March 2015

Kicking the Can

CHAOS Tuesday #82 is titled “Kicking the Can.”  In this session, Jim Crear and Jim Johnson talk about the problems with the MBTA and how years of kicking the can down the road caused their current situation and delayed the future. Jim and Jim will relate this very visible situation to legacy systems that have less visibility. In our second segment, Evan Sorensen will discuss the merits and benefits of credit sharing and the problem of taking undeserved or not sharing the credit.  Thornton May will provide the cameo on oversight. The book review is Zero to One. In this show we will explore: 
  • Delaying the Future
  • Software as an Asset
  • Sharing the Credit
  • Oversight
  • How to Build the Future

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Evan Sorensen

Evan Sorensen is the founder and director of the New England Institute for Marriage and Family Therapy. After earning his MS Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology in 1995, Evan held clinical and executive leadership positions with well-known organizations in California and New Hampshire. Evan is currently an adjunct faculty professor for Providence College and Seminary – Graduate School of Counseling Psychology at the Calgary and Manitoba, Canada campuses.


Jim Crear

Jim is the chief information officer and architect for The Standish Group International. He is an experienced executive with over 40 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He has had a diverse career leading IT organizations in academia, biomedical, manufacturing, and software companies.


Thornton May

Thornton May is a futurist, educator, anthropologist and author. May is the author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics. He leads the IT Leadership Academy, and FutureScapes Advisors, Inc. Thornton combines empirical research and insightfulness in pattern recognition with gift for storytelling to address the information technology management problems facing executives.



Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.


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