Irene Schwarting

If I had to say what my strength is, I'd say that it is in analyzing people and systems and using that understanding to create effective organizations and solutions. I studied psychology, and my entire family is in technology, so I have spent a lot of time thinking about how people and technology relate. I sometimes say I specialize in analysis, though I use that term very broadly: analysis is the process of articulating problems, defining solutions and building the paths to get there. And it applies just as much in building a relationship with a customer as it does in designing a database or writing software. So to me, analysis underlies marketing, sales, project management, software design, and team leadership... just about anything you can think of. So that's what I mean when I say I'm an analyst.

Otherwise, I like to stretch my mind by thinking about alternative worlds and alternative futures. I find science fiction and gaming are both excellent ways to get people ‘out of their own heads’ and able to adopt other perspectives. This, I think, is the key to communication. I have moved gradually westwards, starting from North Carolina and am now stuck on the western coast of Oregon.

My interests are, in no particular order: Information security, mobile technologies, systems analysis, knowledge modeling, gaming, science fiction, and martial arts.

I occasionally blog at Everything, once understood, is trivial. I also offer consulting services cheap and free through Coffee With An Expert.

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