This month we met for the final time this year (holiday party notwithstanding), once again at ACHIEVA on the South Side. Thank you to Steve, Dave, and their staff for hosting us!
Here are the resources and links from the meeting:
- Tech culture discussion – what are our “ideals” for the tech culture at our nonprofits?
- Having management and leadership that “get it,” realize the critical nature of IT, and validate that fact to other staff through their words and actions. (We must continue to educate upper management that IT is a tool that can be used to help improve the agency.)
- Technology is not an “afterthought” but is deliberately included in all planning endeavors.
- Policies and procedures include IT.
- Communication flows (how the information is transmitted to tech) are deliberate and concrete.
- Tech staff (or accidental techies) have respect and credibility within the organization, something that is influenced partially by upper management.
- Unhappy end users are dealt with so as to keep a positive and stable tech culture.
- Technology management is proactive rather than reactive.
- There is knowledge of the cost of IT, including direct and indirect costs.
- Post-meeting, Johna from Allegheny Conference shared some info on SharePoint:
- Prequel Solutions – a Sharepoint vendor
- Dave from ACHIEVA emailed a few links:
- WBS Builder (scroll down, last one on page) – a Visio plug-in that integrates Visio with MS Project
- Pittsburgh Chapter of The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
B&B HOLIDAY PARTY
Friday, December 3 from 1 – 4 p.m.
We will meet in the lobby of Dave & Buster’s in the Waterfront at 1 p.m., then take a group vote on where to have lunch, likely either at Dave & Buster’s or at the Rock Bottom Restaurant across the street. After lunch, we’ll do a “tech” white elephant gift exchange, then go have some fun at Dave & Buster’s! (The official invite will come out in the next week or so via email, so keep an eye out for that and remember to RSVP.)