Ray Ozzie on Lotus Notes and Slow Hunch Innovation

Steven Berlin Johnson

SJ: How did the idea for Lotus Notes come about? RO: The Lotus Notes is story is one of those situations where I and several other people––the people who ended up being my cofounders—were exposed to a system that we couldn’t shake. But this Plato system was built by this creative eccentric, Don Bitzer, who believed that computers could change education. And there was this thing called Notes that did e-mail, personal notes, and discussions, group notes.

Of sandbanks and granite cliffs

Dave Snowden

Instead this is a continuous process of mapping and strategy developed based on feedback loops and dynamic, but managed change processes. The granite cliffs that surround your harbour may only need to be surveyed every decade or so but the sandbanks are constantly shifting and changing. All the projects are then examined for common elements which include the use of technology. Note we don't start with technology we start with finely grained needs.


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Blog Post: E2.0 folks learning what KM folks learnt long ago

David Gurteen

behavior change where he points to an article Not every blog has its day in the Sydney Morning Herald. I learnt this myself with Lotus Notes 1989 - 1999 (in fact it was one of the prime motivators for my moving away from technology and starting to focus more on the people side of things); KM folks then learnt it 1999 -2009 and now the E2.0 To my mind, the lesson: "Don't implement a technology tool (impose it on people) and expect them to see the benefits and use it.

Workplace learning in ten years

Harold Jarche

To set up a collaborative work space for our clients, Lotus Notes was one of the few options. Most of our clients balked at the idea of online collaborative work and preferred e-mail or the telephone (some things don’t change). In the intervening decade I wondered about some of the technological changes. These changes will not be evenly distributed. The LCB Big Question for March is, What will workplace learning look like in 10 years?

Context, is well contextual

Dave Snowden

Now my background was decision support; I had designed and built systems for that, written my MBA thesis on the subject and generally was fascinated by the human aspects of decision making in the context of technology augmentation. The fact that information could now move quickly, if not then in real time, to allow executives to manage international organisations produced fascinating changes in behaviour and expectation.

Is Social Business Ready to Face Internet Traffic Jams?

Luis Suarez

About 2 weeks ago that changed drastically and deteriorated to a rather unbearable level: 5 mbps download and 0.58 so even if I would change ISPs I would still have the same speeds as I have got now. Thus how much of a dependency would we have on our social technologies providing offline / local access, so that we could do our work, even if connectivity would be poor to then replicate or sync back to the server(s) with our data.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Re-inventing the Corporate Research Lab

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. In technology, the Research division pioneered a number of semiconductor breakthroughs, such as the use of copper wiring to help build faster microprocessors and the use of self assembly , - inspired by biological mechanisms, - in semiconductor manufacturing. But the culture of the research labs had to drastically change.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Welcome to Adam Smiths World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Then everything changed. Rapid advances in microprocessor technologies in the late 1980s opened the door for new competitors to attack the mainframe with less expensive, client-server , UNIX and PC-based platforms. Does IBM worry about the job security of the Lotus Smartsuite service team ?