October, 2008

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At Portero we had an issue with our network. I know enough about networking to understand the basics. I actually used to work on the IOS back during the dawn of the internet. Though things have changed since then, the biggest issue is I don’t remember enough to fix network configuration issues on the router level. Before I took the post at Portero, we had a company we contracted to configure all of our Cisco equipment

Agile Development as a Driver to Orginizational Change - Social.

Social, Agile and Transformation

I gave a short talk today to a group of VPs and CIOs on the nature of Agile. In a true startup, it's very easy for the team to adopt agile. But in an enterprise, agile development is a relatively new software lifecycle. Only recently

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Scenario planning: strategy for the future of global financial services

Trends in the Living Networks

For my keynote at the Vision 2020 Financial Services conference last month in Mumbai I prepared some 'quick and dirty' scenarios for the global financial services industry landscape in 2020 from a technology perspective. Below is an overview of the content I used in my presentation.

- Tech Nightmares Frighten a CIO

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Tech Horror. Sometimes my job as a City CIO keeps me up at night. There are some pretty horrible things which can happen to the technology which keeps City and County governments running. Halloween seems like a perfect time to confront a few of our most frightful fears, and here are a few of mine.

An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

Live Blogging WordCamp - Day2

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Our awesome M.C. Matthieu. Keeping WordPress Secure - Mark Jaquith. markjaquith.com. link]. Upgrades will be automatic, and that will help keep up with security issues. Top 50 plugins - good security, but less popular ones might have security problems. WP 2.6 - notifications on plugin upgrades.

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Keynote for Optus Business: Five Driving Forces of Connected Business

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I have just completed delivering keynotes in six cities as part of a national roadshow for Optus Business. Optus’ annual client event, this year titled Beyond 08, was a morning event for its clients and prospects in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.

Newspapers and Magazines Need Content Agility - Social, Agile.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Next week, I will be speaking at the Mark Logic Digital Publishing Summit on the topic Achieving Content Agility in a Web 2.0 Environment. The timing is impeccable as the NY Times Mourns Old Media Decline covering layoffs

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Micro-blogging in the enterprise: an idea whose time has come?

Trends in the Living Networks

Over the last few months there has been increasing discussion of how micro-blogging tools such as Twitter could be used in organizations. Twitter is now frequently used in external communication, with organizations as diverse as @SouthwestAir , @Comcastcares , @BigPondTeam , @SEC_Investor_Ed, and @mosmancouncil using Twitter to communicate to stakeholders and for customer service.

- Budget Crunch Opportunities

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ACCIS - click for more. What challenges do towns, cities and counties – large and small – face in 2009? I’m at the fall conference of Washington State City/County IT managers (ACCIS) this week. We’ve had a number of discussions about problems and solutions.

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

- Awarding the Police

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Seattle Police Foundation. The Seattle Police Foundation’s annual awards banquet was last night, October 17, 2008. Almost 200 Seattle police officers and civilian employees received awards for excellence, valor and impact.

- Budget Time for City Technology

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Balanced Budgets in Seattle - click for more. Seattle – like most cities and counties – is now deep in the middle of its 2009 budget process.

- MIXing Cities, Counties, Web 2.0

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MIX: A Group of Local Government CIOs. The Metropolitan Information Exchange (MIX) , an association of City and County. CIOs, met in Seattle this week. MIX is a select group of 55 forward-thinking technology leaders.

Expertise location: linking social networks and text mining

Trends in the Living Networks

A very interesting article in the Guardian today, US military targets social nets , describes new expertise location technologies. Expertise location has always been a central ‘killer app’ first sought by knowledge management and now part of the promised of Web 2.0. It is a fundamental driver in any large organization being able to tap its own capabilities and take advantage of being large.

Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

Business models for micro-blogging in the enterprise

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Today’s New York Times has an interesting article titled Start-Ups Test Dot-Com Business Models , which compares the business models of Twitter and Yammer (a recent start-up focusing on business micro-blogging that I wrote about in a recent review of the space ). It says that Yammer, while a tiny fraction of the size of Twitter, is already getting revenue, while Twitter is still focusing on growth and waiting to monetize.

CIO Magazine interview: Six key points for CIOs in creating value from Enterprise 2.0

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A little earlier in the year CIO Magazine published an excellent feature article titled Enterprise 2.0 - What is it good for? In the print and online articles they included a sidebar: The Organization As Media Entity: Enterprise 2.0 is about making mass participation valuable , which reported on my views (that I’ve written and spoken about on many occasions before) that organizations should start thinking of themselves as media entities.

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Twitter - a Brief Intro

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I’ve been ‘playing’ on Twitter for a few months now. I choose who I follow based on whether we appear to have similar interests, and I let anyone who wants to follow me. There are people who I follow who don’t follow me, and people who follow me who I don’t follow back. It makes for a kind of discontinuous ‘conversation’, and you might wonder why I bother.

Seth Godin says write so it couldn't be any shorter

Trends in the Living Networks

Hugh MacLeod has published a delightful interview with Seth Godin on the launch of his new book Tribes. A couple of excerpts that particularly struck me: Your books and blog posts seem to have one thing in common, they seem to be getting shorter and shorter with every passing year. I have no problem with that; I think people genuinely prefer short reads to long ones. For people aspiring to publish their own books one day, what advice would you give them re. deciding on a book's length?


Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.

Web 2.0 is happening inside organizations anyway – time to recognize it and do it well

Trends in the Living Networks

The current issue of MIS magazine Australia has an excellent feature on Corporate Web 2.0 titled Meetings of 2.0 Minds , introduced with the words: The social communication tools of the web are making their irrevocably into today's enterprise. The piece begins with the example of how Bond University conducted an audit of use of Web 2.0 technologies, and “uncovered a vast, organic network of technologies already being used…”.

The steady shift to an RSS-based universe

Trends in the Living Networks

The Guardian is now providing full-text RSS feeds. Let’s dig into why this is important, and an indicator of one of the broadest shifts happening in the information landscape. Over the last few years RSS has shifted from a geek-thing that required explanation, to the point where most people have an RSS reader of some type on their desktops.

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DOD deepens Web 2.0


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Advanced Distributed Learning - Home. msnbc.com video: Doctor challenges autism, vaccine link. IT'S NOT CONTROVERSIAL, MATT!! the fact that vaccines don't cause autism, that is

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Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

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Positively Autistic. " " since the early 90's, an autistic rights movement has sprung up, challenging the official view of autism and working to change how the world sees autism. In this special feature, we meet some of the people at the forefront of this movement, and find out what they see are the positives of living life as a person with autism.&

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Autism Matters at Work. Looks like it might be a good program, would obviously need to see the details of how they Recognize, Relate, and Respond. An important topic for any workplace. Powells.com Ink Q&A - Paul Nahin. I saw Nahin's book Mr. Euler's Fabulous Formula over the weekend. Not sure if I can wait for Christmas or not. Autism Information Library: Identifying, Educating, and Empowering Allies

Future Files by Richard Watson hits global markets

Trends in the Living Networks

A little while ago I announced that Future Exploration Network’s extraordinary Chief Futurist, Richard Watson, had released his book Future Files: A History of the Next 50 Years , including a few excerpts. Since then it has sold at a giddying pace, selling out in Australia, and has now been launched in 10 editions worldwide, including two Chinese versions. The book has now been launched in the US and UK to great fanfare.

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Ronald's Not Such A Bad Guy After All. Give's you hope, doesn't it


Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

Moving to micro-services, or even working with distributed applications in a traditional environment, brings with it a host of interactions that are often difficult to understand. This session will provide an overview of service mesh, a review of the Istio service mesh itself, and dive into best practices and integration models for integrating the traceability model into a distributed application.