A blog looking at business communication, knowledge management, scripting tools, OS technology news and other things of interest to mobile tech workers. As I find interesting news this will also contain pointers to thoughts related to configuration managment, change management and general software development.
Here is good overview of Wiki thinking and has a set of Wiki sites focused on education. My favourite quote:
Q: Are you saying that anyone can come in and change any page?
A: You bet.
Q: Are you insane? That means some villain could change or delete
anything. What's to stop a fiend from coming in and erasing
all my hard work, or playing devilish tricks with my reputation?
A: If you don't calm down, I'll have to take this cattle prod
to your hide.
Denham Gray over at Knowledge-at-work has this interesting post about extreme knowledge and its roots in extreme programming methods. One connection perhaps not mentioned is that XP is part of a general movement in software development away from large, lumbering and inflexible processes to more human focused, light processes. This has coallesced into a statement that values:
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan
That was from the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. The theme of people first I think meshes quite well with some of the themes on Mr. Gray's blog. Perhaps we should start talking about Agile Knowledge Management?
Great set of initial answers to key KM questions. I especially like this quote:
What do you believe Knowledge Management (KM) really is?
Support the people, do not make technology the focus, look at ways to help communication, dialog, critique, networking. Perhaps the single most effective step, is putting people in contact with people and enabling facile notification, communication / annotation / feedback / commentary.
I think is is bang on. It is really about getting people to communicate as much and as effectively as possible. Technology can help overcome communication barriers like distance but it still needs to keep this primary goal in mind. KM is about people dialoging with people.