Future of Work Agenda Newsletter: December 2009

Future of Work

This is the December 2009 issue of our free monthly newsletter, Future of Work Agenda. 2009 has been tough year for just about everyone we know. Based on data from numerous case studies of both success and failure, we are convinced that a systematic approach to selecting a BCC location will promote a positive business outcome. We welcome comments on any of these articles. You can also access the newsletter directly on our website, at this link.

We Learn (When We Listen) When We Talk

Conversation Matters

In these meetings individuals exchange their data, conclusions, reasoning and questions with others. The title is a bit of an exaggeration, but intended to make the point that contrary to common belief, our own articulation of an idea adds to our understanding of that idea. At face value that doesn’t make much sense, after all we must know what we think about an issue; how else are we able to talk about it? But the reality is that what we don’t necessarily know what we know.

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Work Design Collaborative and Realcomm Team Up for Realcomm Summit 2009

Future of Work

Prescott, Arizona – April 21, 2009 – Work Design Collaborative, LLC, is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Realcomm Conference Group, LLC , a global leader in providing education, information and networking opportunities for the commercial real estate industry, to present a work design summit at Realcomm 2009. The Future of Work | Mobile Workforce Summit” will be held Monday, June 22, 2009, from 1:00 to 5:00pm at the Chicago Hyatt Regency. “We

Are Knowledge Workers the New "Blue Collar" Workers?

The Bamboo Project Blog

But in knowledge work, this is heightened so that our perceptions are often "concept-driven," rather than data-driven. Are we going to be innovating many knowledge workers out of a job because technology can do a lot of the heavy computational and analytic lifting, requiring only a small number of "experts" to actually make sense of the data ?

October Jobs Report Reveals Highest Wage Growth Since 2009

Extensis

The data from the October Jobs Report was highly anticipated, and the statistics are very encouraging as we move towards the end of 2018. Let’s take a closer look at the results

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Augmented Reality and the Future of Learning & Work

The Bamboo Project Blog

Through the augmented reality program in the phone, real estate data appears next to each house, including the price of the house, its address, etc. First, as if we needed another reminder of this, memorizing facts, data, etc. With augmented reality, the data that we need would be integrated into the physical environment where we needed it with no need for searches.

A-Space (Facebook-like) Is Making a Difference Across the U.S. Intelligence Community

Conversation Matters

This report provides an overview of an exploratory scientific, qualitative study conducted by the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Knowledge Laboratory in April- June of 2009. Analysts, faced with a stream of data from a multitude of sources have the task of finding patterns in that data that will be useful to decision makers. It requires creating hypotheses and testing them against the data and interpretations of others.

conversation matters: What Do We Get From Conversation That We Can't Get Any Other Way?

Conversation Matters

Validation also provides seekers the certainty that they have done enough background work, saving the seeker the time it would take to gather further data. As with validation, legitimizing can save the seeker time by reducing the amount of proof or data that may need to be collected before the client is willing to act.

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The Incentive Question or Why People Share Knowledge

Conversation Matters

There is both anecdotal and research data to support that, as human beings, we willingly share what we know. I get asked the incentive question a lot. How do we incentivise people to share their knowledge? The question is asked because when managers look around their organizations they don’t see much knowledge sharing going on. This is a serious concern, but I think it is the wrong question.

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Where Knowledge Management Has Been and Where It Is Going- Part Three

Conversation Matters

I am using it in quite a different sense here, to mean the knowledge that is derived from the confluence of diverse perspectives and data from across an organization and that is brought to bear on important organizational issues. It would be a mistake to think of this knowledge, constructed through sensemaking, as being the right answer because collective knowledge is continually being adjusted as new data and new patterns in the data come to light.

Four Conversations to Address Adaptive Challenges

Conversation Matters

Conversations for Mutual Understanding are the conversations we hold to make sense of what we know – to create meaning out of a mess of unstructured data and information. What will help them is a setting where they can argue, using rich data pulled from a variety of media, to construct fresh frameworks of action-outcome linkages that include their multiple interpretations. Trish Silber coauthored this post with me.

Information Literacy and Habits of Mind

The Bamboo Project Blog

But to some extent, we seem bound to find data that supports the patterns we already see, as opposed to seeing new patterns in the data. When the left brain is in full operational mode, we tend to draw not what we actually SEE (which is the raw data coming in), but our concept of that data. The point is, that while we think we see the data, what we really are looking at is our preconceived idea of what that information means.

