Help from everywhere

Taking Notes | Flickr | KTVeeThis week we’re going to inviting industry (and anyone!) to participate in a forum where we will:

  • Share as much as we can to help industry help us deliver CG-LIMS
  • Solicit input on acquisition strategy
  • Provide a public forum for Questions and Answers

We’ll do all three of those things in a fair, transparent, and informal way.  Once I get the thumbs up from project counsel, we’ll be specifically inviting industry to participate.

Until then, I welcome everyone on the team to get familiar with the wiki. It uses the same MediaWiki software as Intellipedia, but the interface is a little different. Some of the functions that are on the top of the page in Intellipedia are in a left side nav bar in GSA’s implementation.

I expect the bulk of the input and dialogue to happen on the Q&A page and the Whiteboard.

After the next PM IPT, I’ll migrate some or all of our strategy brainstorming page from Intellipedia to share and continue to edit publicly.

We’re using a platform that GSA is beta testing to support anyone with a .gov or .mil e-mail address who needs to use a blog, wiki, or bulletin board tool communicate with citizens to solve a problem. You can learn more about the initiative at http://citizen.apps.gov.  A description of why government would use a wiki and a list of agencies who do is at http://www.usa.gov/webcontent/technology/wikis.shtml.

We have some top cover from GSA since we’re using their service.  If we want to tie it to something that’s important to our Commandant, we could point to it as a timely way for us to “Strengthen our Partnerships” with industry.  See para 3. C of his guiding principles:  http://www.uscg.mil/announcements/alcoast/271-10_alcoast.txt

This forum will be one source of input for the group who will be chartered to re-examine the CG-LIMS strategy over the next three months. For anyone willing, I welcome input on the name of that group. Every study team needs a name. To get the gears turning, here’s what I have so far:

  • LIMS Early Shipping Strategy (LESS) working group. Emphasizes notion that less is more.
  • Full Acquisition Strategy Team (FAST)
  • FISTy Acquisition Strategy Team (FAST). Emphasizes my commitment to find a way to deliver CG-LIMS that adheres to the Fast Inexpensive Simple Tiny (FIST) principles I’ve shared with the group over the past many months.

Please head over to the CGLIMS wiki, get a Log in, get familiar with how we’re going to use it as a collaboration space, and watch pages that can help you do your job. Since it’s a wiki, feel free to add / change / delete as you see fit to accomplish the mission.

For anyone who has used a forum like this for pre-RFP collaboration with industry, I welcome any input can provide or lessons learned to make this more useful for our team.

Thanks all!

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2 Responses to “Help from everywhere”


  1. 1 daniel.p.taylor November 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

    Received below suggestions through e-mail. I used “REBOOT” on the draft I just sent to Jim. Love you guys!

    I had a bit of fun with this over lunch and here are a few half baked suggestions:

    COOL – Consider Other Options for LIMS

    NBA – Next Best Alternative

    ON/OFFF – Options Needed for Optimal Form, Fit and Function

    PRESTO – PRoject Evaluation of STrategy Options

    REBOOT – REconsider Best OptiOns Team

    SCAM – System Contracting using Alternate Methods

    SNAP – Significant New Acquisition Planning

    SPIN – System Procurement Innovation

    UPLOAD – Updating Plans: LIMS Options and Alternatives Development

    I mean really, who wouldn’t want to be on the cool team?

  2. 2 joseph.p.mahr November 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

    “REBOOT” is good.


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