Leveraging Open Architecture in Future Vertical Lift

I recently had the opportunity to co-author a paper on Open Architecture initiatives. One comment that my co-author, Matt, and I have discussed at length includes our closing line from the executive summary: Lessons are not truly learned until they are acted upon.  I hope to write more about that in the abstract sense at…

Executable Standards Keynote Presentation

For much of my career, I have worked on things I can’t really talk about. Recently, however, I have been involved with the development of the Future Airborne Capabilities Environment (FACE), an open standard in the avionics industry specifically adopted and supported by the Army program I support, Future Vertical Lift. One aspect of this…

Death by Chocolate

Some dogs are allergic to chocolate. Not our ‘Beagle Bailey’! We first discovered this at Christmas several years ago when the gift for my wife, a pound of imported Belgian chocolate, was consumed during an evening out. Entering the front door, we were greeted by a year old beagle racing laps around the living room,…

That Trip to Estes Park…

One of these days, I am going to write about the trip to Estes Park, Colorado. This is a placeholder for me to write about that time I went snow shoe hiking after 6 foot of fresh snow fell… and we got lost in the mountains… but for now, just the full image for the start…

The Nature of Creativity

We create because we are creative.  Sounds silly to even put that into words.  Yet it is a distinctively human quality that we are not content to simply survive and reproduce, we want to change the world in some way, some unique way that leaves a mark echoing our unique individual presence.  Some of us…

Who I Am

In order to function as human beings, we need to understand our own identity and be able to functionally relate that to other humans and our environment around us. This is a little about me and the next chapter in my life. First, some identity statements about me: I am a consultant. I am a…

Exocubic, LLC

Exocubic, LLC is my consulting company focused on solving complex business challenges.  In my career, which has a primary focus on Software Architecture, the theme of problem solving has been paramount.  Architectural solutions in Information Technology is about much more that software frameworks; it has to do with innovation, creativity, business structures, process improvement, personality…

Thinking Outside the Box

The term “Thinking Outside the Box” has an obscure origin, but ultimately can be put into the simple phrase of removing oneself from the boundaries of their normal thought constraints in order to see things from a different perspective.  Hi, my name is John Stough and I am an Entrepreneur, Innovator, Software Architect, Management Consultant,…