April 2008 Archives

1% Rule in Collaborative Environments

Tony Karrer, the author of eLearning Technology notes in a post that there is a 1% rule in collaborative environments.  The rule is that for every 100 people that sign up:
  • 90 will lurk (read with no active participation)
  • 9 will participate in a limited fashion (maybe rate or comment periodically)
  • 1 will regularly post content
This has been my experience too and usually I am the one that is the most enthusiastic contributor!  I have tried many things to overcome this which Tony discusses in the post:
  • Incentives or requirements (students must blog - it's graded)
  • Community cohesion
  • Focus (short time frame, limited topic)
  • Integrated as natural activity
It is very hard work to make online communities work.
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I am working with my colleague, Ilian Iliev to introduce CambridgeIP and its service offerings to the U.S. market.  CambridgeIP has been extraordinarily successful in the UK at helping companies understand the value of their intellectual property and to develop their patent strategies.  Here is a presentation posted on slideshare about CambridgeIP service offerings and how the analysis can help technology companies be more successful.

I am working with my colleague, Ilian Iliev to introduce CambridgeIP and its service offerings to the U.S. market.  CambridgeIP has been extraordinarily successful in the UK at helping companies understand the value of their intellectual property and to develop their patent strategies.  Here is a presentation posted on slideshare about CambridgeIP service offerings and how the analysis can help technology companies be more successful.

THE END OF THE GLOBALIZATION DEBATE

 

Harvard Law Review - THE END OF THE GLOBALIZATION DEBATE: A REVIEW ESSAY by Robert Howse asserts that the globalization debate has ended and that there is no more antiglobalization "side" to the argument:

"Today the protesters who march against globalization are not marching in favor of the state. Instead, they are mostly advocating a set of values and causes that transcend state boundaries and that require global action."

The article reviews four books that contribute to the globalization debate:

  1. CAPITAL RULES: THE CONSTRUCTION OF GLOBAL FINANCE. By Rawi Abdelal. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press. 2007. Pp. xi, 304. $49.95.
  2. IN DEFENSE OF GLOBALIZATION. By Jagdish Bhagwati. New York: Oxford Univ. Press. With new afterword, 2007. Pp. xiii, 330. $16.95.
  3. TERRITORY, AUTHORITY, RIGHTS: FROM MEDIEVAL TO GLOBAL ASSEMBLAGES. By Saskia Sassen. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Univ. Press. 2006. Pp. xiv, 493. $37.95.
  4. MAKING GLOBALIZATION WORK. By Joseph E. Stiglitz. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. 2006. Pp. xxv, 358. $16.95.

The Learning Knowledge Connection

 

The British Library has published research that shows ‘Google Generation’ is a myth".  The link will take you to a press release about the findings of the study.  To put it simply all generations are adopting electronic media and libraries must accept that a "digital mindset" is required to connect with people seeking information. 

The British Library and JISC commissioned report Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future conducted by the Centre for Information Behaviour and the Evaluation of Research (CIBER) at UCL was launched on 16 January 2008.
Jane's Elearning has listed the top 100 tools for learning, spring 2008.  This is a set of tools that results from contributions of 155 learning professionals and includes personal learning management tools as well as tools that make collaboration more productive.
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Office Live Workspace

Office Live Workspace is a free web-based extension of Microsoft Office, which I have been using with several of my work teams.  This tools lets you access your documents and share your work with others. Because you are working in the full featured Office applications and only saving the files online, it lets you  retain the rich features of Office while easily collaborating with others.  Here is an example of a workspace screen:
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I recently discovered a new software tool that has the potential to transform the way that I do business. ProCarta helps to define, design and document work processes. It then produces Visio diagrams of the process plus cross functional process maps.  Once the processes are  understood you can attach knowledge content and learning to the process descriptions to enable the performance of the individuals executing the work.  Finally, it auto-generates web pages that can act as a stand alone performance support tool or  can be integrated into a portal framework, like Microsoft SharePoint.

In knowledge management connecting knowledge, learning and business process is required to acheive a positive return on investment.  In previous engagements, I would analyze process by interviewing people and conducting conference room pilots.  While I still may use that technique, ProCarta gives me a way to quickly document, diagram and publish my learnings. Rapidly gaining consensus on the process and the content that will enable performance is valuable.  ProCarta will speed up my analytical process and allow me to deliver results more quickly to clients.

I recently discovered a new software tool that has the potential to transform the way that I do business. ProCarta helps to define, design and document work processes. It then produces Visio diagrams of the process plus cross functional process maps.  Once the processes are  understood you can attach knowledge content and learning to the process descriptions to enable the performance of the individuals executing the work.  Finally, it auto-generates web pages that can act as a stand alone performance support tool or  can be integrated into a portal framework, like Microsoft SharePoint.

In knowledge management connecting knowledge, learning and business process is required to acheive a positive return on investment.  In previous engagements, I would analyze process by interviewing people and conducting conference room pilots.  While I still may use that technique, ProCarta gives me a way to quickly document, diagram and publish my learnings. Rapidly gaining consensus on the process and the content that will enable performance is valuable.  ProCarta will speed up my analytical process and allow me to deliver results more quickly to clients.

