Throughout my life and a career spanning a variety of domains I have shifted as needed from being a generalist, crossing organizational and functional boundaries to see how everything fits together, to being a specialist, working deep in the self-contained silos that make up the parts of the whole. The context of my work determines the extent to which I generalize or specialize.
I have had opportunities over the years to share my thoughts and ideas in a wide array of contexts and events. Here are videos of a few of them
- EMWCon 2016 – Two talks about how we use MediaWiki and Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) in a large enterprise
- JiveWorld 2017 – A presentation with the Chief Warrant Officer of the US Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps on how we designed and implemented JAGConnect, the Community of Practice for the JAG Corps.
- World Usability Day 2017 – A panel discussion on the topic IEP as tool for inclusion in support of the 2017 WUD theme of Inclusion through UX.
I have found over the years that what I do and learn in life can be applied to what I do in work, and what I learn from doing my work can help me in my life. Here are some of my favorite and most successful doings and learnings from over the year.
When my son’s gymnastics team wanted to host a USA Gymnastics (USAG) sanctioned trampoline and tumbling meet, I volunteered to pull it all together, with the help of other parents of course. Together we created Meet Me in St. Louis, an event that was described by many of the participants (their parents, actually) as one of the best meets they’d ever participated in.
As the Signal Platoon Leader in an Army Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Battalion, I was responsible for designing and leading the operation of the communications service that connected the Battalion Fire Direction Center (FDC) with the Battalion’s firing batteries and with the Brigade (higher headquarters) FDC.
Planned and managed the logistics services for the for the fielding of a new fleet of vehicles and communications systems for an Army Signal battalion. These services included the preparation and disposition of the old fleet of vehicles and communications systems, the receipt and distribution of the new fleet of vehicles and communications systems, and the coordination of all services in support of training personnel on the new systems.
Co-created and implemented a cross-country move from New Jersey to St. Louis with the family.
Fielding of a new tactical satellite communications system to Army Special Operations units
Migration of a Community of Practice program from one technology stack to another
Was a member of the winning team at GlobalHack II The Project OGSystems asked participants to build software that could allow domain experts without coding experience to develop applications that could automatically process dynamic data feeds to provide insights into global economic, political, and humanitarian issues. The Story …coming soon…
Member of winning team at #HackAutism, a hackathon in support of a local startup. A fun event, with personal meaning. While many St. Louisans held Halloween celebrations during the weekend of October 27, programmers came together for #HackAutism, a coding competition to develop tech solutions for PATHbinder™, a web application and companion binder KIT for … Continue reading “#HackAutism”