Just two posts ago, I wrote about the fact that the “Out on a LIMS ®” blog would be going away, soon. As it turns out, it’s moving, instead.

Did I Lie to You?

Nope. I absolutely am not maintaining this blog past my activities to write about the MOMi (Manufacturing Operations Management Institute) Guide. When MOMi publishes The Guide, I will write more about that, and that will be my final activity, except to tell you the details of the final move of the blog. Then, I will disappear into my FTE job and you will not hear much from me, ever again. That is true of most “regular” employees in “regular” jobs.

Let’s just be serious about this, for a moment – I’m not in a job where there’s any public writing to do. That’s not the type of job I landed. Do not expect to hear much from me. If anyone had wanted me to publicly write based on my experience in the industry, they would have hired me to do that. They didn’t. I’ve moved on. It’s as simple as that.

And, as is the way with human beings, some of us will stay in touch, others will not.

What Happened?

There were a lot of sad people out there. Some of them posted this blog to web-site areas that preserve web-sites and blogs. There were also those who made suggestions on how to do that.

First of all, I will tell you all that I AM touched by all the kind and encouraging words I received about my blog and the efforts to keep it going. In addition, I did want to share my experience, to inspire people, to be a leader, and to make everyone realize that we’re not in this alone. Nothing any of us does is new. Seriously, it’s not. There were many times that I came up with what I thought was new, myself. I then soon realized that many others were coming up with the same thing. The difference is that I had contact with a lot of other people. I kept in-contact with enough people to realize we were all dealing with the same types of issues.

In any case, words can’t express how much I appreciate all the people who have contacted me to tell me how much they enjoyed and will miss my efforts.

iVention US Happened

Finally, Doug Holbrook of iVention US caved in and said he’d archive my blog. Was he literally the saddest of anyone? Sadness is difficult to measure. However, he was sad-enough that he volunteered to host the “Out on a LIMS®” blog when I’m done with my final posts for MOMi.

Here’s the deal: he’s going to host “Out on a LIMS®” as an archive along with hosting his own web-sites. Since it’s an archive, neither he nor his company will be adding to those posts. My suggestion is that he turn off the comments, as well. That will will minimize the work required to maintain it. And, after all, the purpose of this archive is just that people can continue to retrieve this information.

Not Much Changes

So, for anyone who might be sad that there aren’t new blog posts coming through, keep this in-mind – nothing really changes. As I’ve written about projects, programming, leadership and other topics, these don’t change that much. Even as I work as an FTE, it’s basically the same things I wrote about. There’s nothing new from that aspect. The software I work with was new for me as was the industry. However, dealing with the projects and the people is exactly as I’ve written about, all along.

As companies buy new software and start new projects, some of them might believe they’re unique. They’re not as unique as they think. Each project has it’s own nuances. No project should be treated with the cookie cutter approach, which marketing and sales calls “best practices” but neither should they reinvent the wheel.

Finally

With all that said, if you can’t find the project and people information you need from this archive, you might not be looking hard enough. It’s probably all in here, somewhere.

Remember this, too – all those hours of effort I spent writing this blog, my old newsletter, magazine articles, giving webinars and presentations – it wasn’t wasted. I did that all to support my business. Now, I have an FTE job and I don’t have to do the “dog and pony” shows, any more. Everything in life is a trade-off.

Me Getting On My Soap Box, For a Moment

But here’s one thing I find of odd – people have all sorts of thoughts about the job I’ve done, all these years. As a consultant, I’ve travelled very little in the last ten years, despite staying fairly busy.

Here is a partial list of some of the work I’d done, remotely. I occasionally hear from consulting companies and customers who can’t make this work, but they should have called the experts in to make it work. There are plenty out there besides just me. Anyway, here’s my short list:

  • Worked with the project managers to develop the project plans.
  • Performed business analysis.
  • LIMS system administration work.
  • Solution/database/software architecture.
  • Programming/scripting/configuration.
  • Worked with software vendors to make their products viable for new industry segments they wanted to get into.
  • Talked about the software strategy with customers and software vendors.
  • Given overall guidance on projects, programming, remote work and variety of other topics.
  • Worked alone and also with teams of all sizes.

So, what I say to everyone who says things “we can’t do business analysis” remotely or “you must not have been working with teams” or “we’re not comfortable with remote work” I say that you’re stuck in a different time. And it doesn’t take a camera to make this work, either. One more time, I will say what I always say when I’m standing on my soap box – it’s not about the tools (like cameras or Zoom or whatever). It’s about the processes and the people.

Learning From This “Out on a LIMS ®” Blog

And, if you learned nothing else from this blog, I hope you learned not to rely on any tool for your success. Rely on well-trained people and appropriate processes.

If you learned only this, then my time wasn’t wasted.

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