Monthly Archives: November 2012

World AIDS Day: Fighting the AIDS Pandemic through Mobile Technology

In recognition of World AIDS Day tomorrow, Intel is dedicating this week’s 60 Second Insights videos to honoring the ways in which mobile technology has innovated and transformed healthcare, enabling awareness, prevention, and treatment for both critical illnesses and preventative … Read more >

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The use of technological resources for education: a new professional competency for teachers

Currently, the work of teachers has been characterized by the inclusion of technological resources to benefit the teaching and learning processes. Authors such as Perrenoud (1999) and Hargreaves (2005), dissert about the existing need for teachers to develop teaching strategies … Read more >

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Development of mathematical skills through technological tools

Nowadays, modernization processes around the world have pushed forward the use of technological resources (portable computers, interactive whiteboards, projectors, educational software, etc.) for the teaching of sciences (biology, physics, chemistry) and math. Although as a matter of fact no curricular … Read more >

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Collaborative work: a consolidation premise in 1:1 electronic learning environments

One of the skills known as XXI Century Skills[1] is collaborative work[2]. This skill, which implies harmonic cooperation towards a common goal, has in turn a close relationship with others that are also considered in this new skill curriculum: the … Read more >

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My Day: Growing in Gdansk

Guest blogger: Joanna from Intel’s Internal Employee Communications Team in EMEA

Photo credit: Sebastian from Intel’s Internal Employee Communications Team in EMEA

Jacek has watched Intel’s R&D site in Gdańsk, Poland, grow right before his eyes. Compared with other Intel sites worldwide, Intel Poland has in the past been relatively little-known. But with almost 1,000 employees, Poland is now one of the biggest Intel sites in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.

As the leader of PC Client Services Engineering organization, Jacek’s job is to help build a stronger team by encouraging cross-site collaboration and knowledge sharing, and developing the people who work for him.

We followed Jacek for a day in his life in Gdańsk, shortly before he decided that he and his family will relocate to Folsom, where Jacek will join the IDGz Chipset and SoC Strategic Planning group.

8:10 a.m.—Jacek is up at 6:45 a.m, and at work 90 minutes later. This week, his team moved to the new “green” building in Gdańsk which features freshly painted offices, conference rooms and state- of-the-art labs.

8:20 a.m.—Time to go through emails on his new PC, a Toshiba Ultrabook. The site sponsor for the Gdansk Great Place to Work team, Jacek is a sought-after trainer and coach; he also coordinates and leads site level initiatives like Business Update Meetings and senior leader visits. He gets many emails on these subjects as well as those that related to his day job.

8:50 a.m.—Jacek shares his plans for a busy day with his administrative assistant.

9:00 a.m.—Jacek meets with the Engineers in a new lab. The labs in Gdańsk host development systems, computation intensive work, and test infrastructure.

This lab is not fully functioning yet, and the four discuss the issues that may arise if the rest of team’s equipment is not moved into the lab within two days. However, Jacek is pleased that it took only two days instead of four to move, reconfigure, and make dozens of high compute servers and 120 test platforms fully operational.

9:35 a.m.—Jacek believes that one key every team’s success is keeping team members motivated and eager to work. When Jacek is delivering employee personal results, he sees it as a chance to share his team’s vision and make sure each employee is aligned to it.

10:30 a.m.—Jacek’s group uses Agile methodology to drive their projects: a daily Scrum. This method enables the team to run software projects in a tight, iterative way. They stay close to customer needs, deliver value rapidly, and adapt quickly to new requirements.

Those who can’t attend in person call in. They discuss success in performance tuning; changing an approach to resolve a bottleneck; a new anti-theft service beta release; and final touches on some McAfee software.

11:30 a.m.—Jacek discuss with other members of the management about the best way to train contingent workers.

12:30 p.m.—Can’t run on an empty stomach: “I like to eat everything, especially in good company,” says Jacek. On the menu in the canteen today: spicy oriental soup, crispy American chicken slices, spaghetti Bolognese, mixed grilled vegetables, and cheesecake. Jacek meets one of the Principal Engineers, who is in charge of the technical leadership pipeline in Poland. They collaborate on a pressing problem: as a remote site, Gdańsk lacks many conventional opportunities to grow people, so they need to be creative to support employees.

