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Blog It Foward – Caroleigh Deneen

As a new member of the SCN Collaboration team, it’s a great pleasure to join the Blog It Forward Chain. It’s been a fun way for me to learn about so many SCN members and really gives me a sense of the passion, energy and enthusiasm in this community.

Over the nearly four years I have been at SAP, I’ve had the privilege to work with some very talented colleagues on, the SAP Employee Network, and the recent re-launch of SAP PartnerEdge. Now that I’ve had a chance to get more familiar with the SCN community, I can see that this is where the fun is, and I am looking forward to engaging on a new level.

One of my new colleagues, Sofie Graham BIFed me here, and these are my answers to her questions:

The most fun project I recently worked on was to redesign SAP’s internal newsletter template. The fun came from working with a talented, passionate team, taking a user-centered approach, and the opportunity to have a real impact – all within a super accelerated deadline that helped drive us.

The best lesson my parents taught me is to be empathetic. Since I was one of four girls, it was their way of helping us care for each other and communicate with each other to solve problems rather than just being dramatic to get our way.

If I were an animal, I’d be coming back as my dog, Macho. Macho is a Great Pyrenees and a hysterical, fluffy, fun-loving, playful dog. He is a source of endless giggles to my family, and I admire is playful spirit, ability to win over people, and the love of life he imparts to his people and animal friends everywhere.


Me with Macho as a puppy…


… Macho grown up dressed up by my children

And a few more points of interest…

A fun fact about me is that I am an identical twin. Amy lives 2 hours away in central Pennsylvania, but she’s planning to move back to the NSQ neighborhood soon and I can’t wait! Two hours maybe only seems far if your twin – it might as well be the moon to me. My dream is to job-share with her some day (and before announcing it, see if any local colleagues notice.)

whatNotToWear.pngIf I was 20 again, I would have gotten an art degree in addition to my psychology degree. I always loved to draw, but convinced myself a psychology degree would be more practical. I should have done both! Since then, I have taught myself Adobe Illustrator and enjoy drawing comics as a way to communicate technology and user experience best practices.

So it won’t surprise you that if I was given a full day every week to do whatever I felt like, it would be to illustrate comics that inform, amuse and inspire colleagues on business and technology topics, such as the importance of user centered design and tending to the user experience. This one was part of a “what not to wear” lesson for colleagues delivering video messages.

Blogging it forward to…

T. Sean McGinnis

Dimitri Grutschik

The questions I ask of you are:

– How do you think the way you were raised affects your Career?

– What do you enjoy most in your work and why?

– Recommend resources of information that helped you in your work

Please compose your own blog. Title it “Blog it Forward – Your Name”. Provide a link to this blog as the origination of your participation, and enter the link to your blog in the Blog It Forward Chain once you post it. You can learn about the participation in the Blog It Forward Community Challenge posted by Moshe Naveh.

Thanks in advance for participating, I can’t wait to read your posts! 

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      Author's profile photo Jose Antonio Martinez
      Jose Antonio Martinez

      Hi Caroleigh:

      Welcome to the BIF family 🙂

      If you job - share with your twin you will have a lot of stories to share with us!!

      Regards Jose Antonio

      Author's profile photo Caroleigh Deneen
      Caroleigh Deneen
      Blog Post Author

      I can't wait to bring her into the office to pose as me and see if anyone notices:)

      Author's profile photo Audrey Stevenson
      Audrey Stevenson


      So excited to have you on the team.

      And I'm always surprised what I learn about my colleagues, both old and new, in these BIF posts that I did not know about before. Looking forward to seeing how your illustrations will work their way into our community efforts. 🙂


      Author's profile photo Caroleigh Deneen
      Caroleigh Deneen
      Blog Post Author

      Yes, it is great initiative and such a nice way for me to get to know everyone a little better. And I loved reading the story of your wedding - had me giggling in the office.

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt

      Nice!  I've dreamed of having a cartoonist on SCN (SDN days even) from inception.

      Let's roll some evil plans!

