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Peer to peer knowledge flow

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 20, 2013  ·  Knowledge Management, Reflections

I promised yesterday to talk about peer-to-peer knowledge flow.  Like yesterday's post this has an ideological aspect as well as a practical one and its nice when they coincide.  I argued yesterday that people's own voice should be heard, and their own interpretation of that voice.  Removing mediating layers of interpretation reduced the dangers of misunderstanding; the same applies to knowledge flow.  Knowledge management has taken a route over the years of increasing summarisation to reduce the reading load of key knowledge...

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A hotchpotch or ragbag

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 24, 2013  ·  Knowledge Management, Musings

I ran through the various papers on narrative yesterday.  I spent longer than I planned on that post as I ended up reading several of them and taking notes.  We are looking at the overall training programme at the moment and I am thinking of bringing back a two day course on narrative.  I used to run that a lot a decade ago in IBM days, often in the Boat House at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.  We involved cartoonists and actors in the event which was a mixture of theory and practice.  IBM Denmark got a bit stroppy...

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You can’t create a craft by committee

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 8, 2012  ·  Knowledge Management, Polemic, Reflections

From time to time in knowledge management circles the cry of standardisation is raised. It's just happened again with a new KM Linked In Group with the banner ...accreditation association delegated to make decisions by the global KM community. A brief investigation indicates its a variant on three men and a dog, or in this case two men seeking jobs, a woman and a cat.  When challenged on the pretentiousness of the title they say its just aspirational.  Since inviting people in, they have managed to alienate  the three people with...

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Fast falls the even tide

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 7, 2012  ·  Knowledge Management, Reflections

When we put CalmAlpha together back in January I was somewhat shamed by Joseph Pelrine talking about his use of ABIDE, something that I developed as a pairing for ASHEN the best part of a decade ago, but then left it to go into decline.  Others, Viv Read for example, argued that it should be brought back into the mainstream but it wasn't until a month or so that I started to realise why I was blocked on it, and how to use it.

But I get ahead of myself, I should explain what ABIDE is.   It is a mnemonic for the things that can be...

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Architecture not application: an opportunity

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 19, 2012  ·  Innovation, Knowledge Management, Intranet Technologies, News

Around two decades ago I was arguing that object orientation was not just a way of creating reusable code, but was a more profound shift to enabling architectures that could combine people and technology in evolving systems. The first part was generally accepted, the second more controversial. I then seemed, in the words of Mark 1:3 to be The voice of one crying in the wilderness. Mind you I have been there a few times before and plan frequent visits in the future.

Around a decade later having left IBM I sketched out a text based...

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