Clayton: Some weeks ago, I received my letter to join the Fast Track program here at netlogx. Excited for the new opportunity, I responded ‘yes’ almost immediately. The program kicked off for me during the week of 03/05 on Wednesday evening with the first of two sessions on Project Management. Since this is the direction that I want to take my career, I was very much looking forward to it. Rick Koen lead both classes, and I was impressed by not only how informative they were, but also how they further reinforced my current aspirations toward project management.
Following two subsequent presentations by both Audrey and Nick Taylor encapsulating netlogx Core Capabilities and how to sell them, we headed out to The Escape Room Indy. This was an interesting event for me, because it served the dual purpose of further familiarizing ourselves with the other individuals in the program, but also allowing us to work on our team building, communication, and teamwork skills. It was a great way to wrap up the two days of Fast Track classes, and to prepare for the netlogx Team Building Meeting the following morning. I am very much looking forward to what more is to come in the program.
Nick: When I was first approached about the opportunity to join netlogx, one of the first things that appealed to me was the Fast Track program. I am extremely grateful and humbled to have been included in the most recent class, as well as excited for the growth opportunities ahead. Our kickoff for the program began with a high-level overview of Project Management, skillfully presented by Rick Koen, which included the new Fast Track class as well as the most recent one. Rick provided an energetic and comfortable learning environment that allowed us to have fun, get to know one another, and discuss Project Management skills. We practiced writing project charters which allowed us to really grasp the practical approach to project management, primarily focusing on the reasoning behind “why” a project might exist in the first place. It was truly an invaluable experience, one that I am grateful to have shared with my Fast Track peers under the tutelage of Rick. Thank you all for a great time.
Following our PM training, Nick and Audrey took the time to present to us on the netlogx core capabilities. Nick T. motivated and challenged us by demonstrating how all of us at netlogx sell the core capabilities by being our authentic selves and never compromising our commitment to our operating principles. Audrey then took us through an in-depth explanation of the core capabilities, which was particularly valuable to me in an outreach capacity. These presentations provided immense clarity, and the passion that accompanied their delivery was inspiring. We ended the sessions by “escaping the room”, which some were more successful at than others. Audrey, Diane, Niquita, Tim and myself set a week-long record for breaking out of jail with ten minutes left of our original hour, clearly a security assessment is in order. It was great to see the different styles of thinking going on in the same tiny space, it reinforced the fact that without teamwork and communication, project management meets futile ends. More than anything, this experience filled me with pride to be counted among the amazing people at netlogx. I cannot wait to see what the future holds and I am grateful for all of you.
Tim: My involvement with the Fast Track Program started in Uganda. At 7:00 pm, 11:00 am in Indianapolis, on Valentine’s day, I was on the phone with Vicki Chabot and Diane Walton discussing the various parts of the program. Needless to say, I was very excited to be invited to participate. The Fast Track Program gives me an intentional way to formally develop project management skills. For a career changer, like myself, this program enables me to gain the knowledge I need to work in a different career. Our first trainings in the program did just that; we gained an informative bird’s eye understanding of project management. Our learning was interactive and taught in a way to make the information applicable and fun. Thank you, Rick Koen!