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Design and “Gamification At Work”

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The Interaction Design Foundation is publishing Gamification At Work by Jankaki Kumar and Mario Herger for the public tomorrow. just finished reading the book and taking notes thinking I might review it. However, rather than do a simple review of the book’s content, I decided to situate the major points from the book into a post on […].

Podular Organization and Edge Businesses

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My last post, Institutional Innovation and Podular Design, noted a number of insights from the Aspen Institute''s report, Institutional Innovation: Oxymoron or Imperative? One insight which I did not discuss is relevant to understanding the changing way teams work together in organizations and, by implication, in a Connected Company. Richard Adler the Rapporteur for the Aspen sessions, notes that, "New findings about the power of collective intelligence and about the most effective ways of organizing teams are providing practical insights about how to accelerate innovation." Enterprise 2.0

Social Flow and Collaboration in Gameful Design

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Social Flow in Gameful Design made the point that social flow contrasts to Csikszentmihalyi's original concept of individual or solitary flow, in which a person's engagement in actions is optimal, where they lose a sense of time and awareness of self in an intrisincally rewarding feeling. Social flow implies a qualitatively different order of the flow experience, a group-level experience. emphasize the importance of voluntary experience because if you can't quit playing the experience is not a gameful one. Recent social psychological research supports Simon's point.

Social Flow and the Paradox of Exception Handling in ACM

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There is nothing like an exception to the way things are done to highlight the need to increase knowledge sharing, especially if the exception is one instance of a pattern that results in bad experiences for customers. As Jay Cross recently noted, people learning at work rely on social, or informal learning, around 80% of the time. Change Management Collaboration Customer Experience ACM adaptive case management Business Business process management exception handling informal learning Performance management shared experience social flow social learning

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Siloed Social Conversations Impede Shared Experience

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The Altimeter Group’s report from earlier this year, The Evolution of Social Business: Six Stages of Social Business Transformation, offers the above graphic to exemplify the way social networking develops as the social activities of businesses mature. tend to feel skeptical about many developmental models in social business simply because markets differ, sometimes in fundamental ways, […]. Change Management Collaboration Experience Design Innovation Social Business Design Social Media Social Networks Uncategorized co-creation community Customer Communities Enterprise 2.0

Gossip, Collaboration, and Performance in Distributed Teams

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What do you think the typical manager might say if you told them their employees don't gossip and engage one another in non-work related tasks enough? Most managers have heard of the watercooler effect without ever having the meaning of the concept sink in to their understanding of how it relates to performance and collaboration. couple of studies released this summer dealing with performance and collaboration in teams merit consideration. Customer Experience Experience Design social networking Enterprise 2.0 elearning 2.0 empathy

Social Media Robots, Personas, and Narrative Gaps in Qualitative Research

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Back in 2006 I read the following point on Hugh Mcleod's blog, Gapingvoid: "If people like buying your product, it’s because its story helps fill in the narrative gaps in their own lives." At the time I thought it conveyed nicely the point made by Gerald Zaltman in How Customers Think that "companies should define customer segments ont he basis of similarities in their reasoning or thinking processes" (p. 152) rather than the conventional constructs related to demographics.

Social Learning, Collaboration, and Team Identity

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One of my earlier posts asked the question, Who's on Your Team? Its focus was on the importance of social software applications in the Enterprise to the ability of distributed project team members to recognize who is on their team at any point in time, and who isn't. Organizational analysts refer to the challenge as a boundary definition problem for teams, when members are spread across large distances whether geographic or cultural in nature. Recently, Mortensen continued researching the topic by studying 39 officially defined software and product development teams.

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Using Social Network Analysis in Social Business Design

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My previous post discussed the Open/Closed culture fallacy in social business design. contended that leaders of large corporations are typically unable to answer the key strategic questions posed by David Armano in an important post recently. In this post I'll continue that line of thinking by considering a combination of David's third and fourth questions in light of the open/closed culture fallacy.

