April, 2009

10 DOs and DONTs of organizational change

Trends in the Living Networks

For a recent boardroom presentation to a group of CEOs of large organizations I prepared ten ‘dos and donts’ on my topic of organizational change. Enterprise 2.0 Implementation Framework. I drew on the core ideas in our Implementing Enterprise 2.0 report and framework (as above). Enterprise 2.0

Scaling Web Sites (LAMP) : Top Resources


Image via Wikipedia Luckily it’s 2009 and there have been a bunch of successful websites that have had to deal with large scalability challenges. Many have been kind enough to share their knowledge with the world. Here is a list of the best books, articles, presentations and practices from the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and more. Books Building Scalable Web Sites Building, scaling, and optimizing the next generation of web applications by Cal Henderson

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Fountainhead: Pointers for IT Business Continuity & Pandemics


One topic close to my heart is the concept "working anywhere." " Not just telecommuting, but literally working within a distributed workforce. While the chatter in the market is all about connectivity, I'll point out that a laptop and a

Retaining and Growing Readers on Newspaper Web and Mobile Sites

Social, Agile and Transformation

I am from one of the last generations of ritual NY Times Sunday edition readers. I have fond memories of taking the tree with me to parks and beaches during the summertime to read the magazine and many of the other

Mobile 100

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!

It's All About the Conversation, Mostly

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

As an avid reader of Nicholas Carr's blog and other writings, I read his blog this week and was amused to find the comment function disabled, with the following message: . Not exactly the bi-directional web we've come to know and love, but forgivable based on sheer cheekiness.It's


Just because that’s the way it is, doesn’t mean that’s the way it has to be

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

In a tweet earlier today, @Think_Better makes the following suggestion: Next time someone says, “That’s just the way it is,&# try asking, “What would be an alternative?&#. It is all too easy to get stuck in the rut of doing things the way they’ve always been done just because that is the way it has always been done. This one little question can make all the difference, if you just take the time to ask - and answer - it. Just think of the possibilities.

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How to Fix a Broken Marketplace (eBay)


Image via Crunchbase Do you still remember when eBay was a great place to buy and sell things? Today most auctions close without a single bid and very few are purchased at all. Most items are sold by “power sellers” which is really code word for businesses. Heck, most sellers are probably businesses at this point. As eBay discovers it isn’t recession proof and scrambles to become a primarily “buy it now” channel it needs to remember what eBay was

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Fountainhead: Postcards from SDForum's Developer's Conference


SDForum hosted another wide-ranging, star-studded conference Friday. The topic was posted as "Shaping the new age of application development" but - from the start - had overtones of SaaS, cloud computing, and new

Business Responsibilities working with Agile Teams Part 2 - Social.

Social, Agile and Transformation

See Business Responsibilities working with Agile Teams Part 1 where I cover some important responsibilities: Dedicating time to define requirements, setting reasonable customer expectations, and developing a methodology

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Serendipity and Weak Search -- For When The Stakes Are Low

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

I've been playing a lot lately with a music service called blip.fm (@mikegil), where one can "virtually DJ" songs stored by others to create a playlist. When trying to find songs based on a keyword or theme, I'll often search based on that word (for example, "Saturday"). doesn't have anything like faceted search, and very little metadata associated with the songs, so the search results may return anything from songs with "Saturday" in the title to bands with the word "Saturday" in their name.

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.

Links for 2009-04-22 [del.icio.us]

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

DennisKennedy.blog: What Happens to Blogs, Email and the Rest of Your Online Presence When You Die? What happens to your online "assets" when you die? Just as important, how do you let your online friends that you've died? How about your funeral/memorial service; have you thought about having one online? Perhaps webcasting the service for those who can't make it in person


Twitter on ABC TV - the impact on politics, media and socializing

Trends in the Living Networks

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) TV had a very nice segment on Twitter yesterday, as below. As befits the august institution, the segment was more thoughtful than some other recent media coverage.

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Stop Twitter from Becoming the next MySpace


Image via Crunchbase 6 months ago Twitter was the best place in existence to use and develop great relations with key players in industry, brilliant thinkers and friends. It has since become popular, and like the kids trying to be popular in high school, has become a whore. Not that it was ever exclusive by restrictions, but rather by obscurity.

Fountainhead: Who's using Infrastructure Orchestration in Healthcare?


Last week I wrote a bit about how Infrastructure Orchestration is being applied in the Financial industry. It's the approach that HP (w/Matrix Orchestration Environment plugins), IBM (Open Fabric Environment) and Cisco

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.

