13th Annual IEEE and ACM IT Professional Conference at the Trenton Computer Festival

In March, I presented at the 13th Annual IEEE and ACM IT Professional Conference at the Trenton Computer Festival on the campus of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing, New Jersey.  My topic was Accelerate Your Technical and Cultural Transformation with Visual Planning.  My 55-minute presentation was well attended, and I was able to attend several very interesting presentations immediately afterwards, too.

Why This Conference

I like the idea of practitioner conferences.  The review process for submittals emphasized that our presentations had to be capable of transferring skills or, at a minimum, informing participants as to how to adopt practical skills, technologies, methodologies or some combination.  (I was able to share a combination.)  The review committee was composed of CIOs and CTOs.


Day One is the IEEE and ACM IT Professional Conference.  Day Two is the Trenton Computer Festival: A vendor hall loaded with everything from resistors, robotics and more, a keynote speaker, and a series of practical workshops delivered throughout the day.  I attended back-to-back WordPress workshops that were very informative.

Accelerate Your Technical and Cultural Transformation with Visual Planning

My presentation included three visual planning methods:

  1. Metaphor Maps
  2. Strategy Maps
  3. Mind Maps

I included working examples of each map type and the conditions under which one form of mapping is preferable (or a prerequisite) to another form.  I also included ample references for participants to pursue these techniques on their own.  Putting my presentation together reminded me of how visual planning was able to close gaps between groups and better manage expectations, too.

You can download a PDF of my presentation from here.  This is a standalone mind map of the resources I recommended.  While I was waiting for the TCF to open I came upon a display table for The Sarnoff Collection.

The Sarnoff Collection

I knew the name David Sarnoff, but I had no idea that TCNJ hosted his collection including a detailed explanations of his interests and works.  Collection Curator Florencia Pierri is shown here explaining audio technology pioneered by Sarnoff and his associates.  Florence led a group of 25 of us through the collection for a fun and fact-filled hour.

Admission to The Sarnoff Collection is free.  It’s well worth visiting.  One of the many exceptional attributes of this collection is that it features several hands-on exhibits in addition to materials and exhibits for children.




Greg Tutunjian

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