I’m a middle-aged feminist engineer, living in Toronto with Damir, my slightly eccentric Croatian husband, who is also an engineer. Since I do software and he does hardware, we’re pretty symbiotic, although he hasn’t yet figured out that the vacuum cleaner is, technically, hardware.
Born in Toronto at the cusp between the baby boom and Gen X, I grew up in a time early enough that women still had to fight for equal opportunities, but late enough that we at least had some chance of getting them; these experiences shaped both my career and my outlook on life. I’m the youngest of four siblings, which undoubtedly also shaped my outlook.
I love food, wine, cooking and travel, and it’s my goal to do at least one lengthy (3+ weeks) international trip each year. I’ve become addicted to Flickr, and constantly pull out my phone to capture the weird things that happen around me every day.
In my day job, I’m an independent business process management (BPM) industry analyst, consultant and systems architect, specializing in BPM design, social enterprise and digital transformation of core business processes. You can find my business blog here. In the past, I’ve started and run two companies: a desktop workflow and document management product company from 1988-90, and a 40-person BPM and e-commerce systems integrator from 1990-2000. During 2000-2001, I moved to southern California and worked for FileNet as Director of eBusiness Evangelism during the launch of their eProcess BPM product, where I ended up travelling to 14 countries in 16 months and meeting lots of people who I can now visit in other countries. Since 2002, I’ve been back to a one-person private consulting practice.
This blog came about because of all the posts that I was putting on my business blog that had the category “off topic”: rants about poor customer service, business ideas and topics that had nothing to do with BPM, links to the blogs that I created for my father’s and grandfather’s war journals, and more. I like to keep the business blog a bit focussed on professional topics, so this is my outlet for everything else in my life that’s not about BPM.