Amanda's musings on entrepreneurship, money mindset, and being a woman in management consulting.
*note: video provided as an example, though the content is now somewhat out of date :)
This project spotlight falls squarely in the category of: "You want to pay me to do WHAT?"
Sometimes clients ask me to do work that is either unusual or something I've literally never done once before. In this situation, a client wanted me to develop a series of animated videos to communicate some complex technical information in a clear, simple, and engaging manner.
My answer was, "Ummmmm, ok?" and I quickly got to work researching different animation software and buying a high-quality microphone to record the voiceover. I developed storyboards, came up with ideas for visuals, designed the animations and selected background music.
Sometimes as a consultant you have to overcome your own fears about doing something new and learning on the fly. Turns out this was a super fun and highly profitable project for me, and I've actually sold subsequent work developing these types of videos for other...
This project spotlight is definitely an example of work that fell outside of my area of expertise and skill set. Sometimes as a consultant you end up selling work that you may not feel qualified to do, but with an open mind and willingness to learn new things, you can deliver huge value to your clients.
In this case, the client was implementing a new financial system and needed help decommissioning several old legacy systems that would no longer be required once the new platform went live. I was brought on to perform analysis, develop a decommissioning strategy, and deliver detailed plans to retire each system (*I'm not an IT consultant*).
I started by meeting with IT department stakeholders to establish a fulsome list of systems, tools and services to clearly identify what was in scope for retirement. I collected and reviewed documentation for each, and developed an overall strategy with timelines to guide decommissioning planning. I then worked with each application owner to develop...