Denham Grey Rethinks Knowledge Management

I haven’t written as much about knowledge management lately as I’d like, but I wanted to point to two posts that I recommend as good starting points for thinking about or discussing knowledge management today.
The first is from Denham Grey and is called “Knowledge Sharing – A Rethink” and is intriguing because it refocuses us on the notion that you can’t manage knowledge unless people are sharing knowledge.
The money quote:

Knowledge sharing is the primary, most basic knowledge practice – without a sharing ethos, much of KM promise fails.

It’s a great, short introduction and starting point.
The second post is from Dave Snowden and explores my favorite of his famous set of three maxims on KM:

“We always know more than we can say, and we will always say more than we can write down.”

He refers to a 2,500 year old Chinese quote that captures a quite similar, but perhaps even more profound notion:

Writing could not fully describe what the people want to say; speech could not express what people want to think.

Interesting question: is the blogging era the greatest experiment in knowledge sharing humans have ever seen?
Consider Grey’s conclusion to his post in that context

Blogging where you add commentary to shared links, point to insightful remarks and ideas of other bloggers and highlight views that interest you is an emergent form of sharing. When this is combined with RSS feeds, categorization, specialist search engines and blog rings it becomes a powerful genre for sharing.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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A Handy Electronic Discovery Slide Chart

There has certainly been a flurry of frantic press releases and stories about electronic discovery since the new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect on December 1. Probably a few too many of them have a certain breathless, sky-is-falling tone to them that I don’t think is very helpful.
As I say in my electronic discovery presentations, the concepts in the new rules are simple, but the details in actual practice can get complicated. However, you do need to understand the basics to move forward.
Let me recommend a free little tool that I’ve found quite helpful in learning about the new amendments.
It’s called the Stratify Quick Guide to the Revised FRCP from one of the leading e-discovery vendors, Stratify. It’s a simple, handy slide chart that offers a summary of the main rule changes (five of them) on one side, and practical tips on how to prepare on the other side. Quite useful.
David Bayer of Stratify tells me that the Quick Guide has proven to be very popular and, just in time for the holidays, Stratify has ordered up a second printing of the guide. Request your copy here.
Once you get a handle on the basics, you’ll be ready to calmly dive deeper into the topic and I suggesting putting aside the frantic press releases and starting with the article Tom Mighell and I wrote called “EDD-ucating Yourself About Electronic Discovery.”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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Just in Case You’re Not Reading Enough Blogs

I suspect that most every regular reader of this blog probably is already reading quite a few blogs.
Well, it’s a good idea to read even more. Just in time to help you out, Filmoculus has a great list called “Best Blogs of 2006 That You (Maybe) Aren’t Reading” that will point you to some great, lesser-known, high quality blogs in a number of different areas. It was nice to see some of my favorite lesser-known blogs that I read regularly on this list.
I encourage you to sample some of these and, if you aren’t using a newsreader to subscribe to RSS feeds, now’s a great time to start.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Electricity is Back

Thank you for your support and good wishes during the recent ice storm and electrical outage in St. Louis.
We finally got our electricity back yesterday afternoon and moved back home from my father-in-law’s house. Yesterday morning, I checked the house and the thermostat read 37 degrees.
Glad to see Evan got his power back too.
Still more than 100,000 without electricity, with another cold snap coming.
I don’t think anyone can overestimate how difficult and dangerous the job of restoring power in this ice and cold really is. My gratitude and respect goes out to the workers out in the field trying to bring things back to some kind of normalcy.
A special thank you to my father-in-law for taken us in for a few days.
This was a tough one for me, especially after the long outage this summer. It’s easy to get frustrated in this kind of situation.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]