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June, 2007

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I joined Microsoft in June 2006 as a Platform Strategy Advisor.  I approach the intersection of business and technology as a business person first, and a technologist second.  This blog is a place to share my passion for how technology can enable business and IT strategy, and how businesses can use technology to enable people to achieve the results that really matter in their lives. 

In years past, I've held a variety of strategic technical and business roles at Ford Motor Company.  Prior to joining Ford in 2000, I was a public sector consultant focused on preventing the type of election debacle that later happened in Florida in 2000.    Before that, I served as Director of Elections for Douglas County, Washington, USA, where we conducted the first all mail-in ballot federal election in the United States. 

Beyond strategy and technology in general, other related passions include systems thinking, continuous learning, global business, and innovation. 

 

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    Mono Moonlight - Silverlight on Linux is near

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    Technorati Tags: Silverlight , moonlight , linux , UX , User Experience Just saw this from Jesse Ezell: Mono is expected to release an alpha version of Moonlight later this week at the Paris MIX.  This will let users running browsers on Linux clients...
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    Computing Is A Liberal Art, Part 3: Strategies for Reinforcing Loops and the Hive Mind

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    Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , complexity science , adaptive , change , learning , Popfly , computing is a liberal art , knowledge , cyborg Here's a conundrum: if knowledge is personal, how do I benefit from what you "know"...
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    Computing Is A Liberal Art, Part 2: Knowledge is personal

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    Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , complexity science , adaptive , change , learning , Popfly , computing is a liberal art , knowledge , cyborg In the natural world, few (if any) things grow without limits.  In the case of information...
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    Computing Is A Liberal Art, Part 1: Education Inflation

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    Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , complexity science , adaptive , change , learning , Popfly , computing is a liberal art , knowledge , cyborg Education Inflation   Most of us are familiar with the rising cost of education/tuition...
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    Build to last is dead, speed rules, competency is currency. Resistance is futile.

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    Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , adaptive , change , decision making , learning , context aware , cyborg An email exchange with a few colleauges last night, including Chris Bernard and Josh Holmes , got me thinking about the network as...
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    Learning to thrive in times of accelerating change

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    Technorati Tags: continuous learning , systems thinking , adaptive , change , learning Over the last couple of years I've often heard about the need for a "sense and respond" capability -- to sense what's happening in our businesses and to respond...
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    A GREAT collection of Lean Software Development Info

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    Technorati Tags: systems thinking , lean manufacturing , lean , six sigma , learning , software development methods I just stumbled across Brad Appleton's fantastic collection of resources on Lean and Agile software development .  Books, presentations...
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    Acropolis Lives!

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    Acropolis is CTP! The WindowsClient.net site says: Acropolis builds on the rich capabilities of Microsoft Windows and the .NET Framework, including Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), by providing tools and pre-built components that help developers...
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    2-D Barcodes: Siren Song or Beach Party?

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    Jon Box posted some about 2D barcodes a couple weeks back. In that post he threw down the gauntlet, challenging me to identify a set of business scenarios -- beyond the great examples he already listed -- that could leverage this technology to create...
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    What is Surface?

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    Well, by now I imagine many folks may have heard a little bit about Surface -- Microsoft's latest computing innovation. There's a reason Surface is getting a lot of buzz: it really is ground breaking! For those who haven't seen it yet, you owe it to yourself...
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    Want more info on Popfly?

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    I recently got into the Popfly alpha, and have been playing around with it off and on for the last week or two. Here's a screenshot of a simple, compact News Reader that pulls in RSS feeds from the blogs of the members of the Microsoft's DPE team that...
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