ArcReady - Professional Patterns On The Job

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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 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.
  • ArcReady - Professional Patterns On The Job

    1. 1. Professional Patterns on the Job ArcReady
    2. 2. Agenda Session 1: Mastering the Soft Skills Break Session 2: Organizational Dynamics Drawing for prizes
    3. 3. Session 1: Mastering the Soft Skills
    4. 4. Part 1: Managing Your Career
    5. 6. At times, my career has been like this…
    6. 7. George Jetson
    7. 8. His ‘button pushing finger’
    8. 9. Rails are cool, unless that’s what your career rides on <ul><li>&quot;You are in charge of your career, your company is in charge of your job&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>@dmarsh </li></ul>
    9. 10. Learning… Problem Solving… Passion…
    10. 12. Manage your own career, iteratively Set Goals Be Introspective Set a Plan Execute Execute Iterate
    11. 13. <ul><li>change where you work </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>change where you work </li></ul>
    12. 14. Avoid Companies that focus on SAT interviews. Find a Company that tries to get to know YOU !
    13. 15. Manage Your Resume <ul><li>Don’t job hop </li></ul><ul><li>Less than two years is a problem </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready to take advantage of opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Have story for each job in your career </li></ul><ul><li>Update it every three to six months </li></ul>
    14. 16. Change creates opportunities
    15. 17. Part 2: Let’s Talk About the Humans
    16. 18. It’s all about people!
    17. 19. 0 : Starting lists with zero is geek-cool. It confuses humans though.
    18. 20. Humans don’t care about technology.
    19. 21. Communicate Like A Human This Takes Practice!
    20. 22. Perception is reality.
    21. 23. What’s in it for me?
    22. 24. Part 3: Skills for Success
    23. 25. No agenda, no attenda
    24. 26. If you’re not early… … you’re late!
    25. 27. Be prepared
    26. 28. Scrounging skills It!
    27. 29. Always be the dumbest person in the room
    28. 30. Say ‘I don’t know’
    29. 31. Body Language Matters
    30. 32. Be an Active Listener <ul><li>Don’t have distractions </li></ul><ul><li>Ask smart questions </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t multi-task in your head </li></ul><ul><ul><li>thinking about what you are going to say next </li></ul></ul>
    31. 33. Listen with two ears, talk with one mouth.
    32. 34. Take Notes
    33. 35. Use metaphors
    34. 36. … but never use bad language.
    35. 37. Learn how to read a room
    36. 38. Follow through!
    37. 39. Over communicate until they bleed!
    38. 40. Integrity & Honesty <ul><li>Always tell the truth, so you don't have to remember what you said to whom. </li></ul>
    39. 41. Integrity & Honesty <ul><li>Doing so ONCE will destroy the trust and credibility instantly. </li></ul>
    40. 42. Build trust, and focus on the relationship.
    41. 44. Creativity You need to practice to strengthen it.
    42. 45. Creativity Keep a record of your ideas.
    43. 46. Creativity Design a system you thought of, even though it won’t get built. Throw that out. And do it two more time.
    44. 47. Creativity Mix It up, read a book you normally wouldn’t.
    45. 48. Brain Storming <ul><li>Different Models Exist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Brain-on-the-wall </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Idea voting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Practice… </li></ul>
    46. 49. Always hold the door
    47. 50. Learn the art of small talk
    48. 51. Learn the art of public speaking
    49. 52. Every technology you know today will be worthless within five years.
    50. 53. Eat like a bird, and poop like an elephant.
    51. 54. Learn quickly, unlearn quicker
    52. 55. <ul><li>Sex </li></ul><ul><li>Politics </li></ul><ul><li>Religion </li></ul>
    53. 56. Sex
    54. 57. Religion
    55. 58. Politics
    56. 59. Thoughts? Questions?
    57. 60. Break Please complete and Eval
    58. 61. Session 2: Organizational Dynamics
    59. 62. Part 1: A Little Systems Theory
    60. 63. Responsibility Authority Power Influence
    61. 64. The Purpose Driven Social System
    62. 65. Chaos Theory Point Attractors Cyclic Attractors Strange Attractors
    63. 66. What can we conclude from this?
    64. 67. Life is like high school
    65. 68. Part 2: Who’s Got An Agenda?
    66. 69. Who’s Got An Agenda? Everybody’s got an agenda!
    67. 70. Your CEO’s Agenda
    68. 71. Economics In One Slide Profit = Revenue - Costs We live in a growth economy.
    69. 72. “ I need to grow the company”
    70. 73. Your CIO’s Agenda
    71. 74. Is the CIO a technologist who understands the business? or a business person who understands technology?
    72. 75. “ I need to add value to the business”
    73. 76. Your Director’s Agenda
    74. 77. “ I need to get the right people working on the right projects”
    75. 78. Your Manager’s Agenda
    76. 79. “ I need to make sure everyone is happy”
    77. 80. Your Coworkers’ Agenda
    78. 81. “ We want to work with great people who carry their own weight”
    79. 82. Your Agenda
    80. 83. “ I need to choose technologies with a future”
    81. 84. “ I need to focus on adding business value and project success – not necessarily efficiency”
    82. 85. Part 3: Strategies for Success
    83. 86. Dress +1
    84. 87. Plug into your company’s information pipeline
    85. 88. Seek out a mentor
    86. 89. Have a best friend at work
    87. 90. Evangelize
    88. 91. Build an network of like-minded people
    89. 92. Build coalitions
    90. 93. Learn to the right way to gripe
    91. 94. Keep an eye on the sharks
    92. 95. Be prepared to have the “hard” conversations
    93. 96. Always maintain your composure
    94. 97. Master the formal political tools Compromise (win-win) Arbitration Escalation
    95. 98. Know your boundaries and limitations
    96. 99. Never burn a bridge
    97. 100. Be a positive force
    98. 101. Don't ever let the bozo's grind you down.
    99. 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
    100. 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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