Archive for October, 2007

Becoming increasingly social

Keith October 31st, 2007

Ross Dawson has drawn my attention to this announcement: Microsoft teams up to improve its Enterprise 2.0 offering.

It seems that Microsoft is admitting that there are some flaws in SharePoint, and they are agreeing with everybody else that Atlassian’s Confluence is a good corporate-grade wiki.

The really good news is that these companies are apparently actually working together on this, rather than trying to cut each other’s throats.  As Ross states: “… even the largest companies cannot stand alone – effective collaboration is fundamental to success in a networked economy.”

Virtual pain

Keith October 24th, 2007

I really will have to make the time to get into Second Life someday. 

 Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) has published a new book.  He is now undertaking a virtual book tour in Second Life:

“I’ll be doing a virtual book signing in the online world called Second Life on October 30th, at 9 pm EST (USA). My avatar will be handing out free Dilbert posters for your virtual homes in Second Life. Best yet, the system will be programmed so your avatar can kick my avatar in the crotch. (Really.) How fun is that? And in the Q&A session you can ask me any question your avatar isn’t embarrassed to utter.”


Any noun can be verbed

Keith October 22nd, 2007

“I’m sorry sir, that will have to be cloaked”.

That’s what the doorman told me as I entered the Hamer Hall for my final visit to a school Presentation night. I was encumbered with my daughter Lauren’s schoolbag. This year she is completing Year 12, so this year is our last as parents of school children.

“Cloaked”? It conjures an image of stealth bombers. Or maybe, given the school context, Harry Potter’s cloak of invisibility. That would have been handy – it would have saved me going back downstairs to find the cloak room, lodging the bag and traipsing back up to Door 9.

Obviously, in the doorman’s world, the meaning of the term was quite clear. And while it wasn’t all that hard for me to figure out, it was just one more example of the importance of context in communication.

“Cloaked” indeed!

Blogging on KM

Keith October 22nd, 2007

Just out of interest, a Google search for:

“knowledge management” +blog

… finds “about 6,610,000″ results.  Interesting to see who appears near the top of this list.  It tends to find specific articles on blog sites, rather than home pages.  At a quick glance, of people that I know (or have had some contact with), Anecdote is up at number six, and appears quite a few times near the top.  Stan Garfield is at number three, Jack Vinson at five and Patrick Lambe also appears a few times near the top.

This blog comes in at number 53, which I guess is not too bad…

Everything is miscellaneous

Keith October 19th, 2007

Andrew Mitchell is now blogging by proxy.  He lets me know when he finds something interesting, and I blog it!  Is this a new social networking tool?  :-)

He has brought this great Michael Wesch YouTube video to my attention – Information R/evolution.  This was posted by Euan Semple.  This is something everybody should watch!

The title of my post here is a line from the video, and is a nod to this site and its associated book, which also looks interesting.

I am also learning that the WordPress editor does not seem to like embedding YouTube videos – although it does apparently do automatic emoticons…

(Un)written Rules of Management

Keith October 16th, 2007

“A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, or to others, is not a nice person.”

Bill Swanson, CEO, Raytheon.

Harnessing Web 2.0 for results

Keith October 13th, 2007

I have recently spoken at two conferences on social media.  One of these was Key ForumsIntranets ’07 (Sydney, 19 Sep), where I spoke on Intranet 2.0: Determining which social media tools will work best for your organisation.  The other was Marcus Evans6th Annual Stakeholder Communications (Melbourne, 5 Oct), where I delivered a 90-minute workshop on The rise of the social media – engaging your stakeholders, building the business case and measuring ROI through creative channels

There was some overlap between these, but a lot of differences in focus.  I enjoyed both very much, and from the audience response and the feedback I have seen so far, my sessions were both well received.

James Dellow has posted his thoughts on Intranets 07, and collected comments from other sites as well.  (This is one feature of blogging that I find delightful – a great way to collect a range of viewpoints on anything!)

I was particularly interested to note the wide spread of experience in the attendees – from those with absolutely no social media experience (personally or at work) to those with quite strong experience.  The Intranets conference did have a number of other speakers focussing on related areas, whereas the Comms conference covered a much wider range of topics.

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Life, the universe and…

Keith October 11th, 2007

“Hey, did you hear the joke about the Zen master who ordered a hot dog?”
“He said, ’Make me one with everything.’”
    – Cris Johnson, Next

Vices and Virtues of KM

Keith October 11th, 2007


Everyone is invited to join the Melbourne KMLF, and our sister organisations, the VPSCIN and the KM Round Table, at an evening seminar with visiting guest speaker Patrick Lambe.

Patrick is President of the iKMS in Singapore, and Founding Partner of Straits Knowledge, a research and consulting firm specialising in information and knowledge management. One of Asia’s most respected knowledge management practitioners, originally trained in Library Science, Patrick arrived in KM via a second career in training and development, and has been based in Singapore for 16 years.

On the evening of 25 October, Patrick will run an interactive forum on The Vices and Virtues of Knowledge Management, which will be followed by an informal networking session with the who’s who in the field of knowledge management.

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The Time has Come

Keith October 10th, 2007

I don’t normally make political comment here, but here’s an exception…

The time has come.
The time is now.
Just go.  Go.  Go!
I don’t care how.
You can go by foot.
You can go by cow.
John Winston Howard, will you please go now!
You can go on runners.
You can go on skis.
You can wear a track suit.
But please go.

(With apologies to Dr. Seuss and Art Buchwald.)

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