Your Resume Summary

The summary section of your resume is the first opportunity, in writing, to delivery an effective “Elevator Speech”.

If you have information about a specific position you are applying for with each resume, then you can focus your Summary on those requirements of the job for which you are most qualified. This type of impactful, focused Summary will have a strong effect on the reader if your capabilities clearly fit what they are looking for.

Be strong in your quantifiable claims. Be positive in your attitude to succeed. Be ready to defend your claims.

Do you Have an Agenda

If you are scheduling or holding a meeting and you DON’T have an Agenda, then I suggest you cancel your meeting and prepare an agenda ASAP.

Usually, there are people who are interested in the outcome of a meeting who will contribute to the items that they would like to have ON the agenda so that you can preview your proposed agenda with them and get their feedback / changes.

Once you have an agreed upon agenda, you can then set up a meeting to invite the appropriate people and send then the agenda before hand so that they can prepare for the topics that will be covered.

At the actual meeting, you will then be able to coordinate the discussions to follow the agenda, take any non-planned topics and put them in a Follow Up or Parking Lot list, capture all the decisions, open questions, and action items from the planned agenda items and, finally, publish the minutes with all the useful and on-topic discoveries.

Just remember that effective meetings start with careful planning. So, prepare an agenda and send it out with your invitations.

Good luck with your Meeting Facilitations.

More Agilist Questions

Based on my earliest interviews, I have added some new questions to my interview plans:

  • When were you introduced to the “Agile Manifesto”?
    • How much do you rely on this Manifesto for your daily work?
  • Do you and your organization run discreet Projects, or would you consider your work on a m ore continuous flow basis?
    • Are there budgets assigned to Projects or development efforts?
    • How are they tracked, reported, projected?
  • Are these roles on your team and can you provide a position onventory or job description for:
    • Integration Engineer
    • Software Engineer
    • Application / Infrastructure Architect
  • What do yo use in place of a SCRUM to update the progress on work items, expected next steps or features, expected releases of the current development work?
  • How is the KANBAN technique used / applied to managing your work schedule?
  • Describe how “technical debt” is used to determine priorities, work schedules, etc?

Thank you, in advance, if you decide to offer your responses to these questions.


A Questionnaire for Agilists

I am working on another written piece where the “working title” is “The Agilist: A Series of Perspectives”.

So far I have interviewed several folks who call themselves “Agilists” and I am collecting their thoughts and forming an impression of how I want to write about this new Job Title / Skill set.

Here is the questionnaire for your review / reference. If you would like, please download a copy and fill it out as best you can so that we can schedule a discussion together. Send your responses to me and I will reach out to contact you for follow up.

  • How long have you been an Agilist?
  • How did you discover this title / role?
  • What is your relationship with other roles in your Agile projects?
    • Business Owner
    • Process Analyst
    • Story Boarder
    • Scrum Master
    • Scribe
  • In your role as Agilist, do you consider yourself a (Why or Why Not?)
    • Facilitator
    • Business Function Expert
    • Project / SCRUM Leader
    • Business / Scope Owner
    • Integration Designer
    • Project / Program Manager
    • Infrastructure Architect
    • Software Engineer
    • Resource / Performance Manager
    • Budget Manager
  • When engaged in the development of Story Boards, do you use any techniques for elaborating the details within and / or around each Story Board entry?
  • How do you determine when there is enough detail included in a set of Story Boards to release them to a SPRINT for development and roll out?
  • What factors are included in deciding that some feature of Story Board entry will be posted to a Back Log rather than in the current SPRINT development efforts?
  • How do you determine when “re-factoring” is required?
  • Where and when do you introduce the re-factoring needs to the Story Boarding and SPRINT processes?
  • How do you determine when your Story Boarding efforts should be concluded?
  • How do you reconcile the features included in the app with the Story Board items?

Thank you, bgbg

Free Website Grader

While searching for some other “stuff”, I found a link to a FREE Website Grader tool that does some evaluations on web sites SO I figured I would try it out on THIS website:

Here are the results:

Please check it out.


Recent Republican Rants

Student Loan Forgiveness

The price tag for Biden’s Student Forgiveness has hidden costs as well. The obvious cost is the face value of the forgiveness (either 10k or 20k). But other expenses need to be added to the price of the Loan Forgiveness.

