In July 2014, I was awarded one of the first Performance Appreciation Coins from The National Center Telehealth Health and Technology. This award comes from a success I had architecting a SDLC specific six phase gate project management system for the enterprise. This was a crunch deadline where I had to get agreement between six different departments. Oh, and another thing, I only have six weeks to have it completed, documented and approved by the senior leadership of the organization.
I have a list of things that I found most beneficial in successfully delivering this need.
1) MICROSOFT POWERPOINT SKILLS
Back in 2011, my PowerPoint skills were basic. In 2013, I decided to invest some time and effort on improving them. This project definitely benefit from that decision. The ability to create a quality slide deck with a well thought out presentation can work wonders. I don't care about the negative things people say about PowerPoint presentations. If they are done right, they can be critical to your presentation skills.
2) MICROSOFT VISIO SKILLS
These skills were nonexistent as late as spring of 2013. I had taken a business analysis class that consisted of three 10 week sessions. Each session was over 3 hours long and one of these sessions was dedicated to modeling. However, that really didn't do much more than introduce me to the concept of business analysis modeling. I have to thank Lynda.com and the internet in general getting my skills up to speed.
3) POLISHED PRESENTATION, ITERATE & ITERATE
aving the "triple threat" of models, slides and presentation go a long way. However, if you get the chance to iterate the three before your big presentation, take that opportunity by the horns! I was lucking an the six different divisions gave me a chance to present & refine the models, deck and presentation multiple times before it had to go to senior leadership.
©2015 Dwayne Wright