My interests: Project, program, and data management; market research, digital strategy, and program planning; change management; technology adoption; books, movies, & photography. Currently I’m focusing on big data project planning & management.

My contact information is here. A complete index to this web site’s technology related articles is here or use the search engine located here. This site also includes occasional book and movie reviews.

 

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Thursday
Feb112016

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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Tuesday
Feb092016

What Goes Up Must Come Down: Comparing 'Big Data' with 'Web 2.0'

While I expect that the term “big data,” like the term “web 2.0,” will be with us for a long time, it use may very well decline as different organizations move ahead by incorporating improved analytics into both operations and their decisionmaking — regardless of what they call it.

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Thursday
Feb042016

Regarding Big Data One Manager's "Resistance" Is Another Manager's "Caution"

Given the wide variations that currently exist in most organizations in understanding the ins and outs of managing current data governance and analytics practices, it’s not surprising that bringing in potentially “disruptive” technologies will be even more of a challenge.

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Thursday
Jan282016

Should Clinical Trial Data Sharing Be a Precondition for Refereed Journal Article Acceptance?

To appreciate some of the implications of the recent proposal by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) to make consideration of journal article acceptance contingent upon the author’s agreement to share de-identified clinical trial data with other researchers, as reported by NPR, some context is appropriate.

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Tuesday
Jan192016

Challenges to DevOps May Be Deep-seated But Not Unexpected

A good place to start will be to get a good handle on the costs and benefits of introducing new big data related initiatives into the organization; the more realistic these costs and benefits, are the better.

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Tuesday
Jan122016

Horatio Nelson, Dwight Eisenhower, SharePoint, and Big Data

There’s a lot more to collaboration than just providing a technology platform.

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Thursday
Dec312015

Developing a Basic Model for Data Analytics Project Selection

One of the benefits of focusing on behavioral outcomes as a way of assessing the effectiveness or usefulness of improved data analytics is that behavioral outcomes are potentially measurable.

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Friday
Dec112015

Big Data Project Management - Where to Start? (Slide Deck)

A slide deck summarizing where I am on researching Big Data Project Management.

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Friday
Dec042015

Introduction to PLANNING AND MANAGING BIG DATA PROJECTS: SELECTED ARTICLES

I began researching “big data project management” when I started seeing publications and online discussions concerning big data project “failures” being attributed to the classic reasons for project failure such as scope creep, poor stakeholder engagement, and inadequately understood requirements.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

SharePoint Adoption Planning (a Prezi from 2011)