March 2005 Archives

Chuck Martin has another work-life article at Darwin. "Busy as Bees" talks about the importance of having the right balance of busy-ness in life. The article also warns about being overloaded. Essentially, there is some sweet zone where you are doing the right amount of work: not too little to make you bored, and not so much that you are swamped and working 15-hour days.
We've all seen examples where people make logically "dumb" decisions, and I have always used the "people are strange" explanation. Sure, there are aspects of fear and irrationality in nearly everything we do, but you always hope that logic wins out in the end. That may not be the case, based on a recent Business Week article, Why Logic Often Takes A Backseat. This also connects to ideas from Steven Covey and Dale Carnegie.
Julia Haberman ran a survey on the business value of blogging last year. She has now finished her research and has provided the linked report and results for your perusal. Congratulations, Julia.
I am in the final stages of building my course syllabus. There are far too many options to cover, but this should be a good combination of the theory that the students have been picking up in other courses and the more "front line" aspects that I've managed. Here is a semi-finished draft of my course description.
Okay, the blog has moved from jackvinson.com to blog.jackvinson.com. People that read via modern aggregators should see their feeds move all by themselves. I'm setting up general redirection, so old blog URL's should get redirected properly as well.
Several people have mentioned this fun little toy from kastner.
Johanna Rothman, who I don't read enough, gives about the best explanation of the importance of coffee stations in the workplace. When businesses get into money-crunch mode, it is so easy to look on these kinds of amenities as costs because their value is difficult to articulate in terms that budget-minded managers can hear.
Bill Ives has listed a number of KM blogs in Some Knowledge Management Blogs. Beyond the obvoius blogs that talk about knowledge management, there are many people covering the topic as part of their larger blogging interest. I add another 20 from the blogs I regularly peruse.
I am hoping to do a change on the website soon. I'll move the blog from www.jackvinson.com to blog.jackvinson.com in the near future, and I will set up the home page to be more clearly a business front end.
Derek Lowe tells some truth in "Think Twice" from In the Pipeline. The home fix-it principle of "Measure Twice, Cut Once" become "Think Twice, Act Once." In other words, take the time step back and think about what is important.
If you are curious (or a student) about the Knowledge Management II course I'll be teaching, I've been collecting some useful links on Del.icio.us under the cloc tag.
It's the end of Pi Day here in the Middle West of the USA, but this is still a fun comic from Rockwood. It only works in month-day readings of the calendar. And the real geeks should only celebrate around 3:49 am.
Matthias Melcher of x28 has a go at the conjunction of Data, Information, Knowledge. I like that he gives us a drawing and some discussion about how flow and context apply to these terms, particularly since people place different meaning or importance on these terms.
I am proud to announce that Knowledge Jolt, Inc. is now offering a KM Six Pack in conjunction with Jerry Ash of the Association of Knowledgework. This is a series of six articles that describe the core of knowledge management that can be tailored to the purposes of your business. The articles are based on extensive discussions, research and practical experience in knowledge management.
Mopsos attempted to write ten commandments about knowledge management, but couldn't stop there and ended up with 18. I like his idea of "knowledge conscious management" and have played with other three-word terms of knowledge something management.
AOK will host Dave Snowden for his third seat in the AOK STAR Series. This time, he will talk about Complexity: The Next Big Thing After KM. Be prepared to be challenged to new heights by the thinking and style of someone who many people regard as a big thinker in knowledge management and in human behavior.
MeshForum registration is now open. For people who register in the next week or so, the cost is $750. Academics get a $250 discount.
Jonathan Sapir of InfoPower Systems spoke at this month's KM Chicago meeting on "Technology trends and their impact on knowledge management." His talk was an interesting take on how technology is working with KM, and the discussion afterwards was vigorous.
Alison Pope at Myndsi turned up an interesting quote about the value of skilled humans from the JHU Gazette. "Today's technology is spectacular — but it can't always trump a skilled human."
KM and me dredged up an interesting quote about the life expectancy expert from Prusak and Davenport's Working Knowledge. Expert systems can be valuable in the right places, and with the right organizational support.
A tool for visualizing links from the social bookmarking service, del.icio.us.
As I hinted earlier , I will be teaching a course on Knowledge Management at Northwestern's Center for Learning and Organizational Change in the spring quarter.
Thanks to everyone who provided feedback in the last few weeks on my company description. I am still tweaking it here and there, and if you come to my website directly, you will notice that I am tweaking the look of the front page to make it look a little more like I am looking for business.
Jeffrey Baumgartner of The InnovationTools weblog had a nice idea for managing the maelstrom in your head without it getting in the way of your work. Keep a notepad handy to jot down the idea, but don't do anything else with it until time truly permits. This works while in meetings and while hammering away on an important project.
I had coffee with a new friend, David Greenfield, the other day, and we got to talking about various project management philosophies. Project management is all about getting things done with an eye toward the goal, not about charts and graphs.
Emergency website maintenance and an upgrade to MT 3.
The 8 March KM Chicago meeting will feature Jonathan Sapir, auther of Igniting the Phoenix: A New Vision for IT, and a corresponding product based on the ideas in the book, SnapXT. He will talk about Technology trends and their impact on knowledge management.
Knowledge Jolt provides consulting services to businesses and individuals with a focus on establishing effective work practices associated with how knowledge is used.

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