An excellent presentation

Early this morning I attended a breakfast organised by Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce at The Petone Working Men’s Club. The speaker was Dr John McDermott, Assistant Governor, Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Dr McDermott gave an excellent presentation of some key elements affecting the NZ economy. This was a clear and well thought out exposition of what influences the economy. There was a useful Q & A session following the presentation.

And in the beginning there was the bus….

Before the app, before the smartphone, before the network, there was the bus. And the bus headed south from San Francisco toward a new world.

So begins an interesting post at Nicholas Carr’s Rough Type Blog Carr looks at the difference between the bus (as a stand in for society) as exemplified in Tom Wolfe’s classic The Electric Kool- Aid Acid Test (Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters and the 1960s) and the Google Bus of today.

Read the post, it raises some interesting points.

Finally this quote from Wolfe’s classic, which Carr uses to set the scene for his discussion:-

“There are going to be times,” says Kesey, “when we can’t wait for somebody. Now, you’re either on the bus or off the bus. If you’re on the bus, and you get left behind, then you’ll find it again. If you’re off the bus in the first place — then it won’t make a damn.” And nobody had to have it spelled out for them. Everything was becoming allegorical, understood by the group mind, and especially this: “You’re either on the bus . . . or off the bus.” –Tom Wolfe

This resonates with me today, as it did when I first read it many years ago. We can use to be on the bus, or we can let it go without us.

 

 

The role of procurement in software project failure

The Institute of Information Technology Professionals is conducting a very brief survey of IT procurement in project failure. Please, if you have relevant experience take part in the survey. Details are below:

Gmail - The role of procurement in software project failure (2)The survey can be accessed here http://www.iitp.org.nz/spsurvey

It is very concise so please assist us in this research effort.

As many of you know I have a long held interest in the causes of project failure, so I look forward to seeing the results of this survey.

IITP Wellington Branch Committee

I am standing for election to the Wellington Branch Committee of IITP. The voting process is now open. I note with interest that if I had not stood the probability is that the 2013 Committee Group Ticket would have been returned unopposed. So in that sense you could describe me as an independent voice.

My intent in standing is to assist IITP further it’s aims. In addition I believe passionately that we need to improve governance in business. Therefore should I be fortunate enough to gain sufficient votes to be elected I should wish to promote the efforts of IITP both in Wellington and nationally in this critical area.

Please help me if you are an IITP Wellington elector by supporting my candidacy.

Thank you

Improving Assurance over ICT in Government

I attended an interesting presentation at lunchtime today. The presenter was  Alison Schulze the recently appointed Director of ICT Assurance at Department of Internal Affairs. Ms Schulze reports via Tim Occleshaw, Deputy Chief Executive -  Service and System Transformation, Government Chief Technology Officer  to Colin MacDonald, DIA CEO and Government Chief Information Officer. The remit of Ms Schulze is across government and not confined to just DIA.  

Initial indications from the session today are that government is, at long last, making serious efforts to get to grips with the issue of assurance based on a business perspective, not just an IT one. However, it is as stated today very much work in progress.

I hope to be able to write in more detail on this in the near future.

#IITp Conference 2013 – Tauranga

Arrived late Wednesday afternoon in Tauranga. Checked into the Trinity Wharf hotel. Great location on the water. Beautiful views of tranquil waters. Hotel comfortable and modern with the advantage of free WiFi.

First up event was a Welcome reception, conferences are such hard work.
Refreshed, I retired for the night to be ready for the fray today.

Attending IITP Conference 2013

Later this week I will be attending the 2013 IITP Conference in Tauranga. This conference is focused on Innovation as one of it’s key themes.

Sessions I am looking forward to include the keynotes and a governance presentation. I am keen to understand how others see governance supporting and enhancing innovation.
More on the conference soon.

Adventures in the cloud

I have been using Dropbox  for some considerable time, but recently have looked at the product more seriously. The app allows you a good amount of free storage, plus bonuses for referrals.

Dropbox enables me to reduce, eliminate, reliance on USB sticks and external drives. Ease of use is excellent.

I can access the app via the web, plus I have the Dropbox client installed on my iPad Mini, Smartphone, personal laptop and my backup laptop. It makes storing, accessing and handling data of all types so much easier.

Should you decide to try Dropbox, please use this code  http://db.tt/Sz0zjOD5  , as we will both get some bonus free storage.

Governance – Getting your all your ducks in a row for Shared Services Success

Earlier today I gave the presentation embedded below to the Conferenz conference on Shared Services in Wellington.

I thought some of my readers might wish to see it as well.

Speaking engagement

I am speaking at a conference in Wellington on 24/25 June. My topic is Governance in the context of Shared Services.

More details to follow shortly.