D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

April 2012 Entries

A Simple Framework for Creating a Culture of Innovation

I tweeted at the Sask 3.0 Summit that I’d put up a blog post on how we encourage innovation at my work, Online Business Systems. There was a presentation at the summit which showed a framework for innovation, but seemed quite large for what many organizations really need…especially those that are just starting to encourage their people to come forward with ideas and innovations. There’s a few things that innovation requires to really thrive within an organization. Commitment and Openness There needs ......

Sask 3.0 Summit–Day 2 and Final Thoughts

Day 2 of the summit was more of the same from Day 1 – which is to say fantastic speakers, insightful presentations, and great discussions. I really enjoyed the afternoon breakout sessions where attendees got together in groups to discuss topics like how to attract and keep talent in Saskatchewan, what the current and coming impacts to industry and economy are, and what needs to happen to nurture the next generation of technology companies. I think the entire Sask 3.0 Summit has been a rallying cry ......

Sask 3.0 Summit–Moving to Open Government

More and more we’re hearing about Open Government and its become a buzz word over the last few years. Those two words conjure up varied imagery based on who you talk to, and my own bias was this idea that Open Government simply meant a bunch of data was made available to citizens. What I’ve learnt after day one of the Sask 3.0 Summit is that exposed data is just one trait of Open Government, but its truly a shift in thinking on how to govern. You can’t do morning scrums on a Waterfall project and ......

Sask 3.0 Summit–Day 1 Recap

I’m only done Day 1 of Sask 3.0 Summit and I’m already exhausted – but at the same time exhilarated; the sessions today and the information shared was of huge value. While the conversation will continue here in Saskatchewan long after the conference is done, there are definitely new conversations that need to be had back in Manitoba. So what did I learn. Well, Open Government is here and is the future. It’s not a gimmick, it’s not a fad – its a new way to do government, and the paradigm shift is ......

People Need To Be Reminded How Valuable You Are

Here’s an interesting experiment to try. Write down all the projects, initiatives, operations, and successes that you were part of at work over the last year. Once you have your list, go to a few people in your organization: - Your boss - A team member - Your immediate manager - A colleague that’s not on your team The point is, go to various people that hold various roles within your organization. Now, ask them this question: What did I do this past year? Maybe they’ll come up with a few things, ......