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Ken Faw
Works at American Laser Skincare
Attended The Aji Network
Lives in Clarkston, MI
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Why can't you bottle up a perfect day like today? With +David LeDuc... Sorry for the bad exposure on this pic...
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Here's a shot taken by my dear friend, Dave LeDuc... here on Google+ if you look for him.
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That must have taken hours to Photoshop.
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Originally I didn't share this post because if what I heard was bad practice, I didn't want to be the one to spread it around. +Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.  was serious and helpful, and now it seems like something worth sharing, especially their link below to their blog for getting your trees to produce. (If you know of a better way to take a private post and share it publicly, let me know.)
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A friend of mine mentioned hearing about stressing fruit trees to increase production... is that real? If so, what are the guidelines for doing it? Do you have an blog posts about it?
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And, of course all their great replies to me didn't get shared when I shared the post...

Sorry for the mixup. Again, if anyone knows how I can share that whole private post and thread, let me know!
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I received marketing mail from a vendor today that said they could handle "all my technology needs at headquarters, regional offices, branch office locations and clinics."

So before considering whether I was redundant in my role and moving on to a new one, I noticed that they didn't seem to have a list of what "all of my technology needs" were.

Funny. They missed that part.
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And better yet, I received an inbound call yesterday from Cogent Communications for which the caller ID showed up on my phone as "Telemarketer".

At least they were honest about it. I think that's the first time I've seen that particular caller ID.
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Since we learned about his severe autism twelve years ago, David keeps surprising us with little facets of his joyful personality. This time he just stepped up to a microphone during a break period in his confirmation winter retreat this weekend and started channeling a bass version of Steve Perry ("Ask the Lonely", 1983).

He had never done something like this before (though we were aware that he loved Journey), and it's pretty cool when things like this happen.
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A mostly apolitical and (for me) informative interview regarding the debt and deficit. Worth sharing.
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Cherries are done. Strawberries are done. Next up? Peaches! This one is a White Giant from +Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co. (actually, from my back yard)... And there are PLENTY more where it came from!
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Now that's a good-looking peach & tree! Excellent job :)
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Thanks, Laura! It was really fun, though the Tigers lost miserably.
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This choice of words is epic. Now even computer software has insecurity issues.
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At +James O'Sullivan's request, here is my intro. I am an agile evangelist and dev lead-turned-CIO. After 20 years of consulting, writing software for companies and always moving on, I worked to transition into the IO role so I could build my teams and stick with my projects until they were done and we had the accomplishments in the bank.

In 1997, I started a regional software services firm (with a partner) called Pillar Technology Group. We grew it to $18M in 8 years, after which I left on a sabbatical to establish a stable home for son, whom we had learned was severely autistic. Later on, I was the president of a second regional consulting practice and the national practice director of integration strategies for a retained IBM systems integrator.

As a consultant, I have developed the integration strategies and enterprise architectures for Luxottica Retail, PepsiAmericas, Unitedhealth Group, Owens Corning and many other companies. I have coached entrepreneurial software startups and launched several software products and web properties, including two dot-com startups that made it through the bubble to the present.

I am happy to contribute where I can to conversations about building better places to work. Thanks, James, for the invitation.
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+Ken Faw thanks. I was hoping for more of a response, but I'll keep on at it :) is there anyone in the members list that you're interested in hearing more about?
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This morning, my son and I went into a Best Buy with a totally unexpected layout... and I was lost - completed unable to function for a few minutes. Afterward I wondered where I have done the same to my customers...
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+James O'Sullivan , David had that issue as well. We taught him to downhill ski, so now he can associate the snow with something he likes to do... but it took us a while to get him to that point. Maybe you have a place like Challenge Mountain nearby: http://cmski.org/.
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I came across this quote today and decided to write a little about it:

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. - Eric Hoffer
If you've read much of what I've written, or if you've ever worked with me directly, you know how much I hate the phrase “It's just a new spin on old technology.” Sometimes we use that phrase when we ...
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Work
Occupation
Technology strategy, Process improvement/automation, Agile executive, Agile coach and Software Inventor
Employment
  • American Laser Skincare
    Chief Information Officer & VP of Information Technology, 2011 - present
  • Xede Consulting Group
    CTO, President and Agile Evangelist, 2008 - 2011
  • Perficient
    Chief Technologist and Director, Integration Strategies, 2005 - 2008
  • Pillar Technology Group
    Chief Scientist, Chief Innovation Officer and Agile Evangelist, 1997 - 2004
  • ANATEC
    Project Manager, Facilitator, Technical Instructor, 1995 - 1997
  • Electronic Data Systems
    Systems Engineer, 1994 - 1995
  • Computer Horizons Corp
    Systems Engineer, 1993 - 1994
  • United States Navy
    Nuclear Chemist, Machinist, Instructor, 1986 - 1992
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Currently
Clarkston, MI
Previously
Lake Orion, MI - Rochester, MI - Walled Lake, MI - St Marys, GA - New Haven, CT - Portsmouth, NH - Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico - New London, CT - Mechanicville, NY - Saratoga Springs, NY - Orlando, FL - Millington, MI
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CIO, American Laser Skincare
Introduction
Chief Scientist, Chief Innovation Officer, and Agile Software Coach
Bragging rights
A cappella bass, Advanced Open Water scuba diver, brass instrumentalist, praise team singer and amateur puppeteer
Education
  • The Aji Network
    Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Power, 2008 - 2012
  • The Aji Network
    Business Professionalism (Private Executive MBA), 2006 - 2008
  • Oakland University
    Computer Science, 1985 - 1993
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