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Entries by Aprill Allen

KM Australia Congress 2013 – An interview with Simon Cheng from Ernst & Young

Simon Cheng is the knowledge leader for Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services in the Asia-Pacific region. He’ll be giving his session, Why should your CEO care about knowledge management?, on the second day of the KM Australia congress. The programme brings together lots of interesting speakers and case studies from a range of industries …

KM Australia 2013

Coming next month is the KM Australia congress. Held at Luna Park’s Crystal Palace function rooms on July 23-25, the congress will be featuring some great international speakers and interesting workshops. In fact, if you’re interested in learning more about Knowledge Centred Support, Simone Moore and I will be conducting a workshops in the …

Decision management, but not as you know it

If you’ve heard of decision management before, you’ll know it as a set of processes for improving and streamlining action items. Decision management systems treat decisions as reusable assets and using predictive analytics, business rules, continuous improvement, etc., can provide automation at decision-making points along the way. You can imagine this happening quite frequently …

Living and working in startup town…for a week

One might think the Knowledge Bird had flown the coop. Not so much. But, I did fly Stateside to spend last week in the office with my Zendesk homies.

I figured, why not take advantage of Mr Knowledge Bird’s trip to Startup Town (aka San Francisco) and go meet-and-greet the people I’d been working with …

In defence of forums

When I put “forums are” into Google, the first options that come up are: “dead”, “stupid”, “full of idiots”, and “a waste of time”. Granted, many of those are sensationalist titles for posts refuting exactly those things. Though the idiots are indeed plenty, online forums themselves are far from dead. Modelled on bulletin boards …

The SKMS: elusive or unattainable?

The service knowledge management system (SKMS) is how ITIL describes all the knowledge and information that relates to IT’s provision of services. In this webinar, recorded last week, Rob England, Attivio CTO Sid Probstein, and I talk about knowledge management with Matt Hooper, and we explore some of the barriers we’ve come across in …

itSMF Knowledge Café

Last week, the NSW branch of the itSMF held a knowledge café for the first special interest group session of 2013. Paul Bodie and I facilitated the session together with a group of 18-or-so service management professionals. We explored both the Gurteen approach to knowledge cafés and the original version that was developed in …

How I use Yammer

Around this time last year, I was at the Yammer on Tour event, sucking down the Kool Aid and wishing I had a Yammer network to participate in. Now, I’m a member of two Yammer networks—one a collective of volunteers and the other, a thriving corporate network. I’m only new to the former, but …

Book Review: The Phoenix Project

Late last year I was lucky enough to get an early preview of The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win. Written by what seems to be the holy trinity of the DevOps movement—Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford—the book has only recently been released and is already …

7 Ways Self-service is like a ShamWow

Like late-night TV, the mind can go from the sublime to the ridiculous when it’s dark and quiet. And so here I am with 7 reasons why self-service forums are like a ShamWow.

1. ShamWow’s in your face around the clock

Just like those ads, self-service forums can run around the clock. And if you have …