Knowledge management at work

Knowledge at work blog has three interesting posts about KM. The first about 5 key concepts covers the 5 major areas of KM and a great place to begin thinking when you are starting to look at a KM system.

The second is about social bookmarks, such as Del.icio.us, and the potential for KM systems. The third is also related to tags and what the guys at Technorati are doing with them. These tags help with the online collaborative ontologies needed for KM systems to work. Coupled with categories (I wish Blogger had categories, might check out MT after the move) in blogs posts we can start to hunt down knowledge kept online.

I completely agree with Denham when he says:-

It is hard to articulate my excitement / gut feel that this going to be something important to knowledge workers – I just feel it!!

On a final note if you what to hear an excellent example of where KM would be useful go have a listen to the G’Day World latest On the Pod (a podcast from Australia by Mick and Cam) with Robert Scoble. About 45 minutes into the interview Robert ventures into how poor KM is within organisations. He mentions when he left NEC he had over 1GB of mail in his exchange folders. The data was owned by NEC, so he could not take it with him, however because it was in Exchange it was then not easy for anyone else to use the data either. It almost soundly like he was going to have the same issue at Microsoft with his Resources folder. Maybe MS needs some help with their corporate knowledge? 🙂

Finding a house

This weekend we are in Melbourne trying to find a house for the big move, which has been no easy feat. Due to most real estate agents only being open on Saturday we spent yesterday looking at 15 different houses between 10:30am and 2:30pm. Lucky we think might have found one.

Completing the application forms for the rental property is a major exercise, almost more references are required than to get a home loan! Oh well let’s hope we get accepted so we have somewhere to live at the end of the month!

UK blogger sacked (dooced)

From the Guardian in the UK is a story of Joe Gordon being dooced by his employer Waterstone for keeping a blog.

Joe was sacked on 6th Jan a week ago, so far he has been interviewed several times, discussion has raged over in the UK, he has had over 180 comments in the last week on his blog and people seem to be divided over the whole issue. Several people have been writing about the event in their blogs and it has been in Boing Boing, CNET News and many other news sources.

What is interesting is there seems to be some question over if his employer had a online policy, Joe seems to feel none was ever presented to him and if it was he would have ceased his actions.

Bearing in mind there is no specific policy on blogs etc, only a very vague ‘bringing the company into disrepute’ which could be interpreted in any way the company sees fit. I and the union offered to cease if it caused such offence and to accept a warning and suggested a clearer policy be issued to guide other staff in the future, but this was disregarded.

So now it seems that the unions in the UK are getting involved, so things might get very interesting.

I have written several times about this in the last few months, sadly the trend seems to be increasing rather than decreasing, this is the here and here) this week about the issue both of which are very informative.

I guess the best take away from all of the comes from the Sun guidelines, via Blog Your Way (Update 10/Aug/2006 – Blog Your Way does not seem to exist any more), Think About Consequences.

can 43 Things promote online learning?

Here is an interesting goal that I found on 43 Things, the comments provided me with some great “food for thought”. 43 Things is a “newish” social site where people create and share goals and experiences. A similar tool could be put to work within a corporate learning/mentoring environment or even objective planning. Thinking further about objectives, most organisations are trying to develop transparency and linkages between departments and management layers when it comes to objectives. A tool like 43 Things could assist in the alignment and cascading nature of objective setting. As people achieve their objectives entries can be made for all other interest parties to review and provide further feedback.

While the actual performance review might not take place in such an open environment the setting and achievement of objective could. Although there is a movement within HR that feels even performance reviews should be open and transparent.

Live slowly

I started thinking about this while we were at Jonah’sfor our wedding anniversary in November, they had a number of brochures in the room with a message essentially saying something like “relax quickly” or “live slowly”. This got me thinking about how we rush around so much and do not spend enough time reflecting on things. I sometime wish I could easily disappear for a remote beach in Fiji to reflect.

Today I found a post from Harold at Jarche Consulting that is talking about the same thing. Harold has decided to take “thinking longer” as a new year’s resolution, I think I might do the same and pop it into my 43 Things list. While I do feel having my brain connected to the world would be great, the ability to disconnect is very important. Otherwise when can we just sit and think?