Saturday
Jul032010

Agile Development – ECM Implementation Experience

Pilobolus Dance TheatreUsing Agile development techniques was a clear advantage to our project team.  We were able to accelerate ECM solution development and deliver an aggressive scope of work in a very short period of time.  But, this experience has taught me that the quality of user involvement is critical when following this approach.  For Agile techniques to work effectively in ECM deployment, users need to be given the opportunity to engage all of their senses and be not just intellectually engaged but experience how the system works.  In planning rapid, Agile methodology driven, ECM deployments this needs to happen as early in the schedule as possible.  Here’s what happened on my most recent project.

The project involved the automation of 10 distinct processes using Livelink Workflow and HTML forms.  An Agile approach was used to accelerate the development effort.  Though our scope of work was more than I would normally sign up for in the time allotted, the team pushed ahead, and was successful in completing the work within the project’s timeline.

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Friday
Jul022010

Why Social Media?

Through the use of Social Media, informal information networks can be created that allow individuals to make connections, share tacit knowledge, and look at work from new perspectives.  The openness and facility of use that is inherent to Social Media applications allows for information to flow easily thereby creating new opportunities for exchange.  Within this medium, tacit knowledge can be shared without requiring the traditional and time consuming approach of making it explicit.

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Tuesday
Jun292010

Why Dance?

The ability to optimally “observe, imitate, and practice” the actions of others in order to learn is the set of skills and techniques essential to the art of dance.  This is the core skill required of a dancer: to be able to adapt to and learn any style of movement.  Similarly, individual adaptability in the workplace has a strong relationship to one’s ability to learn.  Being able to easily gain new knowledge, specifically being able to absorb and internalize tacit knowledge, becomes a critical indicator linked to long term adaptability in the modern work environment. 

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Tuesday
Nov102009

Methodology Denounced

Most consulting methodologies constitute theoretical exercises designed to generate hours and ameliorate risk but are they the best way to discover optimal usage, transform process, and teach people how to work in different ways?

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Tuesday
Nov032009

Leading from Behind, Following from the Front

Consider the possibility that the concept of leadership, based on an individualist construct, is counter to cohesiveness.  What if we based our leadership model not on individualistic actions but on actions done in relationship to others.  What I call, "Leading from Behind, Following from the Front."  Here's how I would describe it:

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