Social Flow in Gameful Design

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Don't Gamify Wild Bill discussed the importance of designing for voluntary play in serious games. Play is the baseline requirement for any game designed to provide useful indicators for gauging individual and organizational successes over time. Specifically, my point is that those interested in gamifying employee engagement in social business, and who also aim to effectively use collaboration, must optimally design for emergence not just competition and cooperation as guiding principles. Collaboration Community 2.0 Experience Design Gameful Design Social Business Design Social Learning

Social Learning and Exception Handling

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We know that most learning in the workplace is informal. Most observers put it at around 80%. Recently, John Hagel and John Seeley Brown contended that "as much as two-thirds of headcount time in major enterprise functions like marketing, manufacturing and supply chain management is spent on exception handling." The most basic point to remember is that exceptions to formal business processes require efforts to design a scalable learning architecture that supports content co-creation needed to adapt to emergent challenges and manage the flow of that adaptation through an enterprise’s ecosystem.

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Collaboration, Empathy, and Language in Global Teams

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The trade-offs in deciding whether to implement a lingua franca policy are pretty well known. Pressure from other global players such as suppliers, customers, partners, and competitors who increasingly use English is one. Diversification of organizational tasks across departments in different countries creates bottlenecks without a lingua franca, increasing inefficiencies. third reason relates to making mergers and acquisitions among global companies smoother in organizational terms. Change Management Collaboration Enterprise 2.0

Don’t Gamify Wild Bill

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There is a lot, actually a whole lot, of buzz over the past year about the gamification of business, specifically marketing, training, customer service. Much of it misses the simple point that it is the experience with it, the playfulness of it, that makes a game. Not the scoring system, or the rewards, or anything else can make up for a game that participants (customers or employees) don't experience as play. I'm not saying that incorporating game mechanics into relationships cannot create a motivating dynamic, at least over the short run. It certainly can.

SharePoint is not Enterprise 2.0 or Social Networking " Skilful Minds

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The title for this post is drawn from a recent assessment of SharePoint 2007 offered on Thomas Vander Wal's bog, Personal InfoCloud. Thomas' post, as always, offers a unique point of view on what Enterprise 2.0 consists and, specifically, how SharePoint measures up. Web 2.0 social media e-Learning 2.0 elearning 2.0 social networking twitter

Empathy and Collaboration in Social Business Design

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To get to the main point quickly, let's do what few people offering thoughts about collaboration actually do. Let's explicitly discuss what it is. First off, collaboration isn't just about people sharing information to achieve common goals. Collaboration is about people working with other people to achieve common goals. Advocates of Enterprise 2.0 sometimes make the fundamental mistake of arguing that collaboration is really only about achieving goals, leaving the implication that incorporating social software into the workflow of organizations is sufficient. It requires shared experience.

Business Exceptions Are Not Always What They Seem

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Common wisdom among thought leaders who examine learning in organizations notes that most of the learning that occurs is done informally, or socially. However, informal learning has its own limitations that we all need to keep in mind as we think through the ways in which it adds value to business processes. Collaboration Customer Experience e-Learning 2.0 Innovation Learning Experience Social Business Design Social Learning ACM business process exception handling General Electric informal learning John Hagel Proficy Workflow social learning

Storyboarding for eLearning

Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.

Institutional Innovation and Podular Design

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In Social is the plural of personal JP Rangaswami contends that institutional innovation is required to achieve the potential that social software offers organizations in general, and for-profit companies in particular. JP's voice is one of several important contributions to current thinking about innovation. Change Management Collaboration Experience Design Innovation Social Business Design Social Media Social Networks Web 2.0

Social Business, the Golden Rule, and Open Empathy Organization

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I first took real notice of the term "social business" in a post early this year over at Peter Kim's blog. The concept is discussed by a range of observers interested in the implications of large numbers of people using web 2.o technologies, especially social media, within corporate enterprises as employees, or outside them as customers. Policies, processes, channels, touch points and transactions are increasingly viewed as parts of the social experiences organizations use to engage employees in collaboration and customers in conversation.

