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  • TRENDS IN THE LIVING NETWORKS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Six ways technology is transforming small business
    Gardening and worm farm retailers Wiggly Wigglers in UK, Caminito Argentinean Restaurant in the US, Brasserie Bread in Australia , Martell Home Builders in Canada and many thousands of others around the world are examples of companies selling highly tangible, everyday products that have built outstanding success through the use of online social media. Productivity. Email and mobile phones have made us far more productive but also are in danger of overwhelming us.
  • JOHN BATTELLE'S SEARCHBLOG  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] New York CM Summit Lineup Posted, Registration Open
    Representing the majors will be Mike Hoefflinger , who left Intel (where he ran $1 billion of partner marketing programs) to head up product marketing at Facebook, and Eileen Naugton , who directs brand initiatives across Google. And major brands will be well represented: Lou Paskalis , VP Global Media at American Express, Jen Walsh , Global Director of Digital Media for GE, Lucas Watson , Global Team Leader for Digital at P&G, and many many more.
  • BOXES AND ARROWS  |  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Interaction 09 Follow-up
    From February 5-8, 2009, IxDA hosted their second annual conference, Interaction 09 , in Vancouver, BC. The challenge for 2009 was to see if that energy could be recaptured a year later—in a new place and during undeniably pressing times. In his keynote titled “Irrational Behavior&# ( description | video ), Robert Fabricant showed us some concrete ways that his team at frog design is addressing pervasive public health issues in South Africa with Project Masiluleke.
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Communicate The Mission In Turbulent Times
    Threshold, Spring 2009, [link]. billion investment in research and development -- increasing agricultural productivity, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and protecting lives. When we have an aligned team that understands" very clearly what the goals and the tradeoffs are, "that's when things can absolutely happen," Kullman said.
  • PORTALS AND KM  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Creating Information Architecture at Océ in the Age of Enterprise 2.0
    Océ distinguishes between four types of information that should be managed consistently and in context: product information, project information, departmental information, and process information. All project information is managed in the collaboration site, except for design information, software code, the product structure and related parts and specs and resource information. There is a common product cycle management tool to help with this.
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Dear SageCircle
    Why Social Media Can Represent a Real Challenge to AR Teams. SageCircle has previously commented on the growing importance of social media in the analyst relations ecosystem and the need for teams to become engaged. The lack of any review cycle by either vendors or the firms themselves allows for very timely posting, but can represent a real challenge to AR teams. . So how should an AR team react? . Know your AR team policy for commenting on blogs or twitter.
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Oracle Beehive 1.5: Still A Work-In-Progress
    Team workspaces, web / video conferencing, and integration with desktop productivity tools (including Windows Explorer) were the among the list of improvements cited in the press release. Team Collaboration (document library, wiki, team calendar, micro-blogging, search, RSS, workflow, etc). Analysis: Oracle makes the case the collaboration has been fragmented across three major domains (Enterprise Messaging, Team Collaboration, and Synchronous Collaboration).
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, JULY 13, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Free Online Conference – Future of Learning - Incredible Speakers
    Amit Garg discussing where his innovation team is focusing. What business models, products, companies should we be watching? Josh, a long time analyst and source for trends in learning product and market data, trends and expert advice, will provide us with perspectives on what’s going on. This is probably the last update on the upcoming online conference. We are finally announcing the speakers and a bit more about what they will be discussing. You won't want to miss this.
  • PORTALS AND KM  |  MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Dion Hinchcliffe Enterprise 2.0 Conference Workshop – Part Two
    Giving more authority to people who fill potholes by providing them with all the data on their daily assignments increases morale and productivity as they will know the best way to complete the tasks. He added more adoption strategies: listen to users, simply the access and production of knowledge, develop a clear communication plan to promote the effort, involve all key stakeholers (but go slow on this), integrate all forms of communication, develop a clear motivation plan.
  • LEVERAGING ORGANIZATIONAL KNOWLEDGE  |  FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] The Cultural challenge (for outsourcing companies)
    A growing number of providers are starting to demonstrate capabilities that will help organizations look beyond cost savings to achieve other benefits, including access to scarce skills, resource agility, productivity gains, process improvements or innovation. European executives need be comforted by the client-facing sales team that their consulting firm has the competences to deeply understand the given business.
  • LEVERAGING ORGANIZATIONAL KNOWLEDGE  |  MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Is sharing knowledge really desirable (question asked on Linkedin)
    It is more organized for achieving the company’s goals by having people more focused on their department’s/team’s objectives. Sharing of information between teams/departments strictly limited to what is needed for the operational work flow/supply chain, or in other words, “share [the information] needed to do the job – no more no less”. Does well in a “best cost approach” (as opposed to “best product/solution approach”).
  • JOHN BATTELLE'S SEARCHBLOG  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] What's Up With Feedburner?
    SO I asked my crack engineering team to try and make sense of it. It feels like a dead product. For the best few days, I've been trying to edit the settings in my Feedburner account - the RSS feeds service that was once so useful, but since its purchase by Google, seems to have languished.
