Taking some Stanford Classes

Who thinks about career development strategies? Do people actively engage in long term career planning? Professional decision making can certainly involve utilizing career trajectory management strategies. I certainly like to think about how the future will unfold. As part of a broader career development strategy, I have decided to take a few classes from Stanford University.

Here are my answers to two of the application questions:

“Please summarize any project, program and/or portfolio management experience you have gained in previous positions, including experience as a project team member, project sponsor, or executive with project management oversight.”

With respect to summarizing one specific project I have worked on that exemplifies project/program management experience I think you will enjoy my example. My career highlight has to include the one major project that I have worked on for the better part of the last decade. I have severed as the primary project manager/sponsor for the Graduation with Civic Honors project since May 2002. The program has expanded to multiple states and is in the process of international expansion. The basic premise is fairly straightforward. I have argued that academic programs have a rich tradition of offering graduation with Honors and are capable of implementing Graduation with Civic Honors. The Graduation with Civic Honors program is the institutional recognition of civic engagement in the community during the graduation ceremony. Graduation is an incredibly important time and a major life event for most people. Recognizing individuals with Graduation with Civic Honors, helps focus the attention of a new generation on realizing the possibilities of practical programs increasing civic engagement through community involvement. Please review my answer to the first application question if you are interested in what specific skills I utilize on a daily basis.

Program References:

Carlsen, C. J., Lindahl, N., & Lindahl, S. (2004). “Civic Honors Program at Johnson County Community College.” Journal for Civic Commitment, 4th Issue, 1-9.

Lindahl, N. (2006). Graduation with Civic Honors: Unlock the power of community opportunity. New York: IUniverse, Inc.

“What do you hope to achieve through your participation through the Stanford Advanced Project Management Certificate Program?”

I hope to achieve a better understanding of what advanced project management can do for an organization and I hope to implement that knowledge on a daily basis. As a reflective practitioner interested in both business and civil society, I believe in lifelong learning and personal improvement through the pursuit of knowledge and the internalization of experiences. I would like to augment my current skillset by earning the Stanford Advanced Project Management from the Stanford Center for Professional Development. I believe the certificate program will help focus my previous public administration training from the University of Kansas MPA program related to improving efficiency, economy, and social equity. Professional project management is a powerful approach to taking ideas from the drawing board to practical implementation. I have a solid understanding of public administration, civil society, civic engagement, and knowledge management. I believe that expanding my project management knowledge base will help me leverage all of my skillsets to effectively management large operations side projects. Currently, I serve as a project manager for telephony and operations projects within larger company wide projects I serve as a business analyst type resource. The advanced project manager certificate program will help me strengthen the Graduation with Civic Honors project and improve my capacity to manage corporate projects.

Book Writing Mode

I just finished specking out eight chapters of content with subsections. Over the course of the next few days/weeks, I will be writing a series of essays based on the chapters/subsections. The moral of the story involves a long awaited return to book writing mode.

Salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre Revised Recipe Update

Salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre Revised Recipe Update

Test kitchen recipe update v8.02

The current test kitchen version of the salsa includes:

12 scotch bonnet habanero peppers,
30 serrano peppers,
67 jalapeno peppers,
16 bell peppers,
6 poblano peppers, and
8 Anaheim peppers.

Other than the wide variety of peppers:

2 whole onions,
9 garlic cloves,
2 tablespoons sea salt,
3 bunches worth of finely chopped cilantro,
2 1/2 cups of distilled vinegar, and
204 ounces of peeled whole tomatoes (without juice).

This recipe yielded about 13 quarts of glorious salsa.

Basic Salsa Preparation Instructions

1. Make sure you have all of the ingredients and about three hours of free time to complete the cooking process. This batch included the use of a food processor.

2. In multiple food processor batches combine the diced pepper mixture with a chopped up onion and the garlic in a large mixing bowl.

3. Use the food processor to process the peeled whole tomatoes and store them in a separate mixing bowl. In the tomato-mixing bowl, pour one cup of distilled vinegar, two tablespoons of salt, and about half a cup of finely chopped cilantro.

4. Bring all the ingredients for the salsa to a boil for about an hour or simmer the salsa for two hours.

5. Of course, the salsa has to be canned, refrigerated, and stored for about a day before it is ready for consumption. Some people do not boil the salsa and just can the salsa cold, but I have found that it never has exactly the right taste without proper boiling or simmering.

Serious Weekend Thinking

Maybe you guessed it from the title of this weblog post, but in case you missed the headline let me be exceptionally clear, “I have decided to devote parts of this three day weekend to thinking about life, the universe, and everything.”

In terms of intellectual development, I have decided to focus on taking a few additional classes online. If you wanted to sign up for the Stanford Engineering, “Online version of Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, taught by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig. The course runs from the 10th of October through the 18th of December, 2011. Enrollment will be open until the 9th of October,” then now would be the time to complete the registration. I completed the advanced registration option at http://www.ai-class.com/. Interestingly enough, a number of other classes are available online courtesy of the Stanford Engineering Everywhere project. I imagine the publicity of this massive online class will help Stanford University develop a large beachhead in the world of online education.

In terms of family activities, Joni and I went to the Happy Apple Farm located in Penrose, Colorado.

Joni and I also went to The Winery at Holy Cross Abby in Canyon City, Colorado.