February 2005 Archives
Pink's Wired 13.02 article, Revenge of the Right Brain, suggests that traditionally left brain jobs are being outsourced and automated. Knowledge workers are more than just left brained engineers.
Tim Duckett at Cutting Through identifies some ideas for Using weblogs to manage project change. He closes with the suggestion that blogs might be one mechanism by which teams could avoid some of the pitfalls that we find in the imperfect world that confronts us when actually running projects.
Ed Vielmetti finds The Coffeepot Song by Anne Dodson on her album, Almost Grown. "What I want is a proper cup of coffee..."
Quick review of "Why Does Knowledge Management Still Matter," by Rex Davenport in T+D Magaine.
A new meme! How many of the Top 100 Gadgets have you owned? I've only had thirteen, give or take.
I peruse Bill Hall's Biological Nature of Knowledge in the Learning Organization, which is deep and approachable. He draws a nice connection between evolutionary theory and the knowledge theories of Popper and Polyani to say that organizations can be treated as autopoetic and evolutionary.
"You know, this would be a great business if it weren't for having to deal with people all the time," from a piece on Dealing with Difficult People. Who really needs to change?
My friend, John Barrett pointed to this Newsweek article by Steven Levy (Feb 21 issue): Steamrollered by the Dell Machine. Dell finds it hilarious that companies like IBM, HP and Sony fund researchers to come up with ideas that break the mold.
I have a potential chance to teach a masters level course in knowledge management with a focus on practice , rather than theory. If you had ten weeks to work with masters students on KM practice, what would you do?
Rick points to more fun places for Visualizing data at style.org.
It has been several weeks since BlogWalk, and I still have a pile of post-its sitting at my desk. Here are some themes from the conversations in which I participated. And a long list of thoughts from the post-its.
The Baby Name Visualizer is a great tool for visualizing and navigating a large data set.
David Anderson and others have written a Declaration of Interdependence in relation to project management.
A Kuro5hin article lays out the steps to passive-aggressively killing an organizational change project. People are funny critters. They can see through change programs, and they also ignore it when it's truly helpful.
43 Folders writes five fast email productivity tips, which I appreciate. I always refer to the 4 D's: Do, Delegate, Date activate and Delete.
We have this idea that knowledge can be wrapped up in a neat little package, captured and handed out at will. Sebastian Fiedler turns up some interesting thoughts about knowledge and learning in How do we learn the things we value most?
Eugene Giudice found an interesting quote, "The field is where the knowledge is." Does it suggest that
David Weinberger, writing from the TTI-Vanguard conference last week, quotes Ian Black of Autonomy as saying, "Metadata is for the birds." I'm starting to see how this comes about.
February's AOK Star Series will have Dave Ulrich of the University of Michigan business school, discussing the intersection of Knowledge and Human Resources Management.
Review of Frans Johansson's The Medici Effect, which does a great job of describing how innovation happens, and how to make it happen. Also some connections to recent reads that are related.
Rick Klau, VP of Business Development at Socialtext spoke at Tuesday's KM Chicago meeting. The topic was social software, in general, with a demonstration of the concepts through Socialtext. It's about collaboration.
43 Folders talks about why things like GTD work, and this ties to a quip about the need to keep getting things done. I need to keep trying and keep evaluating.
scale|free and many others have suggested "Technorati tags = metacrap" by drawing a connection to the previous META tag on web pages. I think tags work differently and will provide value, even if they get "spammed."
Some interesting ideas in 'PKM and cues to knowledge.' The idea of "cues" suggests that all the information we put together is merely a mental cue to help people understand our communications.
I'm 79% freak!! More fun with surveys, this one has about 50 questions that determine your "need for uniqueness" - whether you can operate outside the bounds of convention.
From ...no straight lines..., "A knowledge worker is someone that makes it up as they go along."
Bill Ives at Portals and KM has written a new book, Business Blogs: A Practical Guide, and it will be Available Soon. I am looking forward to it, particularly since mine is one of the many stories that fill its pages.
Rick Klau of Socialtext will be speaking at the 8 February KM Chicago meeting.
A New York Times article spawns a discussion on cognitive styles when handwriting and typing and how do people take notes. I know I process information differently in the two modes.
elearnspace points to a useful presentation by Barry Wellman on Social Networks for Newbies. I particularly like the idea that the study of networks is about how distant relationships affect people and organizations.
Jim McGee, in his first two articles in ESJ, talks about how "techies" and "management" communicate and the cultural divide between them. This leads to a discussion of personality styles and the value behind them: understanding your colleagues.