Training: Requirements Management Course Development&Delivery

Developed & delivered a complete 8-hour course on Requirements Management for the New York Times Company. Here’s the project steps I took for an end-to-end solution:

  • Learn client’s proprietary SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) process
  • Apply my knowledge of RUP and client’s SDLC to develop a set of learning objectives for client approval
  • Develop 6 hours of courseware
  • Teach course to employees in 4 cities, modifying the course to the background & interests at each location

Queen of Angels Parish Website

Queen of Angels Catholic Parish ChicagoIn 2004 I implemented an innovative, sophisticated website system for Queen of Angels Catholic Parish in Chicago, IL. The strategy uses an emerging technology—the TypePad hosted weblog solution—to deliver 20 separate websites at various URLs with over 30 content managers. This strategy is relevant for any large organization with lots of people and a wide variety of missions (to coin a term).

  • Created a large, 300-page website that is easy to maintain
  • Designed and rolled out training to dozens of content contributors, many of whom didn’t even have an email account when the project started
  • Conceived of this mildly chaotic, trust-based content management system that gives the right to publish directly into the hands of the people who have the content
  • The site is published in both English and Spanish when available
  • Different designs for different URLs
  • All in one $15/ month tool

With just a little bit of imagination, it’s not hard to see how the structure of this site—a centrally maintained main site with n number of subsites that surround it—can be applied to the corporate structure.

Ancient History

Like any other self-respecting internet consultant who worked in the late 90s and early 2000’s, I have a whole portfolio full of startup website clients who made a go of it and never really got off the ground. Here’s my list:

Invida Outcomes Network
Idea: Community of people with various conditions who participate in and report on new drug treatments.
Now: domain name on sale for $7,940

SportsAtHome
Idea: Sports-theme games community so people can choose their favorite team’s logo/ avatar while playing games online.
Now: DNS error

ASP.com
Idea: Community website based on matching clients with Application Service Providers. Or,
in the alternative, community website for developers interested in ASP technology.
Now: search ad farm

Integrationware
Idea: CRM + Project management. From archive.org:

IntraBlocks creates persistent, dependent e-business relationships between professional service providers and their clients, with significant benefits to both. With it, service companies can differentiate themselves in the market, acquire clients more efficiently, serve them more effectively, and re-engage them more frequently.

Now: search ad farm; domain for sale.

Vation

Another CRM.

Now: CRM ad farm

Media Bullet

Buy & sell content to media organizations, publishers, and consumers.

Now: seeq search engine ad farm for bullets

National Safety Council Driver Safety Course

Developed the requirements, led the design process, and managed the project for this Driver Safetry Course for MetLife and the National Safety Council. The system has the following characteristics:

 

Training: Bilingual (Spanish/ English) Computer Training

Today after 12:30 Spanish language mass at Queen of Angels Parish (2-4 PM), I led a class for  basic computer skills– operating system, word processing, internet searching, to Spanish speakers. Some upshots:

  • Over 20 people attended
  • 5 biluingual speakers who served as proctors/ translators/ helpers for others
  • All attendees succeeded in obtaining Yahoo! Mail acocunts
  • People immediately got to work– emailing relatives in Mexico, emailing the 12:30 Mass Lector schedule, etc.

The cool thing was that there was a matrix of language and computer skills— great english speaker/ bilingual/ great english speaker; no email account/ mid-level internet browser person/ tech geek— that it became something of a salon. Everyone taught everyone else. It wasn’t a classic stand-up teacher/ listen-up students type-thing. People got VERY passionate and it sparked alot of action.

Here are some great resources we used:

  • We had all levels of computer skills– from complete beginners to people with their own websites
  • We all helped each other
  • More to come!

Training: Discussion Board Software for The Jane Collaborative

Today I helped out with training on discussion board software with dozens of Illinois libraries at the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Here’s how they describe the project:

Welcome to The Jane Collaborative Forums, sponsored by the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Illinois in partnership with sixty-one small urban and rural public libraries throughout Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

If you’ve reached this page, you have been invited to join the Jane Collaborative Forums, a unique community space for librarians and museum staff to interact with each other, learn about the Jane exhibitions, and increase interest in and traffic to the museum and participating libraries.

You will be able to pose questions, start discussions, and interact with each other as we plan and execute activities surrounding the Jane exhibition and special library programs.

The Jane Project

Poetry: Family Reading Night at Stone Academy

This afternoon I participated in Family Reading Night at Stone Academy in Chicago. We had three sessions of “Grab Bag Poetry”.

We had cut out words from magazines and put five in a bag. A student and their family takes a bag and must write a poem using these 5 words somewhere in it. They will then glue/write the words of the poem on a piece of paper to take home. I facilitated the activity for all.