August 2005 Archives

Places to Intervene in a Systemm, a 1997 article by Donella Meadows has been reprinted in a software developer magazine. Meadows was an important player in the systems thinking world. She founded the Sustainability Institute, and she seems to have been at least peripherally involved with theory of constraints.
KM Chicago's next meeting will be a presentation from Jason Marty of Baker & McKenzie on knowledge management in the legal industry and at Baker & McKenzie specifically.
In case you missed the important news , U of Scranton Prof. Joe A. Vinson (no relation), says coffee "has more antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the American diet."
Project managers should be responsible for all the white space between well-defined activities in a project plan, says Frank Patrick. The hand-offs are where fumbles and missteps are most likely to happen.
Has anyone come up with a tagging tool for personal use? I'd love, for example, to be able to quickly retrieve all my photos with my wife in them, regardless of date or location.
George Siemens talks about changes in the world of media in "Centering Agents." The beauty of the new publishing paradigm is that I can choose what and when I read new information.
Johanna Rothman is reflecting on coaching in "When to Speak and When to Be Quiet." This is a big challenge for me: I love to provide the "answer" when a topic arises and I think I know something.
Shawn Callahan at Anecdote mentions that "Chip Goodyear says $8.5B profit partly due to communities of practice efforts."
Dave Pollard has derived "Nine reasons we don't do what we should do," and I suspect there is an even deeper reason: motivation.
The 2005 Thunderbird Innovation Challenge is looking for judges to judge MBA student projects.
How much of your favorite caffeinated drink would it take to kill you? It would take 116 shots of espresso or 80 cups of drip coffee to kill me off.
David Weinberger always has thoughtful comments on a wide range of topics. Today it is "Knowledge is the neverending conversation."
The latest AOK Star Series with Piero Formica, starting now, highlights "Public-Private Partnerships for Knowledge Dissemination and Transfer."
In an environment where everyone knows the goal of the system, collaboration become the way of doing business. People know what their roles are and how they support the goal. [Update: Article no longer free.]
Joy London highlighted an interesting article about the value of conversation in knowledge-intensive firms.
The tocleaders YahooGroup has had an interesting thread on a sticky problem in business: how can it be that a company with hard-working people ends up losing money?
Dennis Kennedy pointed to something I hadn't seen before: Brian Eno (the musician, producer, and more) created a deck of cards to help unstick the creating process back in 1975, called Oblique Strategies.
A partial review of "Great Information Disasters'' from 1991. The book is a collection of "Twelve prime examples of how information mismanagement led to human misery, political misfortune and business failure."
Why not demonstrate "wifi everywhere" in a place where some of the technical infrastructure is already in place, like the airport?
I've been in TOC Application Expert training all day all week, and I mean all day.
I was catching up on some reading on a flight and came across a KM article on "Knowledge management mechanisms of financial service sites." They have an interesting question, but the execution left me thinking that this isn't knowledge management.
I think the next generation of aggregators / rss readers needs to be better at managing the situation where I have both regular and search subscriptions that bring back the same articles. Here's one idea.
Dinesh Tantri talks about a new approach to best practices within in his organization where employees are encouraged to challenge best practices and work out their resolution within communities tied to those practices.
Christina Pikas has some thoughts and questions about the kinds of people for whom blogging works as personal information management. Can scientists jump onto the blogging bandwagon? Does it make sense?
Derek Lowe of the medicinal chemistry blog In the Pipeline writes positively about his experience with electronic lab notebooks (ELN's).
Godfrey Parkin hits on the topic of knowledge retention in "Knowledge managing the retirement brain drain" based on an Accenture survey. I also uncover a David DeLong article that suggests some quantifiable impacts of knowledge loss due to brain drain.
Scott Berkun has a "New essay: how to learn from your mistakes" in which he has some great thoughts about living this life.
Jason at Signal vs. Noise has a Productivity Tip: Completely clean off your desk and only grab things you need, when you need them.
I'm doing my end-of-month statistics, and I see in my error log that something has been trying to connect to individual entries in my weblog with mark-up in the URL's. It looks like a robot. But why?
Dina Mehta has written a piece about what blogs have done for her in the past three years. I have to agree with a number of her sentiments, but most critically "My blog has become my social network."
The next KM Chicago meeting will be Tuesday, 9 August. The presenters are members of the Allstate Financial KM team, speaking on "48 Years of Paper Changing the Culture of the Allstate Financial."

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