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DIARY: April 4, 2004 06:22 PM Sunday;
Gary answers Morris' letters on using SDS at Aerospace company.
........Morris Famous Boswell Johnson Developing SDS Com Metrics Ideas
........SDS Unique Difficult to Reverse Engineer Need Enabling Forces
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Analysis Follow Up Strategy Planning to Set Direction Support Drives
Communication Metrics Accurate Memory Better than Forgetting Improve
Aerospace company Evaluation Contract Letter to Morris on Terms and Con tions 08
Medit Improvements Needed Gary Submits Notice Answering Morris' Lett
Aerospace company Contract to Use SDS Gary Answers Morris' Letters to G y Date 10
Accurate Memory Better than Forgetting Improved by SDS Working Intel
Aerospace company Agreement Use SDS for Communication Metrics 23
Aerospace company Procurement Discuss NDA for IP Protections on Purchas Order 26
Notify Morris of Terms and Conditions for Agreement with Aerospace comp y and 42
Aerospace company Contract Approved to Use SDS Gary Answers Morris' Let rs to
4512 - ..
4513 - Summary/Objective
451401 - Follow up ref SDS 17 0000.
451403 - Received ref DRT 1 0001 from Gary using planning on 040322,
451404 - ref SDS 17 SK6G, for answering Morris' letter on 031008, ref SDS 6
451405 - 1T9M, that offered ideas on advancing Gary's progress using SDS, with
451406 - ideas to add analysis; and further answering Morris' recent letter on
451407 - 040304 with ideas for the contract with Aerospace company. ref SDS 14
451408 - LX4I
451410 - ..
451411 - Gary says in his letter....
451413 - 1. Thanks very much for input on March 4 developing a contract for
451414 - Aerospace company to evaluate SDS. ref SDS 14 LX4I As of Mar
451415 - 30 this is a done deal, ref SDS 18 1G8I, and much of what you
451416 - suggested was put in the agreement. My ops manager, Gil, and I
451417 - pretty much held Rod's hand getting the form filled out, Gil
451418 - prodded Procurement to get it done, and Jackie Hotard actually
451419 - made it happen. ref DRT 1 0001
451421 - ..
451422 - 2. There is no specific discussion of NDA. Rod and the Aerospace
451423 - company procurement gal worked out some language on areas that
451424 - are unique to SDS, and POIMS is mentioned [reported on 040317,
451425 - ref SDS 16 PQ6P], so I think we are okay. [On 040402,] I sent
451426 - out an announcement letter to those at Aerospace company I
451427 - thought should be interested. ref SDS 19 LN7T I have SDS back
451428 - up now, and have converted the records I have been writing in
451429 - another program into SDS records. As time permits, I will
451430 - weave them into the history, and flesh out at least some of the
451431 - records where I now have placeholders and handwritten notes.
451432 - [reported to the Aerospace Company on 040402, ref SDS 19 GO6U]
451433 - Not all of it will get done, as I couldn't keep up with SDS in
451434 - real time, much less play catch-up. ref DRT 1 LU6F
451436 - ..
451437 - On 040227 Gary reports advantage of SDS in relation to using other
451438 - programs for producing SDS-type records for working intelligently.
451439 - ref SDS 11 RH6K At that time, on 040227 Gary reported that adding
451440 - more staff was not sufficient to replace SDS. ref SDS 11 RH77
451442 - [On 080104 Morris Jones and Jack Park discuss performing
451443 - SDS support for working intelligently using greater
451444 - diligence with Microsoft programs. ref SDS 21 EM9F
451446 - ..
451447 - 3. I have been meaning to answer your letter of October 8, but
451448 - time has just flown by. We seem to be in constant crisis mode
451449 - scrambling to revise budgets and schedules every time someone
451450 - goes to Washington, or the customer shows up and says something
451451 - that management feels changes our marching orders. Since they
451452 - took SDS away back in January, I keep falling further behind,
451453 - as well, on my personal things to do. ref DRT 1 008G
451455 - 4. ..
451456 - Glad to have a moment to get back to you on the request for
451457 - what "I think," about the SDS evaluation, and also about your
451458 - suggestions on analysis that drives visibility of SDS. Hope
451459 - you will excuse me for not having a lot of links like Rod does.
451460 - There are a few docs out there on the Internet I can list
451461 - because Rod is keeping up with some of the paperwork during our
451462 - hiatus on using SDS at Aerospace company. I intend to create a
451463 - script that will not allow uploading of any record without an
451464 - "OK to Publish" subject in it to insure that I never get a
451465 - sensitive record onto the web again, and then I will republish
451466 - those of my records that seem to have something to say.
451468 - ..
