Thursday, March 17, 2005

Some Knowledge Management Blogs from Bill Ives

A nice list of blogs that deal with KM topics from Bill Ives. I'm flattered that Bill chose to include mine among the list. You should definitely check out the rest of the list as well.

Some Knowledge Management Blogs. When I was at Braintrust 2005 last week, someone asked me about good blogs to read. Since it was a knowledge management conference I put together the list of 17 below. Eight are cases in our own business blog book... [Portals and KM]
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Alan Kay on programming language design

Always worth seeing what Kay has to say. The slashdot thread has its moments as well.

How Heraclitus would Design a Programming Language. CowboyRobot writes "Developer of Smalltalk Alan Kay has an interview on ACM Queue where he describes the history of computing and his approach to designing languages. Kay has an impressive resume (PARC, ARPAnet, Atari, Apple, Alan Turing Award winner) and has an endless supply of memorable quotes: 'Perl is another example of filling a tiny, short-term need, and then being a real problem in the longer term,' 'Once you have something that grows faster than education grows, you’re always going to get a pop culture,' 'most undergraduate degrees in computer science these days are basically Java vocational training,' 'All creativity is an extended form of a joke,' and 'nobody really knows how to design a good language.'" [Slashdot:]
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The Onion on Irish heritage

One of my favorite sources of information.

The Onion: Irish Heritage Timeline. 1488— Luck o'the Irish runs out.

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First pot of leprechaun gold for St. Paddy Day blogging

We all need deeper knowledge of our heritage and today we are all Irish. I have the good fortune to be Irish year round.

First pot of leprechaun gold for St. Paddy Day blogging. Holy begorrah and a pile o' shillelelaghs!

Only 7 minutes past midnight, and Noel Burke of Cork, Ireland, has got the Saint Patrick's Day jump on the rest of us bloggers.

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Interview: father of "life hacks" Danny O'Brien

More on life hacks. What makes all of this interesting to me, besides the potential productivity value of the hacks, is O'Brien's observation that alpha geeks are early adopters of practices that mainstream knowledge workers are likely to be practicing in 12 to 18 months.

Interview: father of "life hacks" Danny O'Brien. Just about a year ago, technology writer Danny O'Brien strung together the words "life" and "hacks" and fired off synapses throughout the geek community. After an infamous talk entitled "Life hacks - Tech Secrets of Overprolific Alpha Geeks" at the... [Lifehacker]
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Life hacks at Etech

More insight into Life Hacks from Cory. His notes walk this clever balance between making me regret that I couldn't be there myself and feeling as though I still got much of the benefit anyway.

One note that I'm sure others will pick up on. Danny talks about wanting to find a keyboard macro program for Windows. One excellent answer of course is ActiveWords. I predict a phone call from Buzz to Danny in the near future.

ETECH Notes: Life Hacks Live!. Cory Doctorow: Here are my notes from Danny O'Brien and Merlin Mann's Life Hacks Live, at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego. Danny's been doing variations on his Life Hacks talk since the last Emerging Tech conference -- it's basically an effort to research the productivity patterns of very prolific geeks and convert them to wisdom that anyone can follow. Merlin has been adapting the fantastic productivity cookbook Getting Things Done into a series of tools for geeks, on an equally fantastic blog called 43 Folders. They're now working on a book version of their stuff for O'Reilly called Life Hacks, and today's session was a preview of it -- it was uproariously funny and incredibly inspiring.
Here's a recap of last year, in bumper stickers:


Geeks store what they do in text and spurn big apps, using plain text editors. Simplicity and speed, ease of search and extraction, cut and paste. All you need in a filing system.


If it wasn't plaintext, there's one app that they loved, like mail, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. The rest was little glue scripts in ~/bin, secret scripts they are embarrassed about and don't share with others, though it turns out that they're all really similar.


(don't put this on your car)

Geeks get their credibility and prolificness out of sharing everything -- put it in public and the public organizes it for you. Put it on a Wiki and others will fix it.

8:25:06 PM •  • 
A Swiss Army Knife Approach to Project Management

I'm running a bit behind these days. That makes it a bit ironic that my most recent column at Enterprise System Journal looks at the topic of project management.

The column actually appeared last week and looks at project management from a minimalist perspective. Jim Powell, my editor there, decided to title it A Swiss Army Knife for Project Management. My launching point was to ask what everyone needed to know about project management rather than what the specialists needed to know.

My thinking on this topic has certainly benefitted from the excellent Focused Performance Blog by Frank Patrick and Hal Macomber's Reforming Project Management. I've also begun to take a close look at basecamp and at ubergroups as toolsets that are trying to simplify project management for all of us in place of supporting the complexities that only a small handful of experts actually need.
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