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Broden Broden

Orono, MN
Commenter for
6 years 3 weeks

Recent Comments

I am a very moderate Republican who continues to look for a candidate who offers a positive message and approach to important issues not just attack comments. All of the GOP candidates for Senate have failed Campaign 101- and I have taught campaign mgmt. and managed campaigns. Where are the ideas? Where are some policy statements? Attacking is easy--- forming a solid informed and reasoned view that demonstrates a capability to be in a governing role takes thought and understanding. There ere...

Posted on 03/26/14 at 11:01 am in response to Conservative group hits the airwaves against Franken

As we enter another election cycle there are two key issues that seem to get in the mix. The first is the funding guidelines of who can and who cannot etc. as expressed in the article and the action proposed by Franken-- this discussion will always be politically driven and not balanced to all poltical sides. The other is perhaps more important-- it would be refreshing if candidates challenging incumbents spent a large amount of up front funds connecting with the voters with a who am I , why...

As a long time GOP political wonk I am amazed at the avoidance of issues approach of the 2014 candidates for US Senate. This is the typical GOP aloof and arrogant view of expressing an opinion and connecting with the voters. MN voters want decision makers not a senator who speaks around the issues. The candidates must be for something and not only against all that is happening to continue the gridlock. A bit of time by each candidate looking back over past GOP statewide winners will shown...

The comments regarding candidates first needing to raise money and also to get the GOP nomination is nonsense. Anyone who has developed winning campaign strategy knows that candidate views will trump the waffle approach and with solid moderate MN views the money will flow because of a vision of a possible winning approach. Certainly a candidate locked to the ideological view of some GOP need to stick to funds because they have no link to the real world of the electorate. There are a few...

Posted on 01/10/14 at 12:59 pm in response to Lawmakers want MNsure answers, but few have been forthcoming — yet

I and other continue to ask the following:
1. Was there a well defined Specification and requrements/
2.Was there a technical program manager or just oversight?
3. Was Software Systems Engineering used as the process?
4.Since existing software was part of the system were there well defined interface defintions
5. What was the testing plan
6.What were the metrics for success
7. Was there a user Beta test in the plan
8. Was risk management and...

Posted on 01/10/14 at 04:04 pm in response to Lawmakers want MNsure answers, but few have been forthcoming — yet

As a DOD contractor Program Manager and Technical Director the failure of MNSure and ObamaCare software is a classic study in how not to manage a high tech program. Good Program management clearly was both not applied and it appears not understood to be needed. There are hundreds of Excellent program Managers, Technical Directors, and systems engineering who can see througth the levels of the failure. Now that failure is assured lets get some expertise in the programs and restart and/or fix...

Posted on 01/08/14 at 05:31 pm in response to Dayton blames vendors, but state had direct role in MNsure missteps

The MNSure program management will be a study in high tech program management failures. As a program manager of Defense and Aerospace programs it certainly appears to me that the proven practices of good systems engineering, requirements allocation, interface managemetnt among various software modules etc., risk management and test assurance were not applied. The program management seemed to be by decree vs. by technical reason and apparently there was no micosoft project master schedule...

Posted on 01/09/14 at 02:42 pm in response to Dayton blames vendors, but state had direct role in MNsure missteps

Please see my previous comments in the note above> I have tried to determine how MNSure was managed from a technical view-- were good software engineering principles applied and was a rigorous schedule with details of crtical path included. How about risk managment and mitigation. Based on no response to these questions when asked to various state and federal office it appear that either no one understand the question or there was not a well thought out technical systems engineeing plan...

Clearly the problem is a combination of Mn Orchestra Management lack of community attention that is far to focused on the immediate finanacial status and not on what being Mn class quality really means. For several years now the MN focus is on sports, entertainmment etc. and not on MN quality. A measure of this is why can be spend billions on stadiums and now $300M on U of M training facilities and meanwhile we let a world class orchestra fade into the sunset. Asking some community so called...

Posted on 09/04/13 at 12:32 pm in response to Public squeeze is on to resolve MN Orchestra dispute and end lockout

The Minnesota Orchestra is a Minnesota Signature!!! This became a signature because Real Leaders saw a vision that was shared by citizens across Mn for quality in the arts and music. Those leaders were Builders of the Mn of Yesterday and Today!!!! We now have evolved to be managers of the status quo at best and there is apparently little vision of how the vision of those who came before should be viewed and considered for the future. Across Mn and within the metro area there are many who...