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March 1989


March 2, 1989 12:00 Noon

LUNCHEON BUFFET

$5.50


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The IPMA Newsletter staff is looking for articles of specific interest to our State information processing community.

Send your drafts to:
IPMA Newsletter Editor
P.O. Box 915
Olympia, WA 98507-0915


Monthly Association Meeting

AGENDA February 2, 1989

  1. Introduction of Guests
  2. Guest Speaker:
    Paul Dipple, Network Specialist,
    PacTel Information Systems
    "Local Area Network Strategies & OS/2"
  3. IPMA Board Report
  4. ISB Announcements
  5. Old Business
  6. New Business
  7. Correspondence
  8. Other Comments/Announcements
  9. Adjournment

Upcoming IPMA Luncheon Speakers

April Luncheon, Apr. 6, 1989

(tentative)

Bill Wilkerson, Director
Department of Revenue

"Financial Planning for Washington"


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Olympia, WA 98507-0915


Chairman Ďs Message

"Iím not going to ask my Staff what they think of this proposal because the they will think I donít know what Iím doing. Besides, they wonít have any opinions or ideas anyway."  Anonymous

It is hard to believe, but there are managers who do not believe in employee involvement in decision making. Fortunately, their numbers are fewer each year as professional managers realize the importance of participative management. In fact, participative management has become a cornerstone to modern employee~ management relations.

According to Auren Uris, in 101 of the Greatest Ideas in Management, participative management will produce benefits like:

Are there obstacles to improving participative management? You bet. For instance, some managers fear they will lose control if employees are allowed to participate in decision making. On the other hand, employees may be wary of managementís motives. And even if management and employees are willing partners, they often do not know how to make a go of participative management, so it doesnít get a fair trial.

It would be convenient if we could just copy Japanese participative management, but cultural differences make this impractical. However, there are a few "practices, especially those relating specifically to participation" that may be copied successfully. Uris suggests, for instance, the Japanese managerís role "is not to give orders, but to facilitate group action... And with this approach comes the expectation that subordinates, as group members, should think and participate responsibly in departmental operations.

Is that all there is to it? No. Even in Japan it is not taken for granted that managers and employees know how to practice participative management. Both management and employees are trained in the ways of participative management so that it "loses its threatening aspect and is accepted as a useful tool."

Lester Bittel, a professor of management at Madison University School of Business, summed up the merits of participative management very nicely when he said:

Few techniques have been as successful in developing harmony and the attainment of common goals as has the development of participation... it is an amazingly simple way to inspire people. And its simplicity lies in the definition of the word: Ďto share in common with others.í... You must share knowledge and information with others in order to get their cooperation... You must share the decision-making process itself so that employees can do some things the way theyíd like to."

If you havenít tried participative management you may be missing a tremendous opportunity to improve employee-management relations. However, donít think you can delegate this one. It wonít work. Management and employees must roll up their sleeves and make it "a way of work." It can be a powerful tool, but only Ďwhen top management is committed to the participation philosophy, and both managers and subordinates master their roles in the participative procedures."


Management Round-Table

The following correspondence went out under IPMA letterhead:

February 5, 1989

Mr. Leonard A. Nord
2405 Fox Road
Olympia, Washington 98501

Dear Mr. Nord:

On behalf of the Information Processing Managers Association (IPMA) I congratulate you on your recent retirement as Director of the Department of Personnel. You have given many precious years to the State of washington and your accomplishments are unparalleled in its history. For these reasons you deserve our heartfelt thanks and wishes of happiness as you take on the challenges of retirement.

We sincerely appreciate the leadership and assistance you provided the information processing community in Washington State government these past several years. With your support and guidance the information processing profession is recognized for its strategic role in the business of government. Quite honestly, the information processing profession came of age during your tenure from a time when hardly anyone knew the word "computer" to when hardly anyone would know what to do without one.

Many of us have had the pleasure of knowing you personally. All of us have had the good fortune of working for the State of Washington while you were at the help of the Department of Personnel. We will have fond memories of you and your legacy and trust that you are embarking on your new challenges with renewed vigor fueled by the pride you must feel for having done an outstanding job.

Sincerely.

 

N.A. "Butch" Stussy
Chair, IPMA Board of Directors

 

The following correspondence was received on Department of Personnel letterhead.

January 3, 1989

Butch Stussy
IPMA Chair
Office of Financial Management
Mail Stop AQ-44

Dear Butch:

The other day you raised some questions concerning the recruiting and testing process for filling positions allocated to the classes of Information Systems Project Manger 1 and 2. With regard to recruiting, an agency Director has four options available. They are as follows:

1. Request that the Personnel Board place the position in the Career Executive Program (CEP) and have the Department of Personnel conduct recruiting and establish a CEP register;

2. Request that the Personnel Board place the position In the CEP and then allow the agency director to make an appointment Without conducting recruitment (MSR 356-47-045(3)B.);

3. Request that the Department of Personnel open a recruiting announcement on an agency promotional basis;

4. Request that the Department of Personnel open a recruiting announcement either on an open competitive or service promotional basis with the possibility of a combined register.

As far as the testing process, we have developed an evaluation of experience and training (E&T). This E&T is being used on a pilot basis in conjunction with DOPís agency promotional recruitment for a position that is working on the Marine Division Payroll project. Other examination options will be developed depending upon need. We anticipate that the E&T will be used with all future recruitments either as the sole examination or as a screening device for the primary exam.

I would appreciate you sharing this information with your members in the IPMA. If you have any questions, please call me (753-5623).

