list of 10 things you enjoy doing so much you don’t notice the time passing. Then you can list your top 10 skills.
  2. Incorporate your top 10 skills on your personal marketing sheet.
  3. Develop a brief STAR for each of those 10 skills.
  4. When networking, DON’T go to find a job. Instead, visit with people and get to know them. When opportunity presents, ask for 15 minutes of their time to listen to your skills and give you feed back AND tell them you don’t expect them to have a job, you are looking to learn from them.
  5. When you meet, have your personal marketing sheet in order. Talk through your skills with them and listen to their thoughts – take notes – they are important. HONOR THE TIME. At the end of the 15 minutes, ask for two people they think you should be talking with. That’s all.
  6. In the end you will have great information, your skills will be considered, and you have other people to talk with.

I’ve been in BPE with Mr. Waymire long enough that all of that was info I had heard in the past. Today, I was able to put the pieces together just a bit more. Special thanks to Mr. Waymire and to Mr. C. Bruce Flanagan for their efforts and time.

Looking for a job?  Me too!  There’s a LOT of help available! Know that it’s a full time job to find a job. In Indiana, let me URGE you to connect with Business and Professional Exchange. My chapter is BPE North Central. There are BPE chapters all over the state. If you aren’t in Indiana, find a comparable group!



BPE Shout Out to Brooksource!

The fine brooksourcelogofolks at Brooksource have a reputation for doing good stuff. I had the pleasure of meeting Justin Flynn and Paige Fehr at PMICIC’s Professional Day in the fall. I was really impressed with their professionalism in representing their company. I was very excited when Business and Professional Exchange (BPE) invited it’s membership to a networking meeting at the Keystone facility in Carmel. In addition to visiting with Just and Paige, I met Alison Agnew and Connor Killoren. I enjoyed reconnecting with Justin and Paige, and getting acquainted with Allison and Connor. These are top notch professionals who have a lot to offer in IT project support.

bpelogoIn addition to meeting Brooksource staff, I was in the room with the great people of BPE. It was great to reconnect with friends I have made over the past few months, who give their time to help others enter or re-enter the professional job market.

Brooksource gave a wonderful presentation not only about the company with tips on working with recruiters, but also an informative message on interviewing from the recruiter’s perspective. I always learn something at these events. bpelogo-7Some of the info was exactly in sync with what we have been learning at BPE Northcentral. But there was also some new and helpful information and suggestions given.

The Q & A session was also helpful to me. My fellow BPE members and alumni asked very good questions and received beneficial info from Brooksource.

If you are in Indiana and seeking a professional career, let me highly recommend that you connect with BPE. There are chapters throughout the state. My chapter is BPE North Central covering Kokomo and Lafayette. There is real help available. It is the right place to go for help. Also, if you are looking to pursue an IT Position, IT Project Management or Development, contact one of the fine Brooksource folks listed above. They can help!

What I Got at WVLN this Month

If you are interested in any workplace improvement of any kind in Indiana, you owe it to yourself to know about Wabash Valley Lean Network. I was introduced by Chris Waymire of Business & Professional Exchange North Central as a way to interact with forward thinkers in industry.  I am so grateful for this opportunity. WVLN meets monthly (usually at SIA in Lafayette) to discuss the application of Lean principles in various environments. This is is always a beneficial experience! Notes from the speakers are posted on the WVLN site. Here is what I gained from the February 5, 2015 meeting.

Visual Management. Lean principles focus on 5S, or more broadly, visual management. It’s about how can you visualworkplacestructure the workplace visually to eliminate the waste of redoing things. Rhonda Kovera of Visual Work Place Inc presented fabulous options for affordable and professional workplace visual management improvement. Much of this presentation was tailored for the manufacturing environment, however it has wide reaching application potential. I’ll have my eye on this was I proceed further into Project Management. In addition, Tim Martin of Martin & Bell Group, LLC presented a number of examples of visual management in the healthcare environment.

BraunAbility. I always learn something from talking to people at WVLN. There were several representatives from BraunAbility in attendance. I had a great conversation with John Lawrence about the company. He told me about the history and the mission of this great company whose wheel chair bound founder had to figure out how to get to work. Now BraunAbility manufactures wheelchair accessories for mini vans for people all over the country, right here in Winamac, Indiana.

If you are inglc-logosmallterested in learning more about the opportunities at WVLN, contact Pete Wagoner of Greater Lafayette Commerce.

7 Question Types All Great Communicators Master

I recently encountered the work of Sardek Love. I reached out to him on LinkedIn and he immediately responded with kind willingness to help me on my journey. I couldn ‘t keep this info from my friends. I haven’t read the entire blog yet, but quickly ran upon an article that addresses one of my passions: communicating clearly. Check it out!

7 Question Types All Great Communicators Master | Infinity Consulting and Training Solutions.

Work, Career & Jobs @ 40+: What is Success?

Today at BPE in Fishers, Indiana, we had a delightful speaker. Brenda Johnson spoke on Success in Autumn. She shared wonderful tips on job seeking when you aren’t “as young” as you might wish to be. Her stories and her obvious care for the participants in the class were powerful. Below is a link to an excellent article on her blog!

Work, Career & Jobs @ 40+: What is Success?.