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Reading list: algorithms and the evolution of journalism

Well, the time had to come. Five Safari windows, more than twenty tabs per window. Too much to keep. So, after a cull, here’s a collection of links on the evolving processes, business models and players of journalism. Among other things. Strictly algorithm: how news find people. Stuart Dredge at The Guardian pens a frankly excellent … Sigue leyendo

Digging up the old Knowledgeboard.com

As many of you know (especially those involved with knowledge management issues and European Union projects) there once was a project called KnowledgeBoard.com «the online community portal of Key Action II’s European Knowledge Management Forum project». It started well enough, was featured as “Best of the Web” by Harvard Business School in September 2002, and it became … Sigue leyendo

On the future of jobs and the present of them

Again, my browsers are having tab trouble, and I do mean «browsers». The problem is that I can’t really unload them yet. But there’s a couple of links that look like sharing a thread, so with your permission, here they go: Professor Andrew MacAfee on what the future of jobs will look like. You probably … Sigue leyendo

Tab cleaning and collected links on publishing innovation

Everyone keeps a few tabs open that he (or she) hopes to someday get to and do something about. Or so I delude myself. On the other hand, my current crop runs twice around the building, so it was in need of a trim. Here’s a selection. You are not a large corporation – a … Sigue leyendo

Intel, Adobe, and the right amount of paranoia

I mean «paranoia» as in Grove’s «Only the paranoids survive», no as another tech company. Just in case you wondered. I just finished Andy Grove’s classic little book on the idea and management of strategic inflection points, or those uncomfortable moments when your industry is radically disrupted in any of several ways. Something that is … Sigue leyendo

Open, social, and community-driven: ideas and fads for 2013

It’s been a few years since TIME magazine decided the «person of the year» were the people, in their online communities. We’ve come a long way both in usage and in public awareness. So much so that it’s hard to point at what has become of it. New technologies, business models and management fads have … Sigue leyendo

On the future of publishing and sundry other thoughts, mostly related

Llega un punto en la vida de un hombre en el que te encuentras con dos ventanas de Chrome permanentemente abiertas, y literalmente 37 pestañas sólo en la primera de ellas. Aparte de un ejemplo de estabilidad y buen uso de memoria por parte de la aplicación, significa que hay demasiadas cosas pendientes de bloguear. … Sigue leyendo

Going agile, the whole hog: Spotify, matrixes and knowledge management

Project managers often have a conflicting feeling with agile methodologies. They’re very effective for small to midsize projects, yes, but how do you keep a neat, synchronized general work plan for a really big project – a programme, actually? Without standard, old-style project management practices? Well, the people at Spotify have gone and tried. They’ve … Sigue leyendo

McKinsey y el nuevo gobierno: pistas prácticas para todos

No, no es que opinen sobre la segunda venida de Obama. Ni siquiera hablan estrictamente de política: hablan de «cómo hacer» lo que proceda. Traduciendo, acaban de publicar los resultados de una iniciativa que ha reunido a muchos de los pensadores y actores más relevantes en el proceso de reimaginación y reconstrucción de la actividad … Sigue leyendo

Privileges: Market failure in salary fixing and the agency problem (draft)

As the Economist remarks this week concerning the salaries of bankers, supply and demand don’t seem to play a role in fixing the level of salary (direct and indirect) of several collectives. The demand for bankers is far smaller than qualified supply, and so is that for higher corporate management, politically appointed government officials, higher … Sigue leyendo

First days not-at-Stanford

As some of my long-suffering readers and friends know, I’m an economist by training, a management consultant, and a web-content and document management almost-expert. Most of my work includes someone customising or developing software, though, and I’ve long been tempted by the matter. It’s a vice: I started out hiring people to do my WordPress … Sigue leyendo

«Inside Apple» vs the «Valve Handbook for new Employees»: two types of emergent vision

There are companies that seem to stand out by design: they do things differently, and achieve more than the competition. This kind of advantage seldom lasts (usually either through imitation or because of market changes that render it less effective) but on occasion they are dyed in the wool, and survive long enough to be … Sigue leyendo

An example of disruptive innovation

Every once in a while, an industry sees a new entrant with a different technology, one that is better at some things but less efficient in key aspects… and also, one that evolves at a different, faster rate than the dominant technology. In the short run, the new technology is niche material. In the long … Sigue leyendo

Rehashing important ideas on innovation and social networks

There’s a couple of reads I’ve come across today that I can’t help commenting. Aaron Shapiro at Fast Company blatantly rehashes the takeaways from the classic «The innovator’s Dilemma» here. AND he doesn’t credit the source, which is so very bad manners. OK, so reading the actual book may be harder than pottering about the … Sigue leyendo

The moth and the fire: on the lifecycle of volunteer moderators

There are two schools of though about moderation. One stresses the advantages of a skilled, dedicated, company-aligned professional, another extols the virtues of motivated, knowledgeable, involved volunteers. IMHO, both are right, and the answer is the right mix. Macuarium‘s experience with volunteer work is extensive: we’ve run (and keep running) the site, and the system … Sigue leyendo

Knowledge management, social media, male pregnancies, ebooks. And Lenin.

While clearing the clutter in the blogroll (and doing some coincidental browsing) I came across some interesting tidbits: Nancy White’s finally announces the book Digital Habitats (cowritten with Etienne Wenger and John Smith has turned into an eBook (available for Kindle). After tinkering with iBooks Author for an hour this weeked I had a more … Sigue leyendo

Selección de links y white papers

Llevo unas cuantas semanas sin poder navegar a gusto, ni comentar las cosas importantes que van pasando, pero en las últimas horas me he tropezado con una sorprendente cantidad de cosas que merecen compartirse. Llamémoslo desahogo: La última de Jordi Graells («Eppur si muove», sesión de clausura VI Jornadas SIG Libre en la Universidad de … Sigue leyendo

Facebook as a business: income, identity and competition

Can’t be helped. The subject is so omnipresent it came up during a lunch with parents of my son’s schoolmates, none of them either financier or technologist. Not quite Rockefeller’s alarm sign, but significant. Is Facebook worth it? Well, IMHO, yes and no. It will probably not be a bad investment in the short and … Sigue leyendo

Bundespräsident Christian Wulf at Lindau: that’s telling them

Mr Wulf was at the opening of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Economic Sciences on the 24th and gave an opening address that should be noted by everyone in the EU and beyond. Because it’s a harbinger of things to come, both if the people in charge heed him… and if they do not. … Sigue leyendo

Naughty Facebook is officially dis-Liked (in Schleswig-Holstein)

It seems Germans are everywhere in the interesting news these days, from trying to impose the «no taxation without representation» principle on rescued European governments, to banning copycatting Samsung Galaxy Tabs in the Patent Wars… and now, to telling off Facebook for gathering profile data on «users and non-users» who click on their «Like» buttons. … Sigue leyendo