Dvorak on disruptive technology

John Dvorak has just discovered Clay Christensen’s Innovator’s Dilemma and figures it’s a good excuse for a rant. Like many who’ve used it as a launching pad for their own purposes, there isn’t a lot of evidence that Dvorak has bothered to read the book. Here’s Dvorak’s conclusion:

The concept of disruptive technology is not the only daft idea floating around to be lapped up obediently by the business community. There are others. But the way these dingbat bromides go unchallenged makes you wonder whether anyone can think independently anymore

Including Dvorak I suppose.

But then he isn’t really interested in advancing the dialog, just in getting us to read and link to his columns. Traditional media at its best.

I still think the Innovator’s Dilemma and its companion The Innovator’s Solution are easily among the best business books written in the past 10 years. But you do have to read them and then think about what they say. Sorry about that.

The Myth of Disruptive Technology. People love a good, unified explanation for the ways things are. [PC Magazine: the Official John C. Dvorak RSS Feed]

Mind Mapping for Results

Looks interesting. I’ve been a long-time proponent of mindmaps and a user of MindManager for a while now. I’ve downloaded the trial version. We’ll see where it leads.

Mind Mapping for Results.
I’ve just finished the second of two delightful and informative web-conference calls with Nick Duffill of Gyronix. Nick and his associate have developed ResultManager – a powerful add-in to MindManager that allows it to be used as a visual project management tool. I must admit that I had initially looked at ResultManager as just a great collection support tool; however…
[Eric Mack On-Line]

Denham on Anywhere – Anytime knowledge??

Once again, Denham is spot on in his analysis. This is another instance of where organizations engage in magical thinking in lieu of the real thinking needed to tackle how to improve the way they support and leverage knowledge work.

Anywhere – Anytime knowledge??. Many organizations have pinned their hopes on delivery of knowledge anywhere, anytime, just-in-time. Time to share some thoughts: In many ways, this latent desire parallels the technology vs. people schism in KM. Almost all the talk and writings are about… [Knowledge-at-work]

Wolfram explained

I confess that Wolfram’s New Kind of Science has been gathering dust on one of my shelves. But it continues to intrigue me. Here’s some material courtesy of David Weinberger that may help when I do get around to finally reading it.

Wolfram explained. I just came across a Forbes article by Michael S. Malone, dated 11.27.00, called “God, Stephen Wolfram and Everything Else.” It’s a good, non-technical introduction to Wolfram. Nicely done. Critics of Wolfram won’t find much to like in it, and I still think Ray Kurzweil’s piece is the best analysis/intro I’ve read, but Malone puts Wolfram into a useful perspective…. [Joho the Blog]

From the tarmac at Logan airport

Now here’s a first for me. I’m sitting on the tarmac at Boston’s Logan airport in a United 737. Chicago is on a groundstop and we won’t hear anything new for awhile. They’ve let us turn on laptops, cellphones, etc while we wait.

Turns out I have connectivity via wi-fi somewhere over in the D terminal off to my right. I figured I had to post something just because I could. Ain’t technology grand?

Tangled Up in Glue

Redefining the notion of stickiness? Looks like a useful reference to know about

Tangled Up in Glue.

IDFuel has nice introduction to those substance most often needed after dropping a gadget to the floor (as opposed to the substance that caused you to drop it): glue. The trick to glue, of course, is to discover what types of surfaces you will be adhering together; after that, all you need is some deft swearing and some luck. I would also toss in to the mix a favorite link of mine, “This to That.com,” a simple webform that helps you pick what adhesive to use to glue two different (or the same, I guess) surfaces together.
Read – Stuck on You [IDFuel]
Read – This to That (Glue Advice) [ThisToThat]


Your Personal Data, Out of Control.

It may be a bit over the top but it’s worth thinking about anyway. I suspect the most unrealistic aspect of this animation is the attentiveness and friendliness of the customer service rep.

Your Personal Data, Out of Control. The American Civil Liberties Union has created a clever animation about how personal data is spreading via linked databases to create the most detailed dossiers on all of us. The scenario, a call to a pizza-delivery service, is exaggerated. But it’s clearly the direction in which we’re heading. The ACLU offers specific suggestions on how to slow this rampaging privacy invasion. [Dan Gillmor’s eJournal]

MBA Student Suvey Project: The Blog as a Meaningful Business Tool

More efforts to dig into the connections between blogs and organizations.

MBA Student Suvey Project: The Blog as a Meaningful Business Tool.

Matthew Lin wrote me and asked to help publicize his survey. If you leave your email addy at the end, he’ll share his report. Here is his email:

Dear Nancy,

My name is Matthew Lin, an MBA candidate at University of New Brunswick at Saint John, Canada. I am currently conducting a research on how weblogs are being used as business tools, and their particular implication for small and medium enterprises. I have designed a questionnaire in order to survey individuals who publish weblogs or can describe the reasoning behind their company’s weblog. The survey will be posted online for one month, starting next week. I am seeking your assistance to promote this survey to your readers, in hope of gathering a good cross-section of business weblogs. Please spread the word!

The survey is available at: http://business.unbsj.ca/bblog/

Additional information about this project (e.g., objectives, hypotheses) are available upon request.

Thank you for your consideration. If you are aware of others who might also be
interested in posting this questionnaire URL, please feel free to forward this email to them.


Matthew Lin

[Full Circle Associates Online Interaction & Community Blog]