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Articles by Maish at PebbleRoad

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If you are like me – you are missing the great articles from Maish at elearningpost nowadays. So FYI – Maish is writing some wonderful articles on usability, information design and user experience design at his company website –, here goes the feed

Check out some wonderful articles with practical guides and tips there –

Website Competitive Analysis – A Visual Approach

Creating & Maintaining a Web Style Guide

Using Wikis on the Intranet: The British Council Case Study

The Changing Face of University Websites

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December 19th, 2006 at 4:02 pm

Five Things Meme

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Harold tagged me   – so here goes 5 things that you may not know about me.

  1. I trekked 13 km to Kedarnath Mountain (3584 m above sea level) at the age of 4
  2. I acted in a amateur theater group (both proscenium and 3rd theater format) in Calcutta / Kolkata for 5+ years
  3. My first job was programming AS/400 (IBM mid-range computing system), hanged onto it till I got petrified by the green text on black screen!
  4. I got married at the age of 22 – because I was in between jobs and nothing ‘better’ to do (hopefully my wife won’t see this one)
  5. My Indian Passport shows my name as ‘Anal’ instead of ‘Anol’ due to some stupid ‘documentation mistake’! :( I am too lazy to do loads of paperworks, but I should squeeze out some time to get rid of the stigma!)

Now it’s my turn to tag! No strings attached ;)

Luis Suarez – ’cause want to know you more
Ian Glendinning – you are one of the ‘long time blogger’ I know!
James farmer – ’cause you are unique and I want to see few posts at incsub!
Brent Schlenker   – newly found blogger buddy!
My colleagues at Macchiato and Jas separately at her Preet-O blog :)

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December 19th, 2006 at 8:57 am

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Shelfari Widget for Blogs

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Shelfari – the online Bookshelf service provider (I wrote about them before here) released Shelfari Blog Widget.
Log in Shelfari, going to your shelf and clicking on the large “Add to Blog” button, allows you to customize what you want to show then simply copy some code and paste it into your web site or; blogging platform. Here are some of the cool features of the widget:

  • Customize exactly which books you want to show off – You can show your entire book collection or one of the lists you’ve created (wish list, top 10, currently-reading list).
  • Make Money! A plug-in that allow you to put in your own Amazon Affiliate ID, so when your visitors go to buy the book, you will get the money. Just enter your Amazon Affiliate ID on the advanced tab.
  • Customize to your site – You can size the plug-in to fit your site as needed. You can show a large view of your shelf or create a vertical list of books for your blog sidebar.

    Here goes my recent reding (and re-reading) set off books from my Book-Shelf

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    December 15th, 2006 at 7:59 am

    Clearinghouse Post! Part 2 : Knowlede Management, Learning Strategy and Design

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    Hacking Knowledge: 77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better

    77 tips related to knowledge and learning to help you on your quest. A few are specifically for students in traditional learning institutions; the rest for self-starters, or those learning on their own. Happy learning.

    By Dave Snowden
    Communities of Practice

    The Boeing and other groups had arisen naturally and were self-organising. However it is also true to say that they started that way. The danger I think was when people could a description of the end point and tried to turn it into a consultancy recipe. Now this is a characteristic of management science, which bases itself on retrospective coherence. What most of the consultants, facilitators etc missed was that you can not replicate the end point of an evolutionary process, but you can stimulate similar starting conditions. That stimulation can be as simple as making the tools available, or providing some initial stimulation or sponsorship.

    Selling new ideas to an organisation

    Culture and Innovation Part I and Part II

    ..there are three necessary, but not sufficient conditions for innovation to take place. These are:

    1. Starvation of familiar resource, forcing you to find new approaches, doing things in a different way;
    2. Pressure that forces you to engage in the problem;
    3. Perspective Shift to allow different patterns and ideas to be brought into play.

