Posts Categorized: Wirearchy

into the fog

You are sailing along on bright, clear water, with the morning sun off the port bow. All is calm. Up ahead, just through the fog, you can’t quite make out the way ahead. Rapids? “Are you going to disappear into the fog?”, asks Jane Hart.

Formalized informal learning: a blend we don’t need

Telling people that we can “formalize informal learning” is a not so subtle way of saying, “it’s OK, you don’t have to make any fundamental changes to the way you’ve been been doing training & development for the past half century”. I asked the question in February’s eCollab Blog Carnival, with tongue very close to… Read more »

The collapse of complicated business models

Clay Shirky, in the collapse of complex business models, notes: Bureaucracies temporarily reverse the Second Law of Thermodynamics. In a bureaucracy, it’s easier to make a process more complex than to make it simpler, and easier to create a new burden than kill an old one. The premise of his article is that successful organizations… Read more »

Knowledge work revisited

In knowledge work (2004) I commented on how Lilia Efimova described the main uses of blogs for knowledge work: personal knowledge repositories, learning journals, or networking instruments. Another point in Lilia’s paper is that knowledge work is “discretionary behavior”, in that knowledge workers have to be motivated to do knowledge work. Many companies are tryng… Read more »

Critical thinking in the organization

Even the mainstream training field is realizing that reduced layers of bureaucracy mean decision-making gets pushed down the organization chart. This is the message of the AMA in the promotional video – Critical Thinking: Not just a C-suite skill.  However, wirearchy takes this one important step further by advocating a two-way flow of power and… Read more »

Knowledge artisans choose their tools

How can you be a knowledge worker if you’re not allowed to pick your own tools? In the unattained summit of social business, Ton Zylstra writes: So we talked about how corporate systems might integrate social media tools into sharepoint and ERP-software, but not about the notion that it is quickly becoming ridiculous that IT… Read more »

PKM: a node in the learning network

Hyperlinks subvert hierarchy, or, in other words, digital networks enable multiple connections, so organizational communications are no longer just vertical. Somebody else, outside the hierarchy, is only one click away, and perhaps easier to deal with and a better source of information and knowledge. This is becoming obvious in the business world and frameworks such… Read more »

Learning is what we will do for a living

Some of the interesting things I learned on Twitter this week: Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century via @crazyquote Innovation via @timkastelle Innovation = learning x diverse connections I disagree with the argument that innovation is the child of desperation. I wish it was so, because if… Read more »

Seek Sense Share

Note: my blog is where I hammer out ideas, so you may be finding some of these posts a bit repetitive. Sorry about that 😉 My working definition of personal knowledge management: PKM: a set of processes, individually constructed, to help each of us make sense of our world, work more effectively and contribute to… Read more »

Social computing in knowledge-intensive workplaces

Ross Dawson discusses a Gartner report on social software, looking at some particular forecasts for the next three to five years out: 20% of businesses using social media instead of e-mail by 2014 50% of businesses using activity streams, such as micro-blogging, by 2012 20% of businesses will use social network analysis by 2015 70-95%… Read more »