EMS SCV Meetings: SEP 2001 – JUN 2002


List of Meetings (details below)

Jun 26, 2002:
Management Forum: Expressions of Excellence! – Craig Harrison (see slides)
After-dinner Talk: Three Trends That Will Shape the Future of Silicon Valley – Kevin Wheeler
May 22, 2002:
Management Forum: Leadership Techniques for Engineers – Bill Chao (see slides)
After-dinner Talk: Enhance Your Services and People’s Appreciation – Thomas J. Buckholtz, Ph.D
Apr 24, 2002:
Management Forum: A Practical Guide to Solving Problems Permanently – Jeanne Sawyer (see slides)
After-dinner Talk: Employee Stock Options – Optimizing Your Strategy – Rich Chambers (see slides)
Mar 28, 2002:
Management Forum: Job Search Strategies in Today’s Marketplace – George A. Sabino
After-dinner Talk: Strategies for Building and Maintaining an Engineering Organization — a panel discussion – Scott Hoffman, Richard Terrell, and (HR specialist TBN)
Feb 27, 2002:
Management Forum: A Simple Approach to Risk Management – Carl Angotti
After-dinner Talk: Managing New Versus Experienced Engineers – Michael Selby (see slides)
Jan 30, 2002:
Management Forum: Exploring Organizational Politics & Power – Helene J. Dublisky
After-dinner Talk: Staying Nimble in Any Economy – Managing at Brocade – Dave de Simone
Dec 5, 2001:
Management Forum: How Green is (was?) My Valley or … Engineering Life and Times in the Deflating Bubble – Norm Goldblatt
After-dinner Talk: Keeping Track of Breaking Technology … CNET Radio Style – Brian Cooley
Oct 24, 2001:
Management Forum: Benefits of Certification in Project Management – Jim Sloan
After-dinner Talk: The Effects of the Current Downturn on New Projects – Paul Stasi
Oct 17, 2001:
Special Meeting: Special TMC Presentation at WESCON: Skills and resources for hands-on engineers as managers and team leaders – Cinda Voegtli
Sep 27, 2001:
Management Forum: How Much Are Your Habits Costing You? – Jean O’Neill
After-dinner Talk: The Changing Environment for Startup Investments – Eghosa Omoigui





Jun 26, 2002

Management Forum: Expressions of Excellence! (link to slides below)

Presented by Craig Harrison

In a world in which quality is often an afterthought, Where ‘quick & dirty’ is becoming the norm, where overworked employees and bottom line sensibilities have led to reduced quality, pedestrian results, and a “so what” attitude, there is nothing more inspiring than An Expression of Excellence!

Whether it’s a great architectural feat, a virtuoso performance or a mini masterpiece on a canvas, a platter or circuit board, excellence is inspiring, wherever we find it.

Examples of leadership excellence that make a difference in the quality of corporate life are established. We are reminded of the difference that we can make when we apply our energy, creativity and attention to be and do our personal best.

These expressions come in all forms: from monumental projects to random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty. Each instance of excellence enhances life for others and inspires us in its magnificence.

In the Presentation, stories that are examples and samples of excellence are provided. We look at excellence across professions and identify its hallmarks. Participants are asked to share a future vision of excellence in their workplace, and then discuss how they could make this happen there. They leave knowing more about creating excellence in their actions and activities, with a renewed desire to create this for themselves at work.

Our Presenter Craig Harrison, (see www.craigspeaks.com ) has successfully pursued excellence in corporate, high-tech, non- profit and sports environments for the last twenty years.

Craig developed his customer service orientation with the Sunnyvale consulting firm Digital Finesse, and later as a curriculum developer with ASK/Ingres (now Computer Associates). As a manager with IDG Books (now Hungry Minds), Craig led a group that published over 50 high-tech books a year.

As a leader Craig chaired the board of directors of KKUP radio station, oversaw, 115 speaking clubs as a district governor for Toastmasters International, and led a high school basketball team to Australia for the non-profit Sports for Understanding. He is also a past board member of the National Speakers Association for Northern California and Mt. Diablo’s American Society for Training and Development. Craig holds a BA degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Sociology.

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After-dinner Talk: Three Trends That Will Shape the Future of Silicon Valley

Presented by Kevin Wheeler, President of Global Learning Resources, Inc.

