March 2010 Archives

James Robertson's "Knowledge managers: stuck in the shadow of immortal figures" has inspired some interesting discussion, both on his blog and in at least one email discussion list.
As many of you know, I am always looking for better ways to do my own work - personal knowledge management or just plain old being smart about how I work. But why is that? Why do I think it is so important that my own work moves so smoothly?
My review of Chip and Dan Heath's new book, Switch. It has been making the rounds of my networks, and now it sits next to me with lots of dog-eared paged and underlinings. And special thanks to Tammy Green for adding another point of view to my thoughts here.
I've been enjoying Glen Alleman's rants about the proponents of "project management 2.0." This time he makes some interesting observations about the role of people talking to each other vs. doing status updates.
Even ten years ago, people were saying technology is only an enabler for knowledge management. Is it changing? Yes, and no. Let's see what Chris Collison has to say about the question.
Visible buffers give management a way to manage the system. And they also give the project participants a way to guage
I don't quite know how I got on this kick of reading, but in the last year or two, I have read a number of books that are centered around the 18th and 19th Centuries and many of the discoveries and social upheavals that happened around that time. It's fascinating to learn about how these things are all inter-related. The Invention of Air by Stephen Johnson is another of those books.
You have a constraint. Find it!
In the middle of the behind the scenes video on how they built the Rube Goldberg machine for the OK Go video, Adam Sadowsky repeats the words in the title of this piece.
A brief review of Digital Barbarism: Mark Helprin is one angry man. And he wants copyright to stay.
Here is a suggestion: Instead of sending email, step back for ten seconds and reflect on: Does this need to be sent? Can I contact the person directly instead?
Chris Grams writes "Three tips for escaping the creativity peloton without giving up on collaboration" and Robert Scoble gives us "Coming soon: the disruptive molecular age of information." Both contain interesting metaphors.
There are many modes of participation in a community. Talk of lurking and the opposite seems rather one-sided.

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