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  • Devil in the details May 8, 2014
    You know the expression – “The devil is in the details.”  Indeed it is.  But I’ll give you a different interpretation, if I may. Popular definition is, “Great concept – but putting it into action will be really hard!” Yeah. So? I ask you to think of it this way.  … Continue reading →
  • Dear introverts, February 17, 2014
    Dear introverts .. You don’t have to be such jerks. I know you’re shy and you “get your energy” from being alone. Yes, I know. I am an introvert too. I don’t want to get into a long conversation with strangers about sports or the weather either. But grow up. … Continue reading →
  • Steaming pile of .. cake. January 24, 2013
    We’re making a huge dinner feast. Crack an egg.  Light the stove.  Answer the door.  Measure some flour.  Kill a goose.  Brown some butter.  Take guests’ coats.  Chop an onion.  Plant some sage.  Buy a roasting pan.  Set the table.  Cut some flowers.  Teaspoon of salt. (No – for the … Continue reading →
  • In Enterprise Agile – Chase Value, Not Rules July 7, 2011
    Agilists. Biggus Dickus. Continue reading →
  • Stretched too thin …. June 13, 2011
    Are you stretched thin? Do you wear it like a badge of honor?  Does it make you feel important?  Are you awesome at multitasking? I had a role once where I was stretched thin.  (sure, I still am at times. keep reading.)  If anything needed to get done, people had … Continue reading →
  • The Role of the Project Manager in an Agile Environment March 14, 2011
    I wrote this article for Team Dynamix last week.  Sort of includes material from previous posts here – repackaged for general consumption.  
  • Crisis = unexpected lack of focus February 28, 2011
    When in crisis, it’s important to stick to process. Calm down now, junior.  People feel the need to react quickly to crisis.  That’s good, and it makes sense – as long as you have a measured and appropriate reaction. Crisis is just an unexpected event that requires immediate attention.  The … Continue reading →
  • Why People Don’t Like Change February 17, 2011
    .. or,  “Why.    .. People don’t like change?” Adding to the nearly satiated knowledge base on change management articles, I want to offer a perspective on the axiom that people dislike change: “No they don’t.” People dislike change?  Inherently?  Seconds continue to tick by, seasons change, people move from … Continue reading →
  • You’re smart. Too smart to need to see this. But you want to because smart people like smart ideas.. February 16, 2011
    I’ve been sharing this video with everyone lately.  It’s really nothing new – but it’s interesting and it’s explained in a way that really resonates with me.  It’s changed the way I approach my work and the way I approach solving problems. I already blogged once about asking WHY … … Continue reading →
  • were number one. February 7, 2011
    I had a discussion yesterday about the United States’ (if you want to call it) decline in the world standings in science and math.  I’m not going to look up statistics – we’ve seen them, we believe them to be mostly true – good enough for this premise.   We … Continue reading →
  • Agile Project Management – settled. December 7, 2010
    Who interprets the business goals, defines a project scope and success criteria? Who makes sure it aligns with the business strategy? You do, project manager. Step up. Continue reading →
  • “Doing” vs “Being” Agile July 13, 2010
    Seems like every person I talk to about “Agile” (a word that’s been uttered so many times, I fear it’s lost its meaning) immediately wants to talk about product backlogs, sprints, standups, burndowns, …. i.e. Methods. They all want to talk about “doing agile.”  But I’ve yet to find anyone … Continue reading →
  • What Do I Get? January 14, 2010
    Strange week last week – I noticed a recurring theme that is pretty irritating. A “How does networking benefit me?” attitude that really seems to miss the point of building a network. I asked a few people if they were attending a luncheon for people interested in learning more about … Continue reading →
  • Measuring the Narrowgoals October 21, 2009
    Metrics, metrics, why must you be so complicated? I’ve always thought that measuring stuff was pretty easy. If you’re just starting out trying to “implement some metrics” – it’s super easy to start. Measure whatever you can measure. Don’t start with “what you think you want to measure, if only … Continue reading →
  • Why be a social media douchebag? September 29, 2009
    Image via Wikipedia .. because you can! There’s been a lot of turmoil this week on the Columbus social media scene. And it’s not even important what the original arguments were about, as they’ve tended to give way to meta arguments over the ‘proper’ use of social media. And as … Continue reading →
  • Open Mouth, Insert Nose, Spite Face September 29, 2009
    A perspective I’m not understanding these last .. oh I guess it’s about 16 now .. years – are people who vote against their own self interests. Now, I hear that phrase “against yer own self interests” associated with people who have very little – voting for a candidate who … Continue reading →
  • $3 July 9, 2009
    I went to a concert recently where the advertised ticket price was $15. I started to buy a ticket online, but when I checked out, Ticketmaster had added a service charge AND a convenience charge to my order, making the $15 ticket $25. Well, I’m no fan of Ticketmaster and … Continue reading →
  • I wouldn’t know a Twitter from a tweeter, but apparently it’s very important June 18, 2009
