“Assumption is the mother of all f**k ups”

My business partner, Chris Tomich, is the John Deacon of Seven Sigma. In case you do not know who John Deacon is, he is the bass player from Queen who usually said very little publicly and didn’t write that many songs (and by songs I mean blog posts).… Continue reading

Save the date in October: SharePoint Governance and Dialogue Mapping in the UK

Hi all Just to let you know that in October, I will be in the UK to run a SharePoint Governance and Information Architecture class with Andrew Woodward. Additionally, I am very pleased to offer a Dialogue Mapping introductory course for the first time in the UK as… Continue reading

Confessions of a (post) SharePoint architect: Do not penalise people for learning

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series confessions

Send to Kindle Hi all and welcome to another small piece of my SharePoint architect manifesto. In the previous post I introduced you to the notion of f-laws, which were first coined in a book co-authored by Russell Ackoff. In the process of developing a SharePoint governance and information architecture… Continue reading

Why can’t people find stuff on the intranet?–Final summary

Hi Those of you who get an RSS feed of this blog might have noticed it was busy over last week. This is because I pushed out 4 blog posts that showed my analysis using IBIS of a detailed linear discussion on LinkedIn. To save people getting lost… Continue reading

More SharePoint Governance, Information Architecture and *Sensemaking* Classes Planned

Hi all A big chunk of last year had me off under a metaphorical mushroom, putting together several days of courseware on the topic of SharePoint Governance and Information Architecture. My take on these topics are influenced from some odd places, and the course drew on a lot… Continue reading

SharePoint, Debategraph and Copenhagen 2009 – Collaboration on a global scale

Note: For those of you who do not wish to read my usual verbose writing, then skip to the last section where there is a free web part to download and try out. Unless you are a complete SharePoint nerd and world events don’t interest you while you… Continue reading

The practice of Dialogue Mapping – Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series DM

Three weeks ago my plasma TV broke, freeing the family from the magic spell of hi-def television. My family took the loss in different ways. My four year old was devastated at the lack of Nintendo Wii, and constantly whined about being bored. My ten year old is… Continue reading

The practice of Dialogue Mapping – Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series DM

Hi there and welcome to part 3 of my series on the practice of Dialogue Mapping in the real-world. To recap, in part 1, I provided a brief overview of Dialogue Mapping and in part 2, I described a common real world usage scenario that we perform fairly… Continue reading

The practice of Dialogue Mapping – Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series DM

Hi there. Welcome to part 2 of a series of articles on the craft of Dialogue Mapping – something that forms a significant chunk of my SharePoint and non SharePoint work. In the “One best practice” series of articles, I explained IBIS. In part 1 of this series,… Continue reading

The practice of Dialogue Mapping – Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series DM

Hiya For those who do not regularly read CleverworkArounds, I have a bit of a split career-personality where half my working life is spent as a SharePoint practitioner and the other half as a sort of facilitator, based around the craft of dialogue mapping. This series of articles… Continue reading