Saturday PMP Exam Preparation

Joni made pancakes with dark chocolate M&Ms for breakfast.

PMP study session number one involved a one hour countdown timer running on my Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE phone.

Lunch happened after a trip to Costco. Joni and I picked up some food from the Arharn Thai restaurant. The drunken noodles and curry were very good.

The Alabama vs. Arkansas football game was not very competitive.

PMP study session number two involved another countdown hour of reading and flash card work.

Dinner involved making nachos in preparation for the Stanford vs. USC football game. Hopefully, this game will be more competitive than the game this afternoon. It turned out that the game was extremely competitive. Stanford successfully defeated USC 21 to 14 and the students stormed the field. The student body knows that storming a football stadium gets people hurt.

Taking some more Stanford classes

In case you are wondering (and I am sure that you were), it looks like I will be taking some more Stanford classes in 2012 and 2013 through an educational assistance program at work. I was recently accepted to the Stanford University Stanford Strategic Decision and Risk Management program through the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

Stanford SDRM Letter

Early this year I earned the credential of Stanford Certified Project Manager. The Stanford University Center Professional Development staff members were pleasant and the program was very informative. Overall, the SEF or strategic execution framework that the program is based on can be easily applied within any modern organization.

Working on finishing my Mastering the Project Portfolio class

After a full day of work that started at 5:00 AM mountain time, I have decided to push forward with completing the test for my  Stanford Center for Professional Development “Mastering the Project Portfolio” class. Overall I would have to say that my experiences with Stanford University have been gomod. All of the course material has directly translated to things I am doing at work. Well finishing that class was not so bad. The new computer setup in the basement almost worked. For some reason that still remains a mystery the Windows 8 powered computer would not sync right. I had to grab my laptop and get it setup in the basement.

My third Stanford University class marathon weekend study session

Working late into the night can be very rewarding. Few people on the planet truly enjoy a good marathon writing or studying session. An even fewer number of people have the drive to sustain a single minded purpose long enough to drive a true marathon event. Strong intellectual performances can be incremental and follow a plan. Projects that involve strategy and planning will almost always trump spontaneous operational decisions. As part of the advanced project management program, I started working on completing my third class from Stanford University. Overall, the Stanford Center for Professional Development class “Managing without authority” has been enjoyable and thought-provoking. The wild card weekend NFL games are definitely a little distracting. Who would have predicted a Houston Texan wildcard matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals?

The move to streaming online content various subscription cable and satellite television services has hit the mainstream media. Check out this weekend’s Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article Cutting the Cord on Cable.

The company holiday party and my second Stanford University class

The weekend started off pretty well. I successfully finished my second Stanford University class and attended the company holiday party. The holiday party at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort was really enjoyable. I missed the company holiday party by one day last year. It is hard to believe that it has been an entire year since the last time I went through a new hire orientation. Every once in a while a degree of synchronicity occurs that allows a uniquely informative moment to occur. For me the Stanford University advanced project management courses have been completely germane. The courses have both validated and have informed my journey within the workplace. Overall, my second Stanford University Center for Professional Development class, “Leadership for Strategic Execution,” went very well. Joni allowed me complete autonomy on Saturday to read, watch online lectures, and take quizzes in the living room. I would like to take a moment to celebrate my Bose Quiet Comfort 2 acoustic noise canceling headphones. I have had my Bose QC2 headphones since 2005. They have held up surprisingly well over the years.