    “I wouldn’t know a Twitter from a tweeter, but apparently it’s very important” – Hillary Clinton said that this week. As you can imagine, the twitterverse had a field day with that. “Oh, my – she doesn’t know what Twitter is!” Can her critics answer simple questions relevant to the … Continue reading →
  • so funny it’s dumb | bmud s’ti ynnuf os June 1, 2009
    I didn’t know people still forwarded email jokes – I guess it’s the kind of thing you get when your social network branches out to people you “used to know.” See previous posts about high school reunions, lowest common denominators and the collision of social circles on the internet. As … Continue reading →
  • Moving from Followers to Subjects May 8, 2009
    This is not a new subject, but just like everything on the hype curve, I’ve recently noticed more people asking “Can Twitter last and what’s next?” The answer: Yes and no . And what’s next is whatever people decide to hype, but what’s logically next may be pretty cool. Short … Continue reading →
  • Riddle of the day … April 1, 2009
    … or month or year or however long it takes to figure this out. And I offer a nice meal (more than a bowl of soup) to anyone who can solve or inspire me to solve this problem. I attended a great presentation today at TechColumbus with Rich Hoeg of … Continue reading →
  • Twitter’s Choice March 26, 2009
    I remembered yesterday about an analogy that I made when teaching social networking concepts a few years ago. (Course redux here). When talking about the point of Twitter and Facebook status updates, I referred to making connections with people through mundane posts – and even if your posts were not … Continue reading →
  • There’s no “It” in Social Networking ….. February 19, 2009
    Are you social networking? Man, if you’re not, you’re missing the boat. Now let’s try substituting words for social networking. Are you telephoning? Man, if you’re not telephoning, you’re missing the boat. Are you wearing a nametag? Man, if you’re not wearing a nametag, you’re missing the boat. Are you … Continue reading →
  • … as I’ve been saying…. February 13, 2009
    read my last posts an my other blog too.
  • Ready for what’s next …. …(?) February 4, 2009
    My friend Sharon called Facebook, “An inane diversion of the bourgeoise. I expect Fellini to show up any minute to expose its ridiculousness.” (That’s not a direct quote, but that’s how I remember it.) As more and more people join Facebook (and, oh god, twitter) worlds collide – and I … Continue reading →
  • Social Networking and Why I’m not Going to a High School Reunion January 15, 2009
    I have recently reconnected with some of my former classmates after 25 years, and it’s been truly a pleasure. Some of the people were friends in school that I’d lost touch with. Some have been people that I, sure, always liked – but didn’t know well. And I really enjoyed … Continue reading →
  • Favorite Tools – 2008 January 7, 2009
    There’s always something new & fun to play with.. here are my favorite free tools from this year: OuTwit - Integrates Outlook and Twitter.  I like this app because I can receive tweets in the same console as I receive email (from all of those dinosaurs who still use email!).  … Continue reading →
  • Unconference December 3, 2008
    co\elaborate8 learning, ideas, innovation The Theme: Tech Innovation in Columbus Share and learn in an collaborative environment. co/elaborate/08 is an all-day unconference. An unconference does not have a predetermined agenda. YOU participate in setting the agenda at the outset of the event. Together, people of diverse experiences and perspectives collabora […]
  • Enterprise 2.0 November 25, 2008
    The xxx 2.0 moniker is getting stale, but it’s become synonymous with collaboration, contribution and participation on the web. As many organizations still struggle with “do WE exist2.0 or don’t we?” when it comes to engaging their customers, there seems to be an even more difficult justification to employ those … Continue reading →
  • Connections November 25, 2008
    In the days before email (remember?), we talked to each other. On the phone or in person, almost everything was handled with a conversation. We got to know each others’ personalities, facial expressions, likes & dislikes, plans with the family, etc. Much of that interaction was lost when email allowed … Continue reading →
  • Collaboration November 25, 2008
    Collaboration is easy to defend – but how is E2.0 collaboration adding value to the type of collaboration that already existed? In-person collaboration is great when a high-performance team gets together. Awe-inspiring, even. But it doesn’t need to stand alone! In a collaborative session, no matter how democratic you try … Continue reading →
  • Participation November 25, 2008
    Have you ever written a document that no one read? Even if the first paragraph conveys “what’s in it for me?” it’s still a tough sell to get people to see what’s in it for them. Document walkthroughs and formal reviews can help twist people’s arms so they read a … Continue reading →
  • Streamlined Syndication of Information November 25, 2008
    CTRL-C & CTRL-V – It doesn’t take too much effort to cut and paste information. But 2.0 tools allow syndication of information from a single source that can automatically update in multiple channels and from multiple channels. Case in Point: I adopted the use of a blog to write about … Continue reading →
  • Dogfood November 25, 2008
    If your business involves direct contact with customers or if you’re wondering if it should leverage web2.0 tools to support the business, doesn’t it make sense that your internal staff would understand the application of those tools?
