June, 2008

The information processing view of humanity

Trends in the Living Networks

About Ross Dawson. Keynote Speaking/Strategy. Future Exploration Network. AHT Group. Books and Reports. Recent Media Appearances.

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Why Stories Work where Requirements Documents Fail - Social.

Social, Agile and Transformation

In a traditional development practice, a product manager writes a long document describing the software requirements. Hopefully the document is diagram heavy, clear and concise. The document is handed to analysts who

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OK, I'll Admit It, I Had a Mullet

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

Or maybe it was a "mulldina," or pseudo-mullet. In any case, it was a bad, 1980s-style, hockey-player kind of haircut. Hard to remember -- it was fairly long ago, and (thankfully/hopefully?) there's not a lot of photographic evidence out there.

Games and learning

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

I’ve had a strong interest in video games on a personal level for many years (see this page for some of my thoughts). More recently, I’ve become interested on a professional level in the potential for games to be used to support learning and other ’serious’ purposes - hence the name “ Serious Games “ I see the techniques and technologies of video games playing an increasing role in helping to close the work literacy gap.

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ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

5 real life examples to make the case for KM in a sales environment

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

”[.] an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value” (Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., former CEO of IBM) Consider the following five simple scenarios based on real situations I have witnessed during my time in the Richemont Group. I must stress that I expect these to be relevant today to a majority of retail Organizations, and not only in the luxury sector: 1.

What do you think will happen in media? Participate (and win!) in the Future of Media Prediction Markets!

Trends in the Living Networks

We have just launched the Future of Media Predictions Markets , run in conjunction with the Future of Media Summit 2008. These will tap the collective wisdom of participants at the Summit in the US and Australia, as well as other media leaders globally.

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More Trending

What marketing executives think about your privacy

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An article in Forbes titled What Privacy Policy? quotes data from a study by the Ponemon Institute , summarized below. What it shows is distinctly fairly different attitudes and perception from privacy and security executives at large organizations, compared to those of marketing executives.

Mapping newspaper layoffs - where will the journalists go?

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Erica Smith of Graphic Designer has done some great map mashups of US newspaper layoffs so far in 2008 (4,490+) and in the last seven months of 2007 (2,185+), as below.

Top 100 Web 2.0 Applications list released tomorrow morning in BRW and online

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[UPDATE:] Complete list now up. The Top 100 Australian Web 2.0 Applications will be launched tomorrow morning.

Trends in the Living Networks ranked #27 business blog in the world by Wikio

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Two months ago Wikio launched a ranking mechanism for the top blogs in the world, appearing to use a more sophisticated algorithm than the incumbent leading blog search engine Technorati.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Official launch of the Top 100 Australian Web 2.0 Applications list

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The Top 100 Web 2.0 Applications list is now officially launched - the full list is below, after appearing this morning in a feature section in BRW magazine on Web 2.0. A few quick comments: * See the scope and criteria for the list. * No doubt many will disagree with what has or hasn't been included in the list. That's inevitable in drawing boundaries around defining Web 2.0 applications.

Why Agile Product Planning Is Important - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Most agile product planning revolves around the commitment of stories to an iteration. This specifically addresses how many stories, story points, or features can be completed in an iteration. Stories are estimated in points and

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I belatedly enter Twitterland – participating in a cross-section of human conversation – this is true “micro-messaging�!

Trends in the Living Networks

I set up my rossdawson Twitter account this morning. I know I'm very late to the party, but will now be exploring this space. I've followed Twitter and its peers from the beginning as well as I can as a non-participant. My attitude has always been that my primary online presence is my blog - everything flows out from that.

Mark Scott, Managing Director of ABC, at the Future of Media Summit: thoughts on the future of media

Trends in the Living Networks

The Future of Media Summit 2008 is designed to have a far broader reach and impact than for just those who attend. Part of the way we do this is to get contributions from the speakers beforehand on the Future of Media blog and websites, setting the scene for deeper discussions on the day, and providing context for those who can't make the Summit.

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The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

Living Networks - Chapter 5: Distributed Innovation - Intellectual Property in a Collaborative World

Trends in the Living Networks

Download Chapter 5 of Living Networks on Emerging Technologies. Every chapter of Living Networks is being released on this blog as a free download, together with commentary and updated perspectives since its original publication in 2002. For the full Table of Contents and free chapter downloads see the Living Networks website or the Book Launch/ Preface to the Anniversary Edition. Living Networks - Chapter 5: Distributed Innovation. Intellectual Property in a Collaborative World.

When the Dog Catches the Car

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What do you do when a wiki pilot succeeds? This is a question I'm hearing more and more. Usually the conversation goes something like this: "We launched a wiki pilot. It went great. Everyone in our group uses the wiki. We can't live without it. We'd love to see the rest of the company follow our lead. But.they're not." In theory this shouldn't be happening. According to most theorists of social software, getting started is the only hard part.

Web 2.0 and human resources – who should drive Web 2.0 initiatives in the organization?

