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It was only kinda sorta official before, but now there’s a press release and a case study and everything. So I can finally talk about what I’ve been doing for the past year or so. Nope, it’s not a good excuse for dropping out of all my non-work activities, but it’s Very Shiny.
We built a behind-the-firewall Second Life Grid for IBM. (As that article said, it jumped the gun– I sure couldn’t talk about it!) I had the privilege of being the Project Manager for what turned into an amazing interdisciplinary intercompany effort– Lindens are awesome, and it’s great to be one and help with things like this. Years of experience working on challenging rollout projects with multiple vendors didn’t hurt either. 😉

Now we’re in the sweet triumph phase of the project. It’s time to take that deep breath and let it out with a happy sigh. “Ahhhhh.” … and then get back to work on the current thing that I can’t tell you about either. I’m trying for better work-life balance this time around!

OK, maybe Twitter, Facebook, and blogging are not what we call “better work-life balance” outside of Silicon Valley, but since here is where I am, well, see you online!


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Over the past 6 years I’ve taught literally hundreds of sysadmins, network admins, and other IT professionals the fundamentals of a streamlined project management process that I call “Practical Project Management”. For the past 3 years, I’ve also taught “Project Troubleshooting”. All this time, the folks in the classes have said, “This is really great. You should put all this into a book!”

I’m very pleased to announce that, in partnership with the excellent folks at NoStarch Press, that’s exactly what is happening. We’ll be substantially expanding the material I’ve been teaching, as well as adding material on enhancements such as web-based PM tools and so-called “agile” and “lean” methodologies– which, oddly enough, bear a strong resemblance to what we already do! We’ll also be incorporating some of the great feedback I’ve gotten from my tutorial students over the years.

I’ll be putting out a call to senior colleagues early in the coming year for peer review of some of the chapters and topics. If you’re interested, please drop me a note. [Please include a brief CV or resume, if we’re not already well-acquainted.]

In the meantime, you can pick up a copy of TPOSANA for light reading over the holiday break!

The Practice of System and Network Administration, 2nd Edition (Limoncelli, Hogan, Chalup)

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