First Day at ADT

I am now officially an ADT Employee!

On March 4, I accepted an offer of full-time employment with ADT, as an Agile Lead. I have been working as a contractor with TEKsystems for a little over 6 months, since August 10, 2020.

Today, on March 15th, I onboarded with ADT and now an ADT employee! Even went into the local office in Austin to make it official, which is a rare thing, as this is work from home type of job. Most other folks that I work with are either in Irving, TX or Blue Bell, Pennsylvania or surrounding areas. And some other folks are a bit more spread out like I am here in Texas. Anyhow, I am super proud and excited to take this opportunity and recent Contract Conversion from my Contracting employment company TEKsystems and my Recruiter Carrie Pieri, whom I have dubbed the “Job Whisperer”, to her I am very grateful. If you too are looking to change jobs or need to find a new one, she will work tirelessly to help place you in a new role. Please reach out to me and I would be more than happy to provide an introduction.

There is a lot to be excited about in this new role as an Agile Lead (Scrum Master, Project Manger, IT Manager), along with a few other Agile Leads leading up the direction to full on Agile Scrum workplace through all of our projects and teams.

The people are great! Such a smart group of hard smart working dedicated folks whom I am humbled to a part of and able to work with side by side. The teams are amazing and highly functional development for Web and Mobile for Android and iOS. Along with the critical thinking QE and QA people alike. And the Management team that was so gracious to give me a shot are top notch go to bat for you and your ideas and give the flexibility to try and succeed or try and fail. And if you fail to try and try again, this is truly Agile coming from the top down. The Executive Leadership by all accounts and measures is steering the company in the right direction and forging new paths to bring in new businesses and extremely valuable partnerships. And to all of this is the reason that ADT is growing and hiring.

I feel that myself and my family have been truly blessed by such a wonderful opportunity and that the leadership at ADT had extended the offer for Full-time employment. I am appreciative and will do my best to be an asset to the company 146 years in the making.

The teams we leading are on the Google integration for all of their mobile apps in Android, iOs, and Web. The team sizes are to double, they are hiring for Product Engineers.

As for ADT as a company, profit and market share are at really great levels and on pace to get even better. And the day that I started as a Contractor, ADT announced Google partnership, with an almost 10% stake in the company and almost 1 billion investment and ADT investing 1/2 billion, too. And similar cash infusions over the next few years by both companies towards this venture, so it is a very exciting opportunity that I am part of and I feel that I am truly making a difference for the better and going to be able to reach the goals that are in our sights.

After a great pre-interview with my future Contracting employment company TEKsystems. interviewing like it wasn’t coming. While interviewing decided to take job with ADT in Irving, but then it became work from home forever.

With ADT got a raise, and 2% more 401k match, and what I am most stoked about is a potential 15-25+% yearly bonus. So fingers crossed that I can pull this off, as there is a lot to learn and do!

They were up 33% this year because everything going on and all the work from home stuff. But on the day I started, they announced Google partnership, with 10% stake in the company and almost 1 billion investment and ADT investing 1/2 billion, too.

The teams we leading are on the Google integration for all of their mobile apps in Android, iOs, and Web. The team sizes are to double, they are hiring for Product Engineers.

Finally, I would like to recognize somebody, Carrie Pieri, via Stayton Morgan, and per Kaia Naftel, all from TEKsystems, as they were all very helpful to me.
But it was Carrie that went ABOVE & BEYOND with words of encouragement and direct 1-on-1 daily help and assistance to help answer all of my questions and make me feel confident that I was making the right choice.

CARRIE. Carrie is the job whisperer. She took time to learn about me and ensure that I would be successful in my role and that it would be both a good fit for me and ADT as a Scrum Master. For me it was a very difficult decision. As at the same time, my old team from my 16 year tenure at IBM gave me a job offer that was considerably higher in pay rate.

Carrie was a great sounding board for me to understand my role at ADT and the opportunity that lay ahead for me. She prepared me for the interview, which became the best interview that I have had in my entire life (had previously performed terribly in past interviews and was deathly afraid of them).

She put me in touch with a previous employee, who had just left this position, where I was able to gain a ton of insight into the team, culture, company, and project prior to the interview. And even offered to connect me to others on the team to help me with my decision to accept the offer from ADT or not.

