Month: February 2017

Being Part of an Agile team

As a technologist I have worked on several different types of teams over my 20+ years of technology development career. Also, as a person I have been involved in different types of groups of people that are working together to solve a common problem or outcome. Several years ago I began a journey with Agile and started working on a Scrum team. I became a Certified Scrum Master and learned from some very intelligent and passionate people who know Agile and Scrum. I have built relationships so I can continue to learn, I believe that you must always continue to learn and never become stagnant. Today, I wanted to share a blog series that two people that I know and learned from wrote. They have been instrumental in my Agile journey and I am grateful for the knowledge they have shared and continue to share. Agile seems easy until people get involved. This quote from the blog series is spot on! Agile does appear very simple, but once you start working on an Agile team with other people it gets difficult. There is confusion, tension and personalities. This must be addressed for any process and Agile has tenants that are geared towards this. This post is about sharing the series, Agile Leaders, that Russ and Jay wrote, I encourage you to read the series to learn about Agile. I...

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Dynamics 365 Users In Pittsburgh – User Helping Users

Last year I attended the CRMUG Summit in Tampa and have to say I was very impressed with everything that I was involved in. During the summit I attended two classes in the Black Belt Series and completed the series when I returned to Pittsburgh. The information that I learned in this series I put to immediate use on our Dynamics 365 project. I also met with a local Pittsburgh Chapter leader and discussed participating in the local chapter. This past January, I facilitated the first meeting of CRMUG Pittsburgh at the Microsoft Office . We have a very good discussion about the local chapter and how it can benefit others. We talked about the value of the user group and what we would like to have presented and discussed in future local meetings. The local chapter is a place to learn from other users, vendors and Microsoft about Dynamics 365. This is a place to enhance your network of people who you can discuss ideas and ask for help. Vendors at the group do NOT do sales pitches, this is part of the rules of the group. They are they to support the community and build relations. User, like myself are there to learn, teach and discuss ideas. The next meeting is in April, to help make the meetings as valuable as possible to our local community we...

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Screening Of ‘Generation Found’ – Help Requested

A friend of mine told me about this film. I watched the trailer and looked over the site. This film is from the same creators of THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, which I really found good and thought provoking. From the creators of the groundbreaking film, THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, comes GENERATION FOUND, a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. And so in one of the largest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives, and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community. Read more I would like to know who would be interested in attending this screening, there would be a charge for the screening and it would be at a theater. I would like to have a few speakers at the screening also. My thought is to have a few speakers with recovery time introduce the film. The screening would be at a local theater. Please let me know below if you would be interested so I can work out the details with the distributor GATHR Films. [contact-form-7 404 "Not...

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We Need To Do More

Last year it was 129 a day that we lost from overdose, this year it is 144 a day. 144 A Day We have to do more. We have to take action and speak out and help people. We have to find ways to help people even when they are NOT ready. We have to make them ready. I watched a video on Facebook this morning that really touches this point. There are so many people suffering with addiction and a small percentage are in recovery. How can we lower the amount that die from overdose. How can we help loved ones that know the nightmare of addiction. We have to think differently, the current approach is NOT working. I don’t have the answers, I wish I did. But, I do believe that there are many people with the heart, passionate and SHINE that are willing to help and make a difference. We have to do more #Addiction #Overdose #NotOneMore #RecoveryTweet This I have spoke about my goals and I still believe they can make a difference. Think of the random acts of kindness, simple things that everyone can do. End the stigma with addiction and overdose Educate people on the epidemic and this health crisis Celebrate recovery I would like to see more programs in schools. I would like to see more strong relationships based on love and...

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Make A Difference

Make A Difference Everyone can make a difference. If you care about something, stand up, put yourself out there and do something. The smallest thing can make a difference and if enough people do something small the change can be huge. We live in a world that is full of advancements and luxuries that where science fiction a few decades ago. Yet, we have a world that is so full of sadness and darkness. I want people to know that they can make a difference. I want to see and hear people talk about what they care about without being negative. I want to hear and see people make a difference. I believe that we can all make a difference, I believe this deep in my heart. I enjoy motivation quotes and information. Below is a Twitter moment that I created where I add tweets that I find motivational. Motivation How can you make a difference? Small acts of kindness are one way. Everyone is battling something, you don’t know what they are battling. Small acts of kindness can have a wonderful impact on...

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