I’m Derek, a project manager and technology geek who lives and breaths general project management, Agile, Scrum, Kanban, and technology. You can follow me on Twitter @derekhuether or if you really liked this article, subscribe to the RSS Feed.
Over the course of the last 15 years, I’ve really expanded my personal brand. I started out as a full on Tech Geek. I launched my first startup in October of 1996. Yes, when the Pentium 133 was the latest thing. It was a good ride. Sure, the company died off after 10 years of business but I got my exit and I learned a lot. Two things I learned. One, I like to interact with people. Two, I don’t like to interact with people when they don’t want to interact with me. Let’s not waste our time here, people. Who would you rather have a conversation with?  That guy or gal who walks around the room pushing his business card into everyone’s face. Or , that guy or gal who you know has similar interests or passions as you.
After leaving the hardware-and-software-geek world for the application development world, I found a niche with project management. I loved the idea I could help solve a problem (deliver on time, on budget, within scope) when given the opportunity to do so. I could identify a need and provide a solution. The need to talk project management when dealing with Businesses, Government Agencies and Educational Institutions led me to get my PMP® Certification. The need to empower my development teams led me to get my Certified Scrum Master Certification. The need to optimize my work throughput led me to champion the use of a Personal Kanban.
All of these are all mere tools in my toolbox. But, when you put them all together, they start to describe my personal brand. I’m a guy who believes in transparency, technology, and information dissemination. I deliver products with passion, commitment, and skill.
So, what’s the paradox? I’ve been writing The Critical Path for a while now. Since it’s launch, I’ve grown more and more passionate about things other then just project management. I really have two options.  Launch another blog with my personal perspective and focus The Critical Path on my professional perspective.  Expand The Critical Path to include more about my other passions.
I love going on Twitter and finding a thousand personal brand experts or social media experts. (That’s kind of a joke) But, what I believe in most is the wisdom of the crowd. I would love to see what you have to say. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them below.