California KM

On behalf of Colabria, please accept your invitation to participate in your next Colabria Cluster – Knowledge Management 2014(KM2014). Your California KM Community is the Colabria Action Research Network representing Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Northern and Southern California. KM2014 is your next community event. Your Bizzabo KM2014 Event Community is open. All are welcome. In today’s post-informational and post-industrial society, Knowledge…

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Authentic Conversation

The principal modality of Colabria Clusters  is authentic conversation. Unfortunately, many people conflate conversation and discussion. Treating conversation and discussion as synonyms is harmful. It is time to set the record straight: conversation and discussion are two very different concepts and behaviors! Both are important. They have different venues, purposes, practices and above all, outcomes. Discussion…

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Crowdfund Graph Analytics for Justice

A crowdfunded project from Stanford aims to use graph technologies to better understand international justice. Please help Crowdfund Graph Analytics for Justice.  You can help apply graph analytics to shed light on the way justice works. The justice system is not the most transparent and data friendly domain. That’s why it’s so exciting to see that…

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KM Inertia

Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion including a change in direction. It is among the most important principles of classic physics to describe motion. Organizational inertia is the by-product of accountability, continuity and standard operation procedures. Organizational inertia and bureaucracy is usually used pejoratively. However,…

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Death of KM Standards

As predicted some nostalgic application vendors and elements of the decomposing Knowledge Management (KM) Establishment are providing futile life support for KM Standards. Of course the Death of KM Standards is certain and confident. It has already occurred in most all global KM precincts. However, some find unlearning the 1990s-style of KM very difficult. They…

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KM and Philosophy

For one reason or another online knowledge management (KM) groups attracts philosophical scholarship. Often it is just academic bloviating. Sometimes it descends into intellectual bullying and trolling. For the most part, KM and philosophy don’t mix. Of course reasonable people just ignore divisive and counter-productive behaviors of amateur philosophers in online KM groups. Still, because…

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Special Issue on Knowledge and the Firm

This is a noteworthy excerpt from the highly influential U.C. Berkeley Forum on Knowledge and the Firm. It’s from the prestigious California Management Review. California Management Review Special Issue on Knowledge and the Firm March 22, 1998 by Dan Cohen The academics and practitioners who gathered at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business for a…

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Knowledge and the Firm

In 1997, before Google and Salesforce.com, and way before Facebook and Twitter, the Haas School of Business, at the University of California, Berkeley,  convened the First Annual U.C. Berkeley Forum on Knowledge and the Firm.  At Knowledge and the Firm over 40 leading academics, executives and practitioners from Japan, the U.S, and Europe discussed organizational knowledge.…

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The New Brainstorming

Research into the practice of brainstorming has confirmed an important and overdue refinement that Colabria Action Research has advocated for years. The finding is that a hybrid model of independent brainstormers works better. Here is The New Brainstorming experiment. Brainstorming Infographic Hybrid Brainstorming is a much-needed refinement of the age-old practice. People must remember performance…

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Waiting for KM Standards

The KM Standards Farce is fast approaching the absurdity of Beckett’s masterpiece.  Standards kill KM because KM positively DEPENDS on variation. Diversity and variation are the absolute lifeblood of KM.  Authentic KM thrives on originality, network multiformity, conceptual blending, abduction, situated cognition, disequilibrium, serendipity, conversation, lateral thinking and a wide-range of other crucial nondeterministic behaviors and…

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KM Standards Farce

The purpose of Standards is to introduce and achieve uniformity and predictability in activities. More importantly, standards drive-out variation in industrial, informational and transactional processes. The implementation of standards in industry and commerce became very important at the onset of the Industrial Revolution (1780). Industry had a demand for for high-precision machine tools and interchangeable parts.…

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The Visual Organization

 http://www.km2014.com Phil Simon is the author of The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions. Amidst all of the hype and confusion surrounding Big Data, though, a new type of enterprise is emerging: The Visual Organization. A relative handful of organizations has realized that today’s ever-increasing data streams, volumes, and velocity…

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Don’t Get SWAM’ed

LinkedIn Groups now offers Site-Wide Automated Moderating (SWAM). SWAM is a draconian moderation method for LinkedIn Groups. Any moderator in any group can SWAM you. Even if a moderator simply disagrees with your post or its tone or rhetoric, for example, they can SWAM you. Anybody that gets SWAM’ed is permanently placed in moderation. SWAM…

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KM and Quantitative Culture

While troubleshooting knowledge management (KM) problems Colabria often encounters the dilemma of KM and Quantitative Culture. People complain their quantitative culture is a barrier to effective KM. The quantitative culture is not counter-productive per se. Structural capital depends on quantitative methods. That’s fine. Where it breaks down is when structural capital is the overriding organizational…

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KM Fetishes

There is a knowledge management (KM) renaissance underway. KM has long been a troubled discipline. Vendors, dilettantes and document jockeys hijacked KM and called it their own. Moribund IT & HR units co-opted KM as their savior. Frustrated process engineers failed at making KM an ordered system. Best Practice bullies codified disastrous central repositories for…

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KM Love

A fundamental cultural difference of East/West KM is the principle of love and nurturing (East) versus metrics and measurement (West). Sadly, Western thinking, for the most part, equates ‘love’ with eroticism. Immature, sniggering dilettantes dismiss the exceptional, objective importance of love to effective knowledge creation and its critical antecedent conversation. Rather, Western-Cartesian thinking prefers, for…

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East Meets West KM

Many great management innovations over the last 40 years have originated in Japan. Total Quality (TQM), PDCA, Toyota Production System (TPS), Lean, and so on, are good examples. These innovations are the genesis and ancestors of almost everything we take for today’s management. This includes modern and prevailing management practices for knowledge workers and KM. However, the…

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Complexity Digest

Entropy and the Predictability of Online Life Using mobile phone records and information theory measures, our daily lives have been recently shown to follow strict statistical regularities, and our movement patterns are, to a large extent, predictable. Here, we apply entropy and predictability measures to two datasets of the behavioral actions and the mobility of…

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