  • PORTALS AND KM  |  FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Pistachio Consulting’s Enterprise Microsharing Tools Comparison
    The communications and collaboration potential these tools have for leveraging personal and team effectiveness is dramatic. The applications are inexpensive to run, save travel, lost time, email and other costs, unlock latent value and hidden knowledge, and increase employee productivity, motivation, retention and career opportunities. Nineteen micro-sharing applications are reviewed and compared in Pistachio Consulting ’s E nterprise Microsharing Tools Comparison.
  • JOHN BATTELLE'S SEARCHBLOG  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Patch Funded by Google Exec
    With all the conversation recently (see here and here ) around Google's role in either destroying or underwriting newspapers, this news was interesting: Tim Armstrong, Google’s president of advertising for North America and Latin America, is underwriting a new startup called Patch, which plans to put small teams of journalists in communities all over the country to produce hyper-local news content.
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Oracle's View On Enterprise 2.0
    That will change in 2009 - in part because Oracle's E2.0 from a philosophical perspective (there is no mention of products). Billy Cripe is the director of product management, Enterprise 2.0 Vince Casarez is vice president of product mangement, Enterprise 2.0 10] Aggregating the varied inputs, precipitating the valuable outcomes through team-enabled decision making, and enabling employees to make better business decisions is the result.
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Microsoft's Unified Communications Predictions
    UC gets unified The term "unified communications" has long been muddled and miss-used, and the problem is made worse by vendors who slap a "unified" label on products that are anything but. The challenge will be do get out of UC-enabled productivity tools - Microsoft needs to think more along the lines of process-centric applications which offer a more well-defined business case and set of metrics to prove that embedding UC services actually has merit (e.g.,
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Improved Learning or Business Benefits
    John: For learning organizations we help build productive, skilled, thinking individuals and teams. The closest to a real business benefit is "productive, skilled, thinking individuals" – but that's still a distance from what most business people would think of in terms of real business benefits.
  • ANECDOTE   |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Trends that will affect enterprise collaboration
    Mostly, however, the investment is in the salaries paid to their people who could become more productive with a systematic approach to team, community and network collaboration. They'll need to partner and collaborate to create new products and services faster than their competitors. The beginning of the year is a good time to take stock of where things are going and try and get a handle on the macro trends affecting our work.
  • TRENDS IN THE LIVING NETWORKS  |  MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Summary of Twitter stream from Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum
    PRIANational: Thanks to @rossdawson and the team for the enterprise 2.0 Well one, Ross and team! ideagarden: Wrapping up #e2ef Thanks @rossdawson & team, great event :-). Well one, Ross and team! forum #e2ef 2009 [link]. gpdawson: Enjoyed a great conference on Enterprise 2.0 - well done @rossdawson and team #e2ef. Alex_Manchester: Pete has a blogger-based internal comms blog for his team's internal comms #e2ef. At Enterprise 2.0
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Oracle's View On Enterprise 2.0 (Part Two)
    One of the Oracle authors (Billy Cripe is the director of product management, Enterprise 2.0 In business these manifest as working groups, teams, email distribution lists, etc. The shared business purpose for a working team is not the same as for the board of directors. As Billy outlines - working groups and teams are two very common enterprise methods of organizations - they are not always however completely self-organizing.
  • TRENDS IN THE LIVING NETWORKS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Insights from Social Media Strategies event
    The Cascade team engaged in a social media 101 session with Edelman PR, and worked out what to do. This was the first time the Fosters Group had engaged in social media, so there was much nervousness, with the legal team seeing the strategy as high risk. They use their community on Facebook, Twitter, and their own website to get feedback on any ideas they have for products and engaging their community. Today The Insight Exchange ran its Social Media Strategies event.
  • JOINING DOTS: BLOG  |  FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Microsoft vs Google in the Search Wars
    Just not sure it's a good thing for Microsoft Comparing with the likes of SQL and Exchange is comparing apples with pairs*, I always tell people to never underestimate just how hard MS will work to develop the winning product. Competing against 'free', a product used by one audience and paid for by another, is a completely different challenge and one that MS has yet to succeed in.
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Enterprise Social Messaging: Vendor Replies
    Security monitoring at our network, hardware, and application level are implemented and constantly maintained by our network operations and security team. However, Eugene is also in workspace that Alan is not authorized to, for example Leadership Team. I'm not aware of a competing product that goes deeper or does more.
  • FUTURE OF WORK  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] New Book on Cost-Efficient, Sustainable Facility Practices to Debut at World Workplace
    We are very pleased to share the following special announcement from the IFMA Foundation (Charlie and I authored one chapter of the book and did much of the production and quality-control editing): **. 11, 2009) — The IFMA Foundation is pleased to announce a new publication detailing how facility professionals can immediately cut operating costs, institute sustainable building practices and gain a voice in the strategic facility decisions made within their organizations.
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] UC And ROI: Round2: IBM's Truth And Fiction Example
    John Del Pizzo from the IBM Sametime team responded to my post - but, I'm not persuaded by the counter-arguments. . This example is a stretch for me - a big stretch - most customer-facing applications on web sites that are handled by call centers do not use off-the-shelf generic IM products. I probably get this question once a week from our sales teams. we didn't go near the productivity gain potential in the Renovations, Inc composite example.
