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

July 6th, 2011

MIX Contributions

I recently had the opportunity to contribute to two Hacks on the Management Innovation Exchange (MIX):

Build a Strengths-Based Culture, by Josh Allan Dykstra Open the processes and the “books”, by Susan Resnick West

These are part of the Communities of Passion Hackathon Pilot being led by Chris Grams. I’ve enjoyed collaborating on this effort!


April 25th, 2011

Open Source, Giving Freely, and Self Awareness

[ This article is also published on ]

In a July 2010 post on, Jonathan Opp wrote about the nature of giving and participating in a gift culture/economy. One point that he mentions is the benefit of giving freely, without strings attached. I’d like to expand on that, since I think there’s a [...]

January 20th, 2011

Bonus Fund: Empower employees to fund initiatives with company-matched bonus money

4/14/2011 UPDATE: Here are some interviews with me and other M-Prize folks:

2/1/2011 UPDATE: My submission has been selected as one of the semifinalists for the HCI Human Capital M-Prize:

I’ve been following the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) website for a while now, and there are a lot of great ideas that [...]

August 20th, 2010

Organizational Dimensions, Personality Types and Development

In Transforming Your Company with Open Source (slide 9), I list some of the distinctive characteristics of four fundamental dimensions of companies:

PEOPLE   Talent and Skills Organizational Knowledge and Wisdom Social Networks Communities of Practice Values and Ethics TECHNOLOGY   Enabling Possibilities Creating/Designing Products and Services Invention and Innovation Productivity Tools Platforms Managing Realities [...]

September 8th, 2009

Transforming Your Company with Open Source — LinuxCon 2009

Update: 9/28/2009: Added slides

Here are the slides from my LinuxCon 2009 presentation on ways to transform your organization with open source. It builds on insights from Open Source and Interdependent IT and many other areas.

Transforming Your Company with Open Source

Make sure to browse through the notes for the slides as well. You [...]

August 31st, 2009

Open Source and Interdependent IT

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey presents a maturity continuum that progresses from dependence, to independence, and then to interdependence.

Dependence, Independence and Interdependence

Covey concisely observes: “Dependent people need others to get what they want. Independent people can get what they want through their own effort. Interdependent people combine [...]

March 27th, 2009

Mental Models of Commerce and Community

Commerce and community play important roles in open source ecosystems. Companies are great at building capital and targeting it towards focused goals through products and services. Communities are great at bringing together like-minded people from all walks of life and advancing their common ideals. Together, commerce and community can be an unstoppable force for turning [...]

February 20th, 2009

The Value of an Internal Open Source Community of Practice

One of the most enriching experiences of my career at Hewlett-Packard was serving as Global Lead for HP’s Open Source and Linux Profession (OSLP). The OSLP is HP’s company-wide community of practice for open source technologists, with thousands of members worldwide. Working to build the OSLP gave me insights into the value that an internal [...]