Social Constructivist Learning @ Work

Learning Concepts -- Basic Premise of Social Constructivist. The concepts that we have studied around learning for children can be applied to adults as well.  There isn't some date or time that cognitive psychology just short circuits and expires.   As a KM practitioner and consultant I am finding that simple is more effective than …

The Desired Path #KM

Knowledge Management activities are often pathways created as a consequence of doing business and normally represent the shortest route to an individual performer or group getting their jobs done.  A desire path (also known as a desire line, social trail, goat track or bootleg trail) can be a path created as a consequence of foot or bicycle traffic. The path usually represents …

Water, Air, Knowledge.. You need this .. remember?

5 Generations Mixer Organizations throughout the world are now challenged to maintain business continuity by transferring knowledge from the older generations to the younger. According to some studies there will be 5 generations in the workforce all at the same time. Gaps and Seems Less Seems... There are a variety of reasons why people in …

Why People Leave Online Communities

As a Forge.Mil Community Manager, I wanted to understand the psychology of online communities.   I spent a lot of time reading posts about why people stay online or leave communities.  I also wanted to develop measures and metrics that would create a clear picture at any given time for our leadership and other Community …

Meet in the middle

  When I was a child my mother put this picture on the refrigerator, it is simple and telling.   I put this picture up at work as a constant reminder of the benefits and challenges of working with others. Regardless of who is at fault or the challenges we face it is my hope that …

“It boiled down to courage and tenacity”: My “Inbox Interview” with Howard Cohen, Community Manager at DISA Forge.mil and Technologist by Chris Maher

I was interviewed a few weeks back by Chris Maher on Linkedin.  The topic was concerning "Trusted Computing"  and ramblings on security. CM: Howard, as you know, I quoted you at the 2011 NSA Trusted Computing Conference & Exposition: “Well.. I believe in Americans. I believe that when we see various challenges that we individually …

Happy 4th of July (SPECIAL DISPATCHES FROM THE FIELD)

Today is the 4th of July.   What does it mean to you?  Joni Douglas writes "Do we ever reflect on the hardship and terror that the early Americans must have lived through day after day? Do we truly understand the hopes and dreams that lay secretly hidden away in the hearts of the people back …

Community Management Metrics

Community Metrics in Context In late 2011 I started working for DISA on the Forge.Mil project.   Forge.Mil is a really great concept that was born out of the need for a change in the Department of Defense concerning software development and application life-cycle management.  Some the concepts that attracted me to Forge (that is …