Carrie was extremely patient with me and helped me work through all different scenarios to ensure that the decision was all mine and that I was making the best decision for me and my family. Especially, during these crazy and unprecedented times!

After 16 years at IBM, June 22 was my last day, due to a large resource action that affected 22k US Employees primarily. It was unexpected and came as a shock to me as I had been performing many roles with complete client satisfaction. But on my 15th wedding anniversary I became a statistic and joined the 40 million recently unemployed looking for work. I was extremely anxious as I was looking to provide for my family as my wife who is a Dental Hygienist had not worked since Spring Break, due to Covid.

I have been contacted by many Recruiters over the years. And have worked successfully with one only once before.
All of the Recruiters that I contacted that were referred to me were unable to help and made me feel like there was no chance for a new role for what could be at least 6 months. Other Recruiters who randomly reached out to me during this period never took the time to get to know me and what I really had to offer.
Only one did. Carrie Pieri. At first I was a little taken back by the depth and duration of her questions, as I did not understand her methods. She is the reason that I am working at ADT. If I had not connected with her, I am certain that if the IBM offer had not come through, then I would still be unemployed to this day, just like most of my former co-workers.

My former colleagues are so impressed with me for how quickly I was able to get an offer and start work. I attribute this success to Carrie and refer all of them to her, so they too can be connected to their dream job.

The role at ADT that I had hired for could not be revealed to me at the time. But it was announced to the world on my start date ;-), that Google would be in long-term partnership with ADT for 1 billion investment and almost 10% ownership in the company. With additional monetary investments from both Google and ADT over the next 3 years.
This is certainly an amazing opportunity for the company and for me personally! I made the right decision.

Not only that, but with the bonus potential at ADT, I will have more earning potential than was possible for me at IBM. I know because I had been trying to get a Band increase and raise.

Again, I want to reiterate, all of this would not have been possible without Carrie.
I do not want to underestimate Kaia’s role and help either, as she too had been crucial in helping me realize and seize this opportunity.

Getting to know Carrie, I know that she enjoys what she does and likes to get to know people and help them through some of the worst and most troubling times of their lives. She likes to place the right people with the right company. And ensuring that she has left a person’s life better off than she found it. I feel that this is what drives her in her pursuit and career and her putting in long hours and weekend work. For what she has done for me, I have so much to repay, this may be my only way with this testimonial to her employer and for me to show her the kindness and respect that she deserves. But she deserves so much more. In my humble opinion, I think that she deserves a very nice bonus, raise, promotion, or all of the above.

Sincerely,
Matt Comer CSM CSPO

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Awarded My First Patent

IBM Patent Ref #: P202005330US01 – New Patent Application for preparation and filing

Patent Title: A method to customize Convolutional Neural Network with an application to assist user in determining whether to give permission to share media instance
Patent Reference Number: P202005330US01
Attorney Rating: 2
Patent “TO BE FILED DATE” (Due Date): February 12, 2021
Patent “FILE BY DATE” (Bar Date):
Law Firm: Rochester Patent Center
Law Firm Case Manager: Peter Suchecki (Peter.K.Suchecki@ibm.com)
Patent Center Specialist: MICHELLE SCHUSTER (mrschust@us.ibm.com)
Primary Inventor: Mayoore Selvarasa Jaiswal

Please be advised that Patent reference #P202005330US01 has been assigned to Rochester Patent Center for preparation and filing. The Law Firm Case Manager contact responsible for drafting this application and the planned filing date can be found in the table above.

The IBM Patent Center received a request to prepare a patent application for the subject docket. Most patent applications are provided an administrative due date of 3 months from assignment, unless there is a statutory bar date or other reason for a change of the standard timeline.

Before proceeding, please inform us if this invention has been, or will be, publicly disclosed (e.g., in an external IBM presentation, white paper, lecture, or the like) or incorporated into a product or service offered for sale, or sold, by IBM, or otherwise commercialized by IBM, and if so, when that occurred or is planned to occur.

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First Day at ADT

After a great pre-interview with my future Contracting employment company TEKsystems. interviewing like it wasn’t coming. While interviewing decided to take job with ADT in Irving, but then it became work from home forever.

