Hal's Second Time Around  

This is a window on my life...please crawl in at your own risk!


I feel it is time to blog again, I've recently moved on from a position as documentation specialist on an analyst team assigned to assist the Federal Employee Program Operations Center complete preparations for inserting the National Provider Identifier (NPI) mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) into their COBOL coded mainframe with it's JAVA interfaces. Requirements gathering and overseeing the production of the necessary Technical Specifications, Functional Specifications, and Project Management artifacts consumed about 6 months.

I was drawn away by the opportunity to contribute to the Enterprise Architecture Team of the Office of Information Technology for Customs and Border Protection but, for the moment, am working on a project for the US Department of Agriculture helping them establish some baseline processes for their Universal Telecommunications Network; old hat, really.

At the same time, I'm working on a bit of Software Development Lifecycle documentation for some applications supporting the Consular Affairs, Domestic Operations Office of the State Department.

Life is busy and life is good. I get to a fair number of Washington's cultural offerings. Tomorrow I hope to hear Jared Diamond speaking on Collapse. He's the author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel" that has resulted in an interesting little anthropological PBS series. Must admit I've been a bit underwhelmed at the series, but I am impressed by some of the events of which he writes.

Meanwhile, if all goes well, I'll take in a staging of Kafka's "The Trial" at the Warehouse theater on Thursday. Either that or I'll take a friend over to Pentagon City for some profligate consumerism.

Last Thursday evening, I had the good fortune to attend a Happy Hour for the authors of "Don't Make Me Think" and "Information Architecture for the World Wide Web" at Garrett's on M Street in Georgetown. It nearly got my inspired again to start moving in the world of those who are "awake" and on the "bleeding edge" of usability and user-centered design. It is so easy to get lost in the thicket of documentation.

My musings on life, the universe, and the interconnectness of humanity which is growing ever more tightly enmeshed over the last few decades will have to wait for another day.

Suffice it to say that I'm seriously examining the thought processes that give rise to "user creoles" in the various communities with whom I interact. When I last posted, I was working for a company called Zen Technology, Inc. on a long term contract for the Missile Defense Agency. In the intervening time, I've worked for a larger firm called Comsys, Inc. Presently, I'm employed full time by Qinetiq, which has recently (September 12, 2005) closed it's merger with Apogen Technologies, Inc and I am the fifth employee of WCIL Technology, Inc; albeit part-time.

So, that's what is new in my world for those who take notice.

  posted by Harold @ 11:37 PM

Monday, September 19, 2005  
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