Archive for the ‘Anecdotes’ Category

How Bill Gates evaluates expertise

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 18, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Joel Spolsky is a software developer who used to work for Microsoft as the Excel Program Manager in the early 90’s. One of his big tasks …

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‘Publish and perish’ is creating long distant collaborations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 13, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

In 1996 I helped the Australian Antarctic Division discover and document its spatial (map-related) data. I remember walking down long corridors in their Hobart offices …

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Expertise location

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 8, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Practically on the day I joined IBM in 1999 I was whisked off to Cambridge, MA, to be part of a global team to launch …

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It’s about what we say no to

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —June 7, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

My first blog post ever was around the improv principle of “Say Yes”. I suggested that: “…it is often when we “Say Yes” that we …

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Designing interventions requires new perspectives

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 28, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Culture

Designing interventions for complex environments requires the designers to see new patterns. Before I elaborate on this idea here is a story Steve Denning told …

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Intervention design – an example

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 16, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

I’m always on the lookout for intervention design examples and I found one last week I think you’ll like. But before I describe it, remember …

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Getting management buy-in

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 9, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

The actKM list has a discussion underway to collect stories of how people have (either successfully or otherwise) tried to get management support for their …

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Keeping the momentum going after an open space

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 5, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

A few months ago I facilitated an open space session for a group of knowledge coordinators working in a government agency. We spent the day …

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The 1st Annual Symposium on Meaning Making in Organisations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 30, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Mark, Andrew and I spent Monday and Tuesday at the Australian National University’s Symposium on Meaning Making in Organisations. The event was organised by Paul …

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Sharing the seeds

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 11, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

In October for the past 36 years Half Moon Bay in California holds a pumpkin competition. The biggest pumpkin grown in a season wins. One …

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