1:30 p.m.— Jacek bumps into one of his employees, software application engineer. They talk about different possibilities to improve the automated build infrastructure used in all of the projects of PC Client Division. He is very enthusiastic: “It will be so much faster and will add a flexibility vector for our engineers. They will love it!”

2:00 p.m.— The Great Place To Work team is taking care of the social side of Intel life. Here they are debating about building a new soccer field for Intel Gdańsk employees. Jacek loves sports. He shares his ideas on organizing a competition with prizes for local Intel soccer teams. Jacek also manages large-scale volunteering programs and since Intel invests a lot of effort in protecting the environment, the GPTW team plans to have volunteers clean up some nearby forestland.

2:55 p.m.—Because the Gdańsk campus is growing, employees move among three buildings. How does he shift gears between very different kinds of meetings? “The thing I use to reset myself is picturing my wife when she is smiling. It’s amazing how fast you can reach a positive state of mind when doing that–it’s a very powerful technique.”

3:00 p.m.—Apart from his strong presentation and storytelling skills, Jacek also shares his knowledge and experience with others as a certified transition coach and trainer for “Strengthening Managers Skills.” This means he is helping new managers to transit from individual contributor to manager. He meets regularly with one of the employees, a Visual and Parallel Computing Group (VCG) software engineer, to go through his Transitional Coach program.

4:30 p.m.—Jacek leaves work, heading home to his family. Thursday is the only day when he manages to take off early. Jacek moves some of his meetings to a later time and is able to get home by 6-7 p.m. A few years ago, Jacek didn’t have many late meetings so maintaining work/life balance was easier. “Being an employee at a remote site and having a nine-hour time difference with the U.S. does have a price. The more responsible the job, the more you have to fit it to the U.S. working hours,” Jacek comments.

5:30 p.m.—Jacek, his wife Magdalena, and their three kids are big fans of water sports. They love to spend time together and often go swimming in the local pool. This is a great break in a busy day that will soon resume with more meetings.

9:00 p.m.—There are two more meetings before Jacek can finally call it a day. Nora, his loyal German Shepherd, always accompanies him. “No matter what you do, at the end of every day there are still piles of tasks that you haven’t managed to close. The most important thing for me is to check whether I did everything I could to make my family happy and my team successful. Whatever I have achieved at Intel is because of my family: the support I got from my beloved wife and the happiness I experience from taking part in my kids’ lives. With such a great foundation it is easy to put 100% of yourself in the job and succeed.”

 

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Women at SWE are Out of this World!

Note from the editor: Remember Lisa from a few weeks ago? She’s guest blogging for us again today on her SWE experience!

I can’t believe I first wrote to you a few weeks ago about SWE and here I am, post-SWE, still buzzing from all of the energy from the conference! I said it once, and I’ll say it again, SWE is THE conference to go to if you’re looking for career development, networking with really cool and smart people and for the latest and greatest in technology. I’m jazzed about next year in Baltimore, and you should be too! What’s getting me so excited? Well, let me share my SWE experience with you…

SWE Day 1 – Insights from the SWE Conference

What a tremendous day the first day was. The conference kicked off with an awesome keynote presentation from Dr. Ellen Ochoa, a physicist and astronaut at NASA. And I really do mean AWE-some. She shared photos and videos of her time on space shuttles and at the international space station. To witness science in action like that was truly amazing. Seeing collaboration on such a national—and international—scale; testing biology, physiology, and technology in space to understand how properties may work back on Earth; seeing images of our planet as the backdrop of photos of the space station—breathtaking. And where else but at an engineering conference do you hear someone talk about a sunrise, saying “it happens pretty quickly when you’re traveling at 5 miles per second”?!?!? (BTW, if you just had an instinct to see how fast that was in miles per hour…you might be an engineer.)  :-)

After the inspiring keynote, we broke off into workshop sessions. I had the opportunity to present, with my infectious colleague Renee Defeo, about Intel’s amazing Intel Education Service Corp program and the impact we had teaching computer literacy in remote parts of the world, exposing children to technology. We spoke about Intel’s commitment to education and how others can (re-)ignite their passion for community outreach in a corporate environment. We also heard other great “Lightening Sessions” from women at MWV, on process efficiency, and an instructor from Louisiana State University who highlighted her school’s innovative and progressive international engineering program where students spend 5 weeks exploring how engineering is done in a foreign country (Germany).