Silicon Valley led the technology revolution that transformed the world, and has enjoyed 30 years of prosperity, innovation and growth as a result. It will continue to lead such revolutions. A unique confluence of brains, money, and a fresh view of the world were the critical ingredients in the past, but a different set of ingredients will forge the future. Some of them we can already see and others are just emerging. In a dynamic presentation, direct from the Institute for the Future, in Menlo Park, Kevin Wheeler will discuss three new dimensions that will shape our future here in Silicon Valley, and the impacts they will have on our business and personal lives.

Silicon Valley led the technology revolution that transformed the world, and has enjoyed 30 years of prosperity, innovation and growth as a result. It will continue to lead such revolutions. A unique confluence of brains, money, and a fresh view of the world were the critical ingredients in the past, but a different set of ingredients will forge the future. Some of them we can already see and others are just emerging. In a dynamic presentation, direct from the Institute for the Future, in Menlo Park, Kevin Wheeler will discuss three new dimensions that will shape our future here in Silicon Valley, and the impacts they will have on our business and personal lives.

Come join us for a controversial and stimulating night!

Kevin Wheeler is an internationally respected author, teacher, consultant and speaker. He is President of Global Learning Resources, Inc., a consulting company focused on assisting organizations to architect human capital strategies for the 21st century. Clients include such firms as Eli Lilly, Corning, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Kevin is a research affiliate at SRI International and a principal in their Corporate University Alliance. He is also a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future in Menlo Park, California, where he is exploring leading edge practices in corporate education, web-based training and executive development.

Kevin is the author of numerous articles on human resource development, career development, recruiting, and on establishing corporate universities, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. He writes a weekly Internet column on recruiting and staffing, which can be found at www.erexchange.com, and pens a monthly column for Corporate University News magazine.

Kevin serves as adjunct faculty at San Jose State University, the University of San Francisco, and on the business faculty at San Francisco State University. He spent seven years in Thailand as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, and has a Masters Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development. He was the Senior Vice President for Staffing and Workforce Development at the Charles Schwab Corporation. Previously, Kevin worked in Thailand as the Vice President of Human Resources for Alphatec Electronics, Inc., and spent sixteen years at National Semiconductor Corporation in a variety of human resource roles, including founding and acting as the director of National Semiconductor University.



May 22, 2002

Management Forum: Leadership Techniques for Engineers (link to slides below)

Presented by Bill Chao, Lockheed-Martin

In the pre-dinner forum, Bill Chao will lead a discussion of what a manager is and the activities of managing engineers. He will present in-depth about the techniques of directing, such as providing leadership, good communication, and creating a motivational environment. He will also share with the audience about his experience in motivation techniques. Bill will talk about why people work; what are the human needs; and the characteristics of personality. In conclusion, the audience will be able > to demonstrate motivation techniques, provide effective engineering > leadership, and good communication skills.

Bill Chao’s career spans over 25 years of experience in Systems Engineering, Digital Electronics Engineering and Software Systems. He is currently with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. His expertise includes wireless telecommunication system architecture, ESM and COMINT systems, satellite command and control, expert systems, C4ISR, internet network architecture, and GPS. Bill, as manager of a Lockheed Martin design engineering department, has a wealth of management experience in planning, organizing, motivating, and directing the activities of 130 engineering personnel for the Electronics Products Center.

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After-dinner Talk: Enhance Your Services and People’s Appreciation

Presented by Thomas J. (Tom) Buckholtz, Ph.D.

Just how do services – your services – add business value? The groundbreaking Service Value and Style Maturity techniques provide actionable insight you can use throughout your relationships with customers and colleagues. Enhance decision-making. Innovate continually and significantly. Create customer-oriented products and services. Market and sell proficiently. Optimize work styles. Streamline projects. Strengthen communications. Enhance leadership. Select and buy effectively. Prepare for next assignments. Optimize learning.

Strategic Proficiency is a pioneering methodology developed by Dr. Thomas J. Buckholtz to help enterprises and people thrive in challenging business environments. People use Strategic Proficiency techniques to pinpoint, communicate, and fulfill each other’s business needs. Throughout your business activities, you can use the techniques – Service Value, Agenda Action, Style Maturity, Persona, Principles, and Clarity – independently or together to significantly increase the success of your customers, enterprise, colleagues, and career.