Finding the Social Core of Facebook Friends: Revisiting the Dunbar Number

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A recent Economist article discusses the relevance of Dunbar’s Number to friending in Facebook, and its relation to the size of social networks, especially networks of close friends. The article addresses a similar issue outlined in an earlier post here on the influence of influentials on Twitter, which focused on findings of a recent study by members [.]. Social Networks social media facebook friends social core social media marketing social network social networking twitter Web 2.0

Social Media is a Compound Noun

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Social media is not a noun (media) accompanied by an adjective (social). In fact, as long as we think of it that way social media can only fail to achieve what the thought leaders who advocate its use believe it capable of doing. Social media is, in fact, a compound noun. Neither term is sufficent to describe what is done by those using it unless we consider it as part of the other. social business design social media

Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI

Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!

Customer Competencies, Co-Creation, and Brand Communities

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Word of mouth communities and networks using social software are increasingly spread over regional, national, and international borders, making them much more important to those who market branded products and services, online and off. The recent buzz around the concept of social business points to the growing importance of social networks and communities to the evolution of business practice. Whether companies are in fact closing the community gap and the engagement gap remains an open question though. empathy empathy with customers engagement Innovation

Exploring the Usefulness of Chartjunk at STLUX’11

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At the end of February I co-presented at STL UX 2011 with Dave Gray. Our presentation was called Exploring the Usefulness of Chartjunk. The collaboration behind the presentation started as an exchange between the two of us on Twitter regarding whether the whole concept of Chartjunk is a myth. Over a series of conversations about recent research on the relative importance of visual embellishment in how people remember and understand data, I suggested to Dave that we develop a presentation around the topic.

What are the Organizational Limits to Analytics in SCRM?

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Recent studies, one by Sentiment360 and the other by FreshMinds, contend that social media monitoring tools aren't very accurate in measuring sentiment, much less influence. The insight isn't a new one and speaks to the now well-known issue of whether social media engagement is scalable. SCRM Social Business Design social CRM

Transformations in the Grocery Shopping Service Journey

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Grocery shopping is one of those chores that we all have to do from time to time. I'm introducing the topic of grocery shopping as a service journey not because the concept is new. Few people who analyze what grocers do and how people who shop in their stores get the job of buying groceries done would be surprised that it is a journey. What I want to do is provide a brief history of the grocery shopper's journey, and key transformations of that journey.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

Social Business Design: Insights from HP’s WaterCooler

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So, here social media sits, between fear and faith. Needless to say, the truth about social media's implications for business design lies somewhere in the middle. The fact of the matter, as Todd Defren tells us, is that we need to begin seriously discussing "how Social Media Thinking will impact the greater whole of the company.". Customer Experience Enterprise 2.0 Experience Design social business design social media socialCRM

Ethnography, Globalization, and Experience Design

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One of the most visited posts on this blog is titled, Empathic Research Methods and Design Strategy. In it I add to points made by Adam Silver, a Strategist at Frog Design, noting that globalization and digitalization in the 1990s resulted in product and service interfaces with more culturally diverse and geographically distributed customers. The combination of these forces led designers to search for new methods to augment artistic intuition. The basis for such insight into the implications of globalization for design and marketing is certainly not new.

Socializing Big Data through BRPs

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BRPs result in business exceptions and take up almost all of the time employees spend at work. Interestingly, much of the writing I see on Big Data is about making ERPs more efficient or making guesses about when to expect occurrences of a BRP. In other words, both goals are really about making coordination of organizational efforts more efficient and/or effective. Big Data Collaboration Ethnography Innovation Social Business Design Ubiquitous Computing Web 2.0 Big data Data science exception handling machine learning Thick Data Thingamy Workflow

On the Roots of Social Computing

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I recently received an invitation from Mads Soegaard, Editor-in-Chief at Interaction-Design.org to offer those who read this blog an early view of a new chapter on Social Computing in their encyclopedia. I’m a little late on this writing for you to get a pre-publication view of the chapter but I wanted to make sure and point it out for [.]. Collaboration e-Learning 2.0 Enterprise 2.0 Innovation Social Business Design Web 2.0 Experience Design IBM Mads Soegaard Rob Kling social business social computing Social Media social network social software

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

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A Learnability and Experience Design Update

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One of my earlier posts discussed the learnability of a service as a key challenge for experience design. Today I ran across this early video from Don Norman on learnability and product design. thought I would share it. Experience Design Innovation Learning Experience Service Design Social Business Design User Experience Collaboration Customer Experience learnability learnable social learning user experience

Failing to See Money Hiding in Plain Sight

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I've discussed ethnography, especially digital ethnography, several times taking note that, whether we use ethnography in marketing or design research remains irrelevant to the methods employed. What matters is whether we develop the research questions around the assumption that sociocultural practices provide the data source for answers. Ethnographers research settings, situations, and actions, with the discovery of surprising relationships as their most basic goal. The most surprising relationships though are often hiding in plain sight, right under our noses.