  • ENTERPRISE 2.0 EVANGELIST  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] It’s more important than ever to identify subject matter experts in your company
    project, the work would have naturally gone to someone in the content management team, regardless of their experience/interest in collaborative web technologies. Here are a few examples: find people to work on new markets/products. find all people who have interacted with a certain product/project. for regulated industries - identify everyone who’s worked on a certain drug/product.
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Why History Is Relevant To The Future Of Collaboration
    Dennis Howlett recently sent the ESME team a link to a long article about VAXNotes which was a collaboration tool that was active in the 1980’s (!) Research and product development organisations are distributed around the world, as are the sales, marketing, and technical support groups that interface with customers. There are many complex products at varying stages in their life cycles.
  • COLLABORATION 2.0  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] LinkedIn to IPO in 2010? Facebook to Find a Business Model? | ZDNet
    Windows 7 Microsofts Windows 7 arrived in late 2009 and kicked off a PC upgrade cycle thats expected to. By Oliver Marks | December 29, 2009, 12:36pm PST Summary Despite the claims from LinkedIn that an IPO isn’t imminent, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that happen in 2010. ” A Selection of 2009 Collaboration Posts Twitter: Tragedy of the Commons Related Discussions on TechRepublic Did you know you can take part in these discussions with your ZDNet membership?
  • TRENDS IN THE LIVING NETWORKS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] A list of business applications for blogging in the enterprise
    The structure of a blog is well suited for project team members to share current activities with RSS updates and ability to discuss issues as they occur. Writing relevant blogs enables companies to engage in conversations with customers or potential customers about their interests and issues, both building goodwill and generating insights into how best to serve that community, including new product ideas. We're getting a great response to our Implementing Enterprise 2.0 report.
  • LEVERAGING ORGANIZATIONAL KNOWLEDGE  |  THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] The knowledge challenge (for outsourcing companies)
    Furthermore, innovation is nearly always the product of collaboration between individuals/teams/companies. [Below is an article I wrote in Nov 07 for a now defunct Indian website. I stand by it even more today]. For Indian outsourcing providers, their business is evolving towards securing partnerships for innovation with their customers. It is therefore no longer only about cost-savings and taking on non-core activities.
  • NANCY WHITE  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Co-Graphic Recording on Agricultural Sustainability
    The ASI team led by Tom Tommich had an ambitious three days planned, with the work from one day cascading and driving the next day. The content was dense so as you look at these, they probably won’t make sense as stand alone products. Last month I had the pleasure of co-graphic-recording with the amazing Mariah Howard at the ASI Agriculture Sustainability Symposium in Davis, California. I have some of the pictures here and am attempting a slideshow embed below!
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Multimedia Storage
    Military multimedia development is contracted to 3 or four different companies who put development teams here on the base to research and develop the courseware using government provided computers, software and networks. Once you have a finished product and it's been cleaned up and put in a 'run time' condition for the LMS, size (while still important) does not become that much of a storage issue. Another good question from a reader.
  • PORTALS AND KM  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Central Desktop Using Twitter for Sales, Service, and Brand Monitoring Conversations
    They provide a comprehensive SaaS based social technology platform used by business teams to interact, share and manage their daily work activities. Look for people talking about your product and provide answers. Impressed with Twitter’s capabilities, Central Desktop is now evaluating approaches to implementing micro-messaging capabilities into their platform for secure use by teams within an enterprise. There has been a lot of discussion about Twitter on this blog.
  • PORTALS AND KM  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Implementing Wikis in the Age of Enterprise 2.0 at Océ
    It has four main sections: expertise wikis, department wikis, product wikis and project wikis. The product and project wikis were moved out the R&D wikis to provide greater access. When these wikis were integrated they discovered a number of teams working on similar efforts that were not fully aware of this. These teams were able to share useful information and learn from each other.
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Cisco: Great Expectations But "Where's The (Collaboration) Beef"?
    While the media stories below fail to provide detailed product guidance as to where Cisco is going, the information does provide interesting insight as to how Cisco’s leadership team thinks about collaboration, cloud computing, and other market initiatives. First, the good news: The company and its senior leadership team have done a very good job of selling the vision and marketing what solutions is has today as collaboration.
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Year-End Thoughts On Enterprise 2.0 Social Software
    If we look at collaboration in the late eighties and nineties, most information sharing and collaboration strategies focused on improving worker productivity. Later on, things shifted more towards activity-centric improvements (work groups and teams). Older ESSPs were fine in their days (focused on personal and team productivity or semi-structured work group activities). A partial list of points-to-ponder: Enterprise 2.0
  • GREEN CHAMELEON  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Green Chameleon » How to Survive a Zombie Intranet
    Dealing with the baggage and medieval layerings and backwaters of an accumulated, unmanaged environment is one of the biggest challenges in moving a culture to a more productive paradigm, let alone improving the practices and the accessibility of content collections. Everyone has their habituated routes through the maze, so nobody except KM and the intranet team have a sense of the craziness of the whole.
