Monday, December 14, 2009

Capstones were great!

Saturday I went to the GW EMIS Capstones. For those of you not in the know, EMIS is the Executive Masters [MSIST degree] in Information Systems program at the George Washington University's School of Business. The Capstones are like a Thesis Paper that a Master's student would deliver in order to satisfy the requirements of their degree program; the Capstone is a team project. The goal of the project is to deliver a working product with a business plan demonstrating a feasible ROI and expected profitability timelines!

Good work and best of luck to the (fall) class of 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

You can call me Dr. Rhoads (one day)

What? Yeah I am going to pursue a PhD to forgo my student loans! All kidding aside, why do I want to pursue a PhD and on what subject?

I am going to do my dissertation on IT Right Staffing. Remember IT is about the people! (Check out the hyper link and read it) The dissertation will focus on designing a functional organizational chart, with the necessary education and skillets of the positions.

I am going to focus on everything from Helpdesks/Service desks to Project Management Offices and everything in between such as Engineering and Operations up through [Enterprise]Architecture. They [Engineering and Operations] are not the same as many non-technical managers seem to believe i.e. Engineers design and Operators operate and fix!

To give you a little idea on what I am doing research on (and writing about): For example, I am going to focus on what an Operator and an Engineer are. An Operator will have some college and certifications as well as a break/fix mindset (hence the cowboy). An Engineer’s mindset should be one of “how do I design this to never break”, they must have a B.S. Computer Science and (should have) a M.S. in Computer Science or Information Systems.

Computer Science degree = techi. Information Systems grads are not techies, they manage them! This is very important to remember when sizing your management and technical teams.

So this is a little taste of what I will be working on. Wish me luck!!