10 years, 1 month ago

Plan the Future

Planning is a topic near and dear to my heart.  When I see major transformations go awry, I immediately wonder how well they planned and gained buy in for what they were trying to achieve.  Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking at a DHS-sponsored event for Federal information management professionals.  Planning was the topic, and the audience was engaged.  No one in our industry wants to be on the […]

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10 years, 4 months ago

‘Tis the Season

It is that time of year … families and friends are gathered to share the most special moments.  We are reminded of how fortunate we are and how this life that we share with others is so extremely special.  Whether you are spending time with a few or many, it is impossible not to think of how we all need one another, not just in this season but throughout the […]

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10 years, 5 months ago


Thanksgiving is truly one of the best holidays.  Food, football, family.  As I have young kids I find myself getting back to the basics of actually giving thanks.  When I ask my kids what they are thankful for, I get all kinds of funny responses.  When I ask myself what I am thankful for, I get more functional responses in my brain: I am thankful for working with talented people. […]

10 years, 6 months ago

All I ask is to consider the impossible …

I was reading early this morning and ran across this quote from Henry Ford: “I am looking for a lot of men [and women] who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.” It struck me that this nicely captures many of the conversations that we have around Phase One and the thought pattern that I would like to see happening more often around town.  There is […]

10 years, 6 months ago

Collaborative Planning Methodology (CPM)

I think most can agree that enterprise architects have been getting more and more narrow in terms of the scope of planning that they touch.  In reality, executives and decision makers need a single complete plan of action.  They ask, “what do I need to do, how do I secure it, how much will it cost, and when can it be done?”  As enterprise architects have drifted away from solution […]

11 years, 5 months ago

How to Measure a CIO’s Effectiveness

I was reading an interesting article about Issa’s move to refine and refresh the role of the CIO in the Federal sector.  It got me thinking about where we stand with the Clinger Cohen Act and how CIOs really should be measured for effectiveness. The Clinger Cohen Act is a functional description of what CIOs should be doing.  It says do X, Y, and Z.  It speaks very little to […]

11 years, 9 months ago

Everything As a Service

These are interesting times for CIOs in the Federal sector.  Budgets are going down and demands are rising as mission customers are increasingly aware of how technology can impact their mission performance. Many CIOs have turned to philosophy … customer engagement philosophy that is.  CIOs are wrestling with: how should their OCIO engage its customer base how should they measure customer satisfaction how should their organization be configured to best […]

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12 years, 16 days ago

Common Approach to Federal Enterprise Architecture Published

OMB released both the Federal Shared Services Strategy (more on this later) and the Common Approach to Federal Enterprise Architecture (links below).  In the Common Approach to Federal Enterprise Architecture (which replaces the Practical Guide to Federal EA) is the first published overview of the new Collaborative Planning Methodology (CPM) (starting on page 15) … the next generation of the FSAM.  The work goes on to get the full CPM assembled and […]

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