  • PORTALS AND KM  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] More on Taking Social Media Policies Inside Enterprise 2.0 - Eight Issues to Consider
    I remember that some clients of my former employer required all presentations and discussions to use a pseudonym for the client, even when the project team was the only audience for them. 9: Productivity impact - This remains an issue inside the enterprise. Tech Republic recently posted on 10 things you should cover in your social networking policy. There has been a lot of discussion on this topic, including my prior post, Social Media Policy Outside and Inside the Enterprise.
  • JOHN BATTELLE'S SEARCHBLOG  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Welcome to Publishing Waterloo, NYT and WSJ
    We all love our teams - The Giants, the 49ers, the colleges (Cal, Stanford in the main), and the Sharks. If the WSJ and/or the NYT can create a "local" edition that *owns* these stories and tells them in a way that makes them meaningful to Bay area residents in a way that transcends traditional local blandishments, I can see a pretty strong audience developing for the product.
  • TRENDS IN THE LIVING NETWORKS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Innovation Bay angel dinner: great stories from start-ups Goanna, Posse and AdSoft
    First start-up was Goanna , the first product out of RedLizards. Existing players in this space generate around $1 billion – Goanna will differentiate through greater capabilities, and also through marketing to individual developers as well as large project teams. Since Victoria and Phoebe are still in hospital, last night I snuck out to Innovation Bay ’s angel dinner.
  • KMEDGE.ORG  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Can Web 2.0 Really Help the Knowledge Management Cause?
    We put the information that people need in line with their daily activities and, by showing the productivity enhancement capabilities, we were able to secure executive sponsorship. But my team has a gut feeling that Web 2.0 What is it we want out of knowledge management implementations? We want organic growth of information, but we also want an "official version.". We want to promote innovation and open usage, but we cannot risk exposing proprietary intellectual property.
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Workplace Anxiety - Good Or Bad Omen For Social Tools
    The narrative leadership teams establish within the workplace can have a subtle influence on how people react. Employees may be working harder, experts say, but they may also be less productive. Interesting article from NYTimes.com (excerpts below). Such organizational dynamics will influence how people participate and contribute with social tools (e.g., Enterprise 2.0"). Some workers may withdraw under the assumption that hoarding their expertise might help keep them onboard.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Effective knowledge sharing
    The practitioners I talked to about PPI [Personal Productivity Improvement] said they would love to participate in PPI coaching, provided it was focused on the content on their own desktops and hard drives, and not the stuff in the central repositories. Generally speaking, codified knowledge does not help teams to produce any better unless the team is rather inexperienced. Interpersonal sharing can be more effective for some teams but it is time-consuming.
  • FUTURE OF WORK  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Want to Jump-Start the Economy? Send Everyone Home
    Here’s their lead: San Diego, CA (USA), March 10, 2009 —A new Telework Savings Calculator shows that U.S. Best Buy, British Telecom, JD Edwards, and American Express show home-based employees to be 20-40% more productive than their office counterparts. Well, maybe not that easy. But also not that surprising.
  • ANECDOTE   |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] KM Australia
    Roberto's approach seemed different because senior folk were using the network graphs on a regular basis to decide who would be on what team, where learning efforts should be focussed and who might succeed another based on capabilities. You can imagine my surprise when on day 1 of the conference I found myself sitting at the same table as Dan Kirsch. I've never met Dan.
  • PORTALS AND KM  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Yakabod Adds a Social Side to Knowledge Management
    Yakabod’s flagship product is the Yakabox™ Knowledge Network. These are the items where your team is dependent on your actions to move a project or initiative forward. Yakabod has been providing knowledge management solutions since 2003. It was founded in 2001 by CEO Scott Ryser and CTO Scott Williamson and first focused on web applications. I recently spoke with Scott Ryser and Chris Coleman, their EVP for Marketing.
  • THE FASTFORWARD BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Constraints and innovation - is there a silver lining?
    First, he offers way to attend to the external environment and potential customers that make it more likely to find or generate new product and service ideas. These include paying more attention to less-demanding rather than more demanding customers to identify markets where your current products are overkill and a simpler product or service would represent a real opportunity. The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times , Anthony, Scott D.
  • KMEDGE.ORG  |  SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Key Points from "Flirting with Disaster"
    The most difficult challenge for any leadership team is learning from experience (like After Action Reviews) without defensiveness and denial. Much of chapter 12's advice for leaders is overly simplistic and of little practical value to those trying to resolve key moral ethical dilemmas they face in pursuing safety while try to do real work (ship a product, meet a deadline, etc.). Normal. false. false. false. MicrosoftInternetExplorer4.
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Twitter Compared to IM, Email and Forums
    Many products support alerts to be defined (often using email or RSS). Twitter does not replace the need for virtual workspaces (wikis, forums, team rooms). Ross Mayfield put forth a pretty interesting question on Twitter (see below). It's a great question - my thoughts below: Enterprise Instant Messaging (IM). In its most common use, enterprise, IM is used for point-to-point communication between individuals. Most IM systems and applications also support some form of group chat.
