December 2005 Archives

Dennis Reyes at ITtoolbox's writes "That Won't Work Here...It's too Transparent!" which suggests change management needs to be a critical aspect of business changes.
SNA expert Robert Cross writes about "Knowledge Loss in Organizations." I like the emphasis on using SNA as a diagnostic tool, particularly as he talks about the differing impacts of Central Connectors, Brokers, and Peripheral Players.
I met David Eads of FREE GEEK Chicago (and several other place). If you are in or near Chicago and have use technology or your own time to donate, look them up.
A quoted name search nets me 79,000 hits on Google. An ego search on my name nets about seven times that many.
The December 2005 Mindjet Insider Newsletter focuses on the topic of "Tapping into Corporate Knowledge." In all their examples, the use of the mind map goes beyond the single-user to the collective.
I'll be paying attention to other things (family) for the next couple of weeks, and have programmed a couple future blog entries to make it seem like something is happening here. I will start the break with a bunch of questions that have bugged me and I can't quite figure out where and how to ask about Outlook and other tech.
Jeremy Hiebert found an interesting article about learning and personal "stuff" management. "Can personal digital knowledge artefacts' management and social networks enhance learning?" by Riina Vuorikari.
The January 10th, 2006 meeting of KM Chicago will have Dr. Michael McDonald, speaking on "KM in Disaster Management."
Dave Munger of Cognitive Daily writes High IQ: Not as good for you as you thought, in which he discusses research that looked at IQ and "self discipline" as predictors for academic performance. The surprise? Self-discipline was more highly correlated than was IQ.
Watson by Intellext is now available in a free "personal" version. Watson conducts a search for you in the background, based on what you are currently writing or researching.
Why not spend your extra time in traditionally slow December, figuring out your personality via TinyURL. Just add your initials, and those of your friends and family, to the end of tinyurl.com.
Mattias Melcher at x28's blog points to an academic piece by L. Thoms & M. Thelwall, "Academic home pages: Reconstruction of the self" at First Monday. The main finding of the research seemed far too obvious for me. I don't think academic websites are supposed to be terribly interesting either.
I've mentioned Goldratt Consulting's Viable Vision a number of times, and a few people have asked for more details. The Viable Vision is a strategy for transforming a business so that within four years, its net profits are today's total sales.
Glenn Fannick of Factiva was the featured speaker at the KM Chicago meeting this past Tuesday with a topic of "Using Text mining and Visualization to Make Sense of Content Chaos." He covered the motivation behind advanced text mining, as well as some of the new technologies.
Here are some thoughts about the Trimergent software, based on a discussion and demonstration with Ashwani Sirohi. They combine searching and sharing in an interesting way
George Siemens points to an article on Task-Switching, Emotional Motivation, and Reward from Drs. Fernette and Brock Eide. They in turn are writing about a paper on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that studied people who are asked to switch tasks. There might be a connection to multi-tasking.
I don't know that I am the best person for prognosticating, but my colleagues at the Corante Web Hub are doing predictions together, and I figure I should join them. These are going to be a little different, as I don't think of myself as a pure "technology guy," though I sure have fun with it.
I've been using the mind mapping tool MindManager for a little under a year, but in that time I have used it in a variety of ways. Most recently, I used it to help design and run a workshop.
I've been using SharpReader for the last month of so, primarily because I really like the threading capability. Of course, in that time I have accumulated some thoughts about what could be better / different in the application. This also hints at features I've seen in other aggregators that I'd love brought together.
Martin Dugage at Mopsos took away "Three questions from Richard McDermott" at a recent conference. He provides his answers, and I figured I'd could take a crack at them too. 1: Is more knowledge always better? 2: Is more connectivity better? 3:How do we deepen our expertise?
The December 13th meeting of KM Chicago will be our second annual holiday party. As with last year, we will have a speaker in the first hour (text mining), followed by a wine (and food) tasting by Randy Russell of Wine Expressions.
Following my note about Joining Dots' article on "Why is KM so difficult," I tracked down an article of the same title by Julian Birkinshaw from the London Business School. He says, "The problem with knowledge management is that most companies struggle to make it work." And then he gives some suggestions on how to make it work.
Malcolm Ryder has written a thoughtful piece on "Just what's so manageable about Knowledge Management?"
I've updated the way comments are handled on this website. Namely, I now require that commenters enter a painfully obvious pass phrase to block spam robots.
After posting about SNARF yesterday, and playing with it a bit more and reading through their community forum, it is clearly a research project and expects to have a few rough edges. However, this makes me think about organizing my inbox even more.
Jon Husband follows the process thread from Ross Mayfield with a nice piece on where he has seen "process" ebb and flow within business. And on top of that, he mentions me as one of two dozen people who have been critical to his understanding in this arena.
A number of people are commenting on Microsoft's newly-released SNARF, an extension of their email triage work. SNARF is an Outlook "plugin" that helps one decide how to deal with incoming email.
CIO Magazine published an excerpt from Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer by Michael A. Roberto. I like the author's focus on thinking about how to make decisions, rather than which decision to make.
Sharon Richardson of Joining Dots writes "Why is KM so difficult?" And she lists her top five reasons that all make sense to me.
Stowe Boyd is also thinking about aggregators and doesn't like what he sees. "RSS Readering: Why RSS Readers Are No Good For Me (And You, Too, I Bet)." We share hopes for the future of reading.
I like coffee, so "Coffee: A Dark History" by Anthony Wild was a pretty sure bet as a gift. This book gave me lots of information to impress the people at my local coffee roaster as well as make sad about the "dark history" of the coffee trade that survives to this day.
The front page of today's Chicago Tribune has a report from the RSNA's annual meeting on "The tall and the short of why caffeine works."

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