I’ve been pondering, wondering and worrying about how to bring value out of ITANA.org to the world at large. I struck upon a metaphor over dinner with a friend at EDUCAUSE recently that brought my vision and the issues I’m pondering into sharp light for me at least. I watched Captains Courageous, a … Continue reading ITANA.org – bringing the catch home
Brick diagrams are a strategic planning tool that I mentioned in passing in my ITANA talk at EDUCAUSE. Since then, I’ve had several people ask for more information. So here it is… more information. Brick Diagrams are used by NIH in their Enterprise Architecture planning process. You can see the NIH brick diagrams … Continue reading Brick Diagrams and related planning tools
Just had a hallway (okay, exhibit floor conversation) with Tom Black of Stanford University. They have ideas on embedded enrollment functions in several places: inside their LMS, available via iPhone applications and elsewhere. They would expose those enrollment functions as services then write to those services. Interesting. We also talked about orchestrating a flow, click … Continue reading SOA from the Registrar’s Perspective
Introductions of people. A lot of interesting constituent groups that I didn’t realize existed: I.T. Metrics, Learning Space Design. http://www.educause.edu/groups Cynthia Golden – VP for EDUCAUSE is doing the EDUCAUSE update. There was a new President last year. They have been doing a lot of change management over the past year. There is a new … Continue reading CG Leaders Meeting @ EDUCAUSE 2008
I was riding on a late Summer evening in September and this is a meditation upon a few minutes in that ride. If you are not familiar with the hills and valleys of Southwestern Wisconsin, let me describe them. These are old mountains, the Driftless, worn down over the aeons by rain and snow. These … Continue reading Riding East with Cranes
One week after the Door County Century (nearly) and I’m finally getting around to writing about it. In short – it was a great ride, a wonderful cap-stone to the cycling season; but I’m jumping ahead. The night before, Erik, Monica, LeRoy, Ena, Barbara and I had dinner of a lot of spaghetti and bread … Continue reading Door County Century Recount
I had an 8:30 AM meeting this morning, it was raining and I was running around looking for my rain gear (helmet cover, shoe covers, leg warmers, etc). … They will go North with me up to Door County for my century ride on Sunday but that’s another story. … I get on my bike and I start cranking it out to get into work. … I get to the first stop sign and I realize that he is in my draft. … Mike pulls out in the lead like he is going to pull for a while. … I pull out the stop and get in his draft for while then it is my turn to take lead. … I’m thinking to myself, “well, if he is going pull us at 25 MPH, I’ll pull at 25 MPH.” I’m on my commuter bike with full fenders, a rack and a 12 pound pannier with lunch, change of clothes and all my miscellany in it. I’m working hard but if we’re going to do a 25 MPH pace, then dammit, I’m going to take my pull. Suddenly Mike (as I later learn his name is) pulls along side and says, ” You do know I’m cheating don’t you?