  • FUTURE OF WORK  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Raising the Bar on Flexible Work
    Tags: Distributed Work General Commentary Management Trends and Predictions corporate agility future of work distributed teams flexible work Flexpaths flexwork mobile work productivity remote work Sandy Burud telecommuter telecommuting telework trends virtual work Work Design Collaborative
  • THE FASTFORWARD BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Social media experience at Mayo Clinic
    The technologies serve as multiple ways to get the story out and Lee and his team (which is much smaller than I would have predicted) are smart enough to not get in the way of those stories. What they are learning is that the Flip provides good enough production values and doesn’t get in the way of the storytelling. Image via Wikipedia.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Staying Just Slightly Ahead of Our Customers: How We Survived Tough Times
    We’ve survived 2009 — a very tough year — thanks to some good planning, and a bit of luck. Our products and services aren’t that different than those offered by our competitors. We don’t speculate about technologies in decades to come, but we do keep up with the latest technologies, products and services that are available today. We did everything necessary to retain a strong team. What techniques did you use to survive 2009?
  • THE FASTFORWARD BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] FASTforward’09 Interview: Tom Rizzo
    BIO: Tom Rizzo is director of SharePoint product management at Microsoft. In this role, he leads a team that helps customers and partners understand, develop on and deploy Microsoft SharePoint, which is one of Microsoft’s fastest-growing products. Before working in SharePoint, Tom worked on the SQL Server and Exchange Server teams at Microsoft.
  • THE FASTFORWARD BLOG  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] A reader’s guide to Clay Christensen and disruptive innovation
    Christensen started with a more interesting, and ultimately more productive, question. On the other hand, the plans by themselves won’t guarantee that you can assemble a team with the necessary qualifications to execute the plan successfully. A dozen years ago, at the height of the dotcom boom, Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen published The Innovator’s Dilemma.
  • THE FASTFORWARD BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Making Your Knowledge Work PersonAll
    of interest and utility to the worker) and all pertinent internal information (work team, departmental and organizational objectives, the organization’s news, new policies, access to databases and archives, internal collaboration platforms, etc.). PersonAll’s business model is aimed at helping organizations reduce costs while improving knowledge worker productivity.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] No-Fuss Video Conferencing Using Tinychat
    Where do you turn if you want to set up a video conference with your team at the drop of a hat? Tinychat will create a room that you can share with your team. There are some nice additional options, too, like a Facebook application and the ability to embed a Tinychat widget in your own web site, but it’s because the core product — videoconferencing — is so quick to set up and use that I’ll be returning to Tinychat. Written by Simon Mackie.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Socialtext Brings Enterprise-Level Software to the Masses
    Now, with Free 50, virtual teams of web workers can sign up for a free version of the hosted SaaS. The lack of multiple workspaces means that if you have anything that needs a more private, collaborative space away from other members of your team, or want to have separate workspaces for different projects, you’ll have to upgrade. If not, what are you using to provide more connectivity and internal communications for broadly distributed teams? Written by Aliza Sherman.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2013
    [2009, Productivity] The new artisans of the network era
    Small groups of highly productive knowledge artisans are capable of producing goods and services that used to take much larger teams and resources. In addition to redefining how work is done, knowledge artisans are creating new organizational structures and business models, such as virtual companies, crowd-sourced product development, and alternative currencies. They tolerate few, if any, silos between the product, the work, and the customer.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Create Mind Maps on the Go With MindJet for iPhone
    However, if you are working on a project team where mind maps are a standard communications medium, you have the option of emailing mind maps you create with MindJet for iPhone to yourself or other team members. MindJet for iPhone is an ideal application for this kind of a user because it is nimble, so you can be productive after a short learning curve. 7, 2009. Meryl recently wrote about the benefits of developing mind maps with pen and paper.
  • THE FASTFORWARD BLOG  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Emergence Part 2 – What might be the container & rules for humans?
    First of all – if the concept of Emergence is new for you – that extremely complex outcomes such as life itself, flocking by birds or winning the Netflix Prize – are not the product of a God, a Plan, a CEO but emerge from a Container (An optimal environment for that growth) and a simple Set of Rules – then here is a great short video from Nova that in 4 minutes will give you a sound introduction. Cubs fans are energized by their team.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Project Management, Collaboration, and How Our Brains Work
    David Parmet at Assembla says the app’s tools are for anyone working in a distributed team. You have the option of selecting pre-configured spaces including Software Development, Team Collaboration, Graphic Designers, and an Enhanced Subversion Repository. Andy Singleton, CEO and founder of Assembla, validated my observation that the company’s target market is software developers with distributed teams. And also team members trusting and respecting each other.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Why I Haven’t Bought a Palm Pre Yet
    Editor’s note: With this post we welcome Charles Hamilton to the WebWorkerDaily team. But Palm has a reputation for taking time to get their products right. SnapperMail does, but it’s an expensive third-party app that, even with a recent update, is hampered by the limitations of the Palm OS, and feels like something from 2001, not 2009. Written by Charles Hamilton.
