I got the job!!!

Holy cow! I got the job!
Yesterday was the hottest day of the year – so far! (Make it stop! Please make it stop! I am melting!!)
What did I get to do? Drag my fat, lazy butt 25 miles north for my first true in-person interview since becoming unemployed earlier this year.
Uncool – literally!
I was dreading it! First, I don’t drive much and this place is quite a way away from where I live. Our 9 year-old car doesn’t even have 50K miles and the ‘baby’ car just hit 3K. (Man am I blessed!!)
Second, it is HOT! I hate heat! My ideal vacation is a cruise that includes a small boat ride to the glaciers! My theory is it is better to be cold than hot; you can always put on a sweater or bundle in a blanket, but there is a limit to how much can be removed.
Aware of my personal disposition to the situation, I went forward with the scheduled, re-scheduled, scheduled again interview and chose to make it into an adventure. This is the first time in this wonderful ‘sorry, lady, you are unemployed now.’ adventure that I have been asked to interview in person, so I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to practice my skills!
Well it truly is an opportunity and they want me! Yay!

Acronyms kill understanding

I am preparing for a long-awaited job interview. (yay!)
As part of my due diligence, I like to review relevant information.
I continued to trip over the same acronym, in various contexts. Think these webpages might cause issues?

Mobile-first verse Master-data

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Why is it so hard to get a Job Description?

I don’t get it. Every time I ask for a job description, I get pushback.
Seems to me if you have gone to all of the activity to get a position posting approved, you at some point created at least a bullet-point-list of what you want. Give me that.
In the absence of actual job descriptions, I will go with the following:

The Scrum Master’s job is to work with the Scrum Team and the organization to increase the transparency of the artifacts.

This work usually involves learning, convincing, and change.

Transparency doesn’t occur overnight, but is a path.

A bit bummed

When this week kicked off, I had a job interview scheduled for this afternoon. This opportunity was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I truly was looking forward to it. I like challenges.
Monday, phone call with the recruiter to go over a couple of items to help improve my success when meeting with these folks. Fortunately, the recruiter forwarded me the profile information for the individuals I was scheduled to meet.
Tuesday, I was out and about taking care of things. The recruiter calls my home phone, not once, but twice in a four hour period. They were smart enough to email me as well, as I am not so good at answering the telephone unless we have scheduled something.
Bottom line, they want to re-schedule the interview for next week. Fine, sure, whatever. I really am interested in doing this interview. We have re-scheduled. I think I might like this job.
Now there’s a qualified statement for you. How am I supposed to know? I have not been forwarded an explicit job description from anyone – not the recruiter nor the client.
The reason I want to do this interview is to be ‘there’. This is not a basic, back-office job with a major corporation doing business-as-usual production. They are new. They produce tangible products. They deal with mundane issues. They are exceeding and their growth curve is phenomenal!
The bulk of my career has been in software-as-a-service products. I haven’t done serious erp in almost 20 years. Supply chain for me meant meeting QoS guidelines. It would be fun apply those principles to actual, physical products. To have the opportunity to participate in the creative process from beginning to end!
Maybe what I need to do is continue developing the definition of what a scrum master does or could do within this company and share it with this particular recruiter?

Completely, unrelated sidebar – WP could you fix this incredibly ridiculous scrollbar experience, please.
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Capital One epic fail!

Change is inevitable. It is kind of like death and taxes. No matter how well planned and organized you might think something is, give it time, it will change. Today’s rant is brought to you by my latest disappointment in banking and life upheaval 101.

I am so disappointed in Capital One!
They bought my favorite banking institution a number of years ago, but it wasn’t until recently I actually started paying attention. [New goal in life: Be in a position where I can fire and forget a ‘stash’ account!]
This is a wee bit of a tale of woe. Years ago, I opened an account with ING Direct! This was ‘bleeding edge’ banking and I gave it a try, not to mention they were offering the highest rates of return for savings. I LOVED it. This was the BEST banking UI and experience I had ever encountered! It was better than my brick and mortar experiences, hands down! Mind you, this was all before the whole “Mobile First” approach and we back-office types were still trying to figure out how to plumb the system, not to mention how unsettling this completely virtual banking relationship seemed to many of us, BUT they offered a high-yield alternative to traditional banks.
The timing was opportune for ING Direct – they were already offering decent rates for minimal deposits. (Probably the incentive that got my attention…but we are talking about a decade ago…) I locked in a 5% rate on a traditional CD for as little as $1,000. Sure do wish I would have had more to risk!
The onboarding for ING Direct was old school. It was multi-factored authentication, but it required the end-user to jump through a few hoops. I actually liked it. I remember telling my fellow product designers about how ‘comfortable’ I felt every time I logged into that account.
Fast forward to today. A lot of time has passed. My cd matured. I rolled it over, but am not getting anywhere near as much interest! Capital One said they were going to make this new account the ‘best of both worlds‘ I am here to tell you they failed – epically! Dear heavens why did you have to make this so painful, to do the same things ING Direct was doing so successfully?

Magenta – fail

So sad. I was talking to a recruiter about some of the work I had done in my recent past.
One of our core initiatives was improving the tools used in the assisted channel. In English: If you talk to a sales associate or call customer care, you interact with someone. That is ‘being assisted’ and you have become a participant in the assisted channel process. Anything that happens now would be impacted by the tools and improvements to the user experience. (the “user” is the internal resource)

I am very proud of the work we did over the last few years, so I have no problem bragging about what was accomplished. My issue is trying to communicate it to wireless outsiders. In an effort to show the types of tools we worked on, I suggested the recruiter take a look at magenta’s website and do a coverage check.
EPIC FAIL TMO – screen shot below. So, so sad…..TMobileMaps_EpicFail

Rocking round the way…

Love me some Joe Walsh! They are inducting him into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame this summer! Wish I could go….

Alas, that is not in the cards, but I did my own version of rocking around the way over the weekend. I made more actual progress in my search for a meaningful next step in my career trajectory in a five minute geekdom conversation while with my son.

Interestingly enough, I was whining about Windows 10. I was given some really good pointers to try. I was way too paranoid to make changes to this system while on the road, but I put those suggestions to test as soon as I was comfortable. Holy cow! What a difference. That’s one of the reasons why I like rocking around the way!! Thank you!!!

I provided my analysis below, if you are interested.

My Windows 10 machine is a dog. Right before I left, I was trying to figure out how I could improve performance. Seems pretty easy to identify the root cause:

Bottleneck

My conclusion – the only way to speed up the performance on my system is to upgrade the hard drive to solid state. I was depressed. The cost to perform such an upgrade is prohibitive and I am unemployed!! Idea abandoned, but not forgotten.

Fast forward to an entirely interpersonal encounter that provided me the opportunity to whine about my need to upgrade my write speed. I was provided with 3 steps to try that would reduce the system overhead. (I was kicking myself for not thinking of that!)

Today, I applied those suggestions! Below are the results:

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I owe someone at least a steak dinner! Thank you!

The beauty of this interaction is that it was an entirely organic interpersonal learning. It is so refreshing!