April 2007


Visualizing complex networks: great free resource site

Visualizing complex networks: great free resource site

I discovered a great site Visual Complexity for anyone interested in network visualization with the aim to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web.


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Virtual Enterprise Networks: current best practice in the UK

Virtual Enterprise Networks: current best practice in the UK

Andrew Faughy, General Manager and Director of VEN Operations Ltd, gives an excellent video lecture ‘VEN: The Story so Far’ at the ICE Conference (Milan 2006) on the Virtual Enterprise Network concept in practice in Yorkshire in the UK involving nearly 400 small businesses.


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Ravens demonstrate logic and social intelligence

Ravens demonstrate logic and social intelligence

According to Robin McKie writing for The Observer in “Clever raven proves that it's no birdbrain“ scientists have discovered an unexpected candidate for the title of the world's second smartest creature: the raven


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Delphi collective group intelligence tool: powerful and free

Delphi collective group intelligence tool: powerful and free

The Delphi Technique is a proven way to harness collective group intelligence (popularly known as the wisdom of crowds) in a wide range of applications.


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Social networks underpin creativity

Social networks underpin creativity

We often have in our head the stereotype of the brilliant but solitary artist or writer who cannot, or will not, work with anyone else but is this the whole story on creativity and innovation?


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Teams: only neurotics and character disordered should apply

Teams: only neurotics and character disordered should apply

One of the main dilemmas for team leaders and members is the thorny issue of responsibility. We often fixate on the problem of members (or leaders) not taking enough but Dr Scott Peck, renowned psychiatrist, reminds us they can also do damage if they try to take too much!


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Friendship groups versus social networks

Friendship groups versus social networks

An essay by Stuart Jeffries in The Guardian shows why it is important to have good friendship rings as well as strong social/business networks and how to tell the difference.


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Is defining collaboration useful

Is defining collaboration useful

OK so you may be able to define collaboration, but will it help you achieve it?


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When collaboration goes bad

When collaboration goes bad

Poor organisational intelligence leads to 'coblaboration' instead of collaboration.Harvard Professor, David Perkins, in his latest book, "King Arthur's Round Table : How Collaborative Conversations Create Smart Organizations", discusses the importance of "organisational Intelligence" and "developmental leadership" and how the absence of these leads to coblaboration rather than collaboration in organisational teams.


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Can software engineering teams adapt biological principles

Can software engineering teams adapt biological principles

Ken Thompson, facilitated an interactive session at the 2006 SPICE Conference in Luxembourg in June 2006 with the leading practitioners and researchers in Software Process Improvement (SPI) on the topic 'Can software engineering teams adapt biological principles?'


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