Thursday, June 07, 2012
The Great Pink Jelly Bean Contest!
Take a look at the two pictures of a jar on my desk filled with pink & blue jelly beans. How many jelly beans do you think it took to fill the jar?
Go on - take a guess! Or do some math and work it out, after all you have a side view and a top down view.
Post a comment right here on my blog with your answer, or tweet it with the #PINKCONTEST hashtag.
I’ll close the contest at 3:00pm EDT on Friday June 15. Whoever gets the closest to the right answer will win a VERY SPECIAL prize!
Go on - join in the Pink fun!
Friday, December 09, 2011
When Does A Reindeer Look Like An Elephant?
Remember, our friends at University of Texas Health Science Center are the recipients of the “ITSM Extreme Makeover 2011” project.
Well, it seems they really have caught the “extreme” bug. Each year at this time many of the UTHSC staff decorate their offices with scenes representing the holiday season. Check out what someone has done to their office door this year!
Looks like little “Rudolph” is in training!
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
11 New ITIL Experts in Malaysia!
It was great to get a message today from some very happy Pink customers in Kuala Lumpur. They recently completed their “Managing Across The Lifecycle” course and you can see in the picture - they’re all smiles! Thanks to Kerry Gilmore, Garry Rogers, Jen Wels & Anil Dissanayake (that’s him in the middle of the photo) for not only helping these folks, but also for making Pink look good!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Whirlwind Tour of Pakistan Wraps-Up
Three major cities - Islamabad, Lahore & Karachi - in just 3 days. But now it’s all over.
Gary Case and I had a very interesting, enjoyable and illuminating time in Pakistan. We visited 2 major customer prospects with our prospective new partner - Trillium Information Security Systems - and then spoke at a special event on Saturday evening produced and hosted by CIO Pakistan, a CIO Executive Dinner Discussion titled “IT Governance Through IT Service Management”.
This CIO Pakistan event deserves a special mention. For a number of reasons I was unable to confirm my travel plans until Tuesday mid-morning, Toronto time. Then, what must have been a small army of people immediately sprung into action to actually produce & promote the CIO Pakistan event for the Saturday evening, barely 4 days later! It’s a huge testament to the organizational skills of the Trillium and CIO Pakistan teams that this event was pulled off so successfully (I certainly enjoyed it!) It was put together so quickly that it’s still not mentioned yet in the events section of the CIO Pakistan website! I’m sure we’ll see it there soon as there was a lot of video recording and photography going on all evening (that’s one of my photos - below. Gary being interviewed by CNBC).
I am very grateful to Mr. Mohsin Sheikh and his team at Trillium for organizing such a productive program for us. Also to Ms. Rabia Garib and her team at CIO Pakistan for their special efforts too. I promised her more advance notice next time - if they’ll have us back.
I wish I could have stayed on a little longer, for two reasons one professional, and one personal:
1. Clearly there are a great deal of opportunities for Pink to serve and support the IT market in Pakistan. I just wish I could have met with even more organizations.
2. I really enjoyed interacting with the many Pakistani people we were introduced to on our trip. Not only did they come across as both highly competent and professional, but the hospitality extended to us was quite humbling.
We’re already working on next steps for “Pink in Pakistan” - so watch this space!
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Friday, March 20, 2009
Pink Elephant and the BBC!
I suppose it had to happen one day.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Jack Probst and the itSMF Board Election
In the next few days itSMF USA members will be receiving their invitations to vote in the election for new Board members.
We’re pleased to report that Jack Probst - one of our most respected IT Management Consultants - is volunteering his time as a Board member this year. Up to now, we’ve never had a Pinker sit on the Board of itSMF USA. If Jack happens to get elected, we know he’d do the industry proud. So I’m happy to support him by making sure he has the time he’ll need - away from Pink duties - to live up to his responsibilities as an itSMF Board member.
If you’re not too familiar with Jack, here’s a little background ....
Jack is in his 4th year at Pink, providing strategic advice and advanced ITIL education to a wide range of customer organizations in all sectors. Over the past couple of years he’s also been very active as a member of the itSMF Academic Sub-Committee (adult learning is one of Jack’s passions). Prior to joining Pink he spent over 10 years at Nationwide Insurance, first as CIO of their subsidiary - Scottsdale Insurance Company - and then leading the Office of Process and Governance at Nationwide’s HQ in Columbus, Ohio.
Jack’s one of the most organized, innovative, resourceful and responsible people I’ve ever worked with, and so I’m sure he’d be a great asset to the itSMF Board.
Good luck, Jack!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
itSMF Fusion & Clint Eastwood
At the closing of the itSMF Fusion event in San Francisco this week I was quite tickled to see my buddy - Kirk Weisler - do such a great EMCEE job for the event. In one of the sessions, though, he came on-stage wearing a poncho that set me wondering - “where have I seen that before?”
Back in my room I browsed through my photo library and there it was!
A picture of me and Kirk with ponchos we’d bought at a Cantina in Mexico on the last evening of the Pink Conference the previous March! Here you can see we’re kept apart by a local law-woman - Monica Portillo (Pink Mexico).
Saturday, March 24, 2007
A Mexican Wrap
Well the 3rd Annual IT Service Management Conference is now finished. I spoke prsonally with many attendees and the overall impression is that this was a very valuable learning experience, especially with the opportunity to find out the latest news on ITIL v3. The four tracks allowed for a diverse group of topics to be addressed at varying levels. This year there were even more sessions in Spanish which, of course is a good sign that ITIL is gaining a lot of attention in Latin America. But there were still a few handfuls of English sessions, mainly delivered by Pink’s North American consulting team - along with guests Sharon Taylor, David Cannon, Cathy Kirch and Majid Iqbal. A big “thank you” to Sharon, David, Majid & Cathy, along with all of the speakers for helping make this another successful Pink event.
To top the evening off our team in Mexico “rewarded” George, me, Troy & Gary with caricatures. The sketches of the other guys look really neat - you can clearly see the resemblances. But mine? Please say I don’t look like that!!