At lunch, some of us Intel-ers sat with Roz, from Dow. A phenomenal woman with a Masters in ChemE and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, she is the mother of 8 year old triplets. And she started graduate school AFTER she had her babies! Talk about an inspiration. We had a fabulous discussion about how moms and dads make family and work work. Whatever your solution—day care, part-time, stay-at-home parent, nanny, in-law help—we all agree it takes a village to get it done. Key takeaway: it’s okay to ask for and accept help. Do what it takes to make it work and still feel passionately inspired to remain a woman in technology!

My afternoon was just as busy and engaging. I chose to attend the session about how (and when and why) to say “No!”—something so many of us working professionals could use a lesson in. Fascinating to see data from both employees and managers saying it’s okay—in fact preferred—to say no when appropriate. Focus on what’s most important and succeed at that (rather than do a mediocre job at everything, and not bring your best to any of it). I also loved the idea of a “To Do” List…and a “Stop Doing” List. Focus on what brings the most value, and let other “opportunities” go.

After lunch, I moved into teacher mode again, presenting to 150+ women (and men) about Communicating Effectively in a Data-Driven Workplace. It was an amazing opportunity—I could just feel I was channeling my mentor Marne at one point. In fact, it was very empowering, sharing 15 years of Intel stories, bringing the best of what I’d learned from the influencers and experiences in my life, to help others learn and grow. One thing I love so much about this conference and engaging with others in the industry is seeing just how much we have in common. How various experiences transcend age, gender, degree, and corporate job focus. How people can relate to the concept, if not the specific circumstance.

Whether an electrical engineer designing chips in the semiconductor industry, a chemical engineer improving products at Kimberly-Clark, a mechanical engineer designing tires for Goodyear, or a physicist reaching new heights (literally!) at NASA, the concepts of integrity, hard work, effective communication, focused feedback, and re-igniting your passion impact us all. And thanks to Day 1, we’re all better equipped to go out and make a substantial difference at our companies and our communities.

Favorite Quotes from Day 1:

“We were traveling 17,500 miles per hour.” – Dr. Ellen Ochoa

“Yeah, she’s pretty much a bad ass.” – Senior Intel Engineering Manager, referring to astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa

“Oh, great! She’s texting me in Japanese! I wonder if there’s a translator on this thing.” – Speaker, Engineering and Commodity Manager at Intel

“I was like ‘Daaaaad! Just help me find the answer. I want to go outside and play!” – Akron, OH Mechanical Engineering student, lovingly sharing a story about her dad helping her with her homework as a kid

“Saying ‘No’ is a bit like getting your legs waxed. It feels very uncomfortable for a short period of time, but the long-term is really worth it.” – (Referenced in a presentation) Heather McGregor, Author

“Who says you can’t be five feet and model? I do it all day long…in Excel!” – Industrial Engineering Graduate

Key Takeaways / Things to Remember on Day 1:

[On Stress] Differentiate between beneficial challenges and unnecessary stress. Make a “Stop Doing” List.

[On Giving and Receiving Feedback] Listen! Listen! Listen! / Seek first to understand. / Assume positive intent.

[On Developing Yourself and Your Teams] Leveraging your strengths leads to higher engagement which leads to passion. And that leads to great results.

[On Communicating] Have confidence in yourself, your knowledge, and your data / Questions show a sign of interest, not disagreement.

[On Fueling Passion] To love what you do and know that it matters…. How could anything be more fun?