    Beyond Search is REAP By Ramana Rao Via Jack Vinson

    Consider the typical information work flow of a professional:

    • Retrieve — collect information from a variety of sources
    • Extract — extract data, facts, examples
    • Arrange — arrange documents and facts for use now or later
    • Present — compose information into artifacts of value

    Search is just about the retrieve and the -eaping is pretty much left to the person. Does knowledge worker come to mind? …

    Knowledge Management 2.0 from CIO Magazine

    Enteprise 2.0: More Than Blogs and Wikis By Luis Suarez

    Knowledge and our structures of learning by George Siemens

    The role of management in facilitating change within a learning organisation an Interview with George Siemens

    Tony Karrer pointed out – Interesting discussion going on with contribution by Luis Suarez, Jay Cross, David Wilson – around the distinction between Knowledge Management and Learning:

    [ in case you are wondering why I am not using daily blog posting feature of - I am using that for my company blog - Macchiato, also catches more noise - here - it's little filtered :) ]

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    December 14th, 2006 at 10:25 am

    Clearinghouse Post! Part 1 : Grab Bag, Usability, Information Design

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    Back from long, busy business trip – from Hyderabad (+one day stop over at Colombo, Srilanka.)
    Colombo Buddhist Temple  : Srilanka

    My bloglines and Feedemon ‘interesting – to blog later’ list is a huge pile now! Let’s get real – I wont get time to blog all those. So a clearinghouse post, I wish I had time to blog all these. Not in any particular order! Some are really old – sitting there for a long time on ‘to blog’ list. Completely in Shuffle mode!

    Effectively handling incoming emails By Chris Gilmer

    Email is our main mode of communication now, it seems that most people have a tendency to stop what they were focusing on as soon as an email comes in and respond to it accordingly, all the while the sender sits impatiently waiting for a response. Remember the time when we used to send letters in the post, or wait for responses on our voice mail? Are we getting way out of control with our email expectations?

    11 Tips for Time Management in a Web Worker World By Judi Sohn

    Without feeling that anyone is directly monitoring your activities, it’s way too easy to be distracted by an over-stuffed to-do list and jumbled priorities. How often do you get to the end of your day and feel like you’ve worked so hard and have nothing to show for it? It’s not like anyone saw you slaving away at your desk.

    So I present you Brazen’s list, with a web worker twist…

    2006 Web Technology Trends from Read/Write Web

    Jim Carroll: How to put a ripple in a flat world from The Business Innovation Insider

    Beta version of Google Patent Search

    Classifying Experiences Infographic (24 Feb 2006) from NIXON*NOW

    “This framework structures all the elements that make for a great experience, and gives a context to the various activities (both internal and external to an organization) that play a role in defining a person’s perception of a product or service.”

    Stephen created a very well done infographic poster on the topic of experience as it relates brands, products and consumer’s perceptions.

    Project Management Made Easy by D. Keith Robinson

    Over the years I’ve learned to take what works and lose what doesn’t. This has left me with a surprisingly simple and easy to learn group of tricks, tips and methods related to project management that work better than anything I’ve read in a book or learned from a “real” project manager. Project management doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming, in fact I’m arguing that it’s better if it’s not.

    From Data to Wisdom: An Interview with Paco Underhill By Liz Danzico

    The ultimate webdesign usability checklist from Not Usable via xBlog

    RSS 2.0 And Atom 1.0 Compared via xBlog

    Simplicity Is Highly Overrated By Don Norman

    Why do we deliberately build things that confuse the people who use them?

    Answer: Because the people want the features. Because simplicity is a myth whose time has past, if it ever existed.

    Make it simple and people won’t buy. Given a choice, they will take the item that does more. Features win over simplicity, even when people realize that it is accompanied by more complexity. You do it too, I bet. Haven’t you ever compared two products side by side, comparing the features of each, preferring the one that did more? Why shame on you, you are behaving, well, behaving like a normal person.

    From Column Two :
    Plan before CMS implementation, Top 10 mistakes when selecting a CMS, Feed your enterprise with RSS

    from Micro Persuasion
    Five Critical Factors that Make Corporate Blogging Go, A Model for Measuring Blogging ROI

    Alpha Geek: Video Editing 101 – Lifehacker

    Information Architecture 3.0 by Peter Morville

    Defining Information Architecture

    1. The structural design of shared information environments.
    2. The combination of organization, labeling, search, and navigation systems within web sites and intranets.
    3. The art and science of shaping information products and experiences to support usability and findability.
    4. An emerging discipline and community of practice focused on bringing principles of design and architecture to the digital landscape.

    Add a Wikipedia search box to your blog by Dave Taylor

    The 5 deadly sins of blogging from Pronet Advertising

    Progressive Disclosure by Jakob Nielsen

    Progressive disclosure defers advanced or rarely used features to a secondary screen, making applications easier to learn and less error-prone.

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    December 14th, 2006 at 10:19 am