What I Learned on Twitter This Week: Control design, not people

American Bar Association article on Personal Knowledge Management. by @KMHobbi

Lawyers are knowledge workers who must cope with an ever-increasing volume of information flowing within and outside of their workplaces. In this ever-more connected world, sifting through irrelevancies to find what you need can take a lot of time. Solution: Try PKM.

Slumdog reveals learning treasures: hole-in-wall computer founder Sugata Mitra turns his hand to British education. via @charlesjennings

“If you give children time to investigate an answer, it’s surprising what they can learn,” Mitra says. “Instead of guessing, they do their own research, and acquire an advanced, university-style of learning. The children have a common goal, and bounce ideas off each other – in the friction session, for example, they started to discuss everyday examples, such as tyres, snow chains, carpet burns, and Olympic swimmers’ shaved bodies.”

Melvin Conway on homomorphism. via @BFChirpy

The basic thesis of this article is that organizations which design systems (in the broad sense used here) are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations. We have seen that this fact has important implications for the management of system design. Primarily, we have found a criterion for the structuring of design organizations: a design effort should be organized according to the need for communication.

Objections to social media: Bell invents the telephone. Twitpic by @JaneBozarth


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