I recently discovered a new software tool that has the potential to transform the way that I do business. ProCarta helps to define, design and document work processes. It then produces Visio diagrams of the process plus cross functional process maps.  Once the processes are  understood you can attach knowledge content and learning to the process descriptions to enable the performance of the individuals executing the work.  Finally, it auto-generates web pages that can act as a stand alone performance support tool or  can be integrated into a portal framework, like Microsoft SharePoint.

In knowledge management connecting knowledge, learning and business process is required to acheive a positive return on investment.  In previous engagements, I would analyze process by interviewing people and conducting conference room pilots.  While I still may use that technique, ProCarta gives me a way to quickly document, diagram and publish my learnings. Rapidly gaining consensus on the process and the content that will enable performance is valuable.  ProCarta will speed up my analytical process and allow me to deliver results more quickly to clients.

Several companies are integral to our success in learning, performance support, software development, and knowledge management.  Since Coherence Group recently marked its five year anniversery, I thought I would take a moment to recognize the partners we have collaborated with on client engagements:

Bridge Consulting International: Bridge helps companies acheive business results through learning.  Senior executives in global companies need to continualy develop their leadership skills in order to drive change and implement strategy.  Bridge uses its strong internal business research capability to take a fact-based approch to business transformation.  Combining world class teaching capabilies with a rigorous understanding of the business situation ensures that executive teams can meet the strategic and operational challenges that they face. 

Collective Next: is a Boston-based consulting firm specializing in collaboration.  Via collaborative design sessions, program management and development of collaboration capabilities they can dramatically improve their client's business performance.  Their approach facilitates clients through the design and deployment of powerful solutions to demanding business problems. 

 

Communitas Online:  Communitas has developed an extraordinary approach to market research which involves engaging customers in a meaningful dialog about products and services.  Their questioning techniques go far beyond close ended surveys that prompt participants to choose from a small set of "answers" The insight generated from conversations with communities of customers allows Communitas clients to build strategic plans that immediately connect with customer needs. Communitas services have helped Coherence Group and Bridge Consulting design learning and knoweldge management solutions that  transform a company's performance

Quoin, Inc.: Quoin is an IT consulting and software development company that has developed an expertise in content management and knowledge management solutions.  They distinguish themselves by taking an innovative approach to software engineering.  The solutions that they develop are creative, engaging and meet customer requirements without rework.

 

 

Several companies are integral to our success in learning, performance support, software development, and knowledge management.  Since Coherence Group recently marked its five year anniversery, I thought I would take a moment to recognize the partners we have collaborated with on client engagements:

Bridge Consulting International: Bridge helps companies acheive business results through learning.  Senior executives in global companies need to continualy develop their leadership skills in order to drive change and implement strategy.  Bridge uses its strong internal business research capability to take a fact-based approch to business transformation.  Combining world class teaching capabilies with a rigorous understanding of the business situation ensures that executive teams can meet the strategic and operational challenges that they face. 

Collective Next: is a Boston-based consulting firm specializing in collaboration.  Via collaborative design sessions, program management and development of collaboration capabilities they can dramatically improve their client's business performance.  Their approach facilitates clients through the design and deployment of powerful solutions to demanding business problems. 

 

Communitas Online:  Communitas has developed an extraordinary approach to market research which involves engaging customers in a meaningful dialog about products and services.  Their questioning techniques go far beyond close ended surveys that prompt participants to choose from a small set of "answers" The insight generated from conversations with communities of customers allows Communitas clients to build strategic plans that immediately connect with customer needs. Communitas services have helped Coherence Group and Bridge Consulting design learning and knoweldge management solutions that  transform a company's performance

Quoin, Inc.: Quoin is an IT consulting and software development company that has developed an expertise in content management and knowledge management solutions.  They distinguish themselves by taking an innovative approach to software engineering.  The solutions that they develop are creative, engaging and meet customer requirements without rework.

 

 

Several companies are integral to our success in learning, performance support, software development, and knowledge management.  Since Coherence Group recently marked its five year anniversery, I thought I would take a moment to recognize the partners we have collaborated with on client engagements:

Bridge Consulting International: Bridge helps companies acheive business results through learning.  Senior executives in global companies need to continualy develop their leadership skills in order to drive change and implement strategy.  Bridge uses its strong internal business research capability to take a fact-based approch to business transformation.  Combining world class teaching capabilies with a rigorous understanding of the business situation ensures that executive teams can meet the strategic and operational challenges that they face. 

Collective Next: is a Boston-based consulting firm specializing in collaboration.  Via collaborative design sessions, program management and development of collaboration capabilities they can dramatically improve their client's business performance.  Their approach facilitates clients through the design and deployment of powerful solutions to demanding business problems. 

 

Communitas Online:  Communitas has developed an extraordinary approach to market research which involves engaging customers in a meaningful dialog about products and services.  Their questioning techniques go far beyond close ended surveys that prompt participants to choose from a small set of "answers" The insight generated from conversations with communities of customers allows Communitas clients to build strategic plans that immediately connect with customer needs. Communitas services have helped Coherence Group and Bridge Consulting design learning and knoweldge management solutions that  transform a company's performance

Quoin, Inc.: Quoin is an IT consulting and software development company that has developed an expertise in content management and knowledge management solutions.  They distinguish themselves by taking an innovative approach to software engineering.  The solutions that they develop are creative, engaging and meet customer requirements without rework.

 

 

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