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The Problem and the Fix for the US Intelligence Agencies' Lessons Learned

Conversation Matters

The likelihood that action will be taken based on the findings of a lessons learned study are greatly increased when those who are expected to implement the findings are involved in all phases of the process of creating the lessons learned - from the data collection (whether survey, interviews, review of historical documents or observation), through analysis of the data, to the development of findings and recommendations.

Augmented Reality and the Future of Learning & Work

The Bamboo Project Blog

Through the augmented reality program in the phone, real estate data appears next to each house, including the price of the house, its address, etc. First, as if we needed another reminder of this, memorizing facts, data, etc. With augmented reality, the data that we need would be integrated into the physical environment where we needed it with no need for searches.

The Bamboo Project Blog: Are Knowledge Workers the New "Blue Collar" Workers?

The Bamboo Project Blog

But in knowledge work, this is heightened so that our perceptions are often "concept-driven," rather than data-driven. Are we going to be innovating many knowledge workers out of a job because technology can do a lot of the heavy computational and analytic lifting, requiring only a small number of "experts" to actually make sense of the data ? Posted by: Betsy | July 08, 2009 at 12:37 PM Substitute Crawford for Gardner and you're off to a better start.

The Bamboo Project Blog: Information Literacy and Habits of Mind

The Bamboo Project Blog

But to some extent, we seem bound to find data that supports the patterns we already see, as opposed to seeing new patterns in the data. When the left brain is in full operational mode, we tend to draw not what we actually SEE (which is the raw data coming in), but our concept of that data. The point is, that while we think we see the data, what we really are looking at is our preconceived idea of what that information means.

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Offer Up A More Robust Statistical Dashboard

Reviewsnap

It will also be more visual offering charts and graphs to go along with the raw data. This will help give you an immediate visual comparison of data as well as put the actual numbers right in front of you. We are very excited to announce that we will be offering a more robust statistical dashboard in ReviewSNAP. The estimated date of completion is September 4th.

Augmented Reality and the Future of Learning & Work

The Bamboo Project Blog

Through the augmented reality program in the phone, real estate data appears next to each house, including the price of the house, its address, etc. First, as if we needed another reminder of this, memorizing facts, data, etc. With augmented reality, the data that we need would be integrated into the physical environment where we needed it with no need for searches.

The Bamboo Project Blog: Is the Best Predictor of Future Failure Your Past Success?

The Bamboo Project Blog

February 23, 2009 in learning , professional development , reflective practice , Strategic THinking | Permalink TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Is the Best Predictor of Future Failure Your Past Success? Remember also that it's very easy to make research/data/analysis reflect strategy (and this can color the after-action review). The Bamboo Project Blog « I Should Have Gone for That Flu Shot.

SaaS vs. On-Premise Software

Reviewsnap

What steps are taken to ensure security of your data? Does it have a good data backup and retrieval strategy? ReviewSNAP was recently asked by Capterra to give them a list of features or benefits of a SaaS (software as a service) program for their buyers'' guide. There are advantages to both types of software, but it really boils down to the needs of the company.

A Moneyball Pioneer On Why Baseball Data Has Feelings

Visier

In this new profile series, we sit down with interesting people and ask them to share the various ways their data-driven approach has served them in their life and career. He is the co-founder of Scoutables (formerly AriBall) and widely considered to be one of the pioneers of sabermetrics, which is the practice of using in-game activity data and analytics to improve baseball game day strategy and player selection and management. This led to an early fascination with data science.

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Social Networking at Work

Working Girl

Additionally, although mapping out employee networking relationships may provide useful data points, such as pointing to communication bottlenecks, a high social index in itself can mean different things. Engineering Firm Charts Ties: Social-Mapping Method Helps MWH Uncover Gaps,’ Dvorak, Phred, Jan 26, 2009.

4 Strategies to Help You Get More Money This Year

On The Job

Helpful information and advice from Americas favorite workplace columnist About Anita Blog Books Syndicated Column Interviews Career Links Contact Tuesday, September 22, 2009 4 Strategies to Help You Get More Money This Year Are you going to get a raise this year? Whenever you ask for money, always base it on some data. September 22, 2009 12:08 PM Anita said. September 22, 2009 12:42 PM ION Consultants said. September 22, 2009 6:27 PM Thom Singer said. #5

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: Julia Child's Passion Brings.

