March 18th, 2014

ETL at LOPSA-East 2014

I’ll be speaking about Enlightening Technical Leadership at the LOPSA-East Professional IT Community Conference on May 3rd:

March 4th, 2014

ETL at the IEEE/ACM IT Professional Conference

I’ll be speaking about Enlightening Technical Leadership at the IEEE/ACM IT Professional Conference on March 14th:

December 11th, 2013

Enlightening Technical Leadership

I’m happy to announce that my first book, Enlightening Technical Leadership, is now available! You can download the ebook for free from my web site, and the paperback is available at

February 7th, 2013

Open Source Presentation at IEEE Delaware Meeting

UPDATE 2/19/2013: Slides from the talk are now included below.

I’m presenting about Open Source at the IEEE Delaware section meeting on February 18th. Here is the abstract:

Open Source software grew out of the practice of freely and openly sharing source code across academia and industry from the early days of computer programming. It took off along with the rapid growth of the Internet. Nowadays, open source software runs most of the World Wide Web, as well as the majority of smartphones and supercomputers. Companies are increasing their use of open source, developers continue to adopt open source programming languages and techniques, and society as a whole is being transformed by the principles of open source collaboration at a number of levels, from education to government to popular culture.

What makes open source so compelling? How does it work? What are some ways that anyone can benefit from open source, wherever they happen to be? In this presentation, we’ll explore these questions and discuss the opportunities.

November 1st, 2012

Holding the Personality Type Map Lightly

Some lessons that I’ve learned from personality type, as well as thoughts on how we can apply these insights in the world of IT, published in the journal Personality Type in Depth:

Many thanks to Carol Shumate and Mark Hunziker for their insights throughout the editorial process!

August 7th, 2012

Fluidinfo backend store for Annotator

Here’s a first pass at a Fluidinfo backend store for the Annotator project:

More info is available in these posts:

March 28th, 2012

Personal Development Insights from Open Source

4/16/2012 UPDATE: Slides from the talk are now included below.

I’ll be presenting on this topic at Indiana LinuxFest on April 14th:

If we pay close attention, our interactions with Open Source projects and communities — whether as consumers, contributors, integrators, or enthusiasts — can be catalysts for our own personal development. The insights we gain into ourselves can increase our capacity to handle stressful situations, reframe and expand the way we see our work, increase our leadership capabilities, and make us more effective in general.

In this session, we’ll explore a number of growth areas that we can experience in connection with open source, including:

  • How open source confronts us with an explosion of abundance, where we may be used to scarcity. How we can tap into the flow of giving freely and taking mindfully, shifting our mental model from idea bank to idea mint.
  • How open source helps us unify some of our fragmented identities (such as those we may experience in workplace roles and elsewhere), which improves clarity and makes more energy available to us in all spheres of our life.
  • How open source enables us to progress from dependence, to independence, and then interdependence in our interactions with others. Interdependence is one of the greatest force multipliers of our capabilities.
March 28th, 2012

Collabograte at Indiana LinuxFest

I’ll be presenting on Collabograte at Indiana LinuxFest on April 14th:

March 6th, 2012

Collabograte at PICC ’12

[CORRECTION on the date] I’ll be speaking at PICC ’12 (Professional IT Community Conference) on May 12 about Collabograte:

February 27th, 2012

Announcing Collabograte!

I’m happy to announce the open source Collabograte project, an integration platform for collaboration components!

Mailing list:

Collabograte helps you integrate collaboration components in your IT environment. Currently, it supports the following software packages:

Cyrus IMAP

Collabograte provides a reference virtual machine implementation that includes all of the above software packages configured with a number of integration points. Example: OpenLDAP stores groups of users which are used as the source of membership for Sympa mailing lists, whose messages are bidirectionally gatewayed to INN newsgroups).

Additional packages (including multiple packages for the same category of software) are welcome — the goal is to be able to mix and match any number of combinations that people find to be useful.

In addition to being a nexus for integration implementations that anyone can build on, Collabograte is also a vehicle for communicating integration-related feedback to the upstream projects and OS distributions. For example: the RPM for a software package can be improved to be more integration friendly; or entirely new features can be added to a software package to make it a better integration bridge between other components. Collabograte provides a focal point for that kind of advocacy and contribution.

I encourage you to check out the project and write to the mailing list with any comments, ideas, questions and feedback.

Here is an overview slide presentation: