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2016: Why I stopped writing APM Blogs and then Started Again: Part 1

By Hallett German posted 12-18-2016 10:40 AM

  

 

Introduction

The first half of this year I was writing at a fast pace:

- 14 Blogs
- 7 Tech Tips (One a month as I have done since 2011).


Then I went silent for five months until now.

This was unnoticed apparently since there were no comments or emails to me asking why.


So what happened? 

 

 

In July, I was nominated to take a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course at a CA campus.

This was the first year that they allowed Support Engineers to attend.

 

From Wikipedia -- Lean Six Sigma "is a methodology that relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste."

 

To obtain the Green Belt, I had to


- Attend all five days of the INTENSE class
- Take and pass an in-class exam
- And complete a Lean Six Sigma Project in 6 months (By January 31 2016) including getting the participation of an executive sponsor.
- Still do my day job and keep my wits about me.

 

I will save for my next blog about the project itself.  I made a decision early on to go "all in" which meant long hours on nights and weekends.

 

It also meant giving up things temporarily that I love doing like publishing APM blogs and Tech Tips.

 

So until the project was completed, I stopped writing articles in my favorite Community. Happily, the project got completed (in 5 months with an option to go on for one more month.) So now that I have all this free time ,  I will resume writing again.

 

And there is a lot to write about with all of the changes and opportunities with APM. I hope that you "watch this space" and read them when published.

 

Thank you for all of the support and kind words throughout the years.

 

Happy Holidays and may 2017 fulfill all of your wildest dreams!!!

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01-09-2017 09:21 AM

Nice one Hal

We actually noticed the missing blog/KB's!!!

12-19-2016 09:57 AM

Thanks Billy for your response and very helpful and insightful responses on Community posts.Good to see you sharing your experiences and helping others  Much appreciated, This is a great community where we hope all will feel comfortable in asking questions and sharing their knowledge. I expect only better things for 2017! 

12-19-2016 09:48 AM

Hal,

 

Your blog and tech tips have been very valued with the insightful and trusted information contained within them.

 

For me at least, it wasn't that I was worried that new content was not present, since I heard your name during several of my support cases, I knew you were around.

 

Very glad that you are now a Six-Sigma green belt.

 

Billy

12-18-2016 11:21 AM

Glad you will be back writing blogs for us, Hal !!  I appreciate the time it takes to write and then edit and then edit some more  - before deciding to publish a piece for the world to see.  It takes time, focus and commitment.