Have you ever had moments where something feels to good to be true, and it just keeps you up at night? Well, I must say that my last rotation is keeping me up at night. I am still in the transition period of this rotation: meeting new faces, having my introductory 1:1’s, ramping up on project management methodologies, but at the same time diving into some Benchmarking Analysis for a project that I will be managing. I would love to share more about that project but it is top secret. What I can share is what I am learning about the process of leading a project. I never knew how much detail went into being a project manager. Every project here at Intel goes through a project life cycle. Some examples of the life cycle would be a pre-exploratory phase, exploratory, planning, development and then deployment. At each stage decisions can be made to cut the project. WOW, for me that has been eye-opening. I guess what I am trying to say is that I never knew that there was such detail and such measures that go into a project. So far I am in the Pre-explore phase. I have had to draft the why, where and benefits of this project in order to convince stakeholders to buy-in , as well as network in order to build a team with the right members that will help make the project a success. This is exciting and I am learning a lot! I am so glad I have been given this opportunity. Next month, I hope to be able to write about the next phases that I have been working on.
It hasn’t been all work though. Yes, I have been having some fun here at Intel too! While last month was a little slow for me, I cannot say the same for this month. I love that Intel has so many volunteer opportunities for employees. This month the volunteer event that I attended was a “Clean the Beach” event. The cool thing about this event was that even though our main focus was to clean up debris from the beach, we got to go to Cannon Beach (a great beach here in Oregon). I mean seriously, a day at the beach, helping the community and having it count towards our Intel Involved matching grant program, how could I not write about that?! It was great to meet new Intel faces, give back to the community, and support Intel’s volunteer mission.
At another Intel Great Place to Work event I was able to meet some of the team members of the Portland Trail Blazers. I was also able to bring my nephew to this event. My nephew had a great time. Although, he was a little nervous when he asked for the players autographs, he was glad that he got to meet them. There were lots of kid-friendly games there, and he got excited when he beat me at air hockey. I think it is so awesome that Intel has events where we can invite family members and are able to share with them these exciting events.
I also have some amazing events coming up in the next month or so that I cannot wait to share. I will be going to the Women at Intel Conference, the Learning Community of Practice Summit as well as volunteering at an Intel Campus Open House and at an event for the Network of Intel African American Group.
Whew!!! As a college graduate in the HR Pathways group, I have to admit that it has been exciting going through this program. I have a few more months left into this last rotation and then I move into my permanent role. I can honestly say that Intel has been a great place to work. I have learned a lot about the industry, the way that people collaborate and most importantly about myself.