On The Job

Helpful information and advice from Americas favorite workplace columnist About Anita Blog Books Syndicated Column Interviews Career Links Contact Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Julia Childs Passion Brings Employees Together I recently saw the movie "Julie/Julia," and was so inspired I made Julia Childs roast chicken the next day. I was interested in this data in terms of recognition celebrations, but it holds true for team-building events as well. August 20, 2009 2:34 PM Kareem said.

Be Sure to Participate in our Future of Work/Mobile Workforce Summit

Future of Work

We’ve already announced our partnership with Realcomm to conduct a Future of Work - Mobile Workforce Summit the day before Realcomm 2009 in Chicago in June. Drawing on unpublished case studies and recent economic data, this session will be a discussion of the “perfect storm” of forces driving change in the workplace|workforce.

Subculture

True Faith HR

I think it addresses what Paul mentions as “communicating the impact of behavior” by showing with data the impact of missing class and not working on homework. I instituted the 10 point penalty in the Spring of 2009, after having no penalty for missing 5 or more classes in previous semesters. Thanks to Paul Hebert for his thoughtful response (as well as those who commented) to my post below here. It’s a fitting topic, given that it was my worst day of attendance this semester.

Want to Jump-Start the Economy? Send Everyone Home

Future of Work

Here’s their lead: San Diego, CA (USA), March 10, 2009 —A new Telework Savings Calculator shows that U.S. And here’s some more compelling data: Sun Microsystems saves $70 million a year in real estate alone. Well, maybe not that easy. But also not that surprising.

Book: Brain Science Shows Current Management Techniques Do More.

On The Job

Helpful information and advice from Americas favorite workplace columnist About Anita Blog Books Syndicated Column Interviews Career Links Contact Tuesday, May 26, 2009 Book: Brain Science Shows Current Management Techniques Do More Harm Than Good I cant begin to count the number of "management gurus" Ive interviewed over the years. It’s much better to let workers appraise their own performance, using whatever hard data is available. May 26, 2009 10:39 AM Anita said.

Going Mobile Overnight: Business Continuity Insurance

Future of Work

Organizations have spent millions of dollars on backup data centers, disaster recovery plans, employee phone trees, and other means of ensuring business continuity. This is a reprint of the Compass article from our September Future of Work Agenda newsletter. We are reproducing it here to call attention to the importance of preparing for the upcoming flu season in North America, and the value of having a flexible/mobile work program as a means of coping with a pandemic.

Dump Those Cubicles!

Future of Work

The idea really isn’t new, and the data isn’t that surprising, but it’s nice to see the recognition growing that cubicles don’t work - and don’t produce effective results for their “inhabitants&# either. Here’s some new evidence about how cubicles actively discourage collaboration.

New Research Report on Flexible Work for Nonexempt Employees

Future of Work

Here’s a brief excerpt from the Executive Summary: According to the data contained in this study, the use of flexible work programs by non-exempt employees in the U.S. We recently completed a research project in partnership with World at Work.

Virtual Work and Personality Types

Future of Work

She’s got some good anecdotal data, and even cites a more formal study of several hundred mobile workers at Cisco Systems. In that situation the folks now working at home reported that back in the office they’d been reluctant to interrupt their peers, who they could often see were on the phone with clients, or deeply engaged in data entry or similar “heads down&# tasks.

Social networking or stand up?

Working Girl

The collective plugs in, absorbs data and subtly changes its nature. In the early days I assumed that social applications like Facebook and Twitter were all about networking because, well, that''s what everyone said. But then I got confused because there didn''t seem to be all that much networking going on.

Fact or Myth: HR professionals lack financial expertise

Working Girl

Citing HR’s inability to produce convincing financial data, financial executives push back on the additional expense. Unfortunately most of these solutions tend to be separate from core business data and therefore lack the ability to perform meaningful financial analysis without significant additional investment. Do I really need to say it? Probably not but I will anyway: Talent management is about business results. Period.

Commercial Real Estate isn’t Looking Very Good

Future of Work

So our assessment of a 30% “overhang&# is based on solid empirical data. Over the past several months almost all the attention in real estate has been focused on the residential market - foreclosures, sinking prices, and falling sales. But now the tide is shifting towards the commercial side. That’s not really surprising, given the massive layoffs that so many organizations have been announcing - once people are gone, there’s a whole lot of empty offices.