I research, consult, and write about open dataproject managementnew mediastandardsgovernment transparencymobile technology, and collaboration. Click or tap my picture for my contact information. 

Thursday
Jul242014

Dennis McDonald's Weekly Top Ten

For a given 7-day period this list shows the most popular Managing Technology posts.

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Saturday
Jul192014

Using A New Windows 8.1 Machine With Two Clouds

We have entered a very complex computing landscape where, if you do not have an affiliation with an organization that is in a position to specify an official computing and file sharing architecture and infrastructure, things can get complicated.

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Wednesday
Jul162014

Management Needs Data Literacy To Run Open Data Programs

Whether you have useful information stored in documents or in data sets you also need at some point to have the ability and skill to manage or at least understand the processes involved in gathering and analyzing the data.

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Monday
Jun302014

Don’t Let Tools Drive Enterprise Data Strategy

Isaac Sacolick’s Friend or Foe? How Microsoft Excel 2013 Creates New Data Governance Challenges is a refreshing look at the challenges organizations face as the capabilities of data management tools outstrip the policies and processes for governing how such tools are used.

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Wednesday
Jun112014

Data Transparency Needs Data Strategy!

We want systems and processes to be more effective and transparent, we want to be able to take advantage of improved standards and technologies when they make sense — but we also need to balance the cost benefits of change in a fiscally austere and change resistant environment.

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Tuesday
Jun032014

How Should DATA Act Implementation Impact Federal Project Management Practices?

While a central program management operation can define detailed technical requirements, technical approaches, and management tools, implementation work needs to be occurring locally – while the “train is still running.” How this overall governance process is managed will determine how long DATA Act implementation takes, how much it costs, and whether or not it is successful.

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Wednesday
May282014

Possible Pitfalls in Comparing Performance Measures Across Programs

You do need to avoid adopting standards and processes developed by other organizations without first understanding how and why they were developed. That requires research, communication with the other organization, and thoughtful planning.

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Friday
May232014

Government Performance Measurement and DATA Act Implementation Need to be Coordinated

Hopefully a coordinated data management strategy is something that Treasury, OMB, GAO, and the White House are already working on.

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Wednesday
May212014

Open Data and Performance Measurement: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Now we’re seeing more attention being paid in the public sector to data management strategy as data assets become a more visible — and public — components of government action. That’s a good thing.

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Friday
May162014

Is It Possible To Have Too Much Technology and Too Much Data?

The irony is that, in experimenting with various ways to augment our attention with useful and targeted information, we may actually be reducing, not increasing, our ability to pay attention to the really useful information we need to interact with the people and the world around us.

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