 

SWE Day 2 – More Insights from the SWE Conference

I started Day 2 attending the plenary (which I’ve discovered is a fancy word for “panel discussion”) titled “Women Leaders in Emerging Technologies.” There I heard from tremendous senior women leaders including McAfee’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Endpoint Security, Candace Worley. Candace spoke about needing a corporate culture where taking risks is accepted, and how her aspiration is for her team to challenge her. Hearing direct, open, and honest engagement from senior leaders was very inspiring. Not only did it help from a career development perspective, gaining insight, it tore down that perception of senior leaders as untouchable and far removed from a new hire or mid-career person’s day-to-day experiences. The approachable and seasoned panelists made recommendations about navigating in the real world and determining when it was time for a change. They gave advice like “do pilots,” which tend to be non-threatening even to those most deeply entrenched in their ways; focus on the skills that transcend technical experience, like accountability, authenticity, innovation, and caring; and be resilient—remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Hearing first-hand, personal accounts (including shortcomings & mis-steps) from senior leaders who’ve been through the ranks in corporate America was simultaneously inspiring, humbling, and very empowering.

Later that day, I attended a class about white men as full diversity partners exploring one large engineering company’s efforts to build a culture of full inclusion that supports and retains talented women. I was impressed by how they started the dialogue from the male’s perspective. One leader spoke about how he initially thought women would come talk to him and tell him what he was doing wrong, then he realized he was the one who needed to change, seeing the environment through other people’s eyes. The men and women on the panel talked about the importance of seeing the unseen, recognizing blind spots, and taking advantage of moments when we DO see gaps, to do something about them. It reinforced for me that everyone is constantly growing and developing, we all have opportunities to learn and grow, and creating a culture of inclusion for all people is an on-going, iterative process. One panelist asserted: “We don’t have to get it right. We just have to make it better.”

Lunchtime took me to the career fair where I was fabulously inspired by Intel’s booth and the people there. Front center was the Intel booth showcasing our tremendous leadership in technology and the passion we have for innovation. Recruiters were talking to students and professionals alike, answering questions about our company, our products, and opportunities to be a technical professional at Intel Corporation. A 15 year veteran, I myself learned something new from the fabulous Intel staff. Katie from AZ informed me about the many Intel fabs at locations around the world and how you can determine the location by last digit of the number of the fab (ends in a 2—Arizona; ends in a 4—Ireland; ends in an 8—Israel (usually, anyway…), and Fab 11x is in New Mexico).

Whether you’re a robotics aficionado excited to share your knowledge about sync packets, a process engineer with in-depth experience on Intel fabs, an electrical-engineer-now-biz-ops-manager who loves to teach and inspire new generations to find their passion, or a senior VP leading the way on endpoint security, there are so many ways to be an engineer. And all of these opportunities are available and encouraged both in the industry and at our amazing company. I couldn’t be prouder to be a technical female at Intel.

Speaking of women at Intel, day 2 wrapped up with an awards banquet honoring four phenomenal Intel females—all recipients of SWE’s Emerging Leader Award. Sincerest congratulations go out to Deborah, Divya, Kimberly, and Suzi for your tremendous accomplishments. You inspire us all.

Day 2 Quotes

“At the point where you’re comfortable, you’re likely not growing.” – Candace Worley, Senior VP & GM of Endpoint Security, McAfee

“I don’t control the perceptions others have. But I do control what I do and what I say to influence getting them to the awareness I truly believe is reality.” – “Women Leaders in Emerging Technologies” panelist

“The day we’re not paying attention is the day we fail our customers.” – Candace Worley, Senior VP & GM of Endpoint Security, McAfee

“Often when I see a surprise, I’ve bumped into an assumption I didn’t know I had.” – Moderator, “White Males as Full Diversity Partners” session

Key Takeaways / Things to Remember on Day 2:

[On Professional Growth] Reach out beyond your functional team.  Leverage the skills of others. Take risks.

[On Engaging Students in Science] Leverage resources at www.familyengineering.org for parent-child activities for K-5 students.  / Older students gravitate toward college students because they connect the dots on how doing science activities applies to a job one day.

[On Progressing to Goals] We measure what we treasure.

For those who didn’t have the opportunity to experience these amazing courses, events, and ceremonies in person, check out SWE’s website for more information. Mark your calendars for WE’13 in Baltimore, Oct. 24-26, 2013. And, in the interim, get engaged with your local SWE chapter. Opportunities abound all around us to get engaged, ask questions, and support phenomenal career- and personal growth for women in technology.

