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Posts from the ‘Work Rants’ Category

MBA, PMP and Business Sense

I was hoping to join a PMP study group but decided against it after conferencing in on the most unorganized and unprofessional call/email thread managed by a local chapter of PMP professionals. Case in point, this cringe-worthy email received by a sender who holds a MBA and PMP certification. Pink font and flowers, thank goodness comic sans font wasn’t thrown in for good measure. Save your design sense for the foyer in your house, where the appropriateness of silk flowers will be more welcoming.

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Degradation in Advertising

Um, wtf? I got hit back to back with these iPad ads for Gain Laundry detergent and let me just outline the many shades of wrong that’s happening here:

– Cleaning products marketing towards women, stop.

– Shitacular packaging featuring rainbow swirls, sparkles, flowers, ugh…

– Associating cleaning products + dating , um… Can’t wait to “Get hooked/matched up with my eligible/dream scent”. Eligible scent?

– The smell of this campaign reeks of desperation from both advertiser and consumer. Come on folks, must be smarter than your dirty laundry to figure it out.

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How Much Petroleum Can We Exhaust?

Glad plastic garbage bags has teamed up with Amazon delivery services to offer you this convenient one click carbon footprint monstrosity. What a relief to know fossil fuel and plastics can be easily exhausted with one click.

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Microsoft Project 2010 Training | Certificate of Completion

I recently completed an online training course for Microsoft Project 2010, the course outline and video tutorials were informative and easy to follow. I recommend this course to anyone who is interested in brushing up on their MS Project knowledge and who wants to fully utilize program features/functionality  in order to accurately estimate and track projects.

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JWT Atlanta New Office Space

I settled in to my new office space at 3630 Peachtree this week. The building is amazing and includes a ton of amenities (more on those later). Here is a sampling of pics from the first day, there’s still some A/V work needed and the lounge/bar is not set up (fail, just kidding…) I intend on posting additional pics as things progress. On a separate note, I’ve taken up German language courses via audio CD’s for the commute home, hopefully my lesson can be shortened to 30min, just need to find the right time/route home. Until then das traffik ist scheisse…

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Project Management, Figure it Out.

Realizing the duration of the planning phase for this project was probably 1+yr, but six days to execute?? This is a great example of how careful planning, laying a proper foundation (literally and figuratively) and seamless collaboration can yield amazing results. A great visual showing project progress.

Microsoft Project Training Videos

Helpful site featuring basic Project overview/functionality.

The $39 Million Dollar Printer Error

The Federal Government recently printed One Billion (1,000,000,000) newly designed $100 Dollar Bills only to discover that one third (330,000,000) were subject to a paper/printer flaw in which the holographic features of the bill caused the paper to crease resulting in an area that had no ink coverage. Each bill costs .12¢/ea to print, according to my calculations the entire print run cost $120,000,000.00 with an error cost of $39,600,000.00.

How, after years of development, does an inexcusable error like this occur? I guess the Federal Government can afford to make these costly mistakes and pass the expense on to the US taxpayer? Can of worms, don’t want to go there.

A mistake of this magnitude is so astronomical it could erase dozens of senior-level careers in a single status call.

Image © Fast Company.

I won some art today!

As I mentioned before in my photographer showcase post, I receive many promo emails from photo reps and photographers and make it a point to open each. Today my inquisitiveness paid off. I won a framed print of this featured image from photographer Saverio Truglia

Contest Rules from Saverio’s email:
The 1st, 5th and 15th person to email me the artist name who recorded the subject line of this email (Rhythm is a Dancer), will receive a framed print of this image.

Naturally I responded with “Um, Snap of course. Duh. Best jam ever.”

Saverio responded with a winner notification message. I asked if he would sign the back of the frame, we’ll see. I can’t wait to receive the framed print, I’m already scoping hang spots in my house.

TYPO in Job Descriptors?!

If I see another job description with the word “Manager” spelled “Manger” I’m not going to be happy. Annoying to think qualifications would grazed by eyes not attentive enough to notice typos yet alone relative skill set. A running list will be documented here.

10/29/10
Digital Marketing/Project Manager | Wilmington, Delaware | TalentZoo.com
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• Detemine the impact of program changes (creative updates, script updates, etc.) Project Management

11/2/10
REQUIREMENTS:
•Experience with managing a high

Good to know I have job security, ’cause it’s a tough world out there…