  • COLLABORATIVE THINKING  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2008
    [2009, Productivity] Collaborative Thinking: The Value Of Being A "Generalist"
    Facebook Developers | Integrating Facebook Chat Everywhere Subscribe to Collaborative Thinking Add me to your TypePad People list Archives May 2010 April 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 More. This link will bring you our team page.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011
    [2009, Productivity] Prezi zooms forward with $14m from Accel
    Prezi — which is based in Budapest, Hungary and has offices in San Francisco– kicked up a real fuss when it first appeared in 2009 for one simple reason: it delivered a neat twist on the PowerPoint-style engine. While the buzz has faded, the team has been slowly adding more features, trying to iron out bugs and broadening its scope with new ways to interact with the system.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] HP Kills Mostly Dead Upline Service
    Just in case there is anyone out there who actually put data on Upline and didn’t get the email from HP announcing its departure, it says in part: HP continually evaluates product lines and has decided to discontinue the HP Upline service on March 31, 2009. HP will no longer be backing up your files to the HP Upline servers as of Feb 26, 2009 at 8 am Pacific time. HP looks forward to offering you additional technology products and services in the future.
  • THE FASTFORWARD BLOG  |  MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Deloitte Study Warns About Social Networking Ethics
    Deloitte LLP’s 2009 Ethics & Workplace Survey ( PDF available here.) According to the Deloitte survey, 27% say that their executive team “regularly discusses how we can best leverage social networks to our advantage while mitigating risks.” Another 22% say their senior leadership team “addresses issues related to company-wide social networking.&#. approaches offer so much potential for employee productivity and organizational advancement.
  • KNOWLEDGE JOLT WITH JACK  |  MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Innovation isnt for current customers - Knowledge Jolt with Jack
    The brand needs to expand to draw in new customers, so the do silly (to the existing customers) brand expansions or product overhauls that add no value to the existing customers - and sometimes even degrade the customer experience, as described in the article. Or as Scocca describes it: When a product gets disimproved, the company behind it is trying to give you more - but not you, personally, exactly.
  • KNOWLEDGE JOLT WITH JACK  |  MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Innovation isnt for current customers - Knowledge Jolt with Jack
    The brand needs to expand to draw in new customers, so the do silly (to the existing customers) brand expansions or product overhauls that add no value to the existing customers - and sometimes even degrade the customer experience, as described in the article. Or as Scocca describes it: When a product gets disimproved, the company behind it is trying to give you more - but not you, personally, exactly.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Staction Project and Communication Manager Launches
    You may recall that I was very smitten with Staction, particularly how the sparse interface (one page - two boxes) makes it dead simple to communicate with your team about all of your project-related items. The Staction of today is not a radically different product than when we covered it last, but it is one that has matured. It may not be the best tool for everyone, but, so far, it seems to fit the working and communication style of my team quite well.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] 10 Distance Learning Opportunities Through Webinars
    A caveat: When companies have something to sell, their webinars may tend to be skewed toward their products. Upcoming webinars include a WebEx Q&A where you can ask a WebEx expert about holding large virtual events on December 8, 2009 and on December 15, “ Reward & Recognition on a Limited Budget &# led by Senior Consulting Partner Mark Paskowitz of The Ken Blanchard Companies. I’m a firm believer in the adage “you get what you pay for.&#
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Acrobat.com Revamped — Better Interface, New Features
    This is the first major upgrade to the service since it left beta last summer ( as covered by Thursday) and provides some much-needed productivity enhancements to this service. The new Acrobat.com interface is more usable and spares you eye strain (which is a productivity boost in its own right). If you are looking for a well-designed collaboration platform for your geographically-dispersed project team, I recommend checking out this latest release of Acrobat.com.
  • KNOWLEDGE JOLT WITH JACK  |  MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Federal Knowledge Management Working Group - Knowledge Jolt with Jack
    Hat tip Doug Cornelius ] By Jack Vinson on March 15, 2009 9:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) 1 Comment(s) Jacob McNulty said: Thank you for the post - I just spoke with Neil (the lead on the project) and its a fascinating project theyre putting together. March 16, 2009 3:56 PM Leave a comment About this Entry This entry was published on March 15, 2009 9:37 PM and has 1 comment(s).
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Notable: A Fun, Easy and Effective Way to Improve Web Designs
    For some teams, the iterative design process has gotten out of control. Instead of focusing on how to make a product or service better, the process has turned into an approval monster. Zurb hopes to change that with Notable , a web-based app that allows teams to give direct feedback to each other. Dragilev says the company created this application to fight the philosophy of getting approval and a move toward helping teams make something better.
  • THE FASTFORWARD BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] The lesson of the Netflix Prize
    For those that do not know – Netflix held a multi year competition to find a better search and ratings system – many teams competed. In the final stretch the breakthrough came when many of the teams joined forces – the big difference was made by adding teams that up to then had “got it wrong&#. The top two teams beat the challenge by combining teams and their algorithms into more complex algorithms incorporating everybody’s work.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Trillian For the iPhone: Mobile Multiprotocol IM Goodness
    At the time, I settled on Trillian because it supported multiple IM protocols, so I didn’t have to keep switching clients to communicate with clients and project team members. Cerulean Studios, the team behind Trillian, provides a very intuitive interface for the application, which makes the setup quite easy even if you are brand new to the iPhone or iPod touch. I came to instant messaging (IM) late by many web worker’s standards.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] YouMail: More Useful Voicemail
    YouMail aims to improve the voicemail experience, making you more productive in the process. This feature is great for folks like me who work with a diversity of clients and teams. Rather than emailing and calling everyone on one of my teams to report that I’m out for two hours, I can customize a greeting for that specific group. Written by Meryl Evans. Voicemail, useful though it is, is pretty unsophisticated: you record a greeting, caller leaves a message.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] New Drawing Features in Google Docs, Plus Two Free Alternatives
    The tools aren’t as rich as the ones you’ll find in products such as Microsoft’s Visio, but they are free and good enough for doing flowcharts, annotating images, collaborating on drawings and lots of other useful things. The Google team adds the following about how it acquired the drawing tools, and more: “The team and technology behind Insert Drawing originally came from the startup Tonic Systems, which Google acquired in 2007.
