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Fortune 100 IT professional and specialist in IT governance architectures.
Interests: Music, history, philosophy, spirituality.
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It's come to my attention that, despite the .org, the Open Group may not truly be incorporated as a non-profit. See I regret any misleading statements made above.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2016 on IT4IT as a reference architecture at lean4it
Flying back from the IT Service Management Forum meeting in Oslo (where I was honored to give an AM keynote), I watched The Intern. It stars Robert De Niro as Ben, a 70-year old widowed retiree whose boredom leads him... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at lean4it
Part 3: IT4IT as a reference architecture In January 2014, as an AT&T executive assigned to Target, I made the case I should attend the National Retail Federation’s big party (ahem, convention) in New York, at the Javits Center. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at lean4it
2nd of 3 parts. Part 1 Disclaimer: this post represents my personal views only. Let’s confront some of the harder frequently asked questions about IT4IT. "IT for the sake of IT”? “Oh, you want IT for the sake of IT?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at lean4it
First of 3 parts Disclaimer: this post represents my personal views only. I was in Edinburgh, Scotland this October for the official launch of the IT4IT standard by The Open Group. As a followup, I attended the HDI/IT Service Management... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at lean4it
hi Joe, I do think we can expect more from the frameworks. There is well-grounded knowledge covering these issues of throughput and flow. It can and should be incorporated into the frameworks and would make them more fit for purpose. I am trying to do just this with IT4IT. The thought leaders behind Kanban and SAFe are doing the same. Charlie
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2015 on What ITIL didn't say at lean4it
Hi Valerie, It's interesting - yes, we do have to have SOME kind of process in order to measure throughput. But in general, it's a process (like Kanban, or Case Management) that operates at a higher level of abstraction - not bogged down in dozens of checklists and procedural details, rather just tracking that there is some "thing" we are going to move through to some "definition of done." Charlie
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2015 on What ITIL didn't say at lean4it
I never wanted to doubt you but I'd be better off without you I'm no good at lookin' the other way It wasn't what you said it's what you didn't say Mary Chapin Carpenter, "What You Didn't Say," Shooting Straight... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at lean4it
Note: has been redirected here for a time. Yes, I've been a bit lower key on this blog. Current content work is in the following channels: Agile IT Management, from startup to enterprise The first survey textbook for collegiate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at lean4it
Thanks! Yes, there are many improvements needed. My top priorities right now are switching to Docker and selecting an optimal Web programming framework, which will then drive the testing. Part of my problem is that my class is very, very broad, going from hands on in the first half to higher order management in the second half, so I have limited time to go into detail. You might be interested in my open source textbook - Regards, Charlie
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2015 on Announcing Calavera at lean4it
The following section is from my forthcoming book, about midway through. This book is pivoting to be a fully realized academic textbook on Agile IT Management, from startup to enterprise. I work at a teaching university instructing a diverse student... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at lean4it
Yes exactly
Toggle Commented May 23, 2015 on Two-speed IT, not. at lean4it
Hm link appears broken. But why limit the # of modes? That's the point of parametric.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2015 on Two-speed IT, not. at lean4it
Bernard Golden has some good thoughts on bi-modal IT . My view is summarized in this picture: By my reading, there is nothing in current Agile theories (especially Reinertsen) supporting the hypothesis of bi-modal IT. We need parametric IT, not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at lean4it
I’ve been working with Vagrant over the past few months, and recently started investigating Docker hands-on in my lab. Both container technologies are impressive and useful and are changing the face of application delivery. But I have questions about licensing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at lean4it
interesting - thanks Ivor
Thanks Michael. I see my work as input for the standards community. My intention is to identify new constructs and ways of thinking, as hypotheses for validation. When and if evidence supports them, then they may be appropriate for standards. Reinertsen takes a skeptical look at Critical Chain in Principles of Product Development Flow, and I think provides better general-case thinking of how to approach the scheduling problem. regards ctb
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2015 on Emergence: theme of the 3rd edition at lean4it
Still polishing, but my new course description will look something like this: SEIS 660 Information Technology Infrastructure This course covers the engineering and operation of IT infrastructure, and related IT management practices in both theory and practice. Students participate in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at lean4it
Part V and last of the series, "Architecture, Agile, and personal re-invention" For my long time readers who may be scratching their heads over the last few posts, here's where I bring it back home. Evolving the Calavera simulation of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at lean4it
"Emergence" by Jack Wolf - 15" X 15" -- Oil pastels on posterboard - Creative Commons - Flickr I am starting the third edition of my book. The 2nd edition came out in 2011, and already the industry and my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at lean4it
Part IV of the series, "Architecture, Agile, and personal re-invention" On a different topic: I've supplemented this whole adventure with some personal productivity upskills that became essential: Linux desktop Asciidoc toolchain My main Windows 7 workstation was badly corrupted, to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at lean4it
Part III of the series, "Architecture, Agile, and personal re-invention" In the previous post we covered lightweight virtualization and its usefulness for architects. On to the actual software environment. OK, so Vagrant gives you raw servers. You still need to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at lean4it
Part II of the series, "Architecture, Agile, and personal re-invention" As I discussed in my previous post, I've taken the DevOps challenge to heart and am going to gemba to understand it better. This has required an intensive round of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at lean4it
Thanks Mark. There was some chatter that Pat Debois and others wanted to treat the Wikipedia page as normative, but I don't know where that went. I like Gene's definition but wish it mentioned feedback.
Part I of a new series, "Architecture, Agile, and personal re-invention" Architects and analysts have a lot in common, and I've been some combination of both for quite a while. We deal in abstractions, because we have no choice –... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at lean4it