SharePoint: Is It Worth Using as a Collaboration Tool? /ht @markmorrell for pointer #btot

For other kinds of collaboration, SharePoint 2010 is much weaker.

  • Conversation-centric — quick, dynamic collaboration enabled by microblogging
  • Community-centric — sustained, networked collaboration enabled by vibrant discussion forums and active membership
  • Content-centric — asynchronous collaboration enabled by ranking, rating, and sharing content with others
  • Expertise-centric — knowledge-based collaboration enabled by reputation and activity tracking as well as the ability to search on more than just documents

If you’re looking to enable one or more of these kinds of collaboration, you’ll need to go beyond SharePoint 2010

… it is a pretty good document collaboration tool, mind.

BBC News – Olympic 2012 stadium: Taxpayer ‘may foot West Ham bill’

It was eventually passed unanimously by the council, where all 60 sitting councillors are Labour.

… pleased to see a responsible attitude to public finance in the most deprived authority in London; where some 1600 job cuts are likely; where the Chief Executive recognises it

“was ‘an issue’ that council officers instrumental in financing West Ham’s stadium bid could later move into well paid jobs with the club.”
saying, “We are aware that may be an issue. If it happens to ex-employees, well that’s fine…”

Government ICT strategy targets cloud, apps and open source /ht @psd good challenge for suppliers #btot

Open-source software will also be a priority, with open-source software to be chosen by government over proprietary alternatives, “where appropriate”, the report states.

“When used in conjunction with compulsory open standards, open source presents significant opportunities for the design and delivery of interoperable solutions,” it states.

A challenge for many tied into M$/Oracle, I’d have thought; see http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/government-ict-strategy for the strategy

Where did you learn *your* English vocabulary? – inspired by @noirem and @ninthspace #fb

Like everyone, I have at least 3 vocabularies.

Those I speak, write and read in increasing order of size.

Mine developed largely through wide reading, and talking with articulate people; however, a major contribution was the exercise I was made to do as a 5th and 6th grade student in the American School in Manila in the Philippines.

You had to identify 20 words from a dictionary; learn how to spell them and then use them in context in a sentence. Naturally I had abundant fun, explaining that American English spellings of things like “color” and “behavior” were wrong. Learning words like peremptory, just so you could say to your teacher, “Ma’am, you are speaking to me in a peremptory fashion. Why?” was excellent fun.

I learned to love words, and still do.

My last enjoyment was telling a Coastguard colleague things were “copacetic”.

If someone uses a word you don’t understand, ask them. They may not know the meaning either! If they do, learn it – then pay it forward 🙂

Be proud of your vocabularies; you learned them.

British government finally says sorry for daughter’s death; shot by Army. Now for PIRA apologies

Jane Winter from British Irish Rights Watch said she hoped the apology would clear the way for more in the future. She said: “This coalition Government does appear to have the word ‘sorry’ in its vocabulary. I have heard them say sorry now three times, both to the Bloody Sunday relatives and Billy Wright’s father, David

I look forward to reading apologies from the other murderers; both Nationalist and Republican. And the equally culpable funders of murder, on both sides of the Atlantic.

I shan’t be holding my breath.

Amazon Cloud Player steals march on Apple and Google – no licence needed for uploaded music #btot

Amazon said it has sidestepped legal uncertainties about allowing users to upload music from their computer – some of which may have been downloaded illegally – by being the equivalent of any other storage device, such as an external hard drive.

Craig Pape, director of music at Amazon, said: “We don’t need a license to store music. The functionality is the same as an external hard drive.”

I’m pleased by their confidence; I wonder how the music companies will feel about it. Asking for disclosure of what’s stored by who, perhaps? I wouldn’t put anything past them.

Think tank: Overpaying staff can reap rewards for businesses /ht @flowchainsensei #btot

In the mid-1980s, George Akerlof, who later won the Nobel Prize in economics, and his wife, Janet Yellen, a fellow economist who now serves on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, discovered something peculiar about a group of employers they were studying in Northern California.

Instead of paying employees the wages that supply and demand would have predicted, these companies gave their workers a little more. It wasn’t because the leadership was selfless or the mangers were stupid. It was because they were savvy.

Paying great people a little more than the market demands, Akerlof and Yellen found, helped attract better talent, reduce turnover, and boost productivity and morale. In fact, the firms making the irrational and seemingly frivolous choice to “overpay” their employees, rather than construct elaborate incentives, outperformed their competitors.

Policy makers and business leaders take note: money matters. But often the best use of money as a motivator is to pay people enough to take the issue of money off the table – so that people can focus on the work rather than on the cash.

so if you want to be best of breed, pay best of breed *salaries*; no bull about performance related, or bonus. Thanks to @flowchainsensei for the pointer

The Difficult Conversation and Duty to Accommodate – The GHOST protocol #btot

The gentle, honest, open specific, talk (or GHOST) protocol is a protocol for speaking and listening:

  • Gentle: to say what needs to be said in a manner that does not raise defenses in the other party;
  • Honest: to be true to what is on your mind, and your emotional reaction to the situation;
  • Open: to be open to new information, and to allow it to influence your thinking;
  • Specific: to illustrate what you have to say with clarifying examples and to avoid generalizations;
  • Talk: to take the opportunity of a confidential, safe space to say what you are thinking when it is important. Thinking not Talking is TNT – dangerous!

I liked this idea…

The boss is coming – look busy. « BT Viewpoint. Modern comms channels #btot

As part of its on-going development of a modern work place I reckon BT has over 20 ways of communicating. In addition to the traditional methods we use audio conferencing, web conferencing, blogs, instant messaging, bulletin boards, landing pages, RSS, on-line videos, document sharing sites, knowledge exchanges, webinars, mash-ups, social networking and dynamic web pages. It all adds up to a rich and varied choice that can be used to effectively communicate with an employee base where over 70,000 staff are mobile and over 9,000 work permanently from home.

Excellent post by Steve Gillies, BT’s Head of Agile Working where he emphasises how effective tools mean it’s easy to communicate with a dispersed workforce