Tom will present an overview of Strategic Proficiency, which will spark essential continuous improvement or large-scale innovation. Each technique provides a vital new or underutilized approach to one of the following questions: Who? What? Why? When? How? and How Much? For example, the Service Value technique addresses “What?” and provides actionable insight about how services, creativity, knowledge, work, and technologies – as well as products – add business value.

Dr. Thomas J. Buckholtz is a business and executive coach. He helps enterprises and individuals define and achieve business strategies, develop and market products and services, augment corporate culture, and focus on doing the right work effectively and efficiently. He anticipates that his Strategic Proficiency techniques will catalyze a global enhancement in business and personal effectiveness.

Tom has led a $1 billion business unit, corporate operations for high-tech start-ups, and various automation endeavors. He helped pioneer several technologies. His book, Information Proficiency: Your Key to Information Age, provides a roadmap for the Information Age and introduces Service Value and Style Maturity. He provided the keynote speech for IEEE-USA’s 11th Biennial Careers Conference. Tom earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, after receiving a B.S. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology. He can be reached at 1.650.854.7552 or beyondinsight@aol.com.



Apr 24, 2002

Management Forum: A Practical Guide to Solving Problems Permanently (link to slides below)

Presented by Jeanne Sawyer — Consultant, Coach, Teacher and Writer

Do you find yourself solving the same problem over and over? Does it take longer than it should to solve problems? The ability to solve complicated problems quickly is more important than ever in today’s slow economy, but many companies continue struggling to solve problems correctly the first time. Help your company and your career: join us for a presentation and discussion of ideas and tips for solving problems successfully and efficiently.

Jeanne Sawyer will provide a proven method to help individuals and teams quickly resolve difficult situations that anger and frustrate everyone involved. She distills her experience helping high-tech companies in fast-paced Silicon Valley solve problems-companies that don’t have time to waste solving the same problems repeatedly. “Stuff” does happen: it’s what you do when it does that distinguishes the most successful companies.

Jeanne Sawyer is a consultant, coach, teacher, and writer who specializes in solving messy, expensive, chronic problems-the kind that cause customers to make angry phone calls to executives or even to take their business elsewhere. Her pragmatic approach demonstrates measurable results. She has published a number of articles and books, and regularly teaches problem-solving workshops. Find out about her book, When Stuff Happens: A Practical Guide to Solving Problems Permanently, and get other free information on problem solving at her web site: www.sawyerpartnership.com.

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After-dinner Talk: Employee Stock Options – Optimizing Your Strategy (link to slides below)

Presented by Rich Chambers, CFP™

Stock Options can be a great source of wealth or ruin.

We’ll briefly discuss how Incentive Stock Options (ISO) and Non-qualified Stock Options (NQSO) work. Then we’ll review the common mistakes made and how you can avoid them. We’ll discuss a number of possible strategies you could use to maximize the profit potential of your stock options. A demonstration of a sample analysis will be shown using StockOpter, the best software available for stock option analysis.

Benefits of Attending Participants can learn how to evaluate their stock option plans and develop multiple strategies that can optimize the tradeoff between profits, taxes, and risk management, given various market scenarios.

Rich Chambers presents the program. Rich is a Fee-Only, Certified Financial Planner who provides “Financial Planning and Investment Advice for Everyday Life”. Rich has presented the stock options program numerous times in workshop environments and at local high-tech companies. Rich is a member of the IEEE Consultants Network of Silicon Valley and serves as the program chair for 2002. He was a practicing Electrical Engineer until 1999, working at 3Com for 16 years.

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Mar 27, 2002

Management Forum: Job Search Strategies in Today’s Marketplace

Presented by George A. Sabino, Career Consultant, Sabino Consulting

Job Search Strategy in Today’s Marketplace…The Technical Professional’s Guide to Role Reversal…the big change from being the pursued to the pursuer.

You have just received the disturbing news…your position has been eliminated. You are now unemployed and just what will you do about it?

