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  A description of why government would use a wiki and a list of agencies who do is at

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:

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!

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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