Angry Alligators and Workflow Processes


By: Steve Erickson

While attending the funeral last week of American icon Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon, I was reminded of how a gloriously successful career can be peppered occasionally with failed efforts.
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I am Thankful


By: Steve Erickson

As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday season, I am reminded of all the things I am thankful for.
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No Fault, No Blame, No Victims – A Necessary Culture for Collaboration and Problem Solving

By: Steve Erickson

Recently I participated in a meeting set up by our staff with Information Technology leaders from a Texas-based comprehensive medical care provider. The forum was organized to gain more insight into the information management issues facing the health care industry. Our hosts were gracious and open in what they shared with us, and I came away impressed; they have a highly mature standard of IM practices, not only for the health care industry, but cross-industry.
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Simple and Positive

Have you ever tried to explain your job to a child?

Randall Munroe wrote a book called “Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words” that intends to describe (with helpful illustrations) various inventions and scientific subjects using only the 1,000 most common words in the English language. It’s a tougher challenge than you might think.
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What’s Your Why?

There’s a decent chance you’re one of the 25 million people who have viewed Simon Sinek’s TED talk.

I watched the video and thought about the message, “Start with Why”, which is, appropriately, the title of one of his books and also the name of his website. So, as I set out to determine my professional goals for 2016, I did so with the idea that I would emphasize value over activity. Not so much, “What do I want to do?” as, “Why am I doing this?”
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In a Hundred Years. . .

Years ago, I worked for a company that managed technology, mainly servers and desktops, for government agencies. I was part of the team responsible for a database application used to track maintenance schedules, service calls and parts inventory.
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