In the words of Intel co-founder Robert Noyce: “Go off and do something wonderful.” SWE was that wonderful for me, and it could be for you too!

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Calling Gordon Gekko – The Constant Evolution of the Mobile Form Factor

When mobile devices first emerged in the mid to late-20th century with portable computers and phones, they often weighed between 25-65 lbs. and went largely unused by consumers.     It wasn’t until the mid-1980’s and early 90’s that we began … Read more >

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Thank You Veterans – You Make Us Stronger

Our CEO, Paul Otellini, often has open forums where he’ll give us a business update and open it up to Q&A. His open forums change sites so different employees get a chance to attend, while the rest of the company can tune in via a webcast. Last Monday was different though. Last Monday Paul met with employees, but there was no business update and there was no Q&A. Instead there was sincere gratitude, recognition and 1:1 conversations with employees and a guest (if they brought one) about anything from work to family to football! (One attendee, Brian, said he got to talk to Paul about football and he kidded him about his Steelers lanyard!)

This special group of employees I’m talking about is Intel employees who are U.S. military veterans. Paul held a special meeting with 50 of the 3,000+ employees at Intel who are U.S. military veterans, and a guest of theirs, to thank them for their service to the country and to Intel. Paul presented this group with a “challenge coin,” a memento that reflects a U.S. military tradition meant to boost morale, recognize service and accomplishments. The Intel challenge coin reads, “Intel Military Veterans—You Make Us Stronger.”

Jeanne was among the vets who met with Paul. Her reaction to the event? “We arrived about 15 minutes before the CEO, and the feeling was of anticipation. The room was beautiful and there was just a lot of camaraderie between everyone. Seven flags representing [the state, the country and] all branches of our Military were there. It was exciting to see people you have known for years but didn’t know they were military and now we’re coming together in this way too.” Jeanne shared how much she wished one of her fellow Intel colleagues and friend, Carlton, also of Arizona, could have attended. He is one of 8 U.S. employees currently taking leave from work to actively serve our country.

This event was just one of the ways that the company wanted to show our appreciation for veterans. It was also our way to show our support to our veterans and to hire people who exemplify Intel Values—and we’ve found that the same values that exemplify America’s military make veterans an ideal fit for Intel. In the words of our HR VP, Ardine Williams, a veteran herself after serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, “This Veteran’s Day, we say thank you for what you have done for our country and what you do for our company and our communities.

Transitioning from military life to civilian life is no easy feat, but according to several Intel military veterans, Intel made it easy. After graduating college, Jeanne served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years on active duty before joining Intel 16 years ago. “The values are so similar you can slide into Intel and it’s a pretty easy transition because those leadership and results orientation skills just help that along. I’ve been proud to serve for both [Air Force and Intel], and this event connected those two careers for me in a way that felt like being at home with family.

Brian joined Intel 11 days after his decision to take retirement from the Air Force last September. “The transition wasn’t a big adjustment—I was used to doing what I’d been doing for the last 22 years in the Air Force, and Intel wasn’t so different, we’re just troubleshooting electronics on a different scale. And what I like is at Intel I have more freedom to be creative and make things better.

For those of you who are going to be making the transition, we know how overwhelming it can be. Brian shared, “If you’re retiring or separating from the Military, it can be overwhelming. You feel like you are out there shaking the bushes to find out what’s available to you and you’re on your own. So when a corporation is out there wanting to come and get you and bring you and your skills on board, that sticks out as meaningful to me.” If you’re a veteran, or know a veteran, who is looking to make the transition and searching for a job, learn more about Intel’s military hiring initiative to see if we have an opportunity for you. And if you’re making the transition and looking for some help, John, a Navy veteran with 18 years at Intel, wrote a great blog post on transitioning and gives advice on finding the right job and planning for transition.

While Paul can’t reach every veteran personally, a challenge coin will be given to all U.S. employees who currently serve or have ever served in the military. His parting words? “This is the nicest thing I’ve been able to do in a while. Thank you!”

Thank you to all of our veterans and your families for your sacrifice, service, and commitment!

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