  • THE FASTFORWARD BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] FASTforward’09 Interview: Paula Thornton, experience design strategist
    Reflecting on a special Analyst Briefing she attended with the blogging team on Monday, she offers a few differences such as the social aspects of search and richer UIs. Most enterprise tools hinder productivity at best — but they’re mostly just darnright annoying. Just to mix it up a bit, I started the conversation by reflecting on my own observations about the conference as a first-timer.
  • THE FASTFORWARD BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Barriers to Intranet Use from Forrester
    A 2009 study at BT found that every £1 invested in the intranet produced £20 in exploited value. They also found that there are few incentives to change established work habits that night increase productive usage. Since It is often in charge of the intranet they think in terms of IT-centric intranet teams such as reduced storage costs rather that helping workers do their job better. Forrester recently released a report on What’s Holding Back Your Intranet?
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Happy 5th Birthday, Firefox!
    So, join me in raising a glass (or latte/tea cup) to Mozilla, the Firefox team, and everyone who has contributed to Firefox and its extension ecosystem over the years — it is a great product that many of us are truly thankful for. Today marks the start of the fifth birthday celebration of my favorite browser, Mozilla Firefox.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] 3 Tips for Learning Google Wave
    While Google Wave breaks away from the traditional web-based collaboration models that many of us know, you can still apply your experience using web mail, web office applications and instant messaging to learn the product and use it productively for online collaboration with your project team and your clients. I’ve been pondering how new users can get up to up to speed on Google Wave since writing “6 Tips for Using Google Wave on your First Project.&#
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Web Office Suites: Complementary and Coopetive Technologies
    As a technical writer by trade, I have fairly strong opinions as to how a web office suite can fit into the workflow of a team publishing moderately complex documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. The web office productivity world is very competitive, but there is also the opportunity for coopetion when different vendors integrate their services with each other. Do you use multiple web office productivity tools in your organization?
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] How Well Do You Listen and Respond?
    Many of us, particularly freelancers, don’t have teams of people responsible for customer service and support to help make sure that we are listening to our customers, potential customers and industry experts. If I put the responses off and do them in batches, I am probably more productive, but I run the risk of missing opportunities or forgetting to respond. Written by Dawn Foster.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Real-life Twitter Business Success Stories
    Kristen Beireis watches for potential team members on Twitter. Selling Products. They knew I did software reviews, so they tweeted asking if I wanted to look at their products; they then received publicity from the published reviews. Written by Meryl Evans.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Remindo: Corporate Social Networking
    Now there’s a service that aims to provide the benefit of regular status updates without (one hopes) the productivity-killing distraction inherent in Twitter or Facebook, for example. On the other, it makes it rather difficult for the tool to be used by more loose affiliations, like freelancers engaged in coworking, or a project team made up of independent contractors. Written by Darrell Etherington.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Microsoft Office 2010 Web Apps Beta Available to SharePoint Users
    It has the potential to offer users a better way to collaborate with their employers, clients and project teams. The consumer version of Office Web Apps runs on SkyDrive , with the Microsoft Office team following the Windows Live services model and development schedule. There will be no beta for the consumer version until Office 2010 goes production in the first half of 2010.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] How To Ask the Boss If You Can Work Remotely
    I don’t know your boss, and I don’t know whether you’re a dedicated member of your team or you spend half the day chatting with your friends, but for the purposes of this exercise, I’ll assume you’re both reasonable people who are happy in your work and see that you have a future with your current employer. And let’s say that my boss is heavily focused on productivity and, with recent redundancies, is trying to increase my workload.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] How to Use Audio Microblogging for Your Work
    Sound quality is fuzzy, so the quality of the phone connection definitely affects the end product. Internal Tutorials – One of the hardest things to do when training new people is to get consistent instructions down in writing and then get new hires or team members to actually read them and follow them. Written by Aliza Sherman. I’ve been struck by the recent proliferation of audio microblogging or micropodcasting (or micro audioblogging?) apps out there.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Cc:Betty Offers Your Own Personal Email Assistant
    In fact, the ever-increasing number of messages to follow (estimated to be some 210 billion per day in 2008) means that email takes up way too much time and is nowhere near the productivity tool that many of us would like it to be. How does Cc:Betty stack up against other email productivity tools? And because you don’t need to install anything or sign up, it should be easier to get stubborn remote team members using the service. Written by Simon Mackie.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Visual Versioning: How a Demo of Gridiron’s Flow Blew My Mind
    Those are the feelings I got when I first saw Gridiron Software ’s new product, Flow. One challenge for any web worker sharing files on a project is to get all the right files, and particularly the correct versions of each file, to a team member or client. Also, your virtual team members don’t need to have Flow on their computers. I can then compare this calculated time to the manual entries by team members to check for discrepancies.
