The [Solve] Friday September 16

Trusted to Deliver

Happy Friday! Stephen Clark, Capability Leader/Enterprise Business Architecture Services, wrote an incredible article this week relating his recent trip to Grand Teton National Park to the feelings consultants may encounter on projects. The pictures are breathtaking!

We would also like congratulate one of our Community Development Partners, Ace in the City, on their successful grand opening of the Center of Belonging!

Lastly, we have added new roles that are currently open to our website. Check out the list below and follow the link to our website.

Depth of Field Can Be Key to Clear-Seeing

By Stephen Clark, Capability Leader, Enterprise Business Architecture Services

Standing at a fork in the trail, looking up at the 940 vertical foot ascent known as the Devil’s Staircase, it occurred to this writer that perhaps their partially rehabilitated, formerly dislocated and fractured right humorous and torn bicep tendon weren’t good enough for what was to come.

North end of Death Canyon Shelf, Grand Teton National Park, Aug. 2022

This awareness had been re-occurring, over three days acclimatizing, not altogether successfully, to elevations above 9,000 feet. My companion and I reflected on the fact that we had set out to hike whatever paths presented themselves, without worrying too much about how long it would take or how we would feel afterwards. Much like a business or technology consultant parachutes into a program or project midway through delivery, we found ourselves surveying our surroundings, looking for signs that we had previously succeeded at similar self-selected challenges. In this instance, instead of looking to the top of the ridgeline, my attention and mood was lifted by the ‘petrified Pacman’ in the foreground.

Can you see it? Perhaps I was already dehydrated?

With semi-serious interest in distracting myself from the lung-busting effort that was about to consume my physical attentions, I followed a stream of consciousness about ‘walking the walk in front of me,’ and noticing aspects of my depth of field that could reframe my sense of dismay at the big picture and instead find satisfaction, wonder, humor or mere curiosity in ‘the little things’ around me. So I hiked on, thinking about the not-so-little neighbor we had encountered blocking a different trail only two days prior.

Excuse the lack of focus; it wasn’t yet clear how settled he felt by our arrival.

Have you ever, early in a consulting engagement, wondered, ‘what are my stakeholders like?’ Are they calm, curious, collaborative, quick to action, passion, debate, dispute or quietly, dispassionately, financially astutely, prone to prioritize, negotiate and risk mitigate? Perhaps you share some of my prior experiences, finding ways to gently persuade the settled ‘road blockers’ to either make way for or ignore (at their own peril), and as opposed to obstructing, the changes going on around them?

This trip to the Grand Tetons was an exercise in backcountry base-camping and felt, in several ways, like program managing a portfolio of related, loosely coupled, projects. Our resources were centralized, but our critical paths (literally, but not on a GANTT chart) branched variously, day by day, down different paths with unique challenges, objectives, risks, outcomes, and consequences.

Earning the right to define our choices among many trail adventures mostly entailed the small task of crossing a valley called Death Canyon, ascending the Death Canyon Shelf, and crossing over Mount Meek Pass.

Fortunately, there were no obvious signs of death in Death Canyon.

After ascending the Devil’s Staircase, we savored the prospect of breezes and sunny skies along the Death Canyon Shelf, while trekking with intention to stay ahead of the weather following us.

Death Canyon Shelf, looking Southwest.

Death Canyon Shelf, looking Northeast.

Returning to our base camp at the end of each day rewarded us with the ability to compare planned to actual progress and assess our likely velocity through the next day’s sprint’ activities. All after a sunset like this one…

As soon as sunrise was upon us (see below), we could choose among several inspiring destinations, much like pursuing successful user acceptance testing at the end of translating user stories into sets of process steps, system features and other enabling tools for customers happy to benefit from our previously demonstrated resourceful professional aptitudes and accomplishments. In this vein, we thought we brought training, foreknowledge and aptitude to traversing passes, crossing cols and descending sketchy scree fields. Leaving the following gorgeous jump-in point, we’d find out if we were right.

Sunrise, at Sunset Lake, atop a ridge, where a copse of trees securely nestled the writer’s tent.

Easing into each day’s miles, focus on the first few feet, forward, elevation gain, or loss, allowed us to not forget how attention-getting alpine meadows can be.

Ascent to Hurricane Pass.

Happily, our daily retrospectives confirmed we were sufficiently equipped to enjoy moments along ridgelines, at passes and back in camp.

Battleship Mountain enroute to Avalanche Divide.

Snowdrift Lake, below Avalanche Divide.

