December, 2008

One Hundred Pushups :


Photographer: Frank C. Müller. A while back a bunch of people were twittering about the 100 pushup challenge. Thanksgiving was the catalyst for me. I began my quest for better health about a week ago. The premise of the

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Is Your Enterprise Ready for Agile Development? - Social, Agile.

Social, Agile and Transformation

One of the beauties of agile is in its name. Who doesn't want to be agile? Can you imagine CIO of X Enterprise saying he or she doesn't want their IT departments to be agile? Agile proponents did themselves a favor adopting

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Our trend map for 2009: The vital Trends, Risks, and Red Herrings you must know

Trends in the Living Networks

Following our extremely popular Trend Blend 2007 and Trend Blend 2008 trend maps comes…. Trend Blend 2009 !

CIO Musings - Life as a Public Sector CIO: Richmond IT Jobs

CIO Musings

A job lead passed on from a business colleague, email me if you want his phone number: 45 IT positions opened with my client this evening. These "urgent to fill" positions and include: Project Managers, Project Coordinators

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.

Collaborate, cooperate, or coordinate?

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Using the Cynefin framework, Shawn at the Anecdote blog takes a look at the question of When should we collaborate? It’s always useful to define your terms before starting this kind of discussion, and Shawn obliges with the following: So what is collaboration then?

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Backup Your Files


One of the worst experiences you can have as a computer operator is to realize you (or something else) just did something and wiped out your files. The purpose of this article is to show you how to automatically backup your files often and automatically. I use this setup to backup my documents every hour (I save more often then that). This gives me hourly versions of all my files I am working on

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Top 5 Attributes of Talented Agile Developers - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Instituting the agile development life cycle in an enterprise requires technology talent. I made this statement in Getting Enterprises Executives to buy into an Agile Development Lifecycle. Here are my top 5 attributes of talented

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Interviews: Six important forces that will shape 2009 - Trends in the Living Networks

Trends in the Living Networks

About Ross Dawson. Keynote Speaking/Strategy. Future Exploration Network. AHT Group. Books and Reports. Recent Media Appearances. « Upcoming Keynote at MegaTrends in Abu Dhabi: Four trends transforming society | Main. Interviews: Six important forces that will shape 2009.

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Broadband for the Masses - Maybe - CIO Musings

CIO Musings

As a CIO in the public sector, it is in my best interest to see as many people as possible with access to the internet. It is the most cost effective way for us to deliver services to them. I am lucky that my County (Chesterfield, Va) is

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.

Of Ita and Theors: Anathem - my favorite read of 2008

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Like many others, I gave myself a 50 book challenge for 2008. Actually my personal challenge went from 1 Dec 07 to 30 Nov 08, but that’s a minor detail.)

- UASI, Bureaucracy and Terror

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Homeland InSecurity. This week I was, in turn, amused, maddened and fasincated by disaster.

Portero Raises 6.6 Million


I am happy to announce that Portero has raised $6.6 million in funding. The round was led by LFE Capital joined by returning backers including Grosvenor Funds. TechCrunch picked up the announcement early this morning and featured us on their home page. As I have a bit of an insiders view, I felt it was my place to provide a bit of insight into why Portero is such a great company

About The Wisdom of Crowds

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

In his book "The Wisdom of Crowds - Why the many are smarter than the few", James Surowiecki makes - indirectly but nonetheless powerfully - a very good case for Knowledge Management or the leverage of individual and collective knowledge. Simply put this way, that the many are smarter than the few is hardly a contentious statement. After all, a croud of say 1000 individuals should be smarter than only 500 of this same croud most of the times.

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.

Upcoming Keynote at MegaTrends in Abu Dhabi: Four trends transforming society

Trends in the Living Networks

In early February I am delivering a keynote at the MegaTrends conference in Abu Dhabi, one of three international keynote speakers together with John Naisbitt , who sold over 9 million copies of MegaTrends and created an industry, and Dr Lynda Grattan , author of Living Strategy and Professor at London Business School. I recently did a press briefing by video for journalists in the UAE, touching on some of the themes I’ll cover in my keynote at the conference.

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CIO Musings - Life as a Public Sector CIO: Fun or Work?

CIO Musings

A funny thing I ran across, in the midst of the pay-for-play thing going on in Illinois. You have to know someone was going to mention this guy's hair. New technology is all around us. Every day I run across something new

The Art of Learning

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Last summer I picked up Chessmaster The Art of Learning for the PSP to take with me on my frequent business trips. One of the things that adds extra value to this game is the involvement of Josh Waitzkin. (You You may remember Josh as the subject of book, and film, Searching For Bobby Fischer.).

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Backing up MySQL


Image via Wikipedia I don’t know very many people that haven’t been devastated by the loss of data… Yet I am baffled that millions of professional IT workers still ignore backing up their data. Since computers are great at doing repetitive things like backups. why not spend 20 minutes setting up your machine to backup your files for you. This guide will be specific to mysql to create a local copy of the backup

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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.

One Hundred Pushups


Photographer: Frank C. Müller A while back a bunch of people were twittering about the 100 pushup challenge. Thanksgiving was the catalyst for me. I began my quest for better health about a week ago. The premise of the challenge is quite simple. It is a six week program, that if followed, you can do 100 consecutive good form push ups at the end of the program

Networking & Outreach Workshop - CIO Musings

CIO Musings

(copied from a GRTC Email.) The Greater Richmond Technology Council, in partnership with First Market Bank, Interbake Foods and Mondial Assistance will host a Networking & Outreach Workshop (TechN.O.W.) dedicated

CIO Musings - Life as a Public Sector CIO: Effect of Unemployment

CIO Musings

I read an article in the paper tonight that claimed the unemployment rate could approach 10% before employers begin hiring again. And that it could be 2010 before that happens. All of this has been on my mind recently

Take me As I Am…

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

I wrote recently about the Dream Theater song “Solitary Shell&# and how it brought to mind the impressions many people have of autistic individuals. Tonight I popped in Dream Theater - Live at Budokan to help get the creative juices flowing.

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.

10 days of Twitter

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

After 10 days on Twitter I have 31 followers, am following 19, and have posted 74 updates. As one of his 100 conversations , Tony Karrer is interested to know how I use twitter for personal learning. I’m not sure I’m to the point where I’m doing any real learning through twitter yet, but here are some preliminary thoughts on my brief experience with twitter so far. Most of the people I am following are people I already know and had only occasional contact with.

Do you have a coach for your team?

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

In a recent post I asked if you, as an individual, have a coach. My question for today: Do you, as a leader of an organization, have a coach for your team(s)? If you don’t have a separate position for a coach, do you act as the coach for your team? Or do you just not think your team needs a coach to help them carry out their jobs and missions?

Building on our strengths

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

All too often I see people focusing on their own personal weaknesses or shortcomings. Worse still, many parents do the same thing with their kids and many employers with their employees. I’ve often wondered why this is, why the focus on negativity when we, and the people around us, all have such incredible strengths to appreciate and use. This focus on the negative is the most blatant when it comes to working with those with disabilities.

9 practical steps to getting great outsourced design on 99designs

Trends in the Living Networks

As I wrote last week , I decided to use the design exchange 99designs for our new logo for Advanced Human Technologies. We received over 140 logo submissions, including many very high quality designs, going through a highly iterative process to get an excellent outcome. Click here to see the submissions and winner (however quite a few designers have withdrawn their designs so they are no longer visible - the full field was a lot more impressive).

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.