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How to respond to a request for information on a system's architecture without compromising security?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Cairns Sep 30, 2013. 2 Replies

Let's say that I am a Federal CIO and need to respond to a request for information on the architecture of a human resource management system. I want to demonstrate that the system is capable of…Continue

Tags: security, architecture

How do you communicate the status of your federal capture project?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Cairns Sep 19, 2012. 3 Replies

Now this may come as a surprise to some of you govies out there, but at the end of the day, the majority of contractors want to deliver you a solution that can be executed to the benefit of all. The…Continue

Tags: dashboard, communication, status, capture, management

Should Project Management be a required college curriculum?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Cairns Sep 6, 2012. 17 Replies

Anyone who has ever worked in a business environment knows how critical project management is to bridging the gap between strategy and operations.  It is the fundamental discipline through which…Continue

Tags: tasks, skills, management, program, project

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Chris Cairns replied to Chris Cairns's discussion 'How to respond to a request for information on a system's architecture without compromising security?'
"That any better?"
Sep 30, 2013
Jaime Gracia replied to Chris Cairns's discussion 'How to respond to a request for information on a system's architecture without compromising security?'
"Chris - Let's look at this from another angle. Firstly, are you talking in hypotheticals or an actual response to an RFI, in which you are looking for advice on how to answer. If the latter, please link to the RFI, presumably on…"
Sep 30, 2013
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How to respond to a request for information on a system's architecture without compromising security?

Let's say that I am a Federal CIO and need to respond to a request for information on the architecture of a human resource management system. I want to demonstrate that the system is capable of supporting multiple customers (multi-tenancy), can scale to thousands of users, includes modules A, B, C, D, etc., is interfaced to systems X, Y, Z. How can I structure the response so that I don't compromise the security of the architecture? For example, what type of diagram can I provide? What type…See More
Sep 30, 2013
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How to respond to a request for information on a system's architecture without compromising security?

Let's say that I am a Federal CIO and need to respond to a request for information on the architecture of a human resource management system. I want to demonstrate that the system is capable of supporting multiple customers (multi-tenancy), can scale to thousands of users, includes modules A, B, C, D, etc., is interfaced to systems X, Y, Z. How can I structure the response so that I don't compromise the security of the architecture? For example, what type of diagram can I provide? What type…See More
Sep 27, 2013
Chris Cairns commented on Alan Pentz's blog post 'Top Five Complaints about Federal Contractors and Consultants'
"Sounds as if most of your issues with contractors/consultants are symptomatic of government mismanagement.  So what are you doing to change that?"
Sep 25, 2013
Candace Riddle commented on Chris Cairns's blog post '5 Agile Project Management Tools'
"Do you happen to know where I could find an Agile PM Charter template??  We're making a move to Agile, but our project charters still reflect a waterfall method."
May 15, 2013
Daniel Renz liked Chris Cairns's discussion Best and worst government websites that you've ever used?
May 5, 2013
Chris Cairns replied to Chris Cairns's discussion 'Best and worst government websites that you've ever used?'
"That is a pretty awesome one.  How did you come across this?"
May 3, 2013
GovLoop replied to Chris Cairns's discussion 'Best and worst government websites that you've ever used?'
"Pretty awesome site from Machester, UK  - manchester.gov.uk"
May 3, 2013
John L. Waid commented on Chris Cairns's blog post 'Sequestration silver lining?'
"Chris, Your comment to David is borne out by history.  About twenty years ago, several states went through budget cuts.  A couple actually shut down.  The good citizens said "Who cares?  Don't need them…"
Mar 20, 2013
Megan commented on Chris Cairns's blog post 'Sequestration silver lining?'
"I would like to tie it into the national anti-bullying efforts.  The cost of bullying in govt is outrageously high, and there are many bullies in the ranks, including HR and legal.  In the US, most executive agencies and departments are…"
Feb 26, 2013
Chris Cairns commented on Chris Cairns's blog post 'Sequestration silver lining?'
"@Danielle: you're absolutely right.  It may force us to think about our brand.  It may be painful building up personal brand equity at first, but once you do, you'll be in a better position -- happier, more financially secure,…"
Feb 25, 2013
Chris Cairns commented on Chris Cairns's blog post 'Sequestration silver lining?'
"@David: that's a really good point.  It may make folks appreciate the services that the government does provide.  Heck, we may even learn to appreciate the TSA!"
Feb 25, 2013
Chris Cairns commented on Chris Cairns's blog post 'Sequestration silver lining?'
"@Henry: if it turns out to be as disastrous as everyone thinks, there'll be lessons for sure."
Feb 25, 2013

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Sequestration silver lining?

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 2:40pm 9 Comments

By now, we've all heard of the negative fallout of the sequestration, but what positive effects do you think it might have?  There are obviously better solutions than this "meat clever" approach, but I'm interested to hear from you what we might gain in either the short- or long-term as a result of the sudden reductions.

GovLoop Templates - Project Risk Register

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 8:30am 7 Comments

***Want more project management tips from author Chris Cairns?  Join us at the Leading Great Projects session next Tuesday, 9/10 at our GovLoop Virtual Innovators Summit - free rsvp****

Nearly every government project needs to employ risk management processes and practices to ensure successful delivery. A Risk Register (or Risk Log) is one of the…

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Streamlining an integrated program management support function over one overarching government organization...

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 8:53am 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, a Fed approached me on how she should approach the challenge of streamlining an integrated program management support function across multiple divisions of one overarching government organization, which has over 100 projects ranging from $250k to $1B in life-cycle costs.  My answer, based on my own experience:

To effectively deliver integrated program management services to such a large portfolio, spanning multiple divisions, I recommended implementing a…

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The Consequences of An Inconsistent Acquisition Strategy

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 3:00pm 2 Comments

Dear Contracting Officer,

When you release an RFP solicitation notice that includes a timeline, competition type (e.g., 8(a), Full and Open, Woman-Owned Small Business, etc.), contract vehicle (e.g., GSA Schedule, MOBIS, etc.), requirements and other critical information, industry initiates a process called capture management. 

This process involves understanding your requirements; identifying capability gaps; developing a teaming strategy; identifying teaming partners;…

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At 1:30pm on May 24, 2012, Frank Stein said…

Chris, You don't need to sign in or fill out forms  to see presentations from previous ASC Events.  Just go to previous events, find your event of interest (in your case May 10, Social Media Analytics) and scroll down.

At 2:05am on February 11, 2012, Kenyatta Hawkins said…

Welcome to GovLoop Chris!

At 8:12pm on February 9, 2012, James E. Evans, MISM, CSM said…

Hi! I'm James! Welcome to GovLoop, your one stop shop to all things awesome!! We've got a lot of information to share with you here. It's my pleasure to help begin your acclimation to our web-space.

Might I suggest that you begin by clicking away to our "getting started" link?  Here you'll find great videos, step-by-step guides and wonderful jump-in points .Take a look; you're guaranteed to hit the ground running :).

That's enough for now my friend. Let me know if you have any questions.

  

From one awesomite to another, my very best,


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