Industry Updates

News Updates (July 13, 2009)

Don’t “Drive” Adoption … Paula argues that adoption of Enterprise 2.0 tools can’t be “driven”. “While some of these authors have introduced critical elements to address — seamlessness via platforms, work specific, governance & roles — they all use the phrase “drive adoption”. This is the antithesis of 2.0 fundamentals. If you have to “drive adoption” you’ve failed at 2.0 design and implementation. The fundamentals of 2.0 are based on design that is organic — meets the individual where they are and adapts based on feedback — it emerges. The ‘adoption’ comes from rigorous ‘adaptation’ — it continuously morphs based on involvement from the ‘masses’. If done right, you can’t keep them away…because you’ve brought the scratch for their itch.More

Human Touch in SharePoint … Ivan shares strategies for giving SharePoint the human touch. “There is a wealth of knowledge within the organisation that is never written down. It’s in the heads of staff members and when they leave the organisation that knowledge goes with them.It’s not realistic to try converting all this knowledge into written documentation. Who would have time to read it all for starters? But what you can do is ensure that you factor in people to your knowledge strategy. There are a number of ways that Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides to make this easier. Let me take you on a tour of them and we can discuss how you can bring these together.” Strategies include having an up-to-date people list (via Active Directory sync), information targeting (via Audiences), and more. More

“What Happened?” … Some good insights and directions from Viv about handling “What happened?” conversations. “We have different experiences so we each make sense in own way of ‘what happened’. This leads us to argue and importantly, blocks us from exploring each other’s stories. We see things differently because we have different information, we notice different things. And therefore we have different interpretations and our conclusions reflect self-interest. So what can we do when we find ourselves, or those we’re facilitating, participating in a ‘what happened?’ conversation? Be curious. Stand back and ask – what’s your story? And embrace both stories – adopt the ‘and’ stance. We all carry pieces of the story. Arguments develop when one person thinks they hold the ‘right’ story and everyone else is ‘wrong’.More

Move the Work … Jack wonders why firms continue to move the worker rather than the work. “Why aren’t they teleworking instead of wasting energy and increasing global warming? At today’s levels of technology about 10% of workers in developed countries could be teleworking essentially full time, either from home or from somewhere within walking or cycling distance. Another 15% of workers could easily telework half time. The occasional-to-half-timers constitute another 25% of the workforce, for a total of 50%. That’s a conservative estimate. More

Virtual Collaboration Workshop … Holger is leading a one-day workshop on facilitating virtual collaboration in Oxford in September. “Virtual collaboration tools have mushroomed and matured at the same time. There are thousands of tools and platforms such as online conference systems, blogs, wikis, chat rooms, forums, social networks, social bookmarking sites, files sharing, etc., which allow small and big groups to work together for a common goal. Many profit and non-profit organizations are using such tools for communication and collaboration with their internal and external stakeholders. In the future, most workshops, seminars, conferences will have a virtual component. Other events will be entirely online. Besides real-time events, the demand for facilitation of asynchronous processes of organizational development is high.More

Other Items
– Lenovo has released the IdeaPad S10-2 and S12 netbooks.
– Two uses of wikis at work: in-the-flow and above-the-flow.
– 15 ways to spark a fight in the E2.0 world.
– Microsoft released an integration for Dynamics CRM and Twitter.
– Guy and Craig from the Burton Group are delivering a one-day workshop on governance for SharePoint at the upcoming Burton Group conference.
– Mark interviewed various people about areas they go low-tech. Some answers: a mechanical watch, paper books, daily planning on paper, paper calendars, notetaking on paper, mindmapping on paper, and more.
– Mark/Space released version 1 of The Missing Sync for Palm Pre, for Mac users.

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