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Thomas Vander Wal - Enterprise software is like the exact opposite

Thomas Vander Wal - Enterprise software is like the exact opposite

Adoption is key and the only place that adoption in technology really has taken place over the last 15 years, 20 years, has been gaming. And gaming always starts off with you learn simple skills, you have mastery, and then you add another level of skills that you learn. And the interfaces all start off basically simple, and as you learn things you get a more complicated interface. And it’s relatively easy to learn in these small chunks, and then[...]
Thomas Vander Wal - Silos in large organizations have somewhat value

Thomas Vander Wal - Silos in large organizations have somewhat value

The different interfaces and interaction designs from the old school tool and human interactions, how they are honed for this different mental models is really important and important to understand. One of the things I am seeing happen now is Jive and Salesforce Chatter, there is a module that plugs into Jive, so somebody can be living in Jive and have a conversation with Salesforce Chatter folks, and they are both living within their genuine interface. That works in the[...]
Thomas Vander Wal - An organization needs to have things flow

Thomas Vander Wal - An organization needs to have things flow

There is an awful lot of things in sort of adaptive systems in being able to, you know, the smaller the particle the easier it is to flow, and so having fluidity in systems, people… when things become too rigid, the small adapted pieces start flowing around it, not flowing through it. And an organization needs to have things flow through, their customers, their business partners, and so forth. And having that flow through, you create the value. Having things[...]
Thomas Vander Wal - Thinking of redundancy and continuity of work

Thomas Vander Wal - Thinking of redundancy and continuity of work

Being able to bring these worlds together and then always thinking of redundancy and continuity of work when things go down, and I am always thinking about that, and I talk to organizations quite a bit who are using… The relatively young adaptive companies and not young by age, but young by using sort of newer models, and thinking in newer ways as the norm. And so they are using much newer tools and they are using things like GitHub[...]
Thomas Vander Wal - What happens when everything goes dark?

Thomas Vander Wal - What happens when everything goes dark?

That whole skillset is just beginning to emerge as people are thinking about it. The biggest downside is when everything goes dark, what happens. And if power goes out of, if the networks go down, if there is sun flares that knock everything out for a few days, or months, or a year, what happens? How do we exist? Do we have those capabilities? And I have talked to friends who were […] in the U.S. Military and doing artillery[...]
Thomas Vander Wal - You are working with an adaptive puzzle

Thomas Vander Wal - You are working with an adaptive puzzle

In The Connected Company book we put this model together, and Dave Gray initially called it podular and I didn’t like it at first, and then I can’t, I can not use it because it’s a great thinking, and a lot of that came out of my going back to how I ran teams in the 2000s, early 2000s, in that I had a spreadsheet where each individual and all of the needed skill sets and roles, and each person’s[...]
Thomas Vander Wal - Being able to have living breathing documents

Thomas Vander Wal - Being able to have living breathing documents

So the foundations that you need to get there are completely different than they have been in the past as well. And things are always… as soon as something is perfect, it’s… within the next second it’s imperfect. I have been working through a series on my blog, InfoCloud, and trying to get back at it, now that I have a little bit of breathing space, this series is called Shift Happened. And being able to focus on how to[...]