451469 - 5. 1st, thanks for the reminder about doing "analysis," when you
451470 - wrote on October 8. I agree with your point that keeping
451471 - records helps with an accurate memory that is better than
451472 - forgetting. Rod has come up with a phrase in POIMS, but more
451473 - interestingly, the same day you wrote, our chief architect made
451474 - the comment that "organizational memory" is an important
451475 - concept about remembering accurately, so it has some resonance
451476 - on our project which, like all big projects, is just full of
451477 - fancy phrases.
451479 - ..
451480 - 6. Our main phrase is "CFISR" for Computers, Communication,
451481 - Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and
451482 - Reconnaissance.
451484 - 7. ..
451485 - A lot of these CFISR elements are discussed in POIMS, so you
451486 - might guess at some level there is a lot in common between
451487 - things SDS supports for work in the office that our project is
451488 - trying to improve for work in the field. ref DRT 1 8H99 That
451489 - could be one reason I was able to get folks here to muscle up
451490 - on the bureaucracy and get SDS back in gear for us. The
451491 - techies among us understand when I ask how we are going to
451492 - provide the Army with a software system that does things we
451493 - don't know how to do. During my hiring interview, my boss,
451494 - Bruce Mamont, agreed that he needed an equivalent of the system
451495 - that we are trying to build to build the system. The idea is
451496 - that the system will allow a commander to access "situational
451497 - awareness" at any point in the battlespace and at any level of
451498 - detail. Boy, could we use some of that at work!
451500 - ..
451501 - 8. I plan to do more analysis, now that SDS is back in place. It
451502 - is one of the 5 parts of "intelligence" defined in POIMS, and
451503 - it is one of the 8 steps for using SDS to perform Com Metrics.
451504 - Rod and I have set this is as a goal to learn more of the 8
451505 - steps, listed in a review Rod did in Jan, on my using SDS last
451506 - year. ref SDS 9 H55F
451508 - ..
451509 - 9. The problem is always time. SDS makes it faster and easier to
451510 - find information for analysis, but when you are constantly
451511 - called away from writing up the last meeting to go attend the
451512 - next one, there isn't enough time to use good tools, much like
451513 - people in a sinking boat are too busy bailing water to hook up
451514 - a pump. An example is in my record on Feb 3. Since my records
451515 - are classified, Rod mentions the incident as well. ref SDS 10
451516 - N03C
451518 - ..
451519 - 10. Rod kept pestering me because my meeting records showed no
451520 - follow-up on discussions of previous meetings for months at a
451521 - time -- I had a hard time getting him to understand that we
451522 - almost never discussed the same thing in subsequent meetings,
451523 - unless it was schedules, and then the tendency was simply to
451524 - start over. I had used SDS for maybe 6 months before I
451525 - discovered (or Rod pointed out) that headlines in a record
451526 - created from a Diary record have follow-up links back to the
451527 - originating record.
451529 - ..
451530 - 11. On your comments about Steven Covey, I have read his main
451531 - books: "The 7 Habits ...", and "First Things First". Shortly
451532 - after getting your letter back in Oct., I went out and bought
451533 - a more complete set of the Franklin Covey tapes, and then
451534 - discussed Covey's ideas with Rod for ways to implement good
451535 - management. Rod said there is record on Covey (I should have
451536 - guessed!!), and asked for comments on some old analysis back on
451537 - 1992. ref SDS 2 0001 As usual, Rod misses a lot of the
451538 - important stuff, but I was surprised to find some key
451539 - similarities in what Covey is saying and how I use SDS. I have
451540 - been looking at David Allen's "Getting Things Done" as well.
451541 - There are some valuable ideas in several of these attempts to
451542 - manage effort, and I continue to look at ways that SDS can be
451543 - used to implement any of the principles that I don't see
451544 - embedded in it. Sometimes Rod finds a way to get close enough
451545 - within SDS as it stands. At other times, the ideas are simply
451546 - recorded for possible implementation in "Version 2".
451548 - ..
451549 - 12. Since it is a non-Aerospace company matter, you can see my
451550 - review of Covey reported on 031109. ref SDS 7 1X80
451552 - ..
451553 - 13. I'm hopeful SDS will take hold, but wrote to Rod last month
451554 - that we may be in danger of SDS becoming just a hobby.
451555 - ref SDS 12 QV8K
451557 - ..
451558 - 14. You and Rod are probably more optimistic, because you have been
451559 - working the problem a lot longer, but when they took SDS away
451560 - back in January, this was pretty discouraging. With the turn
451561 - of events now in the past few weeks my faith is a little
451562 - stronger that people care enough about the things SDS does to
451563 - let me do it for free. In a way, that's all I care about so I
451564 - can work productively, but I know there is a bigger picture,
451565 - talked about in my letter on Feb 29. If SDS turns out to be
451566 - really helpful, as it seems now, then the cost to produce it
451567 - and support it has to be paid like everything else.