Join us for an interactive session focusing on a general overview for creating the best game plan for your job search. Some likely issues that we may discuss:
  • The emotional turmoil created by this external change…and your internal reaction to it.
  • How to best assess your immediate needs, values, and skills.
  • How to target potential employers and package and present yourself in the most effective and powerful way.
  • Create your resume with the end in mind…with emphasis on the reader’s needs…not yours.
  • Can you clearly and concisely present your self in a confident manner? What practical steps can you take
     to improve?
  • Networking, how comfortable are you with it? Other methods of finding employment.
  • Asking for help, putting together a team of friends and allies to help prepare and maintain your search.
  • Being creative, developing alternate plans in a hard job marketplace.

The forum facilitator, George Sabino, is an independent career consultant, focusing on interview/presentation coaching, resume consulting and job search strategy. Based In Palo Alto, CA, his clients are primarily technology-related and have included individuals from companies such as Apple, AOL, IBM, Xerox and Drake Beam Morin.


After-dinner Talk: Strategies for Building and Maintaining an Engineering Organization

Presented by A Panel Discussion Featuring:
  • Scott Hoffman, Vice President of Engineering, Kanisa
  • Richard Terrell, VP, NonStop Hardware Development, Compaq
  • A Human Resources Specialist to be named

Are you interested in learning more about how a software and hardware organization is built and maintained? What type of people are these organizations looking for? What skills do you need? In this cross-matrixed discussion, we will have a panel that consists of a Vice President of Hardware Engineering, Vice-President of Software Engineering and a Human Resource specialist. The panel will discuss the ins and outs of recruiting, skills and retention to ensure a highly successful organization. Come hear what each has to say and take advantage of an opportunity to ask these professionals straightforward questions.

The IEEE TMC is delighted to have the following panelists:

Richard Terrell, Vice President for NonStop Hardware Development (NSHD) in the Business Critical Server Division of Compaq Computer

Richard has responsibility for all hardware engineering in Cupertino and Austin related to the development and support of Himalaya and Integrity systems. Nonstop Himalaya and Integrity systems lead the industry in reliability, scalability and data integrity and provide 24x7x365 availability for major stock exchanges andand financial institutions all around the world. Concurrent hardware development with the software and middleware organizations in Cupertino and Austin provide for a tightly integrated set of products and solutions that meet the demanding requirements of our business critical customers.

Richard joined Compaq (Tandem at the time) in 1990 as a manager and later director of the Storage Products group. In that capacity he had responsibility for all disk, tape and optical storage product offerings. For the past two years he was director of the Hardware Engineering Services region providing a variety of design support, verification testing and regulatory compliance capabilities for all hardware development. He assumed the responsibility for all hardware development in August of 2001. Prior to joining Tandem Richard spent 22 years at IBM in a variety of management and engineering roles related to device and subsystem (disk and tape) development in San Jose California. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University and a bachelor degree in Electronics from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

Scott Huffman, Vice President of Engineering at Kanisa

Scott brings highly relevant expertise in knowledge management and information retrieval to the discussion. On board Kanisa since 1998, Scott leads the engineering team in the areas of product development, quality assurance, documentation and advanced technology.

Prior to Kanisa, Huffman was director of research and development at Price Waterhouse’s Global Technology Centre, where he and his team created novel knowledge management and information retrieval systems used by over 20,000 consultants worldwide to leverage the firm’s expertise. He received a Ph.D. in computer science and artificial intelligence from the University of Michigan and a BS in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He holds patents in machine learning and in knowledge management and information retrieval technology. He has also published over 40 articles on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and information retrieval.

Human Resources Specialist

We are also planning to have a human resources specialist on the panel to represent the HR perspective of the high-technology organization.



Feb 27, 2002

Management Forum: A Simple Approach to Risk Management

Presented by Carl Angotti, Angotti Product Development

Whether you are a line, program, or project manager, you should be familiar with the benefits of the use of Risk Management in your work, especially in high technology development projects. This highly interactive program will cover the basics of Risk Management, let you meet the other attendees and have some fun in the process.

The overall purpose is to give you something that you can easily apply in your work during the next week. We will cover the general topics of risk and its management. This includes risk definition, probabilities, impact and mitigation. We will then discuss how to determine risk priorities. These principles will be applied to a hypothetical Hardware or Software project to give participants a sense of the simplicity of the process.