Sincerely,

 

Michael F. Welsh, Manager
Operations Division


Technology Review

Unisys Corp. recently announced the introduction of an entry-level A-series mainframe. Positioned to compete against IBMís AS/400 Model BlO and B20, and against Digitalís MicroVAX II and 2000, the Unisys Micro A compresses much of the mainframe architecture into a two-inch square package.

New software is available which allows MacIntoshes to use Hewlett Packard laser printers. Both QMS and Insight Development Corp. offer drivers which translate the Macís Quick Draw control language into Hewlett-Packardís printer command language.

Storage Dimensions has announced two new 5.25 inch hard drives with over 650 Mbytes of storage. The ESDI controller permits data transfer rates of 15 Mbits / sec. These drives are being advertised as ĎĎpersonalíí hard disk subsystems particularly suited to "Networks, image processing systems, [and] CAD/CAM..."

Wang Laboratories Inc. has introduced its new VS 10000 Series with a 90-MHz clock rate and a mainframe VS instruction set. The new minicomputers are "positioned to compete against DECís 8800 VAX and the high end of the IBM 9370 line." The EISA (Extended Industry Standard Architecture) coalition has finalized the last details needed for computer and peripheral manufacturers to develop EISA-compatible products. The EISA 32-bit standards have been developed as an alternative to adopting IBMís Micro Channel Architecture. New PCís incorporating the EISA bus are expected out by the end of 1989.

Bell of Pennsylvania has launched the latest attempt to open up the videotex market. The over 200,000 prospective users with PCs and modems will be the target of a pilot project in Philadelphia. This trial represents the third and largest test market to date for a RBOC (Regional Bell Operating Company).

Editorís note: This feature has been added to provide a survey of the rapidly changing hardware and software fields. Please forward a copy of any technology- related articles you feel would interest IPMA members to:

IPMA Newsletter Editor
P.O. Box 915
Olympia, WA 98507-0915


FORUM Ď89 Update

The organization of the FORUM Ď89 committee has just been initiated. Volunteers are needed for both the committee and the many tasks that the FORUM entails. If you wish to help, contact Dr. Ruben L. Marti at 6-1348.

The FORUM is usually held the third or fourth week of the month of October, preferably on a Tuesday and Wednesday. FORUM is a joint endeavor of IPMA and ED&T, and may include partnership with DIS this year.


IPMA Board Meeting Excerpts

January. 1989 IPMA Board Meeting by Tom Reslock, Secretary

1. Call to order at 11:55 a.m. on January 18, 1989

Attending were Butch Stussy, Jeff Boyce, Marjorie Shavlik, Kathy Marston, Will Wolf, Gary Longmire, Darrel Riffe, Phil Coates, Jim Andersen, and Tom Reslock.

2. Minutes

A motion was made by Phil Coates, seconded by Jim Andersen, to approve the minutes of the last board meeting without correction. The Board approved.

3. Incorporation

Approval of Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws was tabled by the chair. Further comments should be forwarded to Rick

Morgan as soon as possible.

4. Scholarship Committee

Marjorie Shavlik reported that the committee concluded that there was not sufficient interest among area students to continue offering the scholarships. A motion was made by Gary Longmire and seconded by Jim Andersen to eliminate the scholarship program. The Board approved.

5. Treasurerís Report

Tom Reslock reported on the Associationís financial status for the initial six months of the fiscal year. After FORUM expenses have been paid, there is $7,108 in the IPMA checking account and $4,524 in the IPMA savings account.

6. Chairmanís Report

The Project Manager Series issue was referred to Gary Longmireís Personnel Committee to discuss with DOP in January.

7. Committee Reports

Gary Longmire reported on the Personnel Committee, Jim Andersen discussed the Executive Spring Conference, and Jeff Boyce discussed the Newsletter content and format.

8. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 1:10 p.m.


Enqueued

Third Annual Government Technology Conference

The Western Region Government Technology Conference Ď89 is scheduled for May 17, 18, and 19 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California. There will also be a special series of day-long pre-conference workshops on May 16. The conference theme is "The Range of Possibilities," with an emphasis on seminars and demonstrations that offer workable solutions to todayís problems.

Department of Information Services Director, Nancy Abraham, is on the GTC Ď89 Advisory Board and plans to see that there is further information on the conference at the March 2 monthly IPMA luncheon.

Federal Computer Conference/ Defense and Government Computer-Graphics Conference

"Information Technology: Together" Tying It All

Four special-interest "tracks" have been established, covering:

Six Professional Enhancement Seminars

April 25-28, 1989 Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

Registration: $495/FCC; $495/DGC 1-800-343-6944


Project Management Institute: Northwest Regional Symposium -- May 11-13, 1989

Project Management - Creative Leadership into the Future

The Northwest Regional Symposium is designed for participant involvement. The program will include papers on four technical track which will look to the future, including: communications, quality, resources, and risk. Workshops will be conducted focusing on team building, leadership, and an overall view of project management in various environments. Panel discussions will be held on key topics including: transferability of project management skills across industry, project management organization development; and project management - body of knowledge. PMI members -- $275/Non-members -- $350

Contact: Jim Groak, Techstaff, Inc. (206) 728-2500


The annual election of IPMA Board members is scheduled for April. If you would like to serve on the IPMA Board, submit a letter of interest to:

IPMA Chairman P.O. Box 915 Olympia,í WA 98507-0915

Please include a brief biography you would be willing to have shared with the IPMA membership.