Articles By Ken Metcalfe

Dealing with IT setbacks

After working through some challenging management problems, a staffer came to me and reported a setback to which I uttered “Rats, Bats and Alley Cats”. The stupefied employee retorted – “Say what?”  I

Published on: September 2nd, 2014 Ken Metcalfe

Why good interpersonal skills are essential in IT

Most professional résumés say the person has “good” interpersonal skills because companies for years list them as a requirement.  But what are they and why are they so critical to your professional IT

Published on: May 5th, 2014 Ken Metcalfe

Is your professional development stuck in a polar vortex?

Is your professional development stuck?  Then it's time to turn up the heat. Now’s the time to focus down hard and add to your professional arsenal.  The great news is today there are

Published on: March 4th, 2014 Ken Metcalfe

IT career planning – Time, Talent and Treasury

As the Christmas season ends along with another year, this seems to be a perfect time to refocus our Time, Talent and Treasury.  Thinking specifically of our IT professional career, with time slipping

Published on: January 14th, 2014 Ken Metcalfe

What does IT professional really mean?

IT professional. Nice title but what does it really mean?  A professional, according to Merriam-Webster, “relating to a job that requires special education, training, or skill”.  All three are required by IT professionals

Published on: November 4th, 2013 Ken Metcalfe

MOOCs – Massive Open On-line Courses

The Internet, that ubiquitous on‑line digital world, continues its disruptive innovation. The era of sheer content explosion and availability, while still continuing, now drives second and third derivative innovations through intelligent application and

Published on: September 4th, 2013 Ken Metcalfe