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Review – Only Humans Need Apply

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:21:27 +0000

 Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines Thomas H. Davenport, Julia Kirby In his most recent book, Tom Davenport, along with co-author Julia Kirby, provides an excellent entry point and framework for understanding the evolving relationship between smart people and smart machines. There’s a great deal of hand-wringing … Continue reading Review – Only Humans Need Apply

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Lowering the costs of context switching

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:58:06 +0000

Context switching is expensive yet inevitable in our multi-tasking world. If you are a knowledge worker, lowering the costs of context switching may be one of the highest payoff investments you can make. How should we go about thinking about the problem of context switching to reduce those costs? Switching contexts vs. switching tasks A … Continue reading Lowering the costs of context switching

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Technology in the Classroom

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 19:55:11 +0000

There’s a nice piece over at Studypool talking to a dozen “experts” about effective use of technology in the classroom. I put experts in quotes mostly because I was deemed one of those experts. Kidding aside, the end result is a nice overview of productive ways to think about incorporating technology into teaching and learning … Continue reading Technology in the Classroom

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The costs of context switching

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:59:15 +0000

Multi-tasking doesn’t work but our lives demand it anyway. This leaves us with the problem of how to compensate for the productivity and quality losses generated by work environments that demand parallel processing our brains can’t handle. Why can’t our brains multi-task and what happens when we try? Left brain/right brain discussions aside, we only … Continue reading The costs of context switching

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Review – The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:53:38 +0000

The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing, Perry, John I began my formal relationship with the notion of procrastination at the age of 12. I was in my room working on a model plane instead of my homework. My dad came in and asked me to look up the word … Continue reading Review – The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing

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Making knowledge work visible

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 18:01:36 +0000

Invisibility is an accidental and troublesome characteristic of knowledge work in a digital world. What makes it invisible? Why does it matter? What can you do about it? How did knowledge work become invisible? As a knowledge worker, I get paid for what happens inside my head but not until I get the work outside … Continue reading Making knowledge work visible

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Knowledge management matters more to you than to your organization

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:25:28 +0000

I gave a talk on Saturday for ChicagoLand PMI about why knowledge workers needed to develop strategies and the supporting habits and practices to manage and develop their know how across organizations and across time. If you’re interested you can find a copy of my slides on Slideshare. Knowledge management as buzzword and practice originated … Continue reading Knowledge management matters more to you than to your organization

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Roots of Project Management

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:03:12 +0000

I just wrapped up teaching an MBA level course in project management at Loyola University. I started doing project management in the 1970s and it has been an essential, albeit secondary, element of my skill set. During the course, I found it useful to look back to some of the origins of the field. Project … Continue reading Roots of Project Management

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Entropy and knowledge management

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:01:57 +0000

What does the second law of thermodynamics tell us about knowledge management? There’s some pretty complex mathematics around the laws of thermodynamics, but the poet’s version will do for our purposes: You can’t win You’re going to lose You can’t get out of the game Life is a constant battle against entropy or disorder. Cars … Continue reading Entropy and knowledge management

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Carve out time and space for deep thinking

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:18:16 +0000

  Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Cal Newport If your value to an organization depends on the quality and insight of your thinking, Cal Newport’s latest book, Deep Work, offers important insights about how to think about your thinking. The forces at work in our environment and in our organizations favor quick, … Continue reading Carve out time and space for deep thinking

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