Video Analysis for Experience Design: The Video Card Family Game

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Digital ethnography is an increasingly feasible research technique as smartphones decrease in cost and more people carry them around. The photographic capability of smartphones is an important resource in making digital research ubiquitous, giving people the ability to capture images and record observations as they go about their everyday lives, and characterize those observations for ethnographers. Of course, taking photographs and sharing them online as part of a diary or journal for ethnographic research predates smartphones.

Social Media, Word of Mouth, and the Cynefin Framework

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Speaking the language of customer-centricity is not good enough. Companies must talk-the talk and walk-the-walk for brand strategy. Brand strategies are most effective when based in the design and delivery of business services themselves. Listening to the conversations people engage online about a topic (such as your brand), and eliciting the participation of those people in the development and refinement of products and services, are two key parts of an experience design strategy. Even though you may think this is a "Duh!" insight, consider recent findings on the engagement gap.

5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget

In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.

Talking about Flatland as Visualized by Carl Sagan

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I first read Edwin Abbot's Flatland several decades ago. It is considered the first science fiction novel, after all, since its first printing in 1885. must say though, the simplicity of the story never really hit me until I watched the following Carl Sagan interpretation of it recently.

Paradigm Shifts, TED Talks, and the Rosetta Stone

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People discussing the pace of change that organizations face in dealing with connected customers, globalization, competition, distributed workforces, innovation, etc. often assert that a paradigm shift is needed. agree with the basic point. However, the way forward is seldom clear and simple when facing the need for dramatic changes in how we think about organizing what we know into practical changes to such fundamental challenges. Collaboration Experience Design Innovation Social Media Egyptian hieroglyphs invention paradign shift philology Rosetta Stone Social Sciences TED Talk TED Thinking

Dialogue Strategy and Social CRM: A Customer Experience with XO

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On several occasions I've discussed dialogue in relationship to organizational self-orientation, open innovation, brand strategy, and learning. The overall premise of my thinking on the topic rests on the idea that stakeholders, whether consumers, customers, partners, and others with influence in a company's ecosystem are gaining increasing power to affect the meaning of brand offerings and the evaluation of operating assumptions, making strategic efforts of organizational transformation inevitable for large organizations.

Ethnography and Ubiquitous Digital Research

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I've discussed ethnography several times before, the first taking note of the trend toward virtual anthropology and the next talking about the significance of Tom Boellstorff's ethnography of Second Life, followed by a couple of posts about ethnography in relation to empathy and globalization. Indeed, Cheskin's Davis Masten and Tim Plowman characterized digital ethnography as the next wave in understanding the consumer experience in a Design Management Journal article as early as 2003.

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The Fallacy of Open/Closed Culture in Social Business Design

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Think about a closed business culture. Try to visualize what it looks like. Now, think about an open business culture. Try to visualize it. What image comes to mind in each thought? Does the former image looks something like a pyramid? Does the latter one look something like a spider web turned on its side? If you think about it in a comparative way however, these two images exhibit very similar relationships between their parts. three dimensional pyramid flattened out is about the same structure as a spider web. Neither is more open or closed than the other.

Revisiting the Great Innovation Debate

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An early Skilful Minds post introduced The Great Innovation Debate, focusing on the distinctions between Tom Friedland's conception that when it comes to innovation the world is flat, and the alternative point of view espoused by Richard Florida that the world is spiky. Meaning that the aggregation of creative people in cities, in proximity to one another, largely drives innovation and economic growth. These collective efforts typically exist as cross-functional teams working with business partners, or customers.