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DIARY: December 28, 1995 02:50 PM Thursday;
Received call from Arijs at Corps of Engineers re PMI speaker.
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0403 - ..
0404 - Summary/Objective
040501 - Followed up work at ref SDS 5 line 42, ref SDS 4 line 47, re
040502 - line 67, ref SDS 2 line 100 and ref DIP 2 line 30.
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0408 - Discussion
040901 - Arijs has talked to Jimmy Bates. He said he explained our event and
040902 - the scope of closing remarks we need, based on our discussion at ref
040903 - SDS 2 line 67. Arijs said he has only glanced at the material I
040904 - submitted at ref SDS 4 line 51. He is intrigued by the NWO paper and
040905 - plans to read it more carefully. After our discussion, he said he
040906 - would distribute the NWO paper to the project managers on his staff
040907 - and will advise me of comments on Communication Metrics.
040909 - [See follow up at ref SDS 7 line 48.]
040911 - Arijs said Jimmy is interested in giving the closing remarks for the
040912 - PMI Asilimar conference. However he is retiring in April and is
040913 - unsure if he will be available in July, since he may still be moving
040914 - to his new home in Florida. Arijs has faxed the material to Jimmy for
040915 - his consideration. He plans to follow up in a week or so, but
040916 - suggests I contact him directly because I can explain the ideas
040917 - better.
040918 - ..
040919 - Arijs has called Hank Hatch's office at Fluor and talked to a
040920 - secretary. The secretary seemed to deal with the General only
040921 - sporadically, so Arijs feels at least this is the right number for
040922 - him. He said though that others he has contacted in the Corps say
040923 - they have not seen nor heard from the General for months. He has
040924 - missed a number of functions which he had formerly been attending, so
040925 - there is concern about him in the Corps.
040927 - Scheduled call to General Hatch and Jimmy Bates for 951229.
040929 - [Did this at ref SDS 6 5671.]
040931 - Arijs asked if he and others at the Corps could attend this event,
040932 - even if they don't come up with the closing speaker. He said the
040933 - ideas we have discussed are critical in their organization. They have
040934 - 40K people all sending information to one another and doing input into
040935 - the management data bases, but everybody feels there is less real
040936 - communication going on than 10 years ago. He said they have systems
040937 - dating back to the 1960's with newer systems added on top.
040939 - I explained my understanding that anyone can attend the Asilomar PMI
040940 - event provided they pay the fees. I also noted that the ideas to be
040941 - presented to the conference are in the NWO paper. Second, it takes
040942 - two things to get better communications: tools and people skilled to
040943 - use them. We need a new kind of worker. I mentioned resistance to
040944 - this from the discussion with Morris this morning at Chips. Arijs
040945 - said he feels there would be less resistance within the Corps. They
040946 - have been working on this problem for years, but nobody has come up
040947 - with anything like what we are talking about.
040949 - I said I will keep in touch with him on progress for the event.