The program will be presented by Carl Angotti, President of Angotti Product Development (see www.angotti.com ). He has consulted in Product Development and Project Management for local high technology organizations for more than 25 years. He has worked in entrepreneurial sections of large companies, and with numerous medium sized companies and startups. Mr. Angotti has a BSEE from Carnegie-Mellon University, an MSEE from USC and has an MBA from San Jose State.

He is the current Vice Chair of the Santa Clara Valley IEEE TMC, a member of the Institute of Management Consultants, the Chair of the IEEE Consultants Network of Silicon Valley and Vice President of the Professional and Technical Consultants Association. He is also a member of the Project Management Institute, Silicon Valley.


After-dinner Talk: Managing New Versus experienced Engineers

Presented by Michael Selby

It’s a very different challenge, and it takes a very different management style, to be the manager of an engineer with 1-2 years work experience vs. an engineer with 5-10 or more years. What does a new engineer need from a manager? And how do you manage someone with as much or more experience as you have yourself? The focus of this talk is how to develop a flexible leadership style to enable you to be successful with engineers of differing skill/experience levels.

Michael Selby is a Management and Organizational Development Consultant with 20 years experience in Bay Area hi-techs. Originally a management trainer of engineering managers at HP, Michael has, over the last decade, trained and consulted to hundreds of engineering managers in start-ups, recent IPO’s, medium and large-sized engineering companies. He focuses on building strong executive and engineering management teams, conducting planning retreats, and building company-wide business metrics systems.



Jan 30, 2002

Management Forum: Exploring Organizational Politics & Power

Presented by Helene J. Dublisky, PCC, Ontological Coach, Omega Coaching

Is your organization embroiled in politics? Are there hidden agendas? Have you been in a situation where you offered the best quality alternative but someone else’s was selected? Too often, managers and leaders shy away from politics as “back biting” and “dirty”. This program will offer you a different perspective and a fresh view of the importance of politics as a powerful tool for getting things done.

Join us for an interactive session designed to increase your awareness of, and improve your skills in, the areas of organizational politics and power. Advance your understanding of politics as a positive organizational tool, and learn how to determine if collaboration, negotiation, or influence is appropriate for your situation. Explore your sources of power. Assess your and your organization’s political capability and maturity.

Helene Dublisky, MS, PCC combines executive coaching, training, and consulting through Omega Coaching (www.OmegaCoaching.com). She is a certified business coach who has held corporate executive positions, has served on non-profit boards, and is a graduate level adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco. She has an MS in Information Systems.


After-dinner Talk: Staying Nimble in Any Economy – Managing at Brocade

Presented by Dave de Simone, Brocade VP of Platform Engineering

From fast growth to industry-wide slowdown, from hiring in a high flying economy to employee retention in a tech slump, Brocade has successfully weathered it all and is poised to take advantage of the economic upturn when it arrives. Meeting schedules and managing resources for concurrent projects will always be challenges for project and functional managers. But solutions are more easily reached with management support, with processes that enable rather than obstruct, and with a corporate culture than encourages leadership, accountability and risk taking.
Dave de Simone, Vice President of Platform Engineering at Brocade, will share his insights on these topics, which he as culled from a lifetime of engineering management. In 2000, he brought to Brocade more than 20 years of experience in managing hardware and software development, testing and program management for systems and data communications products.

De Simone spent 11 years as vice president, Engineering at Compaq Computer Corporation’s Tandem division. While at Compaq, de Simone managed the company’s clustering technology and software services division, which included the ServerNet product line and InfiniBand hardware and software development efforts. In that role, de Simone was a key member in Compaq’s participation in the InfiniBand Trade Association, an organization dedicated to developing a new common I/O specification to deliver a channel-based, switched fabric technology to the networking industry. de Simone managed a variety of functions, including: software development, software release and configuration management, program management, hardware development, CAD tools, and ASIC technology development.

Prior to Compaq, Dave held engineering and operations management positions at Polycom, MIPS Computer Systems, Apple Computer, and Amdahl. He holds a BSEE degree from the University of California, Davis.



Dec 5, 2001

A special humorous holiday season management forum:

Management Forum: How Green is (was?) My Valley
or … Engineering Life and Times in the Deflating Bubble

Presented by Norm Goldblatt, Optical Engineer, Abbott Diagnostics

It’s a fact, we are living in different times in Silicon Valley. The bubble is deflating and we are all looking for ways to cope. Find out how one engineer is surviving the downturn by treating it as just a new operating system. Learn about his tactics for keeping those pesty viruses from attacking his system.