Dramatically, the circle of life is honored here, at 10,680 feet.

Sunset back at Sunset Lake, having returned from Avalanche Divide.

Rested and ready to return to civilization, it was hard to not get lost in the recent experience of doing the Cascade Canyon to Paintbrush Divide to South Fork Canyon loop. The following image is the trekking equivalent of being teased by a prospective client that they have unlimited budget, sufficient time and a low enough bar for acceptance criteria that the project ‘has to succeed.’

Ascending Paintbrush Divide, from Cascade Canyon to the South and East, headed West.

Standing still, bent backwards looking up at a ridgeline to be summited over a thousand more feet above, eyesight blurry with sweat and light-headed if not dizzy from the altitude, this writer thought, “why doesn’t this feel as fun as I thought it would?” Looking down toward the valley floor, and Lake Solitude, where we had come from, the question evaporated like the perspiration off the back of my neck as the breeze washed over me.

Atop Paintbrush Divide, Grand Teton National Park

Leaving the Alaska Basin, within the Targhee National Forest, and climbing up over Static Peak, via Buck Mountain Pass, definitely felt like a set of program ceremonies that fully acknowledged the hard work that had gone into completing all the major milestones we had commit to accomplish when we baselined this initiative’s scope.

Enroute to Buck Mountain Pass. Grand Teton National Park.

While the (very) loose comparisons to the effort it takes to justify, define, prioritize and deliver clients’ program/project scope and coordinate and complete long distance back country treks may be questionable, you’ve hopefully found visual if not substantive ways to consider seeing the world around you differently than through the usual habit-based ways of seeing we often rely on. If you, too, have occasions to let stream of consciousness distract you from tough physical tasks, let me know by reaching out to or on LinkedIn at

For any reader contemplating a future Westward adventure, put the Grand Teton National Park on your list and aim for the pair of lakes west of the Jenny Lake Loop trail called Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes. You won’t regret it and the depth of field’ centers of attention may make it hard to leave.

Amphitheater Lake, Grand Teton National Park

Grand Opening- Center of Belonging

Congratulations to one of our Community Development Partners, Ace in the City, on their grand opening of their Center of Belonging. Ace in the City has pivoted their vision a bit to focus on leveraging the local Twin City churches to repurpose their open spaces and develop community-based services. Their Center of Belonging is their successful first step in this process. Logisolve joined them at their grand opening earlier this week celebrating the good work happening at the Center of Belonging.

We also wanted to share information about each of the organizations who are part of the collaborative work Ace in the City does at the Center of Belonging. Check out their websites to learn more, and feel free to reach out to their representatives if you have any questions or want to further support their work.

Look for a Logisolve team visit to the Center of Belonging in early November. More details to follow and we hope everyone will be able to join us.


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Welcome to Logisolve

Check out who is joining us in September!


Revanth V – Digital Solutions/Sr. Developer

Rob E – Business Transformation/Sr. BA

Melinda H – Digital Solutions/Manual QA

Venkata D – Digital Solutions/Data Integration Developer

Joe H – Digital Solutions/Front End Developer

Josiah K – Business Transformation/Project Manager

Barry V – Business Transformation/Project Manager

Rahul G – Digital Solutions/QA

Eric L – Digital Solutions/QA

Available Positions

If you have individuals in your network that may be a fit for any of the positions below, this is a great time to make a referral. Many clients are starting to head back to the office one or two days a week and are focused on local resources!

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Below are our most active Client Opportunities; contact us for more information! There are additional positions posted on our website:


Quality Assurance

Sr. QA Lead (2 positions) – highly desired Financial industry experience – must be local to MN

Sr. QA – strong SQL experience – must be local to MN

QA – API – remote

QA – Financial/actuarial experience – Hybrid

Project Management

IT Project Manager – Hybrid


Sr BA – Hybrid – St. Cloud


Sr. Java Developer (2 positions) – react, Java8, spring boot, spring – remote – must be local to MN

.NET, Ling, C#, SQL

Java Developer – Kafka, micro-services, Java 8-remote

.NET, C#, vue.JS, AWS – remote (2 positions)

.NET developer (Associate level) C#, – must be local to MN – contract to hire


Database Developer – Hybrid

EDW-ETL Administration-health catalyst experience required – Remote

SQL DBA – contract to hire – Hybrid – must be local to MN

Azure SQL DBA – Remote


Oracle ERP Functional Administrator

D365 Solution Architect – Direct hire – Remote

Vendor Manager-Direct Hire-MN