  • Investment November 25, 2008
    It’s hard to put a value on the return provided by these tools. Cost is a little more quantifiable and naturally the first question – What’s this going to cost me? Well the costs are anywhere from almost nothing to way too much. Start by answering these questions: 1.- Where … Continue reading →
  • Tools are Just Tools November 25, 2008
    While some tools help a team to perform better or remove obstacles, I always bring the discussion back to this: Don’t let the tools take the place of real interactions and good processes. Tools are there to support the organization. Documents, online collaboration, frequent blog postings – can all be … Continue reading →
  • Tagging – What is This? March 6, 2008
    Go to this URL and input every word you can think of that describes what this object is: COQAA.org/Tags http://tagcrowd.com http://tagcloud.oclc.org/tagcloud/TagCloudDemo http://www.coqaa.org/cgi-bin/tags.cgi
  • Everything is Miscellaneous…. March 6, 2008
    From the tag cloud, we can see that an object can mean different things to different people. …. the days of physical location are over.
  • Tagging – Questions March 6, 2008
    Look at the tag cloud – if you had a general store, where would you put this thing? It can be shelved in electronics, phones, office supplies, cameras, …. So how do you find it in a store? How do you find it online? How can we apply this idea … Continue reading →
  • Impact March 6, 2008
    I have identified four areas where social tools have impact on information and knowledge… •Reach •Depth •Economics •Sharing   There may be others. As we look at these tools, try to think about which of these are impacted or if there are other major areas of impact.
  • Discovery March 6, 2008
    How do you find information? Where does Dewey say you’ll find a book on the style of home you live in? What if that book also contains recipes from the era and style represented by the architecture? How do you classify it? So – when you know what you want, … Continue reading →
  • LOC & Flickr March 6, 2008
    The Library of Congress Flickr site – an experiment in how people use tagging and discussion boards to learn and to contribute. Fixing incorrect info, making history more accessible, saves the LOC time in identifying, labeling, categorizing the photos. NPR Story on LOC/Flickr
  • Democratized Content March 6, 2008
    Thinking beyond the physical media … How can a wide range of viewpoints contribute to sharing information? •What was the cause of the American Civil War? •Is offshoring manufacturing a good thing or a bad thing for our country? … So there are many perspectives on major events (and minor … Continue reading →
  • “Common Knowledge” March 6, 2008
  • Wikipedia March 6, 2008
    Wikipedia – I say it’s this, you say it’s that, he says it’s something else .. as a community, we can vet the truth … right?   Example: •Early entry on Hydrino Theory: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hydrino_theory&oldid=18850817 •Current entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrino_theory   (The debated content is shown right in the article.)   […]
  • Trustworthy Source March 6, 2008
    And that’s where the librarian comes in… Questions: Kitty Kelley is known for controversial biographies containing questionable facts. Is all of the content in this book reliable? How is that different from a Wikipedia article? Who granted Kitty Kelley expert status?     How can a librarian start with authoritative … Continue reading →
  • The World is Flat March 6, 2008
    •Web2.0 people are contributing more than they are consuming • •Data is the new commodity Data –> Information –> Knowledge   .. it’s pretty obvious where a librarian gets involved: FIND the right DATA and package it as INFORMATION  
  • Non-expert contributions March 6, 2008
      First, let’s look again at the idea of democratized knowledge. Q: Do we want Joe Average to contribute his ideas about something he knows only a little about? A: Depends!     Maybe Joe Average’s grandfather was a physics professor at Ohio State and had Edward Teller over for … Continue reading →
  • The Long Tail March 6, 2008
    ..Which brings us to the next reference: The Long Tail – Chris Anderson. This is where much of the value of social media comes in. Again – where does the librarian fit in? •Knowing where to find this information. •Helping to assemble it •Pointing out the information’s credibility – whether … Continue reading →
  • Examples March 6, 2008
      Let’s talk about what tools are out there and how libraries are using them.     •Facebook – Groups, Communities of Practice, Viral Hennepin County Library Catalog, Worldcat.org, Ask a librarian   •Twitter (SMS – short message service) – microblogging Ada Library – Boise – events ( http://twitter.com/adalib) Nebraska … Continue reading →
  • The Mashed-up Library March 6, 2008
    Demonstrate mashed up library – Help me research “Semantic Web’ •Youtube – tagged as ‘library’ & ‘reference’ (or as ‘semantic web’, etc) •Twitter – new book feed from library (or ‘watch semantic web’) •Delicious tags •Bloglines •Flickr tags •… Assemble RSS into Tumblr. http://semanticdemo.tumblr.com/ • All of this data can … Continue reading →

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