June, 2008

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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Official launch of the Top 100 Australian Web 2.0 Applications list

Trends in the Living Networks

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.

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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An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

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.

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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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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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UK and Australia lead the world in online advertising per capita

Trends in the Living Networks

Techcrunch has just published a very interesting analysis of valuations of social networks. Here is its methodology: Our model takes Comscore data for available countries and regions. We've graphed each of 26 well known social networks with the data we have been able to collect.

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.

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

Mapping newspaper layoffs - where will the journalists go?

Trends in the Living Networks

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.

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.".

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

Trends in the Living Networks

[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

Trends in the Living Networks

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.

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Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

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.

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.

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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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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Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.

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.

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 ).

When the Dog Catches the Car

Trends in the Living Networks

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.

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.

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.

What they say and what they mean

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

On the recommendation of a friend, I recently read Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson. The book is a wealth of ideas and views on management that you don’t often come across. An example of a management challenge that Farson discusses is the management of creativity: Real creativity, the kind that is responsible for breakthrough changes in our society, always violates the rules.

WebTools For Teachers 06/28/2008

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Teachers 2.0 » Using Google Docs to record, improve, and increase feedback. tags: feedback , googledocs , writing , feedbackonwriting. Australian Flexible Learning Framework - News. Upskilling of existing workers and RPL (recognition of prior learning): About 13% of the funded projects are discovering ways of capturing evidence of existing skills in the workplace and putting this information into a long-term usable and online accessible form, such as an e-portfolio.

No Straight Lines / A conversation on the nature of knowledge work

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

No Straight Lines. … a knowledge worker’s waste blog … Skip to content. Home Video Games: Future of education or harmful addiction? A conversation on the nature of knowledge work. Anyone working in the realm of knowledge management has no doubt considered the nature of knowledge work on at least one occasion. I know I have.

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The evolution of the employee-employer relationship

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Here’s another piece from the archives, this one from April 2004. I’ve pulled this one out as part of a response to a discussion between Bill Brantley and Harold Jarche on the question of the work literacy gap and its impact on, and the role of, the organization. = = == ==. Employee-employer relations in a knowledge based economy.

Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

Moving to micro-services, or even working with distributed applications in a traditional environment, brings with it a host of interactions that are often difficult to understand. This session will provide an overview of service mesh, a review of the Istio service mesh itself, and dive into best practices and integration models for integrating the traceability model into a distributed application.