Part 2: Networking

I was also able to attend the British Computer Society’s North London branch’s other recent event. The Learning Tree International offices were host to ‘ITIL Deliver – Can You Manage IT?’ My experiences with Learning Tree were very limited. They sent me a lot of brochures about their training courses, which was annoying until I moved to France. Ex-colleagues may still receive catalogues addressed towards me. They kept coming, even though I marked them’moved away or unwanted mail’. I didn’t want to give my information to Learning Tree employees, even if it meant that I could win a bottle champagne.
I arrived at the venue too early and only a few people were there. It was difficult to have small talk. The choices were tea, coffee and orange juice. There were also some family selection biscuits. They did have wine, but I thought it was too calorie-dense. I could have a bourbon, my childhood biscuit, even though there was no wine.
It was good that I had a book with me. That’s all I have to say. People didn’t mix, and there weren’t many people to meet with. It’s much harder to strike up a spontaneous conversation with a fifty year old man who looks like someone who’s been in the server room all day than it is with a woman of any age who smiles in self-deprecating ways that say ‘Networking? Yes, I hate it too.
Thirty-two pages later, Man and Wife was over and the speakers began. I won’t go into the introductions. It’s enough to say that Learning Tree and the speakers didn’t do Learning Tree any favors by repeating the exact same information over and over again.
Kevin Sullivan, a Learning Tree instructor who also wrote one of their courses, gave a presentation on ITIL. Kevin does not work full-time for Learning Tree. He also has another job, but I forgot it to record it. ITIL or management consultancy? He was engaging and informative and answered all my questions about ITIL. In case you are struggling too, I will write a post about what I know about ITIL. You might find me at another networking event, and you might think I know what I am talking about. ITIL stands for IT Infrastructure Library. It’s a best-practice framework for managing your IT infrastructure.
It has nothing to do, then. It’s odd that ITIL is mentioned in the same sentence with project management. It’s possible that the people I talk to don’t know what ITIL is. It’s not a project management method, and it’s certainly not something I would expect a PM should be qualified in.
Before I get sucked up by ITIL professionals (and there are 750,000 ITIL-qualified individuals), let me say that I see value in IT project managers having at the very least a basic understanding of ITIL. It’s not worth delivering a project that isn’t feasible. Every project we implement must be managed by someone after our departure.
Instead of learning it all by yourself, I recommend that you hire an IT service person to join your team. Why not have a dog? Don’t try to do it all yourself, bring in the experts.
Dave Bartholomew (second speaker) also has a day job which I forgot to record. I did make a note of his Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence. His dog is also part of an agility team. You can see, I do remember all the interesting details.
Dave spoke on project management for non project managers. The six to seven project managers in attendance were not surprised by most of what he said. These were his five top tips:
You need to understand the importance of time, cost, and quality and what you can do when your project is under stress.
Create a work breakdown

Author: Victoria