  • THE FASTFORWARD BLOG  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] FASTforward09: Kirk Koenigsbauer, Microsoft
    They’re keeping a significant engineering team focused on enterprise search, as well as a global sales and support organization. They’ve doubled the number of partners, and there’s been 100,000 downloads of Search Server Express, their free low-end enterprise search product. They’ll still deliver FAST ESP as a standalone product, but packaging it with SharePoint can make it simpler and cheaper (from a licensing standpoint) for the huge number of enterprises using SharePoint.
  • KNOWLEDGE JOLT WITH JACK  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] 10 Signs You Dont Really Know Microsoft Project - Knowledge Jolt with Jack
    Its much better to status the project regularly and keep in communication with the team on what activities are active in the current time period. Productivity, Motivation & Happiness October 28, 2007 6:28 PM Leah said: Projjex.com is a great new site that does a fabulous job of collaboration. February 19, 2009 4:08 PM Scott said: Your reasoning for #6 does not convince me. June 3, 2009 3:13 PM Rob Dudley said: I agree with all but #4.
  • KNOWLEDGE JOLT WITH JACK  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] 10 Signs You Dont Really Know Microsoft Project - Knowledge Jolt with Jack
    Its much better to status the project regularly and keep in communication with the team on what activities are active in the current time period. Productivity, Motivation & Happiness October 28, 2007 6:28 PM Leah said: Projjex.com is a great new site that does a fabulous job of collaboration. February 19, 2009 4:08 PM Scott said: Your reasoning for #6 does not convince me. June 3, 2009 3:13 PM Rob Dudley said: I agree with all but #4.
  • KNOWLEDGE JOLT WITH JACK  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] 10 Signs You Dont Really Know Microsoft Project - Knowledge Jolt with Jack
    Its much better to status the project regularly and keep in communication with the team on what activities are active in the current time period. Productivity, Motivation & Happiness October 28, 2007 6:28 PM Leah said: Projjex.com is a great new site that does a fabulous job of collaboration. February 19, 2009 4:08 PM Scott said: Your reasoning for #6 does not convince me. June 3, 2009 3:13 PM Rob Dudley said: I agree with all but #4.
  • KNOWLEDGE JOLT WITH JACK  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] 10 Signs You Dont Really Know Microsoft Project - Knowledge Jolt with Jack
    Its much better to status the project regularly and keep in communication with the team on what activities are active in the current time period. Productivity, Motivation & Happiness October 28, 2007 6:28 PM Leah said: Projjex.com is a great new site that does a fabulous job of collaboration. February 19, 2009 4:08 PM Scott said: Your reasoning for #6 does not convince me. June 3, 2009 3:13 PM Rob Dudley said: I agree with all but #4.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] NTRsupport Slims Down for Independent IT Pros
    Unlike the full NTRsupport Ultimate product I reviewed earlier this year , Support Pro is slimmed down and optimized for the solo support professional. I was impressed with the Ultimate product then, but ultimately it proved to be too much for a small shop. This product cuts out the stuff I don’t need and focuses on usability and portability. The features that are excluded are the ones that cater to the larger teams, or enterprise installations.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] WWD Interview: Raven Zachary, iPhone Adviser
    Zachary works with investors, startups and established companies on iPhone strategy and product development. Dawn: What does an iPhone Strategy & Product Development consultant actually do? While this is the bulk of the economic opportunity today for consultants (product development), there is opportunity between inception and execution (iPhone strategy). Written by Dawn Foster.
  • WEB WORKER DAILY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] 6 Bad Client Types and How to Manage Them
    Offer to train this person — on your dime — to provide them with enough knowledge so they can play a more productive role as client contact. Give them kudos often — both directly to them and to their team members or boss. Tactics : Without direct and open lines of communications with all the key players on your client’s team, you may become silo’d before you even know what has happened.
  • KNOWLEDGE JOLT WITH JACK  |  TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Information overload 201 - Knowledge Jolt with Jack
    Ive seen many organizations where the team cant agree on anything, but they never actually talk to each other. By Jack Vinson on May 25, 2009 6:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) 5 Comment(s) Joining Dots said: I would start by making it clear that information overload is a perception, not a real problem. May 26, 2009 4:52 AM Joitske Hulsebosch said: I like your points, they are getting to the heart of what makes it problematic for people.
  • KNOWLEDGE JOLT WITH JACK  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2009
    [2009, Productivity] Information overload 201 - Knowledge Jolt with Jack
    Ive seen many organizations where the team cant agree on anything, but they never actually talk to each other. By Jack Vinson on May 25, 2009 6:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) 5 Comment(s) Joining Dots said: I would start by making it clear that information overload is a perception, not a real problem. May 26, 2009 4:52 AM Joitske Hulsebosch said: I like your points, they are getting to the heart of what makes it problematic for people.
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