RSS Feed Readers, Enterprise 2.0 Survey, Early 2008 Events, What’s the Big Idea?

16-Jan-08 Archive of Weekly KM Blog by Stan Garfield

KM Question of the Week

Q: Is there a free RSS feed reader with these features?

  1. Integrates with Outlook
  2. Synchronizes subscriptions between the Outlook and Web versions so you can read your feeds from anywhere
  3. Accesses feeds inside a corporate firewall
  4. Has a standard subscription icon which is widely used

A: NewsGator Inbox for Microsoft Outlook used to do this. Here is the old product description: “Get news and information delivered right to your Microsoft Outlook folders with NewsGator Inbox.

  • Synchronize your subscriptions with other readers.
  • Forward posts to colleagues and friends.
  • Read your subscriptions offline.
  • Post directly to your weblog.”

You can now subscribe to RSS feeds directly in Outlook. Also see:

KM Blog of the Week

Taking AIIM: Musings on Innovation, Knowledge, Process and Content Management by the late Carl Frappaolo

Enterprise 2.0 — Whaddya Think?

Wanting to ensure we cover this topic from all perspectives and experiences we have assembled an advisory panel consisting of Andrew McAfee, David Weinberger, Patti Anklam, Stowe Boyd and Eric Tsui. While the panel is a virtual brain trust in Enterprise 2.0, it does not provide the full 360 degree view we want to incorporate into our research. That is where YOU come in. We would like to hear about your opinions, experiences and perceptions concerning Enterprise 2.0.

KM Link of the Week

Events in January-February, 2008

January 11, 2008 Recording of Andrew McAfee and Tom Davenport webinar discussion — Disagreement over Viability of Enterprise 2.0

January 18, 2008 Enterprise 2.0 Presence and Identity: The Rise of Living Social Networks at the Embarcadero Conference Center, San Francisco — examined rapidly expanding, hyper-connected social network services, programmable webs and socially-mediated, knowledge-based business activities. New device-based social networks, an IPv6 address space of 3.4×1038, geocoding, pervasive computing, collective intelligence networks and, above all, the importance of collaboration to everything, has fundamentally and permanently altered they way we learn, work, play and thrive. Living social networks are making an enormous impact to the environment, wealth and well-being. Specifically, living social networks are becoming critical to all business.

January 22–24, 2008 Cognitive Edge Accreditation Course at the Holiday Inn Arlington, Arlington VA — Applications of complexity, narrative, and sense-making: This workshop provided the foundations for practitioners wanting to adopt complexity thinking and practice. It was led by Dave Snowden, Founder of Cognitive Edge and presented by Michael Cheveldave of NuOptiks Consulting and Wayne Zandbergen of Group W Inc.

January 28, 2008 (for 7 weeks) Foundations of Communities of Practice Workshop — What communities of practice are, why they are fundamental to knowledge-based organizations, how to develop, nurture, and leverage them, and how to build a knowledge strategy around them. The workshop was taught in a seminar format by Etienne Wenger, a leading thinker and practitioner in the field, in collaboration with John Smith, a community coach and technologist and Bronwyn Stuckey, an educational researcher and online facilitator. Guest speakers and mentors augmented the conversation, extending the network and deepening the connection with actual practice.

February 1, 2008 Open Enterprise 2.0 Mashup Summit: Expanding Customer Value Networks at the New York City Seminar & Conference Center — Enterprise Mashups are application hybrids combining content and functions from more than one existing source to create powerful Web applications, integrated Web experiences and expanded customer value networks. Mashups are created by combining internal sources such as enterprise data with external Web resources such as Google Maps. Mashups are created when different application program interfaces (API) are combined or ‘mashed’ to create an entirely new application.

February 18–20, 2008 FASTforward ’08 in Orlando, FL — The Industry’s Largest Business and Technology Conference Dedicated to Search-Driven Innovation. How search-driven innovation is changing the way companies monetize assets, create new business models, lock in customer loyalty, and develop intelligence from information — stored across the enterprise — that enables key decision makers to take rapid and definitive action.

KM Book of the Week

What’s the Big Idea? Creating and Capitalizing on the Best New Management Thinking by Thomas Davenport and Laurence Prusak, with H. James Wilson

The Secrets of Successful Idea Practitioners

Change management. Reengineering. Knowledge management. Major new management ideas are thrown at today’s companies with increasing frequency-and each comes with evangelizing gurus and eager-to-assist implementation consultants. Only a handful of these ideas will be a good fit for your organization. Choose the right idea at the right time and your company can become more efficient, more effective, and more innovative. Choose the wrong one-or jump on the right bandwagon too late-and your company could fall hopelessly behind.

Drawing from decades of consulting, academic, and business experience and from their novel study of more than 100 of these critical change leaders, What’s the Big Idea? offers tools and frameworks for:

  • Assessing the merits of the top business gurus
  • Scanning and tracking emerging ideas in the marketplace
  • Distinguishing promising ideas from rhetoric
  • Refining ideas to suit your organization’s particular needs
  • Packaging and selling the idea internally
  • Ensuring successful implementation

Google Book

Today’s organizations face an onslaught of new management ideas from the fast-growing “business advice industry.” Managers must determine whether to adopt an idea aggressively and risk fad-surfing or to sit on the sidelines too long and risk stagnation. The authors of What’s the Big Idea? argue that new business ideas can both improve organizational performance and bolster a company’s image as an innovative leader. The key is choosing the right ideas to implement — at the right time for a specific organization. Drawing from decades of consulting, academic and business experience, and their novel study of more than 100 “idea practitioners” — individuals who introduce and champion new ideas within organizations — the authors provide practical tools and frameworks for understanding where new ideas come from, evaluating which ideas are worth pursuing, customizing ideas to suit an organization’s unique needs, and more. Encouraging managers to embrace the power of ideas while avoiding the hype that often accompanies them, this book is a pragmatic guide to the art and practice of new management ideas.

Table of Contents

  • Ch. 1 Winning with Ideas: How Business Ideas Are Linked to Business Success 1
  • Ch. 2 The Idea Practitioners: Who Introduces Ideas to Organizations? 21
  • Ch. 3 Ideas at Work: It’s the Content That Counts 49
  • Ch. 4 The Guide to Gurus: Where Good Management Ideas Come From 69
  • Ch. 5 Market Savvy: How Ideas Interact with Markets 97
  • Ch. 6 Will It Fit?: Find Ideas That Fit Your Organization…Then Sell Them 123
  • Ch. 7 The Reengineering Tsunami: A Case Story of an Idea That Became a Tidal Wave 155
  • Ch. 8 Knowledge Management: A Case Story of a “P Cycle” Movement 179
  • Ch. 9 Idea-Based Leadership: How Can Your Organization Lead with Ideas? 195
  • App. A — A Select Survey of Business and Management Ideas 215
  • App. B — The Idea Practitioners 217
  • App. C — The Top Two Hundred Business Gurus 219


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