Brooks’ Law

The global praxis ecosystem of Colabria Action Research is inhabited by recognized authorities on large IT system design, development and deployments. Commentary on very large enterprise and consumer systems helps refract, anneal and share decades of hands-on experience and executive leadership. Today’s lesson is on Brooks’ Law and large-scale government IT & systems failure. To…

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Conversation is Conversation

Thanks to everyone for supporting your Colabria Action Research Networks. Most people are aware that the principal modality of Colabria is authentic conversation. Still, after so many years, many people ask for Colabria content to be computer-mediated and recorded. This is a disappointment. It indicates that many people still do not know what conversation is and…

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KM Australia 2014 Congress

KM Australia 2014 Congress Knowledge Border Crossings 11th Annual Congress The Sebel Surry Hills 22-24 July 2014 Knowledge Management Australia Congress is in its eleventh year and over this period we have seen KM go through many changes, answer many questions and confound many people. KM has changed as often as the social media landscape…

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Hierarchy and Megaphones

Hierarchy Organizational Hierarchy is an authoritarian concept where people and groups are ranked one above the other according to status. In hierarchy, one actor, the hierarch, is superior to all of the others in the network set. Hierarchical authority in multiple network sets is transitive, e.g., a general manager in Poughkeepsie has the same authority…

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Heutagogy

Sahana Chattopadhyay has thoughtfully modulated the well-known Cynefin Framework for heutagogy or self-determined learning. The current version is below. Self-determined learning and distributed phronesis are essential planks of 21st Century Learning. To refract and anneal self-directed and organizational learning vis-à-vis an existing framework is an apt contribution. Sahana asked for feedback. Several elements are absent and…

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SNS Implementation

There is a gargantuan split in how people approach enterprise pull-through for enterprise social network services (SNS). The problem is naive people, in 2014, are still leading with tools and technology. What’s even worse, despite massive failures and hundreds of billions down the drain, some are following the 1990s ERP deployment handbook for social network…

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Biological KM

The shift away from mechanical, informational process thinking towards biological and living systems for knowledge creation, usage and leadership is well underway. However, certain vestiges exists in the moribund knowledge management (KM) community. Many of the grave defects in KM are perpetuated in online discussion groups. Many KM amateurs, longing for rigid 20th Century-style information…

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Knowledge and the Firm

In 1997, before Google and Salesforce.com, and way before Facebook and Twitter, the Haas School of Business, at the University of California, Berkeley,  convened the First Annual U.C. Berkeley Forum on Knowledge and the Firm.  At Knowledge and the Firm over 40 leading academics, executives and practitioners from Japan, the U.S, and Europe discussed organizational knowledge.…

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The Visual Organization

 http://www.km2014.com Phil Simon is the author of The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions. Amidst all of the hype and confusion surrounding Big Data, though, a new type of enterprise is emerging: The Visual Organization. A relative handful of organizations has realized that today’s ever-increasing data streams, volumes, and velocity…

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East Meets West KM

Many great management innovations over the last 40 years have originated in Japan. Total Quality (TQM), PDCA, Toyota Production System (TPS), Lean, and so on, are good examples. These innovations are the genesis and ancestors of almost everything we take for today’s management. This includes modern and prevailing management practices for knowledge workers and KM. However, the…

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Complexity Digest

Entropy and the Predictability of Online Life Using mobile phone records and information theory measures, our daily lives have been recently shown to follow strict statistical regularities, and our movement patterns are, to a large extent, predictable. Here, we apply entropy and predictability measures to two datasets of the behavioral actions and the mobility of…

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Enterprise SNS

The problems with enterprise social network services (SNS) are pervasive, insidious and costly. (Please don’t call them social media.) Fortunately, the solutions are simple and free. Unfortunately, various industry actors, and their hype, hubris and hyperbole, create deliberate barriers to matching the problem with solutions and achieving prosperous outcomes. This needs rectification.   Remember, enterprise SNS…

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Back to the Future

The headlong flight to social business is accelerating. Management techniques and leadership methods are changing right along. Rather than anything new or novel, the distinct approach is “Back to the Future.” Oh, and it’s way overdue. Success in social business depends on complex interactions. These interactions inhabit diverse social networks. Ancient human tools allow mastery…

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Greatly Exaggerated

There is a lot of silly talk about the ‘death’ of various elements of social business or social business altogether. The death of social business is greatly exaggerated. Newsflash: all business is social. Business is not dying. Business is simply a social arrangement for exchange of goods, services and revenues. No exceptions. Still, there is a…

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Employee Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement by Heather Wolpert-Gawron April 26, 2012 Image credit: iStockphoto Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement is is an excellent essay on how to improve student engagement in the classroom. It is highly recommended. It is so darn great it was modulated for social business and knowledge management (KM). It…

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Network Boneheads

In 1974 half the incoming freshmen at UC Berkeley flunked a basic English composition test. Other major US universities reported similar failures. One English department head remarked about the matriculates, “Students can’t carry through an idea in writing; they have no idea what a paragraph is; they are unable to string details together in a…

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Popular Management Techniques

Popular management techniques come and go. Some are fads. Some are authentic. Here is current list of management techniques from the Website 12Manage. How many are familiar to you? Which are you using? What is your Management IQ? 14 Principles of Management Fayol 3C’s model Ohmae 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) 360-Degree Feedback 4 Dimensions of…

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SNA Courses

Social Network Analysis (SNA) is the methodical, mathematical and rigorous study of social networks.   Below is a list of institutions that offer social network and SNA courses. Contact the particular institution for specific details. This list was originally created and curated by Cristopher (Rusty) Tunnard, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, The Fletcher School, Tufts University. To…

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