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You're smart. You deliver. What more could your company want from you? Why don’t they come to you for the big technical decisions? Why won’t they listen to your proposals? It seems like everyone has …

You're smart. You deliver. What more could your company want from you? Why don’t they come to you for the big technical decisions? Why won’t they listen to your proposals? It seems like everyone has an agenda and they’re doing everything they can to kill your great ideas.

We focus on the soft skills that architects need to master. Learning these skills will boost your emotional intelligence and help you become a more professional, well rounded contributor. You’ll gain insight into the architect’s role as leader, influencer, and business professional and learn how to leverage your position to become a positive force within your organization.



Session 1: Mastering the Soft Skills
In this session, we’ll discuss key interpersonal skills and how they can affect your projects and career. We cover how to positively connect with humans, how to participate in and influence the business processes you support, and how to transcend your technical role and maximize your connections with all members of your organization.



Session 2: Organizational Dynamics
This session examines the dynamic nature of large organizations – their structures, decision making processes, and political landscapes. We’ll discuss the goals of key business and technical decision makers and their influence on architects and software projects. We’ll conclude with some strategies for maximizing the soft skills from Session 1 to ensure successful outcomes for your projects and career.

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  • Goal today is to have a contextual discussion so you understand what is driving our platform efforts. It is an opportune time on two counts First, with Vista and Office now out the door, we’ll start to dial up the discussion of where we are going next. Second, we have some major platform milestones this year so you should understand the principles and overall direction before we get into product specifics. Going to try to lay out the top level principles today of our architectural blueprints strategy 06/06/09 11:55 © 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and other product names are or may be registered trademarks and/or trademarks in the U.S. and/or other countries. The information herein is for informational purposes only and represents the current view of Microsoft Corporation as of the date of this presentation. Because Microsoft must respond to changing market conditions, it should not be interpreted to be a commitment on the part of Microsoft, and Microsoft cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information provided after the date of this presentation. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, AS TO THE INFORMATION IN THIS PRESENTATION.
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    • 1. Professional Patterns on the Job ArcReady
    • 2. Agenda Session 1: Mastering the Soft Skills Break Session 2: Organizational Dynamics Drawing for prizes
    • 3. Session 1: Mastering the Soft Skills
    • 4. Part 1: Managing Your Career
    • 5.  
    • 6. At times, my career has been like this…
    • 7. George Jetson
    • 8. His ‘button pushing finger’
    • 9. Rails are cool, unless that’s what your career rides on
      • "You are in charge of your career, your company is in charge of your job"
      • @dmarsh
    • 10. Learning… Problem Solving… Passion…
    • 11.  
    • 12. Manage your own career, iteratively Set Goals Be Introspective Set a Plan Execute Execute Iterate
    • 13.
      • change where you work
      • or
      • change where you work
    • 14. Avoid Companies that focus on SAT interviews. Find a Company that tries to get to know YOU !
    • 15. Manage Your Resume
      • Don’t job hop
      • Less than two years is a problem
      • Be ready to take advantage of opportunities
      • Have story for each job in your career
      • Update it every three to six months
    • 16. Change creates opportunities
    • 17. Part 2: Let’s Talk About the Humans
    • 18. It’s all about people!
    • 19. 0 : Starting lists with zero is geek-cool. It confuses humans though.
    • 20. Humans don’t care about technology.
    • 21. Communicate Like A Human This Takes Practice!
    • 22. Perception is reality.
    • 23. What’s in it for me?
    • 24. Part 3: Skills for Success
    • 25. No agenda, no attenda
    • 26. If you’re not early… … you’re late!
    • 27. Be prepared
    • 28. Scrounging skills It!
    • 29. Always be the dumbest person in the room
    • 30. Say ‘I don’t know’
