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Web Content Management

Keith August 22nd, 2008

My next event – I will be speaking at the Marcus Evans 5th Annual Web Content Management Forum in Sydney on Tuesday 2 September, at the Sydney Harbour Marriott.

The title of my presentation is: Improving your knowledge management performance to gain a competitive advantage and developmental process.  As soon as I figure out what that means, I will get my slide pack finished and be ready to deliver it!

But seriously – if you are in Sydney that Monday or Tuesday and would like to catch up, happy to do so.  I expect that I will be having some client meetings while I am there, but I should have some spare time around that, particularly on the Monday evening.  I’ll be staying at the Sydney Harbour Marriott.

This month’s KMLF

Keith August 19th, 2008

The word is out.  This month, Kate Crawshaw is speaking on: “Social Software within the Firewall – Introduction and Tips on Getting Started“.  The session is on Wednesday 27 August.  See details on the Melbourne KMLF blog post.

The future is Social

Keith August 18th, 2008

“… when you tell people you write, read or listen to blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networks and online video – if they give you a funny look, it is now officially them that’s a freak, not you.”
 - Marshall Kirkpatrick*

Picked up a couple of recent reports from different places.  One was in time to build into last week’s presentation, one not.

Forrester Reports that Corporate Social Networks will Augment Strategic HR Strategies

The reports highlights the use of Social Media for: “… recruiting, alumni programs, mentoring, learning, collaboration, and connecting people…”  It also reminds us that: “Professional networks are the backbone of business”.

Fastest Growing US Companies Rapidly Adopting Social Media

“77% of respondents now report at least some use of a social media tool in their business.”

This post highlights that social media adoption is “skyrocketing” in 500 of the fastest growing companies in the US.

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“Using social media” presentation

Keith August 15th, 2008

So, I delivered the workshop today – to three great participants!  The workshop was: Using social media to harness knowledge within an organisation: Addressing the challenges.  We all had a great time, and a good conversation! 

I have now also registered with SlideShare for the first time, and uploaded a (very slightly modified) version of the slide pack.  Not totally happy with the way it has been rendered, but it seems to be fairly readable.  It is also available for download.  Help yourself! And thanks to those who contributed…

Also had a great conversation with Ian Farmer of Bullseye.  Ian pointed me at a few interesting sites:

  • Free web meetings at Dimdim.
  • Social language learning at Livemocha.  This apparently provides two-way language learning – with real people.
  • How to draw maps using your GPS – and lots of other apps – at Fire Eagle.

Also got a good reference from elsua via Twitter for “Twelve Ways to Sell Social Media to Your Boss – Don’t Forget about Yourself!” This may be of particular interest to this morning’s participants!

Enterprise 2.0 – Day 2.0

Keith August 14th, 2008

A good day today.  Met some good people, and all of the presentations were good. 

Great live Second Life demo from Decka Mah (aka Lindy McKeown) to end the day.  She also introduced us to PicLens – a cool Google plug-in for image viewing.  Second Life is definitely a usable environment for learning, but the interface probably has a way to go yet to be really seamless.  One thing to remember – it really works best as a synchronous learning environment – you have to be there at the right time.  One neat application – a virtual city for immersive language learning.

You’ve heard of blended learning?  Well, with Second Life, you can have “mixed reality”.

Some of us got a Twitter commentary going.  See the tweets here – and a couple of rogue ones here.

Chieftech mentioned this site as a good source for info on RSS for the enterprise – he has also blogged about the day.

Lots of other good stuff, but I really need to make sure I am all ready to present my workshop tomorrow.  A few parting thoughts that caught my attention, (somewhat paraphrased) from various presenters today:

  • “So there are photos of me drunk on Facebook.  So what if a prospective employer sees them? If they don’t like it, then I don’t want to work there, anyway!” Continue Reading »

Connect, develop, contribute

Keith August 13th, 2008

“Social media has enabled me to feel ahead, not behind as I return to work after 2nd baby.”
 - Serena Joyner (on Twitter

While preparing for my workshop for Key Forums on Friday – Using social media to harness knowledge within an organisation: Addressing the challenges – (breathe in now) I read this great tweet from Serena Joyner on the benefit she has found in Social Networking tools as she returns to work after her second baby.

Serena then directed me to a longer blog post that she has written on this topic, which was inspired by a similar blog post from “wonderwebby” (Jasmin Tragas), who I have only met recently via Twitter.

They each have a number of points to make about the the benefits of social networking, and wonderwebby has a number of additional ones from others as comments on her post.  In brief summary, these points (which I have now added to Friday’s slide pack) are:

  • Personal development.
  • Providing a “virtual water-cooler” – a looser network than the face-to-face one, but a network that includes thought leaders, and is “warmer” than the community provided on a (more traditional technology) listserve. Continue Reading »

On the road

Keith August 12th, 2008

On my way to Sydney for client meetings, and to present at a Key Forums conference: Enterprise 2.0 for Information Professionals.

Event afterwords

Keith July 29th, 2008

A number of other bloggers have been writing about the KM Australia conference.  I have posted links to a couple on the Melbourne KMLF blog, and Ark have now posted some more links – see the following:

  • Martin Dart has a few quite detailed posts on his blog.
  • Shawn has put up a post that includes the results of the dotmocracy exercise on “Trust creating behaviours”.
  • Cheryl Doig posted on “The Importance of Trust“.
  • Anthony Coles posted his thoughts: “There were more cliches and acronyms than a orthodontists convention…”
  • Che Tibby, vising from NZ, has posted this so far.
  • Gene Smith posted before the conference here and here – I expect that there may be more to come.
  • Jeff Kelly also posted before the conference here.

(For all posts on this topic here, see the KM Aus 08 category.)

Regarding the KMLF session – a bit hard to say more than Frank has already written at VPS-CIN!

A job worth doing

Keith July 23rd, 2008

“If something’s worth doing, it’s worth making someone else do it.”

I’m sitting in a small bar in Bourke St called “Spleen Central“, listening to a great three-piece jazz band (Heather Stewart jazz blues trio – featuring Heather on violin). Just come from this month’s KMLF meeting – more about that later. Ideal environment for a final post on KM Australia…

The quote above is in reference to another twist on social networking – Dabble Do. The idea is to use your online social network to get your friends to do your stuff for you.

The first session of the second day (which I sadly missed part of) was from Jeff Kelly. The following points are mostly from Jeff, so far as I remember.  (* Late addition – I expect some were also from John Girard and Ian Farmer of Bullseye – apologies to any other presenters I may be quoting here!)

  • Enterprise 2.0 is supported by three legs – technology, process and culture, and all three must be in balance. Unlike the old days of big IT installations, the technology is now the easy bit. Culture is now the challenge. We have to move from command and control to open and sharing.
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Chicken chicken

Keith July 23rd, 2008

This is not one of the presentations from KM Australia…

(Thanks, Nerida!)

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