Saturday, December 3, 2016

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Being "Learning Animals" or "Hungry Brains" Can Boost Your Career

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Learning ability can boost your career 

I read an article on by J.T. O'Donnell about one skill (I like to call it a trait) that could fast track your career in the next 10 years time. Currently, big companies observe that there is one specific important trait that successful employees have in common. Google and Ernst & Young call it "Learning Animals" skill and put this into criteria in recruiting new hires. People with "Learning Animals" or "Hungry Brains" skill constantly learn about new things. They are proactive in acquiring new knowledge and they have faster professional growth rate.

In a fast pace field like IT, I feel this skill is important to have. In technology, people can not acquire new knowledge today and expect this knowledge will keep them afloat in their career forever. Technology is a dynamic field. There is always new technology being developed everyday which makes the current technology obsolete in maybe three to five years time. That is why the IT certifications expire in three years in average and require you to renew or refresh with new ones. In order for you to be competitive in IT, you need to keep learning. For me, I aim for at least one certification or new skill every year.

There are few methods to upgrade your skills in IT:

1. Take course or certification exam in the field of your interest
This is one of the standard method in upgrading yourself in IT but this may be the most costly method of all.

2. Join the professional community, forum or interest group

3. Take online course in your spare time
Today online courses have emerged into one of the popular method of learning. You can get new knowledge with minimum cost, at your own place and most of the time, at your own pace. Some sites even offer online programs from prestigious school with certificate. What a deal!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

TS 15066 Technical Guideline on How Human Works with Robot

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I remember watching science fiction movie by Will Smith I, Robot on how artificial intelligence can think itself and plot harmful things to human beings. It's such a terrifying situation but I believe it could happen in the future, when robots are growing in numbers and smarter than us.

Apparently, the robotic industries are not taking this into serious matter to protect human's safety. I read this article from Tech Republic about new guideline TS15066 on how human can work together with the collaborative robots.


Friday, May 13, 2016

PMP Exam Tips

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Good news, I just passed my PMP exam few days ago! Yayy, my effort for the past 2 months was not wasted.

Before the exam:

I actually really read the whole PMBOK book. That's why I took 2 months to prepare for the exam. I didn't pressurize myself on memorizing the terms but instead trying to understand the concepts more.

I also watched some tutorial videos to help refresh my mind because I took the class many months ago and I was afraid I missed the important points. It's good if you can have refresher class too from your training provider.

I tried few mock tests too at the same time so I can familiarize myself with the question format.

Read the glossary. My friend gave me this tip and I think it's helpful.

During the exam:

1. Make sure you're well rested and your stomach is not empty.

2. Arrive at the testing center earlier
So you don't need to rush and be panic.

3. Keep pace with the timer
There are 200 multiple choice questions you need to do in 4 hours. That means averagely you need to do 50 questions in 1 hour. Always check your timer and keep pace with it once in a while.

4. Eliminate wrong answers so you can focus on correct answers

5. If you're not sure, mark the question to be reviewed later but make your best guess first

6. Read the question carefully
Some of the questions are quite lengthy and confusing. If you don't get it at the first time, re-read the question before answering.

7. Get a short break
Get a cup of water to refresh yourself a bit.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016

PMP Takeaway: Four types of PDM dependencies

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In PMP, Precedence Diagraming Method (PDM) is one of the popular tools and techniques to sequence activities (Project Time Management knowledge area, Planning domain). In PDM activities are represented by nodes and are graphically linked to other activities to show the sequences to be performed in the project.

There are 4 types of dependencies or logical relationships between predecessor and successor activities:

1. Finish to Start (FS)
2. Finish to Finish (FF)
3. Start to Start (SS)
4. Start to Finish (SF)

The four types can be confusing to differentiate. So, I use this keyword method:

When A ..., B to ...

So it becomes like this:

1. When A finish, B to start (FS)
2. When A finish, B to finish (FF)
3. When A start, B to start (SS)
4. When A start, B to finish (SF)

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