Humorist Norm Goldblatt is an Optical Engineer at Abbott Diagnostics in Santa Clara. He has also found an interesting side career in performing and writing humor for many years, if you include the decade that he thought he was writing seriously. His humor is far ranging, touching on politics, technology, and human relations or lack thereof. Join us for an entertaining evening as Norm takes us on a rollercoaster ride of an engineer’s life in the Valley.

Norm is a contributor to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His quips were regularly quoted by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen. He can be seen performing every Monday night at the Rose and Crown Pub in Palo Alto.


After-dinner Talk:

Our special holiday guest speaker:

Brian Cooley, Director and Anchor, CNET Radio
Keeping Track of Breaking Technology … CNET Radio Style

If you are interested in finding out about leading edge technology and where it may take you, this program is for you! Meet CNET Radio Director and Anchor Brian Cooley.

Brian’s top-rated “Morning Show” on CNET Radio is Silicon Valley’s new favorite morning listen. He sifts through the barrage of breaking technology news to bring his audience the most compelling stories via the only all-tech radio operation in the country. Get some insight on what happens from the closing of each day’s normal tracking hours to the second wave of breaking tech and new economy news. A lot happens in 24 hours and Brian will provide some insights.

A true son of Silicon Valley, Brian’s dad is a 35-year veteran of technology marketing, at Valley firms like GE, Memorex, Diablo/Xerox, ISS/Sperry-Univac and SyQuest. Being raised around that range of technology, it’s no surprise Brian specializes in analysis and interviews that provide context and “Make Tech Make Sense”.

Find out Brian’s “Top 10 Technology Wish List” in addition to his “Top 10 Tech Products We Don’t Need”. Get an insider’s view on how CNET Radio decides what technologies to cover, as well as the inside story on how he launched the first tech radio format in radio. Meet the voice so many technologists wouldn’t start their day without!

Brian Cooley has been behind the mic in radio news for 20 years. He developed CNET Radio after being part of the top-rated morning-drive shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He launched CNET Radio Online in 1995, taking it on air in 1999. Currently CNET Radio is heard in the San Francisco Bay Area on 910AM, online at CNETRadio.com, via satellite on XM Radio Channel 130 and coming to Boston in December on 890 AM!



Oct 24, 2001

Management Forum: Benefits of Certification in Project Management

Presented by Jim Sloan

If you are thinking of project management as a career path or are a seasoned project manager are there any benefits to getting specially certified? Questions that will be discussed include: What is project management certification? What special training is required? How will this benefit you in a downturn economy? Where can you go to get certification? The Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Examination is an example to be reviewed by Jim Sloan, president of the Project Management Institute’s Silicon Valley Chapter. Join us for a pre-dinner interactive open forum session on this topic.


After-dinner Talk: The Effects of the Current Downturn on New Projects

Presented by Paul Stasi, Senior Corporate Director, KLA-Tencor

Mr. Paul Stasi, our after dinner speaker for the October 24th meeting is the Senior Corporate Director – Product Life Cycle Process at KLA-Tencor. He is responsible for the design and implementation of the Product Life Cycle across 17 divisions as well as the directing and coaching of 62 product development teams.

In his presentation, Paul will discuss what the impacts have been for KLA-Tencor in the near term and long term. Being a manufacturer that is at the front end of the downturn in the economy (as a semiconductor manufacturing equipment), the affects are immediate. What are the effects of this downturn on projects? What about funding or authorization for new programs? How has K-T managed the personnel from programs that have been downsized or terminated? Mr. Stasi will share some case study like examples as a practical method for understanding one companies approach to the current economy conditions.

Mr. Stasi has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Medical Sciences, and undergraduate degrees in psychology and science education from the University of Arizona. He was the Corporate Manager of Training and Development at Advanced Cardiovascular Systems for 7 years and pioneered a new program of New Product Transitioning Engineering for ACS for the next 3 years. He then worked at Target Therapeutics as the Director of New Product Development for 3 years prior to his current position at KLA-Tencor.



