Presentations

The Process of Communication, A Practical Guide for Project Managers, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Communication is not about knowing the process. Communication is about managing the process. A successful project manager communicates effectively by setting and managing expectations throughout the lifecycle of a project and, by doing so, creates redundancy in a fluid industry. The importance of a simple and redundant communication framework cannot be overstated. Referencing his book, The Process of Communication, the speaker will outline a clear and concise communication plan that can overlay any production methodology.
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Teaching and Learning Technologies: Focus on Impact, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

A discussion and demonstration by Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT), a Harvard IT Council strategic program. This session will begin with a review of the program’s vision and goals, then focus on key areas as we head into our second year of implementation. We will also share stories from across the University about impact on the residential teaching and learning experience through the thoughtful and innovative use of technology.

Speaker:
Kristin Lofblad Sullivan, Program Director, Teaching and Learning Technologies, Harvard… Read more about Teaching and Learning Technologies: Focus on Impact

The "Last Password" to Rule Them All, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sick and tired of trying to remember all of your online account passwords? Or worse, do you use one password for everything? Not to fear, Harvard has you covered! This talk will start by highlighting the benefits and setbacks of using password managers and then delve into some technical issues specific to Harvard's free (!) password manager solution: LastPass.
Speaker:
Miguel Sanchez, Information Security Specialist, Harvard University Information Technology

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Development/Deployment Process in Web Development at LTS, as Case Study, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

This is an attempt to provide something like a taxonomy of the components of "modern" web development process in dynamic languages, with examples from Ruby and Python projects at LTS. The speaker will go over the process for deployment from development to running in production. He will try to cover version control, preprocessing of CSS/JS, tools for isolating dependencies and execution environment, externalizing configuration, database migrations, and single-command deployment and remote control. Some of these will be covered in more depth than others. Ruby examples will be more fleshed… Read more about Development/Deployment Process in Web Development at LTS, as Case Study

Defense Against the Dark Arts, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ensuring the security of your data and the privacy of your own information is becoming more and more important, but how to do so is also becoming increasingly complicated and confusing. As new exploits are described – and new and larger hacks are reported – one could be forgiven for thinking that there is nothing that can really be done and just giving up. In fact, there are simple things that you (and the community) can do to help ensure your security and online privacy. There are some adversaries that you may not be able to defeat, but most of us are not of interest to them.… Read more about Defense Against the Dark Arts

LaunchPad: Supporting Student Innovation through Space, Programming, and IT Partnerships, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Today’s students seek out opportunities to collaborate, innovate, and create. Over the past year, HGSE IT engaged faculty and students to reimagine an existing computer lab as a collaborative hub. The LaunchPad is now home to ongoing programming, informal learning opportunities, and an annual education hackathon. Join HGSE faculty, staff, and students as we unpack our project vision, strategies for engaging internal and external partners, careful allocation of resources, and frameworks for evaluation and programming.

Speakers: Joe Blatt, Senior Lecturer on Education… Read more about LaunchPad: Supporting Student Innovation through Space, Programming, and IT Partnerships

Harvard IT Academy, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

An exciting overview announcing the start-up of the Harvard IT Academy – including the CIO Council's vision for the Academy as the centerpiece for Harvard's IT workforce development initiative, the IT Academy's focus on transitioning staff to "T-Shaped Professionals" who excel at making it easy for faculty, students, and staff to teach, learn, and work at Harvard, the Academy's curriculum, badging program and course catalog/web-page, and the rollout of the Service Mindset Foundations course for all IT staff across all schools/units.

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HUIT's Approach to Service Management: ITIL Processes to Service Taxonomy, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Over the last couple of years, HUIT has laid a service management foundation by implementing key ITIL processes. Building on that base, one of the organization’s top 2015 goals has been to continue improving its practices, with a particular focus on service taxonomy. Learn about HUIT’s efforts in this area and its collaboration with service owners to enhance delivery through self-service, the service catalog, communications, and more. Related materials (e.g., templates and guides) will be made available.

Speakers: Peter Baskette, Managing… Read more about HUIT's Approach to Service Management: ITIL Processes to Service Taxonomy

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