The Proper Care and Feeding of Employee X … I mean Y and Z.

Those are some stats but.. what does it mean? At first glance the thing that I pick up on is that close to half the work force will be filled by the people in this generation. I think we will need to consider some things outside the normal conversation as factors. This generation grew up …

LOST -Line of Sight Tasking and Result

The last thing you did may have been the first thought in someone’s head and the last thing on your big list of things to do. "If you thought you were busy now, just wait." What the management books or leadership books have a hard time conveying is something beyond a process.  The tacit knowledge …

In support of our Warfighter Creed

Perception  "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein Google "Contractors Creed" and this is what you get from http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?57037-Contractors-Creed THE CONTRACTORS CREED I am a contractor. I look out for myself, the operators to my left and right, and no one else. I will always take advantage of the fact …

“It boiled down to courage and tenacity”: My “Inbox Interview” with Howard Cohen, Community Manager at DISA Forge.mil and Technologist by Chris Maher

I was interviewed a few weeks back by Chris Maher on Linkedin.  The topic was concerning "Trusted Computing"  and ramblings on security. CM: Howard, as you know, I quoted you at the 2011 NSA Trusted Computing Conference & Exposition: “Well.. I believe in Americans. I believe that when we see various challenges that we individually …

Happy 4th of July (SPECIAL DISPATCHES FROM THE FIELD)

Today is the 4th of July.   What does it mean to you?  Joni Douglas writes "Do we ever reflect on the hardship and terror that the early Americans must have lived through day after day? Do we truly understand the hopes and dreams that lay secretly hidden away in the hearts of the people back …

Community Management Metrics

Community Metrics in Context In late 2011 I started working for DISA on the Forge.Mil project.   Forge.Mil is a really great concept that was born out of the need for a change in the Department of Defense concerning software development and application life-cycle management.  Some the concepts that attracted me to Forge (that is …

Cloud SLA (Government / Defense)

I teach a cloud computing course for Thomas Erl @ Arcitura from time to time and the question that always comes up is the one about service level agreements.   It is a complicated subject that does not get enough attention in our industry.  I am presenting some of the discussions that we have had in …

Agile Experts Follow Up

A few posting back I challenged the Agile community to bring to light their process and methods.   My blog is posted on Twitter, LinkedIn and a few other places, at the very least a few thousand people get notified of an update.  A few folks in the community responded but I would like to …