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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

India and back in 1 hour and forty-seven minutes

Being Green and Lean...jet travel is not carbon friendly.

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Braun Tacon
12:46 pm pdt 

Monday, July 20, 2009

One small step for man...One giant leap for mankind

Today marks the 40th anniversary of those first, halting steps and those famous words delivered by Neil Armstrong, the first human being to set foot on a planetary object other than Earth.  Truly a universal event and one that will forever be remembered.

Others have followed in Neil's footsteps with equally imaginative and daring feats and many more are sure to follow as we humans continue our sojourn through time and space. With all that said, it is equally as true that no feat nor any human will ever be able to top Neil's and humankind's claim to inter-galactic history, 40 years ago today.

Video of Neil Armstrong's first steps and those famous words

Continue to relive the saga of Apollo 11 at We Choose the Moon.Org in real-time.

Update:  Today Popular Science Magazine publishes very recent images from the NASA Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter (LRO).  In the images you can clearly see various artifacts left by our too brief exploration of our sister satellite, including the landing sites of Apollo 11 and 14 and the respective "litter" left by both missions.

Update 2:  Popular Mechanics joins the 40th birthday party with their compendium publication, APOLLO 11, THE UNTOLD STORY, PM's oral history with photographs, video, exclusive audio and more.

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Braun Tacon

9:33 am pdt 

Thursday, July 16, 2009

We Choose the Moon

May 25th, 1961.  President John F. Kennedy sets what turns out to be one of the loftiest goals ever set for a nation, or perhaps...even for a planet.

From the archives of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. We propose to accelerate the development of the appropriate lunar space craft. We propose to develop alternate liquid and solid fuel boosters, much larger than any now being developed, until certain which is superior. We propose additional funds for other engine development and for unmanned explorations--explorations which are particularly important for one purpose which this nation will never overlook: the survival of the man who first makes this daring flight. But in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon--if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.

July 16, 1969. With his life cut short by assassination, JFK does not live to see his dream become reality, but the United States and the entire Planet does.

The launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969

Many of us have lived long enough to vividly remember the events of the epic flight of Apollo 11. If you would like to relive your memories, or for you younger folks experience them for the first time, in real time, visit the website devoted to commemorating this epoch time in human and planetary history.

We Choose the Moon.Org

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Braun Tacon
11:18 am pdt 

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Business Case for the Major Incident Handling Plan

The FauxCorp anti-virus event of July 2009.  A dramatization of a very real and recent event and an extremely compelling business case for the Major Incident Handling Plan.

It will be the centerpiece of my upcoming presentation at the ICMG Architecture World 09 Conference on the topic of The Major Incident Handling Plan; a Mandatory Requirement of any Enterprise Risk Management Portfolio.

Hope you can attend.

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Braun Tacon

3:57 pm pdt 

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

1300 MPG automobile competes in Global Green Challenge

Coffee, er...Hydrogen.  Is there anything it can't do?

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Braun Tacon
12:07 pm pdt 

Friday, July 3, 2009

Braun is going to India (virtually) to present to the ICMG Architecture World 09 Conference

I am honored to have been asked to present at the ICMG Architecture World 09 Conference.  Due to travel limitations I will be presenting via teleconference.  The topic of the presentation is  The Major Incident Handling Plan; a Mandatory Requirement of any Enterprise Risk Management Portfolio  

For the benefit of my audience and because this is BraunsBlog, I am posting my goals, deliverables, and opportunities for this presentation below.  If you are attending I hope you can make an opportunity to catch this topic.  It is timely, useful, and mandatory in the world of today.


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Braun Tacon


Goals – orWhy this presentation?”

  • Major Incidents happen and they happen more frequently in complex environments.
  • You should respect, not fear, Major Incidents.  The only fear you should have is if you have not prepared and / or you have not documented your Plan and Procedures.
  • These Plans work best when they are built and integrated at the Framework and Design level.  In other words Major Incident Handling should be in scope for any Architecture engagement; developed of course with an Architectural perspective.
  • Primary Risks – The absence of a tested and documented Major Incident Handling Plan is almost always a sure guarantee of dramatically increased Service Delivery failures in the event of a Major Incident.  Catastrophic Failure in this situation is also a possibility.
  • Primary Benefits – The presence of a well developed and tested Major Incident Handling Plan helps insure that when individuals are called to act in an emergency they understand exactly what they are to do (and what not to do).  That is why the people who sit in the Exit Seat on commercial airline flights are given a second briefing.

What’s In it For the Audience – What I hope to provide the attendees

  • A simple yet compelling case for Major Incident Handling as told from a “Without a Plan and With a Plan” perspective
  • A demonstration of a Plan in action
  • A Plan Model that can be used by many industries or occupations and at most levels, from Architectural Framework to Operational Processes and Procedures
  • Other tools to help make the Planning process more effective
  • A simple yet compelling business case that cannot be easily rebutted
  • Discussion of hurdles to implementation
  • Some suggestions on how to overcome those hurdles

What’s In it For Braun (WIIFB)– What I get by giving this presentation?

  • An opportunity for peer review of my thoughts and premises on this topic (Confirm)
  • An opportunity to hear countering opinions to my thoughts and premises on this topic (Challenge)
  • An opportunity for better understanding diverse global requirements (Understand)
  • An opportunity to interact with a large number of experts and specialists, albeit virtually (Experience)
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BraunsBlog...Random musings on specific topics.  The central themes will be ITIL V.3, Information Security, and other sundry ITSM topics.  That said, there are many more things in this world on which to opine, so don't be surprised if I do now and then.

About me...Braun Tacon, Portland Oregon.  Husband, father, aviator and former Air Traffic Controller with over 20 years experience in the Information Technology and IT Service Management field, the last thirteen years of which having been spent at a Fortune 500 in the Pacific Northwest. 

Professional background and certifications include Aviation Management, Education, Systems Management, Information Security and Process, Standards and Quality Management.  Always delivered with a strong focus on ITIL and similar Process Improvement Frameworks such as LEAN, SixSigma and TQM (Thank you Mr. Deming!).

Hobbies include reading, writing, and even the occasional Karaoke contest!

All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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