What's Next in Information Technology Management



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Register for the Thursday, January 12, 2012 RMIMA Meeting

Difficult Decisions
Steve Wille - Author, Colorful Leadership

11:15 am Registration and Networking
11:30 Lunch and Speaker

$25 members  -  Free through Monday Jan 9
$45 guests -
Join as you register and attend free ($50 per year membership)
$15 students

Yes, you read it right, there is such a thing as a free lunch, at least for the first 20 paid members to register.

Most decisions are easy and have very little long term consequences. Other decisions are life changing and there is no going back. Picking a technology platform is an example of a tough choice that locks you in for the long term. Project managers often use a decision matrix with numerical score to make process objective and logical. This is essential, but not sufficient.

The most sophisticated decision engine is the neural network inside of everyone’s head. It is good at fuzzy logic and pattern recognition, telling us things we can’t see in a two-dimensional decision matrix with a simple numeric score. A honeybee swarm provides a model of how to make a life-changing decision by a network of intelligent beings. If they pick the wrong location for their next home, they won’t make it through the winter. Bees travel a five-mile radius seeking out holes in trees, looking for the perfect home. They return to the swarm and make a group decision. Suddenly, thousands of bees fly together in one swarm to their new hive. This session will present the honeybee method for making important decisions using sophisticated quantitative measurements combined with a group process that has been perfected over millions of years.

We will look at the bee decision process, along with other ways to make a great decision using the collective intelligence of the people affected by the decision.

Steve Wille, author of Colorful Leadership, is a senior applications manager at Great-West Life and Annuity. He has over twenty-five years of experience in corporate information technology management. Steve is a PMP and has developed multiple large information technology systems from the ground up. Steve's MBA degree is from Regis University in Denver, and his BSBA degree is from the University of Denver.

Register for the Thursday, January 12, 2012 RMIMA Meeting

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