451569 - ..
451570 - 15. Another positive note was when a letter came out of the blue
451571 - from SRI asking about me giving a presentation on experience
451572 - using SDS here at Aerospace company last year. My letter to
451573 - SRI on Feb 27, ref DRP 1 0001, sounds pessimistic because at
451574 - that time I really thought SDS was over for me. ref SDS 11 QZ7F
451576 - http://www.welchco.com/03/00050/60/04/02/2701.HTM#0001
451578 - ..
451579 - 16. SRI wrote back asking for more details, so another letter on
451580 - Feb 29 describes more about experience using SDS and effects on
451581 - productivity. ref DRP 2 0001 (received on 040301. ref SDS 13
451582 - 0001
Famous Morris for Supporting SDS Development and Com Metrics Applica
Famous Morris for Supporting SDS Development and Com Metrics Applica
560501 - ..
560502 - Morris Famous Boswell Johnson Developing SDS Com Metrics Ideas
560504 - Follow up ref SDS 15 3972.
560506 - Gary continues....
560508 - ..
560509 - 17. On Mar 4 you asked for a letter on my "thoughts." This is
560510 - probably too long already, but a last thought seems in order.
560511 - ref DRT 1 ES9J
560513 - ..
560514 - 18. It is none of my business, but I am really amazed you and Rod
560515 - have been able to do so much with so little to show how
560516 - technology can help people work efficiently. Even if SDS never
560517 - goes anywhere in our life time and it takes another generation
560518 - or two to get SDS off the ground commercially, the
560519 - collaboration between you and Rod will one day become a classic
560520 - in history and literature, like Boswell and Johnson. You have
560521 - demonstrated a powerful model for development between people
560522 - with different visions, skills and energy that somehow works.
560523 - If we had $100B for another development project, this will
560524 - still be difficult to replicate in the ordinary world of
560525 - product development. It's like a Lockheed "Skunkworks + +".
560526 - So, I am hopeful that by some miracle, as fortune has smiled on
560527 - us recently in getting my SDS "wheels" back, there will be a
560528 - chance for you and Rod to do your magic for a 2nd Act of SDS.
560529 - Many will be grateful to come along for the ride, even though
560530 - most don't even know it yet. ref DRT 1 01EZ
560532 - ..
560533 - An example illustrating Gary's point about close order synergy between
560534 - different levels of development is the record on 031113. ref SDS 8
560535 - 0001
560537 - ..
560538 - Gary's analysis on the importance of chemistry as a critical enabling
560539 - force of innovation aligns with Morris' views on 010924 explaining why
560540 - SDS improves management better than other technologies. ref SDS 5
560541 - NK4J
SDS Difficult to Reverse Engineer Gary Keeps Getting Stopped at the
Reverse Engineer SDS Difficult Need Experience Using SDS to Understa
SDS Counterintuitive Design Difficult for People Get It Disappointin
SDS Design Difficult to Reverse Engineer Need Experience Using SDS t
610701 - ..
610702 - SDS Unique Difficult to Reverse Engineer Need Enabling Forces
610705 - Gary continues...
610707 - ..
610708 - 19. I keep looking at how to go about SDS, but I keep getting
610709 - stopped at the editor. Most of the current editors use an
610710 - entirely different paradigm, so starting with most of them and
610711 - trying to implement the macro language would be difficult. If
610712 - we could get Medit in a Windows environment with virtual memory
610713 - and with the strings largely self-managed, and then get the
610714 - macro language working, Rod could continue to make advances
610715 - while another version was built from the requirements developed
610716 - from using and thinking about SDS. ref DRT 1 01HV
610718 - [On 040505 case study on issues updating SDS to provide
610719 - expanded memory with Windows application. ref SDS 20 QU61
610721 - ..
610722 - [On 081104 Morris began building Medit to run on 64-bit
610723 - technology because Microsoft stopped supporting NTVD for
610724 - 16-bit software that drives the current version of SDS.
610725 - ref SDS 22 2W6I
610727 - ..
610728 - Gary's experience may yield a "lesson learned" finding that SDS is
610729 - difficult to engineer, even with knowledge from experience using SDS,
610730 - and that the editor is a unique environment supports the history of
610731 - SDS reporting on 000723, ref SDS 4 5W6N, that unique enabling forces
610732 - came into alignment by accident in about 1985, resulting in a
610733 - foundation for SDS to advance technology from information toward
610734 - knowledge...
610736 - Morris' report that SDS design
610737 - is counterintuitive and so
610738 - hard to understand................... 920215, ref SDS 1 5820
610740 - ..
610741 - Morris' report that even with
610742 - knowledge of the Medit editor,
610743 - SDS is difficult to reverse
610744 - engineer............................. 980327, ref SDS 3 3280