Newsletter 22 November 2022

Everyone at the Asset Leadership Network wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. We are thankful for your interest in our advocacy of a structured approach to asset management. Of course, we are taking this Thursday off, but please join us on December 1 as we start a special month of ALN Th@3 pm ET focused on “Advancing Outcomes with Asset Leadership.” We will have hour-long programs that address how intentional policy, strategy and tactics contribute to dramatic improvements in achieving organizational mission success.

December ALN Th@3 pm ET schedule:

December 1 will feature three ALN Board Members highlighting their experience with successful asset management policy and strategy. Jim Dieter, Jack Kelly, and Jack Dempsey will be featured.
December 8 we will have a panel on Canadian policy and strategy that is beginning to influence asset management in the U.S. Chris Chen, Executive Director, Asset Management Ontario will be a featured presenter.
December 15 will include discussion with key authors of the Portland, Oregon Asset Management Policy that was impacted by the ALN Advancing Equity with Asset Management Board. Chris Silkie and Shannon Reynolds from the City of Portland, Oregon will be featured.
December 22 will include an open discussion on outcomes influenced by policy…with a holiday party theme (speakers must wear holiday clothing on their upper body.)
December 29 will be a recap of highlights on Advancing Outcomes with Asset Leadership by selected attendees. Let us know if you are interested in participating in the recap session (and New Year’s Party.)


Definitive Logic Delivers Outcomes at the Intersection of Business Processes and Technology


Jack Kelly, ALN Board of Directors Member, ALN Senior Fellow, and ALN’s biggest cheerleader. Mr. Kelly served at the Office of Management and Budget for 34 years where he greatly contributed to creating the GSA Office of Government-wide Policy and established an airline ticket purchase policy that the GAO determined saved the U.S. Federal Government $1 billion a year. With this high-level understanding of policy, we look forward to hearing what he has to say in the special ALN Th@3 pm ET Advancing Outcomes with Asset Leadership series starting December 1st.


Free UN Asset Management Course

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a self-paced course developed by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. The course is based on the UN publication Managing Infrastructure Assets for Sustainable Development: A Handbook for Local and National Governments– the result of a joint collaboration of UN DESA, UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and UNOPS. Included in the self-paced course includes interactive slide presentations and recorded videos. See more at this link.


Assess Climate Impact on Assets

The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently issued a report on the U.S. Department of State’s preliminary natural hazard risk assessment for its 294 posts. The report describes the risk of disruption from natural hazards and the methodology used to determine the risks. Assessing the process for evaluating risks to assets can help other organizations make similar determinations for their assets. See the GAO report at this link.

55K Talk with Lindsay Ziegler, President, Andrew James Advisory Group

Ms. Ziegler teaches a comprehensive course on every aspect of ISO 55000/1/2 and had many favorite sections to feature in 55K Talk. She likes the leadership section and the requirement for including all relevant stakeholders. But when asked to pick one, she said, “The requirement in ISO 55001 for internal and external communication about the asset management system is critical to success. I have seen many programs fail because there was not enough proper communication. Communication is not one-and-done – it must be ongoing, and it must be both horizontal among departments, vertical through all levels in the organization, and including external stakeholders. It requires effort and thought. It needs to include not only the team goals, but current progress and future plans. It’s also critical for dealing with issues as they arise.” Look for more information about Andrew James Advisory Group training at

If you have a favorite section of the ISO 55K Series please email your selection with a short comment to We will collect the comments and publish them together in 2023 and periodically after that.