Controlled Vocabularies –Are they Useful? Woody Pidcock Boeing Information Technology BOEING is a trademark of Boeing Mana...
What I Want To Talk About <ul><li>Me </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What I do at Boeing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evolution of my ...
What I do at Boeing <ul><li>Technical Advisor to Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Translate User Requirements into Technic...
Evolution of my Job Title <ul><li>First, I was a Programmer (Fortran) </li></ul><ul><li>Then, I became an Application Deve...
My Passion <ul><li>Organizing Information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defining Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Industry...
Why Taxonomy Work is Important at Boeing <ul><li>How many people at Boeing depend on taxonomies? </li></ul><ul><li>Use on ...
Controlled Vocabularies At Boeing <ul><li>My work in this area has focused on answering two Questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><...
Enterprise Architecture Frameworks <ul><li>Everyone has an Architecture Framework </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enterprise Archite...
Boeing Information Technology Strategy-2006 Copyright © 2006 Boeing. All rights reserved.
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  1. 1. Controlled Vocabularies –Are they Useful? Woody Pidcock Boeing Information Technology BOEING is a trademark of Boeing Management Company. Copyright © 2006 Boeing. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. What I Want To Talk About <ul><li>Me </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What I do at Boeing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evolution of my Job Title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Passion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why Taxonomy Work is Important at Boeing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of Different Communities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Controlled Vocabularies at Boeing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software Engineering Tools Taxonomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boeing Subject Taxonomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enterprise Architecture Frameworks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where is the Value? </li></ul>Boeing Information Technology Strategy-2006 Copyright © 2006 Boeing. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. What I do at Boeing <ul><li>Technical Advisor to Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Translate User Requirements into Technical Specifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Translate Executive Cartoons into Technical Specifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Translate Marketing Hype / Subject Matter Experts’ desire to look at new technology into Business Requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enterprise Architect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership in getting to consensus on the definition of an enterprise IT problem and what to do to solve it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define and use standards (technical, process, product) </li></ul></ul>Boeing Information Technology Strategy-2006 Copyright © 2006 Boeing. All rights reserved.
  4. 4. Evolution of my Job Title <ul><li>First, I was a Programmer (Fortran) </li></ul><ul><li>Then, I became an Application Developer (learned other languages such as JCL, BASIC, AutoTROL) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Promotions” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software Developer/Analyst/Engineer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Systems Analyst/Engineer/Architect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enterprise Architect (what I call myself, not my “official” job classification at Boeing) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Job Titles as a controlled vocabulary is an area that needs work! </li></ul>Boeing Information Technology Strategy-2006 Copyright © 2006 Boeing. All rights reserved.
  5. 5. My Passion <ul><li>Organizing Information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defining Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Industry specifications for interfaces </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Processes for storing and retrieving information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Products that automate business processes and comply with industry standard interfaces </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learn from others (reuse) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Configuration Management (lean) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Building Consensus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep it Simple </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pay attention to the real business requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agree on the meaning before agreeing on the name </li></ul></ul>Boeing Information Technology Strategy-2006 Copyright © 2006 Boeing. All rights reserved.
  6. 6. Why Taxonomy Work is Important at Boeing <ul><li>How many people at Boeing depend on taxonomies? </li></ul><ul><li>Use on various Boeing Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial Airplanes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Military </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Taxonomy at an enterprise level </li></ul><ul><li>Work with external partners to standardize their information organization work </li></ul><ul><li>Problems that come up regularly </li></ul><ul><li>benefits of Boeing's approach </li></ul>Boeing Information Technology Strategy-2006 Copyright © 2006 Boeing. All rights reserved.
  7. 7. Controlled Vocabularies At Boeing <ul><li>My work in this area has focused on answering two Questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I heard about this great computing product. How do I get it for my use at Boeing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I have a new job at Boeing. What computing products should I use to do my job? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Controlled Vocabularies (CVs) help find information in two ways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse through hierarchical structures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Controlled Keyword Search </li></ul></ul>Boeing Information Technology Strategy-2006 Copyright © 2006 Boeing. All rights reserved.
  8. 8. Enterprise Architecture Frameworks <ul><li>Everyone has an Architecture Framework </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enterprise Architecture Chevron – From a consultant working with Boeing Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boeing Commercial Airplanes – IS Transformation Architecture (from a different consultant) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computing Network & Operations – Delivery Systems Architecture (home grown) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic Architecture Reference Model (military – home grown, then taken to an industry consortium) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Forward Looking Architecture Framework (FLAF) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current Boeing baseline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everything else needs to “align” to this one </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Including the Software Engineering Tools Taxonomy… </li></ul></ul>Boeing Information Technology Strategy-2006 Copyright © 2006 Boeing. All rights reserved.
  9. 9. Boeing Information Technology Strategy-2006 Copyright © 2006 Boeing. All rights reserved.

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