      Author's profile photo Caroleigh Deneen
      Caroleigh Deneen
      Blog Post Author

      Great! I have ideas I can't wait to share with you:)

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Nice to meet you Caroleigh 😉

      Author's profile photo Gali Kling Schneider
      Gali Kling Schneider

      So wonderful that you've already posted your Blog it Forward since as Audrey wrote its a great way to learn more about you!

      Welcome to the community and our team 😎


      Author's profile photo Steffi Warnecke
      Steffi Warnecke

      Hello Caroleigh,

      welcome to the BIF-club and the SCN team! (although I already kind of said that in the blog about the SCN team update *g*)

      Your dog is cuuuuuute and I have to say, he rocks the Pokemon-shirt!

      And if you switch with your twin, you have to keep us posted on what ensued then. 😀

      Since you're used to create comics to get points across and are now a part of the SCN team, maybe you can come up with nice little help-comics for new SCN users to illustrate things like "how do I use the search" and "how do I find the correct space for my question" and "how do I close my threads (and why should I do that anyway?!)".

      I'm a visual person, so having some nice eye candy in form of pictures or icons or something like that helps me remember things. Maybe this can make it easier for users to understand and remember basic forum stuff, too. 🙂



      Author's profile photo Caroleigh Deneen
      Caroleigh Deneen
      Blog Post Author

      Great ideas, I will start sketching. I agree, a little visualization goes a long way... I liked this one on the difference between a Discussion, Blog, Document and Wiki:

      Author's profile photo Steffi Warnecke
      Steffi Warnecke

      Yes, that one shows on pretty little space a lot of decision making. You have to write a lot of text to get the same information across (as one can see in the table above the infograph ^^).

      I'm looking forward to your ideas on those topics aaaand have to agree with Florian: I'd love to see some other comics, too. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Florian Henninger
      Florian Henninger

      Hello Caroleigh,

      welcome to the BIF-club...would be awesome if you would share a comic 😉 .

      I love comics.


      Author's profile photo Naveen Vishal
      Naveen Vishal

      Hi Caroleigh Deneen,

      Welcome to BIF Family.!

      Nice to know you are animal lover and enjoying Macho's company.

      I had one named Ruby, but after her don't have courage to adopt another one.

      Aw, as Florian said, do share you drawings. 🙂



      Author's profile photo Carlos Roggan
      Carlos Roggan

      Hi Caroleigh,

      impressed of your choice between psychology and arts, I'd like to remind you that art is a source of breed for human being. For a sensitive person like you it will be always with you.

      Enjoy it!



      Author's profile photo ' MoazzaM '
      ' MoazzaM '


      As everyone is saying Welcome to BIF chain and in SCN Gamification team. How does Amy look like? Do you guys have any difference? or lets say it in some other way that can a new comer differentiate between you and Amy? Your answer might help your local colleagues 😉


      Author's profile photo Pedro Freitas
      Pedro Freitas

      Hi Caroleigh!

      You've got talent! If more art like that was used in companies' communication, probably employees would enjoy them a lot more 🙂

      I just published my Blog It Forward - Pedro Freitas, don't have a talent for drawing, but some cool facts on Brazil if you're interested!

      Author's profile photo Caroleigh Deneen
      Caroleigh Deneen
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Pedro! I just read your post, thanks for sharing I learned so much about Brazil. I can't wait to tell my son about your jersey collection. He has four and I thought that was a lot! He's only 11 though, he has some time to catch up. My NSQ colleague, Andrea Schuessler, is moving to Brazil this month. I will find out where, maybe you will be neighbors:)

      Author's profile photo Pedro Freitas
      Pedro Freitas

      Which team does he support? In addition to the around 180 I have from the local team I support here in Brazil I always try to get a jersey from the places I visit. My brother is pursuing a master of laws at Georgetown in Washington DC right now...I'll probably be getting my DC United jersey when I visit him 🙂

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Nice to meet you Caroleigh. So wonderful that you’ve already posted your Blog it Forward