Government 2.0 Through Successive Approximations

With ‘Government 2.0‘ receiving a disproportionate amount of coverage in the press lately (due in part to the new administration’s focus on transparency – a good thing in my opinion), there have been a number of pundits who have asked, ‘When will we know that we’ve reached Government 2.0, and how long is that going to take?’ I think that begs the question of exactly what constitutes Government 2.0, as well as sets an unrealistic expectation of a finite process that has a clear beginning and end. Clearly, any effort designed to fundamentally change within the Government such things as …

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Community Building – Government 2.0 Style

As I thought about the title for this post, I realized I’d be taking my chances with it from a hype and buzzword perspective. If there were ever two concepts that are emblematic of where we are today in technology, it would have to be ‘Community’ and ‘Government 2.0‘. Unfortunately, they are also two of the most overused and over-hyped phrases in our technology lexicon. However, given what I attempt to do everyday in my role as Forge.mil‘s community manager, I’m hoping I can cut through some of the hype and bring some practical ideas to this space. This is …

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Generals, Colonels & Community

WOW! That’s about all I can say about the experience I just went through at the DISA Partner Conference last week in Anaheim, CA. The Orange County city is known primarily for its local attractions (e.g. – Disneyland), but the biggest excitement I saw last week was the official unveiling of the Forge.mil system. Last week’s conference was the culmination of a LOT of work by a geographically dispersed ‘community’ (more on that a little later), and it really did come off without a hitch. I’d like to start off with my personal highlight of the conference – briefing Lt. …

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Forge.mil Update #4: IOC & DISA Goes To Disney…

As I sit here in the offices of CollabNet on a Friday evening, wrapping up final tasks before heading to Anaheim next week for the DISA Partner Conference, I’m heartened by news that we received about an hour ago. The Forge.mil system has officially been granted IOC (Initial Operational Capability) status by DISA. This may not mean much to some of you reading this, but suffice it to say it is a huge step forward in fielding a set of collaborative environments to improve software development at the US Department of Defense. We now are ‘officially open for business’ (with …

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Mr. Martin Goes to Washington…

I’m on my way back to the San Francisco Bay Area from my trip to our nation’s capital for both the ‘Introduction to Forge.mil’ webinar, as well as Government 2.0 Camp, a ‘barcamp-style’ ‘unconference’ focusing on collaboration and social media in the government sector. Side note – WiFi on Virgin America is completely awesome! Of course, the temptation is to always work instead of sleeping, but I know I’ve been more productive in the travel time on this trip than ever before! So, first, let’s cover the webinar – not only was I in town to speak during the event …

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Forge.mil – But Were Afraid to Ask…

The Forge.mil team is very excited about the progress we’ve made in a short time (about two months of ‘Beta’ availability), and we are working toward our launch window of early April (prior to the DISA partner conference in Anaheim CA on 20 April 2009). The first of our five community properties (software.forge.mil) is online, with nearly 1000 registered users, and close to 40 hosted projects. We’ve received a lot of questions and requests for more information about what Forge.mil is (and isn’t), so, we’ve decided to put together a ‘webinar’ on 26 March 2009 at 1100 EDT. The webinar …

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Forge.mil Update #3 (Release 1 Review/Release 2 Planning Meeting)

I’m sitting in beautiful Charleston, SC, where I just finished attending the Forge.mil release 1 review/release 2 planning meeting. There were some great discussions that occurred, since we had almost the entire deployment/development team here in the room (we ‘eat our own dog food’ by using the system to collaborate across geographies and DoD components normally, but some ‘meatspace’ time is always good too). First off, I’d like to correct some erroneous information that has gotten out in recent press articles/blogs about Forge.mil. The correct URL for the site will be (eventually) http://www.forge.mil, NOT https://www.forgemil.com. The latter is our test …

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Forge.mil Update #2 (software.forge.mil goes into Beta)

I’m happy to report that after a lot of work (and a significant amount still to come), we’ve launched an early access version of the Forge.mil and software.forge.mil collaboration capability for internal Department of Defense testers only. The launch is officially categorized as LOA (limited operational availability), and we have begun to onboard a limited number of hand-picked projects. The purpose of this LOA period is to work through the inevitable bumps in the road that come with not only the operational details of a new system, but also getting projects and users used to the notion of a more …

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Forge.mil Project Update #1

As promised, here is a quick rundown of where we are on the DISA forge.mil project: Very good progress made on PKI-enabling the CollabNet SourceForge and SVN products Initial drafts of site look & feel and content complete Initial draft of ‘Community Building Plan’ complete and ready for review There is still a lot of work to do between now and the LOA (limited operation availability) date at the end of the year, but things are moving along.  Most likely the LOA period will last a month or so to shake out both technical and social/community issues, but we hope …

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This Isn't Your Father's SourceForge.net…

The main reason I came to CollabNet five months ago was to have a chance to show companies how to do a better job of collaborating, utilizing Open Source (code and methodologies), and using the CollabNet SourceForge toolset to accomplish all of these goals. I’m happy to report that I’ve been given a chance to do all three of those things in an effort we are currently working on for DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency), the cross-services IT arm for the US Department of Defense. One of the very many cool things about this project is that while it may …

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