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Here is a speech that I wrote as I had to give a powerpoint presentation for work about my current position, the things I do, and my goals.


Hello, my name is Natalie Fisher and in my current rotation I support Corporate Business Systems. My role includes the following:

Under Project Management (gestures to powerpoint slide) I have worked on the Gillette.com site. Three major projects I've been working on comprise of the investors section, the career site, and the civic affairs site.

Under Investors it involved the re-architecture of the investor section which included scoping and developing, changing the old Investor Relations site to the vendors platform. I also worked on migrating the current platform to the new design of Gillette.com. The goal of this project was to enhance the content, correct navigational issues, and to follow best practices.

For the Careers section I worked with HR to globalize the career site. The first focus is on a small number of countries and the rest will be expanded to larger regions in the year of 2004. The goal of this project is to have Recruitsoft, which enables us to have a single and comprehensive platform for job searches to be applied globally. Right now Recruitsoft is only applied to North America.

The next section I worked on was for Civic Affairs. They wanted an on-line grant application created so that they would no longer receive or accept paper grant requests. I worked with an outside vendor for this as well. My role and title for all of these projects has been Jr. Project Manager. My job has to make sure that all tasks were completed on time and that everything was ready on all ends, the venfors, the business, and the technology ends.

(gesture to Powerpoint slide again)For Customer Management my job includes providing technical support to Corporate Communications and the Corporate Secretary's office. I do so by supporting various initiatives, which include,@#()*%)&, any new Product Launches, Interactive Communications, and Executive Projects. I also create and develop monthly HTML Gillette World Newsletters for Global Communications. I assist with the technical requirements for the Earnings release (which is why I am here at the butt crack of dawn *big sigh*), corporate webcasts, and business press releases. I also assist on the Executive Intranet Communications sites, I create documents for the CEO, and I support the branded press-room web-sites.

Along with providing technical support I also create and help manage various QuickPlaces which include one for @(*$!@)*$%, !@)(*%&!@()*%, !@()*!*()*%, #()*)$)!(*#, and !@#. I also work on some web-sites with HR that involve summary reports and open enrollment for benefits.

As for the skills I have acquired in this rotation from the Project Management Aspect I have learned techniques and tools to manage each stage of the project life cycle, how to work within organizational and cost constraints, understand how the goals tie directly to stakeholder needs and I have also learned the importance of quality in project management.

The technical skills I brought in to this rotation were enhanced by my using them, more so then me learning new ones as of yet. However, I will be taking a Perl programming class in Decembe, which I am looking forward to.

And finally, the soft skills I have learned have revolved around how to communicate with people who are on a different and higher level then me. I have also taken communication classes which have emphasized the need to encourage, empathize, and reminding to build strategic relationships as well as building self-esteem.

My goalrs are to become a well-rounded, versatile, IT professional that is able to incorporate how business and technology can be used to achieve our Company goals. It is imperative to really understand our business process and how we can use technology to enable our clients to achieve their goals. The projects that I have worked on these past few months as well as the developmental activities that I have participated in have given me a foundation for future rotational projects within Gillette.

*does a little bow* Thanks ;) Everyone was very impressed by my speech...haha...I was the most prepared one, I had index cards with my speech typed on it...haha... ;) What can I say? I can be a perfectionist at times.

*looks at time* 2 hours 13 minutes and counting.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 5th, 2003 09:45 am (UTC)
Learning Perl?
If you're learning Perl, may I suggest my book "Learning Perl"? A lot of people seem to be pretty happy with it.

-- Randal L. Schwartz, merlyn@stonehenge.com, http://www.stonehenge.com/merlyn/
Nov. 5th, 2003 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Learning Perl?
Well thanks, I most certainly will look into it.
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