November 2003 Archives

It is perfect timing for me to be having a conversation with David Buchan about using PersonalBrain with a blog aggregator, given that I've changed jobs.
People are talking about status reports and the new world of work. Writing, in general, is one of those hidden arts. Done well, people thrive. Done poorly, no one knows why people starve.
In case you are wondering, simply creating a policy to enforce behavior of your people won't work. The Computerworld "Security Manager's Journal" this week has a piece on discovering that people aren't following policy. After some hunting and discussion with a number of people, he decides to do a better job...
Allan Bonner talks about some of the history behind knowledge management and the difficulty we have in separating new technology from what might be more interesting in Locating the Human Element: In Search of Knowledge Management We are all striving to manage knowledge in such a way as to benefit workers,...
I've been looking for a description of K-Collector, as I have heard a number of people talk about it, including its creators. Matt Mower calls it a "Knowledge Centrifuge."
People have changed the world ever since they figured out how to bash on things with sharpened rocks. This book covers the evolution of our tools over the eons, from the simple tools of our ancient ancestors to the sophistication of our scientific technique today. The bulk of the book is a fascinating tour of surprising revelations and connections between technological, political and sociological changes.
I have a lot of thoughts running about my head after the AIChE conference. One of the topics that happens to have a lot of blogosphere crossover recently is working with limited resources, whether in the lab or in business.
Management by Baseball takes on the topic of cronyism (hiring your friends and family) in Cronyism From Tropicana Field To Harvard Yard : The Wharton/Harvard MBA-run company I worked for didn't fail because Wharton and Harvard are bad business schools. It failed first because the graduates they hired they hired because...
It turns out that I was over my quota on my webhost and my last blog build failed to create the main index file, though it seems to have created the RSS feeds. We are back in business now....
I was pleasantly surprised today to hear a knowledge management paper presented. The research group of Antonis Kokossis at the U of Surrey has been involved in the h-TechSight project through an EU grant. The basic idea for h-TechSight seems to be that they want to enable organizations to monitor the...
In case it isn't obvious, in a post on making good corporate intranets, Gerry McGovern tells us that senior management engagement is critical. The intranet gets serious: Part 1 The surest sign that an intranet will fail happens when senior management is disengaged. It's easy to get senior managers to make...
I am in San Francisco for the annual AIChE meeting, seeing my old buddies in the chemical engineering world. As such, I am not going to be doing a lot of blogging, I suspect. For fun, check out the Onion article on Mom Finds Out About Blog, and the Blogger.com official...
Management by Baseball has gone with an RSS feed. If you haven't checked out Jeff Angus' material before, have a look. He writes about management via the baseball analogy, clearly two things he enjoys a lot....
This week's Computerworld has "Eyes Everywhere: Business activity monitoring offers a constant watch on business processes," which immediately struck me as quite similar to the John Parkinson talk on the Real-Time Enteprise that I wrote about recently.
David Ticoll spoke about his new book The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business (with Don Tapscott) this morning at a BIGfrontier breakfast today.
Well, today was the "exit meeting" at my firm, where they give us the spiel about what to expect as we are "separated" from the company. My official last day is Friday, but they have my laptop and they have my ID badge, so I am outta there! We shall see...
John Parkinson, Chief Technologist for the Americas for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, spoke at the KMPro Chicago meeting last night on the topic of The Real Time Enterprise.
Computerworld last week had front-page article on "Information life-cycle tools appealing but remain distant."
Lee Lefeever has a nice article on a familiar topic for those that have been in the "internet" world for a while. The discussion has morphed from listserv vs. the Usenet to web-based forums, and now we can add the idea of weblogs. The issues remain the same. What does the group want?
My wife and I met two friends from the KM world for brunch this morning. Noreen Kelly is a communications specialist who has recently decided that this job market needs her to be a freelance specialist. Noreen and I are both e-zine writers for the Association of Knowledge Work (AOK), and...
At a party last night, I met Todd, a young high math teacher from Chicago's Nicholas Senn High School. Along with high school algebra, he is teaching a two-year program on The History of Knowledge in the Chicago Public Schools' International Baccalaureate program (pdf). This is an advanced academic program, but...
From Knowledge Board, comes an article about The use of Knowledge Management in Project Management in Russia - 28 Oct 2003 Knowledge Management - to understand and use the value of the relations between people. In order to gain an stable profit, the relations and interactions between people within one organisation...
I figured I should update my site design a bit. I've added an about page and moved a few things around. Why? I am leaving my current employement soon (in a week). In preparation for that, I have spammed my friends and colleagues with a link to this site. Any other...
Jeremy Wright in a June 2002 article at A List Apart gives a good summary of Time Management: The Pickle Jar Theory that is very similar to a demonstration that Steve Covey does in his time management workshops. Here is the important bit: I strongly encourage everyone to use at least...
Thomas Vander Wal has been thinking about the Personal Information Cloud of devices and information that roam around with you. iPIM and Chandler have a chair at the Personal Info Cloud There are two articles that are direct hits on managing information for the individual and allowing the individual to use...
Ian Glendinning of Psybertron comments on my recent find of the WIKID Power hierarchy that adds Intelligence, Wisdom and Power to the usual Data-Information-Knowledge lineup. The D-I-K hierarchy is limited by the view of bits-of-stuff, whereas our full understanding of these higher properties ecompasses much more than bits: experience, culture, context. Attempting to break everything into bits typically loses the meaning of the whole. As Ian suggests, Power is orthogonal to all of these elements.
Next week's (11 Nov) KMPro Chicago meeting will feature a talk by Richard Emsley of eXago. And the first 21 attendees will get a free copy of their eXero Summarizer. Lately, there haven't been 21 people at the events. Summarizer does semantic analysis of a document (or collection of documents) and...
Deloitte Consulting have been providing a Word plugin that helps detect meaningless jargon in your (or your company's) communications. BullfighterTM Stripping The Bull Out Of Business "A value-added, leverageable global knowledge repository." "Repurposeable, leading edge thoughtware that delivers results-driven value." "A future-proof asset that seamlessly empowers your mission critical enterprise communications."...
Interesting presentation on how law firms can drive profitability. The focus is on an IT audience, suggesting that their projects have to fit one of the five items below. In looking through the linked presentation, I hear strains of theory of constraints. These items are geared towards increasing throughput and decreasing...
Good reference from Denham for what to do throughout a project. Knowledge-at-work: Information gathering template When collecting information or doing research, I have found this collection of 'Ps' to be a useful way to organize the information, sequence intelligence gathering activities and ensure domain coverage. People Places Problems Promises Principles Patterns...
From Content Company: Content News No. 3, June 2003 we get "The Myth of Content Management" (about half-way down the page): The hype about content management is that technology exists that will, by itself, enable organizations to be more productive and reduce the cost of publishing content. However, unless an organization...

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