What the Hell Is Wrong with You People? Pushing Change Across an Organization from the Basement Office

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B302/303


You have a great idea, perhaps the best idea ever, but you work with a bunch of know-it-alls, scaredy cats, well poisoners and lazy asses. You need a project management cycle that praises, emboldens, listens and inspires. You need a project management cycle that works.


It all started when one timid yet earnest, basement dwelling, college IT department stumbled upon the magic of open source CMS. The idea that followed was a simple one: to leverage the software to bring web design in house, thus saving the college tens of thousands of dollars, fulfilling student desire for online access to information, creating reliable revenue streams and enabling administrative departments to more efficiently do their business.

The technology was the easy part. Getting the institution to share the vision, to think creatively about the possibilities, to be demanding about getting their needs met and to embrace change was not.

The solution was the introduction of a project management cycle that guaranteed buy-in by accounting for stakeholder needs, allowing for institutional limitations and fostering trust in a collective vision.

The result was far reaching. Not only was there a successful implementation of open source CMS for the college. Not only was the (forever humble) IT department justly showered with fame and riches. The result was a new way of doing business for the institution as a whole, a model for implementing all future initiatives, an effective method of pushing change and achieving mission.

Get your ideas from the basement to the top floor.

Speaking experience

Open Source Bridge 2010.