I was chatting with a colleague about the new EDUCAUSE slogan, “Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good” when I realized that the saying encapsulates one way to think of my work as an I.T. Architect. “Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good” is what I try to foster in the teams that I work with. … Continue reading Uncommon Thinking…
Chris Holsman wrote an article on I.T. Leadership traits for our internal newsletter. One part struck me as a lesson that has been hard for me to learn… A third leadership trait I’ve cultivated is to fish where the fish are, not where they aren’t. This seems obvious but I find it astonishing how many … Continue reading Fishing Lessons and I.T. Leadership
I stumbled on this at Twitter: http://twitter.com/etech Wonder how that worked? Sounds like you could enter comments on the eTech conference in Twitter and they would aggregate them. Might be an interesting way to gather up quick notes from conferences.
I just took the Learning Style Survey at http://www.metamath.com/lsweb/dvclearn.htm It explains why I’m an I.T. Architect I think. I like diagrams patterns and I have an artsy side. The results of Jim Phelps’s learning inventory are: Visual/Nonverbal 36 Visual/Verbal 32 Auditory 26 Kinesthetic 30 Your primary learning style is: Visual/ Nonverbal Learning Style You learn … Continue reading This explains a lot –
Our last CIO, Annie Stunden, used to talk about “what keeps her up at night”. These were the big intractable things or the big high-risk, highly visible projects she was working on. For me, it’s agility. How does an enterprise that prides itself on tradition and autonomy of everyone at every level become agile – … Continue reading Agility – it keeps me up at night
I have been talking with peers, pushing ideas around and working with various groups for a while and it seems that the work is finally paying off. ITANA.ORG (http://www.itana.org) is a peer group for I.T. Architects in Academia. We will share ideas, tricks and tools; work on common deliverables and working group projects; spread the … Continue reading ITANA.ORG – I.T. Architects iN Academia takes off
I have discussed with several people the need for a group of peers that would meet regularly. This group of peers (GOP – nah, already in use) would focus on the practice on the I.T. Architecture in Academia At the highest level, they would: * Define I.T. Architecture and Enterprise Architecture within Academia (and government) … Continue reading I.T. Architecture in Academia – need for a group of peers