Building your technology business case

One of the most important tasks of any project is building and maintaining your business case. Unfortunately the business case is so often a single document not covering full life cycle costs and produced to obtain funding approval and never looked at again! Bad! In fact your business case needs to document the full cost of theContinue reading “Building your technology business case”

Leaders are temporary

A couple of years ago the Collab@Work blog wrote a very interesting article on how leadership in MMORPG’s, such as World of Warcraft is temporary. They provided reasons why in these MMORPG’s it makes sense to have temporary leaders: In those games, leadership is a temporary position. At one point in time, you’re leading, theContinue reading “Leaders are temporary”

Crowdsourcing promotions?

I am a firm believer in the whole “Wisdom of Crowds” process so this article in The Age today made me think a bit. Austereo, Australia radio network, had teamed up with Jelli a US network to provide Australians with the first 24 hour a day crowdsourced radio show. Basically listeners go online to voteContinue reading “Crowdsourcing promotions?”

RecruitTech Presentation

Today I gave a short presentation at RecruitTech in Canberra on Social Media in the workplace. The official bio was: Many big organisations continue to block the use of social networking tools in the workplace, whilst others encourage their use.  But how much Facebook surfing and Twittering is too much?  This presentation weighs up theContinue reading “RecruitTech Presentation”

Fear != Happy Employees

Following my post yesterday about Facebook I found a great post from Jim Benson about about how your approach to your employees directly impacts your success. The family that owned the restaurant had two long time trusted employees who served as managers.  The family knew the restaurant was in good hands.  When the long termContinue reading “Fear != Happy Employees”

Is Facebook good or bad?

It seems to me that if I was to believe the pundits social media is going to either cause the next apocalypse or be the saviour for us all!  But I want to look at two specific cases here and their relationship with HR. First the negative. Kimberley Swann, at 16 year old in the UK, whoContinue reading “Is Facebook good or bad?”

Social networking sites increase employee productivity

An interesting piece by David Quach on the ABC News site (Hat Tip @aussienick) about how more people should use Facebook to improve worker productivity. Here is the summary: Well, while any adverse effect of Facebook on productivity is detrimental to the economy, economic theory also suggests that the economy could be improved if thereContinue reading “Social networking sites increase employee productivity”

Capitalism & Poverty

Today is blog action day, and the topic is poverty. I was wondering what to write about and decided on the topic below. Over the last couple of weeks I have been reading The Wal-Mart Effect, and highly recommend it to anyone interested in the globalisation of business. Overall the book is an eye opener toContinue reading “Capitalism & Poverty”

Enterprise 2.0, employees and profits

Last night at PubCamp I led a small unconference session around Enterprise 2.0, employees and profits, overall it was Ok but not as good as I would have liked. A part of the issue was a couple of vocal participants in the front row who kept heckling the group the robust debate going, Duncan RileyContinue reading “Enterprise 2.0, employees and profits”