Updated: 5/31/2006; 10:30:05 PM.
Rebecca Schwoch's Radio Weblog

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A few of my tips made it into an article of a newsletter I read:


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Thursday, March 02, 2006

How many lessons do we really need to be taught that are things that we already know? 

I was looking through some ideas on ways to more effectively manage multiple projects.  In all actuality, there was NOTHING that I read that wasn't something that I knew.  I suppose that the idea is that we sometimes need reiterations of what we know as reminders and supporters. 

This applies to most training that I've done, as well as a lot of books I've read about other subjects from dieting to dating.  To lose weight, you must burn more calories in a day than you consume.  To date, you must be a beautiful bird (tee-hee).  To be organized at work, you must not goof off.  You can't allow constant interruptions.  You must set priorities.  You must be aware of loose ends and keep them hemmed.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

It seems that good quality control can be a really difficult thing to integrate at growing/smaller companies.

Where do you include it?

Who does it?

How much time do you allow for it?

Throughout my career, I've had several clients even volunteer to be part of a QA team.  The thought of it has always made me cringe, however, they are using the products the way that they're likely to use...rather than the folks at the respective companies using them how they were designed to be used.  There can be a big difference. But, mostly you hope that you have everything figured out before a client has a chance to find a bug/type-o/issue.

Currently working for a company that operates every project through a variety of silos, our development of a better QA process is bringing to light how differently the various silos use the data and work to create the end product.  As the PM, on the starting end, things can work beautifully for me that can really hurt someone later down the line if the QC that they need done is not completed.  Recognizing this we're developing a system that allows the group that gets the output from our initial product to QC it before it goes into the field.  Every single time this happens I'm amazed to see the things that come up.  Most of them would not have been big issuess (and, most of them are not NEW issues) but saving an hour or two on the end is increasing revenue for the company.

What we're still struggling with is the time to allow for it.  Since it's not a normal QA team, it really is ending up to be something they can get to quickly when they aren't overworked and it's slower when they are (and maybe not done at all).

I wonder if all small companies go through this issue of how to handle QA before they’re big enough to employee a person/team that just focuses on this aspect of the project and deliverable.

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Thanks to viewing one of my friends del.icio.us feeds, I found this great Project Management resource: http://www.columbia.edu/~jm2217/.  Love it.
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I read a great article today on training others to e-mail corretly

It would be interesting to know just how much time is wasted in a single day just because of poor habits. 

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Monday, February 13, 2006

This snow-storm was rated in the top 20 worst.  Seems odd, but I guess because a lot of people didn't have to drive and the roads were cleared so quickly.  I didn't clean off my car until this morning...I got out of the house yesterday, but I was walking.

I finished reading "the corrections" this weekend.  I liked it, but didn't think it was amazing.  It was interesting to see the contrast of perceptions of self and others and just how varying those can be.

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Friday, February 10, 2006

If you don't love panda's, you do not have a heart.


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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

I have no id or money with  me!  Doh!  Good thing I have yesterday's leftovers!
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

I haven't been as great lately at updating this blog.  I'll try harder.  Some random updates:

-My mom is looking to buy her first house.  If/when it happens, I will take a few days off to go to Arkansas to help with the packing and moving and unpacking and such.  She's an amazing hardworking lady! 

-In the past week I havent been as great about make-up or gym time. I am doing well with jewelry.  I think I gotta do something fun with my hair soon.

-Budgeting is becoming more and more important to me as I assess my current standing and that's causing some changes in my life.  More to come.

-I moved offices a few weeks ago and love the new space.

-I get to do hurrydating for free, so I will do that later this month.

-My Valentine's is going to be spent volunteering at a party for old people.  Seriously.  Okay, maybe we'll go out afterwards.

-I've been neater lately in all aspects of my life.   Which is important to me.

-A coworker said he was proud of me and it made me feel 5 (in a good way).  So then when the IT guy had to work on my laptop, I colored.  Yes, I keep crayons and a coloring book in my office.  The other option would've been to wander around and hinder other productivity; that's no good.  :)

-I'm excited that Tisha is going to teach Tyler to say Aunt Bec soon!

-I love my family.  Still.  And I don't think I'll ever get tired of singing voicemails from my mom.

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