With ADT got a raise, and 2% more 401k match, and what I am most stoked about is a potential 15-25+% yearly bonus. So fingers crossed that I can pull this off, as there is a lot to learn and do!

They were up 33% this year because everything going on and all the work from home stuff. But on the day I started, they announced Google partnership, with 10% stake in the company and almost 1 billion investment and ADT investing 1/2 billion, too.

The teams leading are on the Google integration for all of their mobile apps in Android, iOs, and Web. The team sizes are to double, they are hiring for Product Engineers.

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Certificate of Appreciation for ACP Veteran & Spouse Mentoring Program 2020

Certificate of Appreciation for For successfully completing ACP’s Veteran & Spouse Mentoring Program in 2020.

Awarded to Matthew Comer & Daniel Dizon

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Thank you for your dedication and enthusiasm for our program!

ACP

Sidney E. Goodfriend

American Corporate PartnersACP Chairman and Founder

 

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Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification – 6sigmastudy

I passed the Scrum Fundamental SFC™ Certification exam!
SCRUMstudy or rather, 6sigma, per the Six Sigma Yellow Belt course is tailored to help anyone interested to know what Six Sigma is; learn key concepts in Six Sigma; and to get a basic understanding of how Six Sigma framework works in delivering successful projects. This course is included as a part of Free Lifetime Primary Membership. Once the course is completed, the student need to take an assessment to get the certificate. The purpose of the exam is to confirm you have basic understanding of Six Sigma.

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Congratulations! You have passed the Scrum Fundamentals Certified Exam.

Certification Name: Scrum Fundamentals Certified

Certification authority: 6sigmastudy

License Number:

Valid From: Aug 6, 2020

Valid Till:

 

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Scrum Fundamentals SFC Certification – SCRUMstudy

I passed the Scrum Fundamental SFC™ Certification exam!
SCRUMstudy widely accepted certifications help individuals and organizations complete projects faster and more successfully. Growing popularity and acceptability of Scrum has created a great demand for Scrum-certified professionals in the job market. Grab the opportunity and join this growing community!

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Congratulations! You have passed the Scrum Fundamentals Certified Exam.

Certification Name: Scrum Fundamentals Certified

Certification authority: SCRUMstudy

License Number: 801113

Valid From: Aug 04, 2020

Valid Till:

 

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Last Day at IBM

Happy Fathers Day, what a weekend.

Now is my last day at IBM. As an IBMer, a short tenure.

Although, really I do not have anything bad to say about IBM and my time there. As after 16 years at IBM, June 22 was my last day, due to a large resource action with 22k US Employees only. IBM has provided so very much for myself and my family. While on my time there I did many things. A future patent inventor and all. But many Master Inventors much smarter than me were let go, too.

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Scrum Master Agile Project Manager – Open to Opportunities

Today is me and my wife, Jenny’s 15th Wedding Anniversary. It is also the day that IBM told me that I had 1 month until I would no longer be employed with IBM. That after 16 and a holf years at IBM, June 22 was my last day, due to a large resource action with 22k US Employees.

It is challenging to not get caught up in the decision that was made by my manager, as my yearly checkpoints had glowing reviews. However, I have been through as many managers in these last 4 years as an IBMer. IBM and the Marketing Services Center (MSC) in which I was a part of, due to the content work around in WordPress. Just this past August, my former Manager gave me the largest bonus on the team and also gave me a raise to improve my PMR.

The IBM Blogs team is a great team, made up of me the

Looking for a role as a Scrum Master Agile Project Manager , you can see my http://www.matthewcomer.com/about/resume on https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewcomer and my website, too:
http://www.matthewcomer.com/about/resume

thanks!
Matt Comer CSM® CSPO®
10709 Valley Vista Road
Austin, TX 78737

512.444.6465
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matt.comer@ibm.com
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Moontower Comedy Festival Volunteer

Theatre Manager

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To Book or Not Book a Cruise

How many of you like to travel?
How many of you like staying in a Hotel, a fancy hotel, an all-inclusive hotel?
Yeah me too.