Oct 17, 2001

SPECIAL TMC PRESENTATION, at Wescon: Skills and Resources for Hands-On Engineers as Managers and Team Leaders

   Cinda Voegtli – President, ProjectConnections.com
      Web Knowledge Tools for managers & team members
   John Barrett – Managing Partner Design for Fast Cycle
      Planning for First Time Success


This is planned as an after-show networking and lively discussion among engineering leaders and project mangers on topics relevant to today’s working environment. It will be led by two experienced engineering managers. The format will be a Q&A to liven up the dynamic and get some networking and sharing on what works and what doesn’t.

     • To be or not to be (a manager)
       o Should I aspire to be a manger?
       o What roles & responsibilities do and don’t go with the manager’s job?

     • Key “management” skills- whether are not you are one
       o Communicating for success up & down the management chain. “No Surprises”!
       o How to manage a Project – 10 key skills and templates for applying them.
       o Your role on an effective cross-functional team
       o Global management – Communication in a Virtual World

     • People skills- why and how do they matter?
       o Beyond an MBA – Acquiring “soft ” skills- what they didn’t teach you in school.
       o Establishing personal goals and rewards with employees. “Eliminate micro management!”
       o Motivation and task ownership. Is loyalty an issue or must we recognize new factors impacting leadership?

     • Your career- making your own opportunities
       o Advantages of participating in professional engineering management groups.
       o Building a reference network with professional peers ” Learning from others experience”
       o Professional Organizations: Personal benefits (e.g. Life insurance, discounts for travel & conferences)

You should leave this meeting with at least 2 or 3 hands-on ideas to apply in your work tomorrow!



Sep 26, 2001

Management Forum: How Much Are Your Habits Costing You?

Presented by Jean O’Neill, Trainer, Productive Learning and Leisure

Our minds are constantly in action. They direct us to perform certain tasks and react in certain ways that are often habitual. Joins us for a dynamic, stimulating event and discover how these habits may be getting in the way of you responding to certain situations in the most optimal ways. Be ready to participate in experiential exercises that demonstrate how your habits limit you and why. You’ll walk away with:
     • An understanding of how your habits limit your choices
     • A clearer picture of the specific areas where this comes into play for you.
     • Tools you can use to break out of these limitations.
     • An experience of how much we do out of habit and that breaking habits takes awareness.
     • Knowledge of what it takes to make better choices and thereby improve the quality of your life.
     • Applications of the experience to (your profession)

In 1987 Jean discovered her love of personal development and began taking seminars in the areas of communication, personal presentation, business, productivity and relationships. As a person clearly focused on helping others, Jean was drawn to the founders of Productive Learning and Leisure and the work she saw them doing with individuals as well as companies. She began working for the company part-time when it was formed in 1993 while still holding a full-time position as Director of Nurses.

Jean is a graduate of Highland School of Nursing in Oakland, and has a BSN from Sonoma State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Hayward State University. Now that Jean has formally retired from the nursing profession she has dedicated her “second career” to her involvement in the training and seminar programs of Productive Learning & Leisure. She is currently a trainer, a presenter and a sales support specialist.


After-dinner Talk: The Changing Environment for Startup Investments

Presented by Eghosa Omoigui, Senior Attorney, Treasury/Portfolio Management/Subsidiaries, Intel Capital

Our Engineering Management Society chapter traditionally sponsors an entrepreneurial presentation the first meeting after summer. This year continues the tradition, with a venture capital guru from Intel’s acquisitions arm, Mr. Eghosa Omoigui. He has agreed to speak on “The Changing Environment for Startup Investments” in the new “post-dot.com” era (if that is indeed the case come September 26th). The presentation will address whatever the new market realities are for startups seeking funding in different technology areas. And with the downturn last year, it turns out that not all technology areas have been uniformly affected in the last 12 months. Come learn about the prospects for new technology and opportunities for engineering from the perspective of the business world in the upcoming year at what will be an insightful meeting.

Mr. Eghosa Omoigui, our after dinner speaker for the September 26th meeting, is Senior Attorney of Treasury/Portfolio Management/Subsidiaries at Intel Capital. He is responsible for forming strategic investment opportunities for Intel. As such, he is the main interface between startups seeking funding from Intel’s investment arm and the business units within Intel who would use that technology. Intel usually invests in startups as an investment partner alongside the venture capitalists (VCs), so Mr. Omoigui has a good VC perspective.