So, the Quality Software Engineering brown bag session on blogging, scheduled for today with the ever-popular and scintillating Luis Suarez had to be postponed, when he came down with a virulent stomach bug. Get better soon, Luis!
It turned out to be fortuitous, because I was going to have to run out of a 4-hour management off-site to present, and this allowed me to stay for the whole thing, a mixed blessing to be sure, but my boss was grateful that I was able to spend the time on my “day job”. 🙂
Another invite showed up today – a talk to the greaterIBM organization on February 14 on a more general subject “Intro to Web 2.0”, a class I am planning on giving to the local community education group here in town as well.
I told Kevin that being on Valentine’s Day, I hoped that a bouquet of flowers would be headed my way, but I think the most I can hope for is a virtual bunch in Second Life.
Fair enough. 🙂
In my email today came a request to sit on a panel on corporate blogging at a conference in Milwaukee!
Hell, yes! Where do I sign? *happy dance*
But wait. Hmm. I certainly can’t pay for this trip out of my pocket. Would my day job be willing to fund the trip? Not very likely. Then who would?
I’ve started inquiries and we’ll see where it goes.
But, but, but … I wanna!!!
Ok, so it begins in Lexington, MA, where I am anyway.
Fact remains, I will be presenting my talk on “Blogging Internally @ IBM” at this week’s engineering bootcamp at IBM Rational in Lexington.
In case you’ve forgotten, this is an abstract of the talk, originally given Dec 18 for the Boston Knowledge Management Forum:
Blogging Internally @ IBM – Blogs are a fact of life today and a leading source of information and entertainment for an increasing number of people — as well as an opportunity to collaborate and share ideas. But blogs’ popularity and usefulness are, in large part, due to their authentic, personal nature. That’s why — contrary to what some headlines have said — IBM hasn’t so much “embraced blogs” as it is celebrating those IBMers who have. Because when they’re successful, IBM can be successful. IBM launched their internal blog engine, Blog Central, in December 2003. Internally, thousands of IBMers use an intranet-based blog tool to collaborate with colleagues in ways that were once locked inside e-mail inboxes and mailing lists. This talk will give you the perspective of an individual IBM blogger on the value and experience of blogging internally.
And so it begins ….
Got the following last night from one of the coordinators of the symposium where I spoke on Monday:
You really nailed it for the audience. Reviews were very high and we were so pleased to have found you … Best regards and thank you so much for your content and easy style of presentation. It was just fine.
I’m sooooo glad that it went over well. and that the audience appeared to enjoy it as much as I did.