Civil War Amendment used to Remove PRO-Trump County Commissioner

A New Mexico judge on Tuesday ordered the removal of a county commissioner convicted of participating in the January 6 riot at the Capitol under the 14th Amendment, making him the first public official in more than 100 years to be barred from serving under a constitutional ban on insurrectionists holding office.

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was enacted during Reconstruction to punish Confederate members for fighting against their country during the Civil War. This section states that no person shall hold any civil or military office under the United States or any state who, having previously taken an oath to “support the Constitution,” had then engaged in rebellion or insurrection.

Are more Pro-Trump members of Congress about to be next?

My Other Blogs

I write.

I read, think, adapt, and absorb.

And then I write.

The blogs that I write are on many different topics and I don’t write new materials in them on a regularly scheduled basis. But I do occasionally post new content on these blogs.

Please check out any one or all of them and join me in a conversation about whatever I have written about OR whatever YOU would like to talk about. I can be reached at or

Thank you for reading, thinking, and engaging:

Blog NameBlog LinkGeneral Subject
Opinions Are Freehttp://www.opinionsarefree.wordpress.comRandom collection of Opinions – most of these are MINE
Sixty Somethinhttp://www.sixtysomethin.wordpress.comNow that I am 60, I want to write things down before I forget them
Software Engineering Handbookhttp://www.softwareengineeringhandbook.wordpress.comMy experiences and suggestions from my career in Software development and consulting
Project Managment Handbookhttp://www.projectmanagementhandbook.wordpress.comMy ideas about how to manage technology based projects
The Path To Inkchttp://www.thepathtoinkc.comThis web site / blog about my company, service offerings, and other content
Seventy Somethinhttp://www.seventysomethin.wordpress.comMore “old guy” stuff about memories, reminders, and things I’d like others to remember about me
TECHnically Retiredhttp://www.technical.e.retired.wordpress.comDEFUNCT but had content about video training I will be producing
RETROPublicanhttp://www.retropublican.wordpress.comTrying to create a revived Republican Party
No Alternate Lifestyleshttp://www.noalternatelifestyles.wordpress.comThoughts about the LGBT community – I am in favor of individual choice
23 Things To Think About At Impacthttp://www.23thingatimpact.wordpress.comGolf as Life – this blog WILL be re-written with a new theme, new name, more content
Blogs by bgbgbgbg

I am also listing the two books I currently have published and available on Amazon:

IT’s Lost Art of Software Engineering
A Cowboy’s Reflections
William H Gutches Published Books

The Chief

The Chief was the name we used when refering to our GrandFather: John Hiczwa.

He came from Poland or Serbia with his wife: Sophie and they started their new life in the United States in the early 1920’s. You can read more about them in my book: “A Cowboy’s Reflections” on Amazon but this is my current INTRO video for the Training Segments I am producing for my, hopefully, ever-growing audience.

I hope that you will send me a note, reply to this posting, and/or subscribe to my blog so that we can talk, listen, learn, discuss for a long, long time.

When do Enterprenuers become Entreprenuers?

Enjoy, bgbg

Insert Header – Footer Google Doc

Attached is an early attempt at building brief technical training segments that I am planning on offering from this web site for my clients.

At first, I was thinking of naming this offering “Five Dollar Bill” and posting these videos on You Tube but that didn’t work for various reasons. Then, I tried calling these offerings “Technically.Retired” and “TECHnical.e.retired” but those names didn’t work either. For now, there is no official name for these offerings but I am still starting to produce the training sessions, so here is an early segment for your review.

Please let me know if you think this material, this effort, is worthwhile.

Thanx bgbg –

Headers and Footers in Google Docs – 2022

PS: Apparently I still have some Video Editing skills to refine before I will consider these any where close to finished video products; however, I also believe that I have made some significant strides in the last few days and week.


Some of us MAY have been CRAZY

Reviewing some old content on a PC I have, I found this as PROOF that I was crazy.

I might still be crazy but in different ways now. Enjoy:

I hope wordpress allows you to view this short video of me being younger, dumber, crazier!

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