Sunday, August 19, 2012

Weekly News & Agenda for Tuesday, 8/21/12



We start with roundtable introductions, focusing on any networking needs. Feel free to also bring up any topics of general interest.


Biznet member and author Bill Sumner (USMA '78) will speak about Breakthrough Psychology.  Bill is a neural psychologist and business coach.  He has been coaching super achievers and rising companies for 20 years.  He is holding a fire walk in the Marriot-DTC hotel on Friday night, Sept 7th.

At our Biznet meeting this coming Tuesday (8/21), Bill plans to discuss “breakthrough” psychology – what is it?  What does it mean?  How does one achieve it?  What holds someone back from achieving larger dreams and visions?  Is it possible to take an “average” person and turn them into a super over-achieving leader?  How would one go about doing that?


8/21/12 (this week):  Bill Sumner - see above.

8/28/12:  David Pigott (USMA '03) will speak about current issues in Colorado.  David is running for a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, from Broomfield.

9/4/12:  Chaplain (MAJ) Shawn Menchion and law professor Dave Fitzkee will make a presentation on the Religious Respect Training Program (RRTP) at USAFA. 

9/11/12:  Jeff Dale, executive director of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), will speak with us to introduce this character-based organization and share its vision for making an impact in Colorado.  PCA believes that youth sports done right is a joyous experience that creates not just better athletes, but more importantly, better people.  PCA stands up against the win-at-all-cost mentality prevalent in youth sports today.  They work with YSOs (youth sports organizations) and schools to provide training for parents, coaches, leaders and athletes, with the ultimate goal of giving every child a positive, charater-building sports experience.

Note:  If you'd like to invite a speaker or lead a discussion yourself on any future Tuesday morning, just let me know at

3.  JOB OPPORTUNITY - Software Test Engineer (Rockville, MD):

Recently at Biznet we were introduced to Andrea Michels, director of operations at Strategic Resolution Experts, Inc, which is a veteran-owned management consulting and IT service management provider.  Most of their job openings, such as the one below, are in the Mid-Atlantic region, however they sometimes have needs elsewhere as well.  Ms. Michels writes as follows:

Would you please forward this opportunity to the Academy Network?  Have interested candidates contact me at

The Software Test Engineer will be an integral part of a team involved with a major federal government modernization project.  This client is upgrading their IT systems, including transformational capabilities, systems engineering, and other solutions that span the entire range of lifecycle-based IT.  The Software Test Engineer shall provide SQA Analysis and SQA testing support for the assigned projects with the goal of testing and validating the enhancements for full scale deployment. The Software Test Engineer shall comply with all customer requirements for documentation and testing.  The Software Test Engineer shall develop and review documents used to prepare for actual testing of IT product enhancements.  The scope of documents for review shall include plans for the establishment of test environments, configuration management and change control processes prior to implementation, test cases and test scripts.  Attendance at test events is required, with the responsibility of writing up the results and notifying the team of inconsistencies.
Key Responsibilities: 
a.    Coordinate with the test experts to review and comment on the Test and Evaluation Master Plan.
b.    Consult with the project team on the execution of Test and Evaluation Master Plans associated with enhancements for VA IT products.
c.    Participate in Technical Reviews for project documents such as Requirements Documents, Design Documents, Test Documents, Software Packages and Patches Release Documentation; provide review comments on these deliverables
d.    Review Test Case Specification documentation.
e.    Review Entrance Criteria Artifacts to assess for completeness and accuracy; provide comments to the PM.
f.     Advise SQA Testing staff and the Project Team regarding the creation and maintenance of test documentation, and the performance/execution of testing.
g.    Monitor the performance of SQA Testing and report results to the PM.
h.    Monitor the Approval for Release process for concurrences and report results to the PM.

Knowledge Requirements:
·         Capability Maturity Model practices
·         SDLC – Industry Best Practices
·         ITILv3® Foundation
·         Project document control experience
·         Strong communications and organization development skills
·         Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with cross-functional teams
·         Experience with the following software:
o   Microsoft Office 

Professional Experience:
·         7+ years in software testing with a Bachelor’s degree
·         5+years with a Master’s degree

·         Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Computer Science, Electronics, or Other Engineering or Technical discipline
·         ITIL Foundation v3® preferred

Security Clearance
Must be able to pass a National Agency Check

US Citizenship

Salary Range:  $75,000 - $80,000

Location – Rockville, MD

Benefits - Company offers a full suite of benefits to include Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Short and Long Term disability, 10 paid Holidays, 10 paid days off and 5 sick days. Tuition reimbursement and company paid training for PMP and ITIL if qualified.

Andrea Michels, MBA, ITILv3
Director of Operations
SRE, Inc
SBA 8a/SDB Certified Small Business/Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned 100% Woman-Veteran Owned
Cell: 703-963-2883
Fax: (888) 283-4367



Have a great week.

Joe Paniccia (USMA '84)

Service Academy BizNet of Denver meets weekly on Tuesdays at 0700, in the Marriott Hotel at the Denver Tech Center. From I-25, exit Belleview east, then turn north onto Syracuse Street. The Marriott lots are paid parking (approx $2-4), however you can park for FREE across the street at Garcia's Restaurant (we have their permission). Look for us in the seating area inside the Marriott's coffee shop. RSVP is not required. Dress is casual. Attendance is open to graduates of the federal service academies (USAFA, USCGA, USMA, USMMA, USNA). Our schedule, roster and other information are posted on the web site at

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