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Anna Murray is a nationally recognized technology consultant, speaker, and blogger as well as the owner of a successful software development company. She founded one of the earliest web-development firms, emedia, in 1996 and is a double recipient of the Stevie Award for Women in Business. She also serves as the President of the Board of the International Women’s Writing Guild.
In this episode, Phil and Anna Murray discuss the fact that there are a lot of roles within the industry that do not require you to have an engineering background or degree. They speak about practical ways to progress your career on a daily basis. Anna also explains why she has focused on what she wants to get out of her working life, rather than chasing after a specific job title
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Very early in her career, at a young age, Anna was in charge of a massive project. But she missed something important. An error which cost about $250,000. She was horrified and paralyzed by shame and fear. But, luckily, she had a wise and understanding mentor to help her through. The experience taught her that she, nor anyone else, could be perfect. When there are issues, you need to fix the problem rather than fixing the blame.
Having her book, The Complete Software Project Manager, published was a big career highlight for Anna. In particular when, a few years later, she met someone who told her it was so good that he keeps it on his nightstand and refers to it regularly.
The fact that when you work in IT you are always moving the world forward is exciting. IT is an industry that has always had a big impact on the world and that is going to continue.
What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?
If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?
What career objectives are you currently focusing on?
What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?
What do you do to keep your own career energized?
What do you do in your spare time away from technology?