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A World Gone Social, by Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt: Book Review

I’d selected several books to take with me on a recent family vacation at the Florida Gulf coast. I was frankly skeptical about A World Gone Social, by Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt, published by Amacom.  The social media domain is vast and I was doubtful that any book could really do justice to the […]

Digital Business and the Fate of the IT Organization

InformationWeek just published an excellent article titled “Goodbye IT, Hello Digital Business.” The article presents a compelling case for “Digital Business” as a lens into what the more information and IT-savvy companies are doing. It presents some good case studies from Digital Business leaders in the retail industry. It also presents some interesting statistics on […]

Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn Groups

I’ve mentioned before that I co-moderate a LinkedIn Group and participate in several others.  I’ve also questioned the value of such groups.
Ask, And You Probably Won’t Receive
This week, a someone in one of the groups I’m part of posted a question.  To avoid embarrassment, I’ll disguise the question, but it went along the lines of:
I […]

By |October 2nd, 2012|IT Management, social networking, Web 2.0|0 Comments

What You Probably Don't Know About Wikis

Several of my posts talk about uses of semantic wikis.  In fact, my company is largely based upon a semantic wiki platform, called Symcordia™.  But the more people I talk to, the more I realize that:

While just about everyone has used Wikipedia as a reference source, few people have ever really thought about what a […]

Are Linked-In Groups Worth the Time and Effort?

I love the idea of LinkedIn Groups!  The reality, however, from my perspective leaves much to be desired!

As a huge believer in social networking as a business tool, but so far disappointed in the impact this has had on most businesses, I really hoped that LinkedIn Groups would work for me.  Let me define “work […]

By |July 31st, 2012|General, social networking, Web 2.0|0 Comments

The Futility of Collaboration without Context

The term ‘collaboration’ gets thrown about as something inherently valuable and worthwhile – an end in itself, rather than a means to an end.  In reality, collaboration in of itself is:
a). Unlikely to happen
b). Unlikely to create anything of value

So Many Collaboration Platforms, So Little Collaboration!
Collaboration platforms are everywhere!  Most IT shops have at […]

The Semantic Wiki – Driving IT Organizational Clarity and Performance: Part 3

This is the 3rd and final part of a 3-part post.  (See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)  This short series represents the culmination of 5+ years of work for my business partner, Roy Youngman, and me.
A Quick Recap
In Part 1, I discussed the frustration Roy and I felt with the state of management […]

Why Some Projects Should Be "Led," Not "Managed"

I’ve posted before (many times!) about Business-IT Maturity, and the common “sticking points” that most IT organizations run into around the mid-point between low and high maturity.  (See, for example, here, here, and here, or enter “Sticking Point” into the search box.)
Walking Ever Faster Will Not Get You Running!
If, arbitrarily, you pick 3 levels of […]

Changing the Culture of an IT Organization – One Wiki Page at a Time!

I’ve been a student of IT organizational culture since I began my management consulting career some 30+ years ago.  It’s wrong, of course, to generalize too broadly, but I’ve worked with literally hundreds of large enterprise IT organizations (i.e., IT organizations of 250+ members) and have seen more commonalities than differences.  Of course, within any […]

More Hurdles in the Shift from Documents to Wikis

Last week, I posted about The Painful But Rewarding Shift from Documents to Wikis.  In the post I shared some of the lessons my partner and I have learned from our experiences helping IT organizations shift to a Wiki approach for creating organizational clarity and getting people in the organization to engage in continuous improvement.  […]