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Performance test results for scalability of Rational System Architect 11.4, by Kevin P Calandrella and Ryan R. Schmitz
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Please join us today at 10am EDT for the first in our 2011 Jazz Open Mic Series:
What's New in Rational Team Concert and Jazz 3.0, with Kartik Kanakasabesan, Manager, Jazz Jumpstart
To help you take full advantage of your software, the Rational Support Technical Exchange hosts Open Mic conference calls and webcasts where technical experts share their knowledge and answer your questions on specific technical topics. Visit this page often for notices of upcoming events. Events will be recorded for those not able to attend live events.
Hope to see you there!
Rational Support Technical Exchange Open Mics & Webcasts
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You may have noticed that IBM Rational recently launched a space within LinkedIn. Our goal is to ensure that anyone looking for an official IBM Rational space within the LinkedIn community will be able to find one; a way to make ourselves more available to you all!
Our efforts within the LinkedIn community, however, won't be focused wholly or specifically on just this new community. The nature of LinkedIn lends itself to be more effective when people from organizations are participating in conversations across LinkedIn groups; not specifically or solely in the Rational Software space.
And since everyone loves action items: we're encouraging you to do two things...
As clients, IBMers, and business partners, we all have specific expertise and focus to provide to the Rational Software LinkedIn group, as well as all the other groups in the space. Using LinkedIn is a benefit to us all through knowledge sharing in the places where you play!
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On Wednesday, we launched a short three question survey about our social business channels, which will remain open until the end of March. We'd really love it if you took a few moments to answer at least two of the questions and help us gauge our efforts. And, if you feel so inclined, there is a third free text question where you can give us your unfiltered thoughts and suggestions.
We really do value any and all feedback. This is another chance to really help drive our success in this space by ensuring YOU get value out of it. But without feedback, we have no way to tell if you are indeed seeing value, or which bits of content are providing you with the most value.
The link above will take you to the survey as hosted by SurveyMonkey... of course if you came to this blog directly, you've already seen the pop-up version of the survey (if it wasn't blocked by your browser settings). We'll also be Tweeting and Facebooking about the survey over the remainder of the month as well... so, as the political joke goes: Vote early, Vote often! And thank you for your support
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Just discovered this event coming soon to Waltham, MA, thanks to @ReleaseTEAMInc:
Unlocking DOORS, Waltham, MA, March 24, 2011
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Just a quick note to let you know that Release 8 of the IBM RFE Community was just deployed, with updates for over 150 features/defects since the last release.
A couple of the highlights of this release:
RFE Community, Release 8 - New Features
RFE Community FAQs
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UPDATED 3/9: We've added another open mic to the schedule: ClearCase Synchronizer on April 19. Please visit our Rational Support Technical Exchange Open Mics and Webcasts document for more information. (I also corrected a typo in the first sentence of this blog post.)
Good news! We have a great series of Rational Team Concert/Jazz Open Mics planned for this spring.
To help you take full advantage of your software, the Rational Support Technical Exchange hosts Open Mic conference calls and webcasts where technical experts share their knowledge and answer your questions on specific technical topics. Events will be recorded for those not able to attend live events.
Please visit our Rational Support Technical Exchange Open Mics and Webcasts document for more information, including dial-in and web conference info. Visit this page often for notices of upcoming events.
And as always, we'd love to hear from YOU. Have a suggestion for a future open mic? Got a Rational product and topic you would like to cover? Just leave a comment.
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... to do the same.
Problem: Ineffectual meetings. Meetings that take longer than they should. Too many meetings. Meetings that consistently sound like this five minute video... "The Conference Call" by David Grady.
But what about those meetings you HAVE to attend just in case something comes up, or to stay informed about developments and progress on projects or programs? Easy. That is what wikis, discussion forums, blogs, and RSS feeds are for; staying informed when it matters!
Collaboration does not mean scheduling a one hour meeting. Collaboration can be done at any time of the day, regardless of your colleagues' availability. Using internal wikis, blogs, and discussion forums, you can not only collaborate more effectively and have written record of your progress, but you can do so across time zones and geographic boundaries. Using RSS feeds, you can keep an eye on any updates from a single location across communities and functional groups.
(Ooooooh, here comes the work plug! In the interest of transparency, yes, I work for IBM, and yes IBM owns Lotus. That said, I honestly -do- think the tooling I am about to discuss is effective and worthwhile, and I don't say that about much!)
Using Lotus Connections, you can build communities to support collaboration and reduce the number of "essential" meetings you attend. Because Lotus Connections has wiki, blogging, discussion, bookmarks, file storage, and many other capabilities, the online collaboration can take place at your discretion. Priority management can now be more effectively accomplished as you no longer need to balance those silly meetings with getting actual work done. And because Connections is built with RSS features, you can set up your feeds in the tool of your choice to stay up to date with all the items YOU care about and participate on your own terms.
While I use Lotus Connections for a wealth of reasons in IBM, I find the most beneficial part of it all is the RSS capabilities. The RSS feeds I watch for the various communities I participate in allow me to quickly glance at updates and determine if the information is something I need to focus on now, if it can wait, or if I need to pay attention to it at all. Information triage, as it were, in milliseconds. This has truly been the single most effective tool to combat information overload I have used to date.
So, now that you've divested your self from those ineffectual meetings... are driving the meetings you do attend with a new vigor and granular focus based on specific agenda items posted to your wiki (and updated later with details of the discussions)... and are globally collaborating with colleagues across time zones, what more can you do to reduce meetings and influence people? The answer: Work on your meeting etiquette.
Here are a few tips I've picked up along the way... and I'll say right up front, I have broken every single one of these at one time or another, so don't think I am throwing stones in a glass house here:
But don't take my word for it all... check out "The 22 minute meeting" a six minute iGNiTe video presentation by Nicole Steinbok. Here's the link to the instructional poster too. Nicole makes some stellar points via some very amusing fashions.
I truly hope this has given you some good tips, tricks, or tools to use to make your day to day job more effective and efficient. If for nothing else, I hope it gave you pause to think about what you can do as an individual to help make sure your meetings are run as crisp and concisely as possible, with few distractions, clear goals, and shorter run times. After all, if you can make a small difference, imagine what we can accomplish if we ALL make those small differences....
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