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The UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has recently launched a discussion paper titled Web 2.0 and human resources , designed to help HR professionals to understand what Web 2.0 is and to contribute to organization's activities in the space. The paper is built around the key elements of my Web 2.0

How Web 2.0 creates value

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Below is the sidebar I wrote in for BRW 's Web 2.0 feature, accompanying our Top 100 Australian Web 2.0 Applications list. The reason I was most pleased about getting the list into a mainstream business magazine is that it is a significant step in getting the broader business community to understand the value and transformative power of Web 2.0 (or or whatever you want to call the participatory web).

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More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

Ad networks for the long tail: Technorati enters the fray

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One of the most important developments underlying the transformation of media is the emergence of advertising networks, that sell advertising and place it across a wide variety of online media properties. Back in the Future of Media Report 2006 , describing the role of ad aggregation in supporting the growth of the long tail, I wrote: ". now anyone can publish online and get advertising revenue without having to sell [the advertising].

Radio National interview: The state of Australia startups and major online media players

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Last Thursday's Media Report on ABC Radio National features an extended interview with me on the state of Australian Web 2.0 and major online media (there is both a podcast and transcript available from the link). Some of the points we covered: Major online media players. * The well-publicized challenges of NineMSN (the Australian 50/50 jiont venture between Microsoft and PBL Media) are partly company-specific, and partly a reflection of the difficulties of the incumbent position.

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Registrations open for Future of Media Summit 2008 – Sydney early bird still on

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The Future of Media Summit 2008 is now open for registration in both Sydney and Silicon Valley. After the great success of the Future of Media Summit 2006 and Future of Media Summit 2007 , the third annual event is quickly rolling up! See Future of Media Summit 2008 website for full details. Note that there is an early bird offer for the Sydney Summit until June 16, then full price applies.

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Let's Talk about Numbers

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, SocialText has made another major product announcement: SocialCalc , the first truly wiki-integrated spreadsheet. SocialCalc has one really big, really obvious benefit over traditional spreadsheets like Excel: it's distributed. In other words, more than one person can work on it at a time. But as ZDNet's David Greenfield and others have pointed out, we're not the first ones to have delivered distributed spreadsheeting.

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.

Early insights from the Top 100 Australian Web 2.0 Applications list

Trends in the Living Networks

[UPDATE:] The complete Top 100 list is now up. The compilation of the Top 100 Australian Web 2.0 Applications list has now been completed. It will be made public on 19 June, when it will be the cover story on BRW magazine , accompanied by feature stories on some of the leading applications. It will be released the same morning on the Future Exploration Network website and this blog. The Top 100 Australian Web 2.0

Jay Cross in Australia on Making Informal Learning Work

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Jay Cross , who has been on the leading edge of learning for well over a decade, will be running one-day workshops on Making Informal Learning Work in Melbourne on 17 June and Sydney on 19 June.

Thomas Stewart leaves Harvard Business Review

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I just got an email from Tom Stewart saying he is leaving Harvard Business Review - this was announced today with the press release below. He has been editor-in-chief for six years, during which time he maintained a strong consistency in HBR's established editorial approach, but also injected his own highly innovative perspectives. I find HBR an essential read, not least through the pronounced focus on forward-thinking perspectives.

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Geek Reads 2008.3: The Big Switch

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

I was fortunate a few weeks ago to attend a breakfast meeting where the featured speaker was Nicholas Carr , he of the recent Atlantic Monthly article " Is Google Making Us Stupid ?" and the famous and controversial essay (and, later, book) " IT Doesn't Matter.".

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

LinkedIn’s Innovation Engine - Light Engineering Deveployment

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

Every company needs to be able to generate a constant stream of innovations if they expect to generate above average profits. The trick is creating an organizational structure that generates that constant stream of innovation. Google’s got their 20% of each engineers’ time. LinkedIn has taken a different approach. They have created a Light Engineering Development team. The L.E.D. team builds apps really quickly using Ruby on Rails.

Tools do not a master make [redux]

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

I’ve been catching up on the posts over at Work Literacy (that’s a lot of catching up!), along with discovering new (to me) blogs in the field of learning. This in turn has had me revisiting old posts and ideas of my own.

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Work competency, literacy, and mastery

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Tony Karrer’s comments to a recent post of mine that discussed the application of a craft work model to knowledge work got me thinking a bit more about the subject. I’ve also been thinking some about the one of the goals of the Work Literacy project, specifically to “help build a foundation of knowledge of methods for knowledge work&# (as Tony wrote in comments to Michele’s post Knowledge Workers as Craft Workers ).

We May be on the Cutting Edge/Signs of Hope

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

[link]. I have a friend who is updating a well-known business writing textbook. She wants to add an assignment where students have to using podcasting or videocasting, and wants my help in figuring out how to set it up. I see an inroad into college and university communications courses - provided, of course, that the teachers use the assignment. The board of a volunteer organization I work with has set up a wiki and begun using it to plan, record and communicate.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.