Graph Visualization with Linkurious

Monday, July 21, 2014 6:30 PM Graph Visualization with Linkurious ThoughtWorks 315 Montgomery 16th Floor San Francisco, CA Registration Required Sébastien Heymann, CEO of Linkurious, is coming to SF and will be presenting to our local meetup group! Linkurious helps make sense of graph data through a simple web-based interface and uses Neo4j to offer…

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…

Global Forum 2014

The 23rd Global Forum – Shaping the Future 2014 is Monday & Tuesday, the 17th & 18th of November 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Global Forum is an independent, high-profile, international, non-for-profit think-tank dedicated to Business, Technology and and Policy issues of the Digital Society. You may review the continuously evolving Global Forum 2014 Program. …

Maximize Optimal

As the headlong flight to the knowledge-based, network economy accelerates, common word usage changes. Some rise in meaning and importance; others become harmful and destructive. Among the most important are optimize versus maximize. Maximal systems, whether empires, organizations, complex wetlands or amplifiers, are often harmful, destructive and unsustainable. Eventually they always consume themselves and collapse,…

Museum KM

Why are knowledge management (KM) people determined to treat organizations as museums? How did KM become so corrupt as to focus on the collection and storage of information artifacts? Why has the obsolete 20th Century KM Establishment not recognized the utter collapse of archives, library science, information repositories, portals and other artifacts of ‘Museum KM?’…

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…

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…

Authentic Conversation

The principal modality of Colabria Clusters  is authentic conversation. Unfortunately, many people conflate conversation and discussion. Treating conversation and discussion as synonyms is harmful. It is time to set the record straight: conversation and discussion are two very different concepts and behaviors! Both are important. They have different venues, purposes, practices and above all, outcomes. Discussion…

KM Inertia

Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion including a change in direction. It is among the most important principles of classic physics to describe motion. Organizational inertia is the by-product of accountability, continuity and standard operation procedures. Organizational inertia and bureaucracy is usually used pejoratively. However,…

Biology of KM

Biology makes a far better scientific, philosophical and practice foundation for knowledge management (KM) than physics and mechanics. Process management, information technology, engineering and measurement offer extraordinarily poor and destructive archetypes for knowledge creation and KM. Multidisciplinary naivety, an overbearing mechanical orientation and debilitating indifference to living systems, for example, is among the root causes of…

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.…

KM Standards Farce

The purpose of Standards is to introduce and achieve uniformity and predictability in activities. More importantly, standards drive-out variation in industrial, informational and transactional processes. The implementation of standards in industry and commerce became very important at the onset of the Industrial Revolution (1780). Industry had a demand for for high-precision machine tools and interchangeable parts.…

KM Love

A fundamental cultural difference of East/West KM is the principle of love and nurturing (East) versus metrics and measurement (West). Sadly, Western thinking, for the most part, equates ‘love’ with eroticism. Immature, sniggering dilettantes dismiss the exceptional, objective importance of love to effective knowledge creation and its critical antecedent conversation. Rather, Western-Cartesian thinking prefers, for…

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…

Is KM Turning A New Leaf?

Contemporary business management, the product of most US b-schools, has a predilection to Newtonian mechanics, processes, metrics, Taylorism, Fordism and so forth. We need to flip that model. The problem is business people always go after the low-hanging fruit of simple process work. This is particularly true and harmful in general business management and for…