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Recreation Properties Application Project Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Although the Church has more than 500 properties, from camps to lodges to ranches, there isn't a single content management system that centralizes all Church property information. Instead, many of the Web sites are independent of one another, inconsistent with each other and often incomplete, and maintained by different groups. When you try to locate a property, it can be hard to see the specific rules, availability, cost, activities, and amenities from one property to the next.

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Newsletter: December 2009

Merry Christmas

We want to extend our holiday greetings and thank you for participating in the ever-growing LDSTech community.

Over the last year we have seen a tremendous growth in activity on the LDSTech Web site. Here are some exciting statistics representing our growth.

  • Forum registrations have increased by 63% this year.
  • Over 15,000 new posts since the beginning of the year.
  • The LDSTech Wiki continues to grow with over 1384 pages and files.
  • LDSTech community projects have expanded to include10 new mobile applications in development.

We have a lot planned for 2010 and expect our growth to continue. We thank you for being a part of this exciting community.

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Work, Learn, Innovate: Principles We Can All Adopt in the Work Place Print E-mail
Written by David Kosorok   
Thursday, 17 December 2009

We are pleased to introduce David Kosorok as a regular contributor to the LDSTech site.

David is a QA Team Manager for the Church in the Information and Communications Systems Department.

David wrote monthly how-to articles in WordPerfect Magazine for five years and has tested software and managed test teams for over 15 years. David brings his technical expertise and snappy dress style (jeans, t-shirt and boots) back home to Utah. He enjoys spending his free time with family, reading a good sci-fi/fantasy book, camping, or watching a good movie, in that order.

Look for articles from David every other month.

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Using Cultural Beliefs to Accomplish Our Goal Print E-mail
Written by David Dalling   
Thursday, 10 December 2009

Since I began working at the Church I have noticed a significant difference in culture from other jobs I have held. I’ve noticed the teamwork and the drive everyone has to get the work done and help it to move forward. This helps us put our best work forward.

To support the mandate to “do more with less,” the ICS Department was given new cultural beliefs:

  • Receive revelation: I call down the Lord’s help in doing my work to aid in exalting the human family.
  • Be positive: I contribute to a positive and optimistic work environment.
  • Help others succeed: I am successful when those with whom I work and serve are successful.
  • Speak up: I professionally challenge, ask questions, propose alternatives, and exchange feedback.
  • Make it simple: I communicate clearly and avoid complexity in my work products and processes.

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A Thousand Bits of Paper Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Brady   
Tuesday, 08 December 2009

A few years ago I attended a seminar about relating to your customer. The instructor asked for a few people to come to the front to help him with a project. We approached a table set up with a ream of paper, a few pairs of scissors, a couple of rulers, and some pencils. Our project, as described by our instructor-turned-customer, was to cut a few thousand one-inch squares out of the paper. We had only a few minutes to complete the task. There were about a half dozen of us volunteers, and to clarify the task, we could ask any question before the task started. It seemed we asked all the wrong questions before we got started, unknowingly missing the most important question of all.

After a few minutes it was clear that we were not going to achieve the objective, as we had spent most of the time tracing lines, making accurate cuts, and various other things that made the process very slow. When the project deadline passed, we had maybe a hundred squares. When the instructor asked us what happened, we told him we didn’t have enough time for the difficulty of the project and the accuracy it required. The instructor agreed with our assessment but mentioned that we failed on more than one front. Not only did we not complete the requirements in time, but we failed to understand the whole purpose of the project.

In short, we didn’t ask, “Why?”

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The Next Generation of LDS Maps Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Fowlke   
Tuesday, 01 December 2009

In the summer of 2008, the Church released a new version of the Meetinghouse Locator known as LDS Maps. Whereas the previous version of Meetinghouse Locator required users to drill-down through multiple static pages, LDS Maps has a single dynamic, interactive world map. Now, after more than two million visitors to LDS Maps and thousands of suggestions, we are preparing for the nearby release of LDS Maps 2.0.  The pre-release beta can be accessed by going to Note: this is a pre-release version, the final version will be released sometime next year. Any comments or feedback should be submitted electronically through the “Feedback” link in the upper right corner of the application.

The new version takes the best of the original release and adds an abundance of feature enhancements. One of the new features is the ability for Church members to login with their LDS Account and see their own ward membership and ward boundaries. This makes it easier to find directions to any member in the ward. Members can download a file containing the coordinates of all their ward members and import them into most GPS devices.

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Newsletter: November 2009

LDSTech Talk 2009 Now Available

The recording of the LDSTech Talk is now availabe. Go to the LDSTech Talk page to watch it.

Submit any feedback to the LDSTech Forum.

From the Archives

An Introduction to the Clerk Wiki
by Robert Lindsay

The job of a quality assurance engineer is to constantly be looking for ways to improve quality, including setting targets for metrics or setting criteria that must be met before we consider it a quality product.

At a recent gathering of Church quality assurance employees we discussed the idea of how truth affects the quality of our work processes and lives.

We may be really good at setting goals and envisioning the future. However, our ability to achieve those goals depends on having a true understanding of our current state of being— how we’re doing right now. This is the point: often we are not truthful with ourselves about the reality of what our current state actually is. We think (or believe) we know where we are, but in reality we may be far off.

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LDSTech Developers Conference

We are planning an LDSTech Developer Conference in Utah this spring and are considering options for the date of the conference, what topics will be covered, and more.

We need your input. Please visit the LDSTech Developer Conference poll and answer a few questions. This will help us gather information that will help us put on the best inagaural LDSTech Developers Conference.

More information is forthcoming.

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LDSTech Talk 2009 Now Available Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The 2009 LDSTech Talk, held on September 17, is now available for streaming in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Click on the link to begin a stream.

We welcome your comments and feedback in the forum and by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

LDSTech Talk 2009




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LDS Labs Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Monday, 23 November 2009

LDS Labs Overview

LDS Labs is a testing environment for the Church’s most recent Internet offerings. The site helps developers and project stakeholders gather feedback on proposed products as well as new feature possibilities for existing products.

Features in development may be put in the Labs environment allowing approved users to preview and give feedback. Some features may move to a broader beta phase after successful testing in Labs.

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Spotlight: Brian Lewis Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009


What do you do at the Church?


I work on the .NET Stack Team with Bryan Hinton and Jim Byer.


What does the .NET Stack Team do?


There are two main goals of the .NET Stack Team. The first is to provide general support to all teams at the Church working on projects with components that use the Microsoft .NET Framework. This support can range from answering technology questions to identifying and resolving specific problems that project teams encounter.

The second goal, which facilitates the first, is to maintain and continue to develop the .NET Stack Library and Services, which are a set of tools to help Church developers quickly accomplish common tasks so that teams can focus on the unique and project-specific design issues they face instead of re-writing the code blocks that occur across most ICS projects. The .NET Stack includes tools for ASP.NET web pages, WPF projects, WCF services, authentication through LDS Account, application logging, and much more. We have even developed Visual Studio New Project templates to enable developers to create Stack-enabled projects with just a few clicks.

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