“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

New videos: Demonstrating the value of Dialogue Mapping

Hi In December I recorded a podcast with Nick Martin over at workshopbank.com. This was a fun interview for two reasons. Nick is a really smart guy and great to talk to, and it was Friday afternoon, close to Christmas and I was drinking a beer In any… 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

The end of a journey… my book is now out!

About bloody time eh? The Heretics Guide to Best Practices is now available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iUniverse.   ] In Paul and Kailash I have found kindred spirits who understand how messed up most organizations are, and how urgent it is that organizations discover what… 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

Dialogue Mapping: The Ying to SharePoint Yang

I don’t know about you, but as a SharePoint practitioner, I love the fact that I do not do SharePoint full-time anymore. I’d like to take some time to explain why this is the case, and how my non IT work helps me be a better SharePoint practitioner.… 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 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 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