Archive for the ‘Collaboration’ Category

New whitepaper – how to talk about knowledge management

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 18, 2006
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For years we have been listening to presentations, reading articles and working with organisations in the KM field and probably the only consistent theme is the lack of agreement as to what KM is.   The lack of a consistent way to talk about knowledge management effectively disempowers us from taking concerted action.  It makes competitors of those […]

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Some complexity quotes

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 3, 2006
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I’m always on the lookout for good quotes. I found these in the forward to Michael Lissack and Johan Roos’ book The Next Common Sense: Mastering complexity through coherence. “What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our methods of questioning.” Walter Heisenberg “Our theories determine what we measure.” Albert Einstein “You […]

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Stories, ROI and communities of practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 30, 2006
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Steve Denning has compiled some of his recent posts on list-servs like com-prac and made the compilation available on his website. He covers the following topics: Is a request for the ROI of COPs legitimate? Is ROI the right measure for CoPs? Do stories support numbers or vice versa? What’s the motive behind asking “what’s […]

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Lessons from MySpace on getting communities established

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 25, 2006
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Aber Whitcomb, CTO for MySpace, revealed to Robert Scoble some of the secrets behind MySpace’s popularity. They sound similar to the advise one might give to anyone starting a community of practice. They made sure influentials in Hollywood (stars, bands) were among the first users. They listen to their users and add features frequently (usually noticeable new features every […]

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Incubating communities of practice thru projects

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 17, 2006
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I was reminded last week that projects provide great opportunities to develop communities of practice.  No surprises really, with all that project time and effort spent consulting with stakeholders, reconciling divergent positions and building relationships to effect a meaningful change. But many opportunities are missed to create communities of practice as part of project or […]

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Thoughts from Karl-Erik

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 9, 2006
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Karl-Erik Sveiby was one of the keynote speakers at the KM for Professional Services conference in Sydney last week.  I was fortunate to have dinner with him on the night before his presentation and hear about his soon-to-be-released book ‘Treading Lightly – Revealing the Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People”.  Karl-Erik lived in Australia […]

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ActKM: the story of a community

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 5, 2006
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A paper Trish Milne and I wrote over 12 months ago has just been published in the Journal of Knowledge Management. It’s called ActKM: the story of a community and it reports on a research project that sought to discover the value of the online discussion list to its members; how members manage the postings, […]

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New web-based collaboration tool

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 4, 2006
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I’m always on the lookout for better tools for collaboration. foldera looks impressive and while it has only been available on the web for 12 days, and still in beta, they have had 400,000 sign ups. Here are some of the features document management calendar instant messages email task management contact management activity folder to pull it all together

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Rebuilding a community of practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 12, 2006
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Last month actKM faced a disaster. On the 15th January YahooGroups deleted the actKM group. It’s a long story and not really the point of this post but it amounted to a member complaining to Yahoo that another member infringed their trademark. So instead of deleting the offending posts, Yahoo deleted the whole group. I […]

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Some excellent community of practice resources on del.icio.us

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 11, 2006
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I was visiting Beverly Trayner’s blog today and noticed that she references a set of Nancy White’s del.icio.us tags on communities of practice. I think this is an excellent idea. If you are unfamiliar with del.icio.us think it of a website where you can bookmark websites that interest you and everyone else can see what […]

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