November 22, 2009

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Weekly review: Week ending November 22, 2009

From last week’s plans:


  • Facilitate Innovation Discovery workshop in Boston
  • Facilitate tech prep call for training community
  • Support call #1 for training community Not available during that time
  • Update wiki links
  • Interview Jason Wild about working with the C-suite Client call conflict, will reschedule
  • Finish virtual presentation series


  • Finish bathrobe
  • Tidy up around house
  • Bake another pie  (Apple pie, mm)
  • Chat with Clair
  • Also: made a bathrobe for W-, raked leaves


  • Send paperwork for permanent residency request
  • Summarize time tracking insights
  • Experiment with ways to make travel less stressful. Build in more downtime. =)

Plans for next week:


  • Catch up on deferred work
  • Interview Jason Wild
  • Present “Remote Presentations That Rock” at IBM women’s leadership program
  • Double-check calendar (including speaking engagements)


  • Take more pictures
  • Tidy up around house


  • Work on writing backlog
  • Review editors’ feedback
  • Bake another pie
  • Cut pieces for a coat

Thinking about my personal learning environment

I was thinking about what I learn and how I learn it.

  Experience Blogs Books Communities Mentors Classes
Life High Medium Medium Medium Medium  
Web 2.0 Medium High High High Medium  
Presentation High Medium High Medium Medium  
Drupal High Low   Medium    
Emacs High Low   Medium    
Organizational knowledge Medium Medium   High High  
Drawing High Low Medium      
Personal finance Medium Medium Medium      
Productivity High High High      
Sewing High Low Medium     Low
Leadership Low Medium High   Medium  
Delegation Medium          

Looking at this, I can see that I’m really not keen on sitting in classes (especially for things I’ve mostly taught myself off the Internet). I learn the most from getting in there and playing around with things. I read a lot about Web 2.0, presentation skills, personal finance, productivity, drawing, and leadership, but I haven’t found many good blogs or resources for delegation. When it comes to technical topics like Drupal or Emacs, I learn the most by getting into the source code and by helping the community solve problems. I mostly turn to mentors for help in navigating IBM and understanding the organization, although we also talk about life, Web 2.0, and communication and leadership skills.

That made me think about what I primarily read about, what I talk to lots of people about, and what I talk to specific mentors about.



That makes me think of things I might want to move to different parts of the Venn diagram, like productivity… Hmm.