Business Responsibilities working with Agile Teams Part 1 - Social.

Social, Agile and Transformation

I enjoy talking to General Managers, Product Managers, and other members of a business teams about the benefits of going agile. Their eyes light up when I talk about the basics. They get to see completed product at the end

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Blog Rally to Help the Boston Globe

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

[originally based on Paul Levy 's idea -- I'm happy to contribute, and to be counted among the bloggers offered the chance to amplify this message]. We have all read recently about the threat of possible closure faced by the Boston Globe. A number of Boston-based bloggers who care about the continued existence of the Globe have banded together in conducting a blog rally.

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Has SSD put Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) On Endangered Species List.

Storage IO Blog

Disclosure: I have been a user, vendor, author and analyst covering and a fan (and continue to be) of SSD for over 20 years. I have thought and wanting to post about this for a while, however recently several things popped up

An Argument for Heterarchy: creating more effective organizational structures

Trends in the Living Networks

The latest issue of People and Strategy Journal has an extremely interesting Point/ Counterpoint feature. Download the full article and responses here. Karen Stephenson , a leading network theorist and practitioner, wrote an article Neither Hierarchy nor Network: An Argument for Heterarchy , examining how heterarchies, that bring together elements of networks and hierarchies, are the most relevant organizational structures for our times.

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.

- The Translucent Government

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Translucent Seattle - click to see. Making government “transparent” is in vogue in 2009, whether by doing map mashups of crimes or twittering by Mayors and public agencies.

Fountainhead: Who's using Infrastructure Orchestration in Finance?


With all the talk lately of Egenera's unified infrastructure orchestration I thought it would be useful to shed some light on who's *really* using this technology, and how. Indeed, there are a number of similar technologies out

A Cloud-y Day for CIOs - CIORant

CIO Rant


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Boston KM Forum Event: Virtual Teams and Social Media Tools, Part 1

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

At this week's KM Forum event at Bentley College in Waltham, the theme of the discussion was "Leveraging Virtual Teams and Social Tools for Business Advantage.". A variety of presenters shared valuable (and frequently entertaining) insights, but in this post I'll focus on the first presentation, by Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps of NetAge , who shared with us some best practices around optimizing the performance of virtual teams. Their key themes included: the definition of a virtual team.

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.

Innovation is a priority, so why not KM?

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

A recent Boston Consulting Group report shows that 64% of companies consider innovation as one of their top 3 priorities. This is less than the 72% in 2006 but still high in the current difficult economy. That is good and understandable but then why is Knowledge Management not a priority as well as a result? You cannot foster innovation throughout a company wihout effective and efficient knowledge sharing processes. Apple, Google and Toyota took the top 3 spots of the most innovative companies.

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Largest ever organizational network analysis shows how social networks drive performance

Trends in the Living Networks

For years now I have been trying to get the message out to senior executives that effective social networks are critical to business performance. By now that is well understood, in part supported by the large body research and academic literature on how social networks in and across organizations drive results and performance. Now researchers from IBM Research and MIT have undertaken the largest study of its kind ever.

- Schrier to the FCC: Broadband

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Fiber Broadband - Click for more. This morning the FCC will start a year-long process to craft a “National Broadband Plan for our Future” The agenda is here and here’s Ars Technica’s insightful view of the process.

Fountainhead: Private Clouds are Real and In Use


Many moons back in July '08 I wrote whether an "Internal Cloud" was an oxymoron, as well as a piece on how to build such internal architectures. Turns out this is really happening, and I'm thrilled. In "Why 'Private Cloud'

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.

Closing the Green Gap: WSRADIO Internet Radio Interview.

Storage IO Blog

Last week it was an appearance in print (and on-line) in the MSP Business Journal, this week it was on-line interview (Closing the Green Gap) interview via wsradio. The other day, I had the pleasure of being a guest of Steve

Do Consultants Deliver Value? - CIORant

CIO Rant



Is sharing knowledge really desirable in a business?

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

Imagine a company where no knowledge is shared. Only information is passed on between employees within pre-defined operational processes. Each employee exchange information only to their immediate colleagues, either within their team/department or with the colleagues in the next/precedent levels in the operational chain. Imagine a company where all knowledge (tacit or explicit) is shared.

At current growth rates everyone in the US will have a Twitter account by August 22 2009!

Trends in the Living Networks

ComScore has just announced that the number of Twitter users in the US went up by 131% in March. At this rate, everyone in the US will have a Twitter account by August 22 of this year.

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.