Now, imagine a mile-long stretch of 25 story buildings in New York City. If you can picture that, then you get the idea of the size and scale of a modern-day cruise ship.

It dwarfs the Titanic.
Just to put that into perspective, here is a behemoth cruise ship as compared to the notorious Titanic!

It is like staying in a luxury all-inclusive hotel…. Not waterfront, water-on. A hotel that travels and shows up at a new town every few days for you to explore.

Late last year, I took my family on our first cruise together. Today, I want to tell you all about the cruise ship that we went on, then our experience on a cruise ship vacation, and finally some pro tips that we learned that might help you, if you decide to book a cruise yourself.

Our ship was one of Royal Caribbean’s newer and larger ones, the “Liberty of the Seas”.
Upon boarding we were amazed as we stood upon the top deck, level 14. And saw the enormity of the ship that we were on. You see nothing but the crystal-clear blue water of the many pools and hot tubs. And theater size screens showing the football game, and a running track around the whole thing.

But that’s not it, beyond that area, there is a basketball court, a rock-climbing wall, 2 water slides that out off the side of the ship and back, and another water slide for tubes. And the best feature, the FlowRider. A surf simulator where you can either boogie board on your knees or standup and surf!

Our destination was the Caribbean, with excursions for each port of call. In Cozumel, Mexico, we basked in the sun on a secluded beach lined with palm trees at a Beach Club. On the island of Grand Cayman, we went to Stingray City where we swam with stingrays (that had their stingers removed). As you can see here, my daughter absolutely loved it! And in Jamaica we climbed the famous Dunn’s River Falls without falling down! Which was quite a feat! Trust me!

But the one thing that all cruisers can agree on, is the food! And there is a lot of it!
The main dinning hall was set up as a buffet, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with literally everything imaginable.

And there are many other restaurants around the ship, but the formal dining hall is where you can enjoy a 3 course dinner with excellent service. One night, my wife and I were given 3 lobster tails each. And once waiters they found out that I liked Indian food, they would then bring me a 4th course of a different curry dish each night. We would be so full that we would go back to the room, take a nap, then go out to the evening or late night shows.

The Main Theatre that held over 1,400 people. There, the Cruise Director hosted a late night show with a full band and orchestra, similar to the “Tonight Show”.
Also, there were some funny Comedians, they would do an early family friendly act and then a late adult only show.
But there were more shows;

  • a juggling variety show
  • a Trapeze show
  • lounge acts
  • Karaoke
  • Bingo
  • wacky contests…
  • There was even an ice skating rink on the ship where you could ice skate, but it also a great ice skating show!
  • And even a Broadway musical, “Saturday Night Fever”!

Although we are far from pros, I got some pro tips for you, about what we learned.
For less roll and sway, it is best to have a centrally located stateroom on a lower deck.
But that’s the only reason to have a room located in the center. It gives you much more flexibility to amenities, remember how big the ship is…? We found out the hard way, as our room was located at the front of the ship, but almost everything was at the back of the ship. We were constantly crisscrossing the ship every time we left our room. But this may not be a bad thing, considering how much we ate!

The internet package is around $15 a day, but it only includes 1 device. We didn’t opt for it. And it was really nice not having a phone to check or a computer to do work on… I think a lot of other passengers declined as well. As it was so refreshing not to see everybody staring down at their phones.

Also, we didn’t opt to get the alcohol package, I know, Cardinal sin, I get it! But my wife doesn’t drink. And that is the way they get you, is that you cannot buy just 1 drink package, if you get a drink package, then your partner is required to also get a drink package. However, you can bring on 2 bottles of wine. But I did notice upon boarding the ship, they give you one last chance to purchase an alcohol package, but at Buy One, get one for ½ off…

Well, there you have it, I hope that you learned about cruise ships, an cruise vacation, and with some additional pro tips.

Cruising is a relaxing way to travel and explore destinations comfortably, and affordable, especially for what you are getting. They run around $69 a night, per person. And back in the day you would incur additional costs to fly to Miami to depart. Nowadays, being able to depart from Galveston makes cruising much more affordable for us Texans.

Now if you want to book your own trip, I am now I am a registered cruise line agent and happy to sign up anybody after the meeting. Ha-ha, just kidding, Thank you very much!

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