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Certified ScrumMaster

Recently, I decided to get a certification…. just to be legitimized by an authority for a way of working that comes naturally to me. So I took an Agile Scrum class. Today, I took the test and passed. So, I’m officially a Certified ScrumMaster, in the Agile Alliance.


Cube Life

I picked up a really good contract, which requires me to be in the office 9-5+. There are long days in cubicles and meeting rooms, which is tiring but good. I’m very thankful for the opportunity & hope that I can help.

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Completed Speaking at the ISACA Conference

Matt Harrigan and I just spoke at the big ISACA conference today in Los Angeles. Jeromie Jackson was unable to attend the ISACA Conference to speak on the topic of Managing by Measurement Through the Use of A Controls Framework, so we filled in. It was a little last-minute. I had less than 24 hours to prepare… but it all worked out.

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More Seth

I’ve been a fan of Seth Godin’s blog style for a while. It’s more about citing a situation, making an assessment/interpretation of the situation, then positing fundamental business questions with the intention to get the reader to determine that they may need some help. Even when he writes a blog where he never uses a question mark, the blog is intended to prompt you to ask: am I doing that? Is my business acting that way?

In case you don’t know, Seth Godin is an branding and marketing expert-for-hire (and best-selling author) so, in a sense, he’s using the blog to demonstrate his capacity to think and interpret situations in a superior way. Occasionally, he’ll make a blatant suggestion that’s more preference than expert opinion. Very occasionally, he’s post a blog that seems incongruously banal… but that’s a rare one. When that happens, I quiz myself to ensure that I’m not missing something brilliant, then I tend to dismiss it by thinking that he’s just having a bad day.

My view is that his style would work for anyone who is claiming to have some expertise, and who has a few brain cells to rub together.

So….. here’s my point… I’ve decided to use Seth’s writing style as a model for the long ingnored L2ideas blog. I’ve stopped and started that blog a few times, and deleted previous posts just the other day. I doubt anyone is reading the blog… but what the heck, as I do more marketing, networking, and such… maybe it will impress someone enough that it will make it easier for me to build a relationship with a client and close a deal. Stranger things have happened. Can’t hurt.

Now, you may ask, what have I got planned for this here blog? Good question. It’s been diary-esque all along. But really it’s not even that. In actuality I don’t blog about many things in my life. I’ve gotten some creepy crap from readers over the years. So I rarely blog about the day-to-day of work and I don’t blog about my sex life. I don’t blog about emotional stuff, and if I do I usually come to my senses within a couple of days and delete the post.

As a result this blog is BORING — but if you’re reading, you already know that. Really, I’d be surprised if anyone is still reading & even more suprised if anyone has bothered to read this far down the page! So… I’m looking for some inspiration.

I have seen some successful bloggers that are “personalities” — but I gave up trying to be a popular kid on the “A list” in early 2000. I’ve seen bloggers who are brilliant hobbyists and blog about stuff that they are passionate about but don’t work with every day (photography, finance/investing)… but that’s not me either.

Right now, this blog exists because it gives me a certain “street cred” in the IT world that helps when I assert myself as an IT Strategy Consultant with some level of expert knowledge and foresight. I can honestly say that I was an early-adopter of this technology and others. Although I’m generally the last of the first wave, I “get it” and use it, so I’m not some old fogie who is theoretical about this stuff. But the joie de vivre of blogging has waned over the years for me. I’m still looking for inspiration… maybe the Seth style will work for me on a personal blog too?

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Professional Article Published

I co-wrote an article that was published today. Here’s the link.

If you go to the page, you’ll also see the link to my new professional photo.

This article gets me some visibility in the Healthcare and Medical business vertical, on a national level. I hope to get some business out of it.

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Impacting A LOT of people

Today, I formalized a consulting gig with a HUGE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION, a major retailer. You’ve heard of them. Everyone has heard of them. They are big, the biggest.

I’ll be working as part of a small tiger team. It is a project where we’ll create a strategy for utilizing existing and new technologies to communicate company information with the workforce/associates.

As I reflect on the conference call, I am humbled by the thought of how many people this work will affect. Something I am working on over the next several weeks will impact millions of people. I have not had the opportunity to impact so many people’s lives since I worked in the White House. It is an honor and a privilege to have these opportunities in my life. I just hope that I do a good job.


Dan Kaminsky: the Demigod, and a nice guy

Dan Kaminsky went from regular IT Security guru to IT Security demi-god this year. There’s something about internet celebrity. Lots of people get a big head and turn into jerks during their 15 minutes. But not Dan. He really is a nice guy. I have to say that I think Dan Kaminsky deserves all the kudos & press he’s gotten this year. Here’s just a few:

But I have to give a special shout-out & thankyouverymuch to Dan, his girlfriend Crystal, and Johnny for taking care of me at Toorcon SD. They were all extremely kind and generous and gracious to me. Here’s Divide’s photos of Dan, Crystal, and me from earlier in the night. (Go to Divide’s photostream on Flickr and Toorcon specific gallery)

Dan photo by Divide
Crystal - the coolest - photo by Peter
Me at Toorcon SD - photo by Divide

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Never Eat Alone

It’s kinda funny how much I’ve gotten in the “let’s do lunch” mode with business associates and friends. So far, it hasn’t taken too much of a toll on my waistline… but I have to watch it.


Market Aligned User Experience Event – Oct 8

A former colleague of mine, Sean Van Tyne, has an upcoming event. Unfortunately, I can’t go since I’ll be in Houston. But I would if I could, since I am confident that this will be a good presentation.

Subject: Market Aligned User Experience

What: Market Aligned User Experience seminar

When: Wednesday, October 8

Where: Del Mar Double Tree



LA: The View from Above

Here’s an image I took from my office in LA for the day.
LA office with a view


Taking the Train to Work

I am travelling by train today. It’s very European.


Work in Body Not Spirit?

I just got home from Europe. It is 10:AM in Venice, which means that I have been mostly awake and en-route for 28 hours. I am spent, but I am also feeling anxiety about all the stuff that I need to do. This anxiety kept me from sleeping much on the plane rides back… well that and the cramped Coach-fare seats.

Somehow, come hell or high water, I need to drag my butt to work in a few hours. Let’s just hope that I am present in both body & spirit. I shutter to think what my to-do list will look like.

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On the Topic of Identity

Protecting your personal and professional identity is vitally important because everybody knows everybody. Rather than 6 degrees of separation, I’m finding that a significant amount of new professional contacts are actually only 2 or 3 times removed from my former professional contacts.

In the modern era people move around and communicate so easily and often with people in other social and professional groups. This is especially true in the areas I’ve been working in: data security and compliance. Just today I was chatting with a guy in Colorado who knew my former colleagues (back in San Diego) on a first name basis. The other night I happened to fall into a conversation with a CEO of a company that is a business partner of my current company.

Of course, this is all predicated on the notion that your identity is good because you are consistently acting in an ethical fashion. When someone in the chain can’t be trusted, the whole system gets topsy-turvy. And so a corrolary maxim is that one has to align oneself with other people and companies that also have good reputations.

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