Don't mind me, blogging my head off.
I think you know that I work for MIcrosoft Learning, and you might know that the guy who runs Microsoft Learning is Lutz Ziob.
Not too long ago he gave a spiel to press and other fancy types (like, you know, bloggers) about training and certification and Windows Server 2008. Here is a related note from Lutz on the WS blog, and a good, interesting review of what Lutz had to say from Mark Wilson (one of said bloggers).
In addition to covering the new Server 08 certifications, LZ talked a little about the role of certification in general, and I liked that he said "certification programs do not replace experience" but "experience in itself doesn’t guarantee that someone knows what they need to know." That bit is in a clip on soapbox, check it.
Speaking of Lutz, speaking.
On Tuesday I had a training class in some other building, and I was pretty late, which is something that happens to me, sometimes, and the presenter had already started talking.
As I fumbled my way through the seated and on-time, attentively listening, polly-prissy-pants, goody-two-shoes other participants to find a seat, I realized that Lutz was the speaker I happened to be interrupting. Why the speaker could not have been the boss - of the boss - of the boss of the on-time Polly Prissyhausen, seated to my left, instead, I do not know.
In case you are interested, Lutz talked about "negotiating conflict" and was a good speaker and helpful. He made three points:
Keep an eye out for how graciously I'll negotiate conflict on my blog, starting now.
*If anyone who was there on time is reading this, I'd love to know what the first point was.