    • 31. Body Language Matters
    • 32. Be an Active Listener
      • Don’t have distractions
      • Ask smart questions
      • Don’t multi-task in your head
        • thinking about what you are going to say next
    • 33. Listen with two ears, talk with one mouth.
    • 34. Take Notes
    • 35. Use metaphors
    • 36. … but never use bad language.
    • 37. Learn how to read a room
    • 38. Follow through!
    • 39. Over communicate until they bleed!
    • 40. Integrity & Honesty
      • Always tell the truth, so you don't have to remember what you said to whom.
    • 41. Integrity & Honesty
      • Doing so ONCE will destroy the trust and credibility instantly.
    • 42. Build trust, and focus on the relationship.
    • 43.  
    • 44. Creativity You need to practice to strengthen it.
    • 45. Creativity Keep a record of your ideas.
    • 46. Creativity Design a system you thought of, even though it won’t get built. Throw that out. And do it two more time.
    • 47. Creativity Mix It up, read a book you normally wouldn’t.
    • 48. Brain Storming
      • Different Models Exist
        • Individual
        • Team
          • Traditional
          • Brain-on-the-wall
          • Idea voting
      • Practice…
    • 49. Always hold the door
    • 50. Learn the art of small talk
    • 51. Learn the art of public speaking
    • 52. Every technology you know today will be worthless within five years.
    • 53. Eat like a bird, and poop like an elephant.
    • 54. Learn quickly, unlearn quicker
    • 55.
      • Sex
      • Politics
      • Religion
    • 56. Sex
    • 57. Religion
    • 58. Politics
    • 59. Thoughts? Questions?
    • 60. Break Please complete and Eval
    • 61. Session 2: Organizational Dynamics
    • 62. Part 1: A Little Systems Theory
    • 63. Responsibility Authority Power Influence
    • 64. The Purpose Driven Social System
    • 65. Chaos Theory Point Attractors Cyclic Attractors Strange Attractors
    • 66. What can we conclude from this?
    • 67. Life is like high school
    • 68. Part 2: Who’s Got An Agenda?
    • 69. Who’s Got An Agenda? Everybody’s got an agenda!
    • 70. Your CEO’s Agenda
    • 71. Economics In One Slide Profit = Revenue - Costs We live in a growth economy.
    • 72. “ I need to grow the company”
    • 73. Your CIO’s Agenda
    • 74. Is the CIO a technologist who understands the business? or a business person who understands technology?
    • 75. “ I need to add value to the business”
    • 76. Your Director’s Agenda
    • 77. “ I need to get the right people working on the right projects”
    • 78. Your Manager’s Agenda
    • 79. “ I need to make sure everyone is happy”
    • 80. Your Coworkers’ Agenda
    • 81. “ We want to work with great people who carry their own weight”
    • 82. Your Agenda
    • 83. “ I need to choose technologies with a future”
    • 84. “ I need to focus on adding business value and project success – not necessarily efficiency”
    • 85. Part 3: Strategies for Success
    • 86. Dress +1
    • 87. Plug into your company’s information pipeline
    • 88. Seek out a mentor
    • 89. Have a best friend at work
    • 90. Evangelize
    • 91. Build an network of like-minded people
    • 92. Build coalitions
    • 93. Learn to the right way to gripe
    • 94. Keep an eye on the sharks
    • 95. Be prepared to have the “hard” conversations
    • 96. Always maintain your composure
    • 97. Master the formal political tools Compromise (win-win) Arbitration Escalation
    • 98. Know your boundaries and limitations
    • 99. Never burn a bridge
    • 100. Be a positive force
    • 101. Don't ever let the bozo's grind you down.
    • 102. References Systems Thinking – Gharajedaghi What the CEO Want’s You To Know – Charan CIO Wisdom – Lane, et. al. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Covey How to Win Friends & Influence People – Carnegie Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Cialdini Introducing Neuro-Linguistic Programming – O’Conner & Seymour
    • 103. © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and other product names are or may be registered trademarks and/or trademarks in the U.S. and/or other countries. The information herein is for informational purposes only and represents the current view of Microsoft Corporation as of the date of this presentation. Because Microsoft must respond to changing market conditions, it should not be interpreted to be a commitment on the part of Microsoft, and Microsoft cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information provided after the date of this presentation. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, AS TO THE INFORMATION IN THIS PRESENTATION.

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