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Archive for November, 2005

Wish I had time to blog this!

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That’s it! I waited for a long time. My “To Blog” list is piling up. I am not going to wait any more. Get the link bag from my del.icio.us directly.

SoulSoup Link Bag from del.icio.us

  • Intranet Portals Get Streamlined (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)
    An analysis of intranet portals found slimmer information architectures and a renewed emphasis on fresh content and useful applications. Past findings, including those on role-based personalization, were confirmed…
  • Knowledge-at-work: Thinking of annotation
    A key ‘affordance’ for supporting shared meaning and increasing understanding is annotation, the ability to respond to written text, critique, amend and anneal. Facile annotation speeds idea cycles, introduces diversity of thoughts, supports & improves…
  • How to Save the World: The Ideal Collaborative Team
    A recent survey conducted jointly by Mitch Ditkoff and Tim Moore of Idea Champions, Carolyn Allen of Innovation Solution Center and Dave Pollard of Meeting of Minds reveals that most people would rather have inexperienced people with a positive attitude…
  • Whitepaper: Corporate group blogging
    21publish tries to raise the profile of group blogging for business purposes in their new whitepaper Corporate Group Blogging (pdf). They remind us about the fact that many of the most popular blogs are group blogs:
    Daily Kos, Boing Boing etc.
  • beyond bullets: Keeping Your Media Human
    When you use projected visuals as a persuasive backdrop to your communication, they become much more than “visual aids” tacked on to your spoken words. They can summarize your point, frame your ideas, and influence mood and emotion…
  • Contentious » Using OPML for Thinking, Writing, Publishing
    If you want to publish a complex, evolving, multi-leveled document online, OPML is a good way to go. What is OPML? Outline Processor Markup Language is a file format for outlines. Specifically, it’s a way to use XML (extensible markup language) so…
  • Gizmodo : Would That Be Internal or External, Technically?
    This gigantic 1975 hard drive appliance held a whopping 500k and you had to wear a bunny-suit to work with it. It took “many days” to format it.
  • The McKinsey Quarterly: Peter Drucker and the “knowledge manager”
    The great and growing collection of outside work that Drucker’s thinking has generated testifies to the seminal place of his ideas on the role of knowledge in companies. These articles from the McKinsey Quarterlyarchive look at how companies might…
  • Learning to Manage Complexity : Alumni Insights : HBS Working Knowledge
    The insight: you can’t play by the same rules that brought you to the edge. Businesses reach a tipping point in their growth pattern when they transition from being complicated to becoming complex, and this is when they have to realize that their managing…
  • Scoping Projects : D. Keith Robinson’s Asterisk
    Determining the scope of any project isn’t an exact science. There is a whole lot of educated guesswork that goes into it. If that weren’t enough, there’s often negotiation that needs to happen, as a potential client
    might not place the same value…
  • The Genographic Project – Human Migration, Population Genetics, Maps, DNA
    The National Geographic Society, IBM, geneticist Spencer Wells, and the Waitt Family Foundation have launched the Genographic Project, a five-year effort to understand the human journey’where we came fromand how we got to where we live today…

I converted the feed using this tool. If you still like JavaScript you might like to use the Linkroll feature from del.icio.us.

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November 23rd, 2005 at 8:47 am

Wordpress.com Out Of Beta

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Matthew Mullenweg announced today that Wordpress.com, the hosted (and free) (and extensible) version of Wordpress is now available without an invite.

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November 22nd, 2005 at 9:02 am

Posted in Social Media

Yummy new features from del.icio.us

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Apart from Linkrolls (Linkrolls are a way for you to have your latest del.icio.us bookmarks displayed as part of your website – using JavaScript) del.icio.us is now providing Tagrolls, a way for you to display your del.icio.us tags as part of your website in form of Tag Cloud. Cool!

Good news for hardcore Internet Explorer fans. Here goes Active Channel for you. Active Channel is an easy way to keep your bookmarks in sync with Internet Explorer. This feed allows you to automatically import your tags into your browser favorites and keep them updated.

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November 21st, 2005 at 4:02 am

Posted in Social Media

Basecamp: Free Basic plan for teachers

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basecamp If you are somehow related to learning business – in corporate or academic (content design or program management) – Basecamp is the best web based project management tool. I am using it and loving it.

Now the great news for the educational community. The basic plan for Basecamp is now free for teachers. From 37 signal’s blog :

There’s been a lot of interest in Basecamp from the educational community lately. Teachers are using it to manage their classrooms, students are using it to collaborate on group projects. Teachers and students have also latched on to Writeboard — using it religiously to collaborate on group papers and submit assignments for editing.

We want to help make this easier.

If you are using Basecamp in an educational setting (k-12, college, or special education) drop us a line and we’ll comp a Basic level account for you.

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November 19th, 2005 at 5:10 pm

Design ROI : the Business Context

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What about business informing design? by Peter Merholz. Validating and prioritizing ‘ just what design endeavors are most worth pursuing’. Same conceptual thought process is required for learning initiatives in organizations. When we no longer need to ‘justify’ the ROI of the initiative, rather ‘what to do’ comes from business context. To Quote –

Design ROI

Businesses typically know what their problems/challenges/opportunities are (the box on the far left) and what kinds of things have value (the fourth box). What the linking elephants demonstrate is that businesses can achieve that value by encouraging desired behaviors.

And it is those desired behaviors where designers step in. Designers can build systems that encourage behaviors. In doing so, we can lead to business results. This is how we make clear that we are not simply a cost, but an investment.

Typically when we think of ROI and design, we think of how we can validate design decisions with an ROI case. What we’re talking about here is *informing* design decisions with an ROI case. It’s a subtle difference, but a powerful one.

What it means to me is that we’re not just proving, after the fact, the value of what we designed. What this approach means to me is that we’re doing better design work in the first place. It helps us prioritize just what design endeavors are most worth pursuing, and it gives us a clear path for understanding the success of our design work.

You can buy the report – ‘Leveraging Business Value: How ROI Changes User Experience‘ from Adaptive Path website. Download the executive summary [PDF : 84KB] here.

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November 17th, 2005 at 11:38 am