Strategic puzzle pieces
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A plan is much like a jigsaw puzzle, a bunch of pieces that, when put together, represent a complete picture. If a puzzle piece goes missing the whole picture may not make any sense. Some plans, when looked at, create round puzzles, others are square and some are rectangular, but the common factor is that a well-done plan creates a complete picture.

Strategies are much like plans, they are a bunch of puzzle pieces that create a longer-term picture. Plans, or strategies, work when all of the puzzle pieces are the same. And therein lies the problem. Continue reading “Strategic puzzle pieces”

Agile Governance
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What is Agile Governance?

No, it’s not a term that I came up with, it has been around for a while and is meaningful with regard to implementing a governance structure.  Accenture defines it this way:

Agile governance requires you to find the right balance between the complete chaos of no governance at all and the smothering of all Agile benefits in overbearing governance

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Non-Partisan Research
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Within the U.S. government, there is an agency called the Congressional Research Service.  As part of the Library of Congress, the CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress.  They provide policy and legal analysis of proposed bills, existing situations, just about anything that someone in Congress needs information about.  They are considered to be accurate and objective in their reporting and provide members of Congress with excellent research in order to better inform the politicians. Continue reading “Non-Partisan Research”

Why Not Cloud?


One of the strategic goals for the Government of Alberta is to demonstrate leadership on climate change.  I think we can all agree that this is a very laudable goal.  Regardless of what Donald Trump and the head of the EPA in the U.S. state, climate change is occurring and we have an opportunity to play a leading role in the future of energy for Alberta and the world. Continue reading “Why Not Cloud?”

Smaller Teams? More Productive

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One of the ideas around DevOps is that things are done quickly.  In order to do things quickly the size the change needs to be small and intuitively that makes a lot of sense.  The smaller the change the faster it can be implemented.

Frederick P. Brooks Jr., in his book The Mythical Man-Month, talks about how developers are poor at estimating and that one of the reasons is that the amount of work to do a single item goes up the more communication is involved.  So, if one person takes twelve months to do a project the typical Project Manager (sorry, painting you as the bad guys right now) would assume that if you assigned two people you could get it done in six months.  And if you assigned six people you would get it done in two months. Continue reading “Smaller Teams? More Productive”

Technology Laggards

There is a concept of a “Technology Adoption Life Cycle“.  I’m sure you’ve seen it before, or at least a variation of it.

The bottom scale is the age of the technology from the beginning to it’s obsolescence.  The people getting on board early are the Innovators, followed by the Early Adopters and so on.  I didn’t know until I started researching it that it has actually been in existence for many years and the terms were originally defined by the North Central Rural Sociology Committee, Subcommittee for the Study of the Diffusion of Farm Practices.  It was interesting their definitions of the terms: Continue reading “Technology Laggards”


OK, my apologies in advance if this offends people.  It’s not meant to offend but to provide an alternate way of looking at things.  No, not “alternative facts”, but “alternative views”.

OK, now that that is out of the way, the PMP certification is killing project management.  I must admit that the impetus of this note is a post on LinkedIn that is almost two years old: “The PMP – How it Ruined Project Management“.  I’m going to try to approach it from a slightly different perspective and expand the scope a little bit. Continue reading “Experience”

Random stuff

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Who invented the light bulb?  Everybody knows Thomas Edison did, right?  Nope, not even close.  He, or rather his team of researchers, developed the first commercially successful light bulb, but light bulbs were in existence before Edison filed for a patent in 1879,  (Details) Continue reading “Random stuff”

Cars, Crashes and Serverless Computing

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Have you ever wondered why there are so many bad drivers on the streets of Edmonton / Calgary / wherever you live?  There are multiple reasons.

Reason #1.  It is human nature to assume that the generation before you wasn’t as good at xxxx as you are and that the generation after you isn’t as good at xxxx as you are and since the number of drivers is increasing that must mean that the generation after you is flooding the streets with bad drivers.  Not necessarily true, but people do think this way. Continue reading “Cars, Crashes and Serverless Computing”


Stories are powerful things.  Even when they don’t connect with the user, they still draw them into a world of your making and give them a peak behind the curtain of your mind.  And when they do connect, when the reader is drawn so far in that they are in your story, that the lows and highs, the emotions, are something that they experience, those are transcendent moments that can change the dynamic between the reader and you or just in the reader themselves.  Those are the moments that writers live for.  Those are the moments that change agents live for. Continue reading “Stories”