PICNIC and Social Media

Yesterday I completely forgot to blog, sorry guys! But yesterday was a nice day. I had a nice conversation about social media and we planned a social media strategy workshop. For me social media is all about conversations between real people with passion. We are going to use the POST methodology from Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff (of Forrester Research).

After this nice conversation we had an internal project team meeting discussing a infographic metaphor we are using for our EIM Scan results. During 30 minutes we really made progress and my colleague worked hard to produce a great first concept we discussed with the client today. During the discussion again we made some very nice progress. Most important: ownership of the infographic is already shifting to the client. Infographics are a very good way to communicate results and help to conquer the last barrier for information value: interpretation!

Yesterday I had to catch up on the Apple WWDC 2011. With some great news on Lion, iOS5 and iCloud. I am really looking forward to downloading Lion directly from the App Store!

Today I registered for PICNIC 2011. A few years I have followed this festival/conference online because I was always to late to register… But this year will break this tradition, so I already have my e-ticket in my inbox! The entourage, people and subjects are very interesting and I hope for some great inspiration from other ideas and concepts. Watch this video from PICNIC 2010 about Instrumenting the city: Data is King by Charles Weigend.

 

Instrumenting the city: Data is King – Andreas Weigend – PICNIC ’10 from PICNIC on Vimeo.

EIM scan preparation

Tomorrow I am co-hosting a first EIM workshop in a series of three. Today I worked on the hypotheses for the scan, this means putting into words what it means for an information domain to be in a specific maturity level. An information domain can be ‘customer information’ or ‘expertise knowledge’. The domains that are included in the EIM scan are specific for each organisation as they depend on strategy. Another aspect that is very important in this workshop is a clear view on the proces and information flow. I worked up some examples for 5 process flows to be discussed tomorrow. A colleague of mine will be present as well to work on infographics of these flows.

My main concern is how to capture all valuable input during the workshop šŸ˜‰

Preparation and Scenario’s

Today I spent the morning preparing for a new customer engagement. The engagement was not sure when I started but the OK came later in the afternoon. Preparation focussed on a workshop format to build an infographic about business processes, information flows and systems. In the afternoon I had to move some appointments around in order to fit an important preparation meeting. I really dislike doing this for a number of reasons but for this time I actually was happy to do so!

In the afternoon I spent some time with a projectteam preparing a number of scenarios to fix some performance issues. We did a nice job on the scenarios and are ready to discuss them next thursday. When I got home I had to wrap up all scenarios in a nice document to share with the rest of the projectteam. In between I went out for a little run to clear my head. After the run I did some final work on the document.

It is always nice to see so many coworkers active on Skype (I am not sure if I like the bid from Microsoft on the company…) even late at night and I had two chats. The first on the document I was working on and the other one was concerning some business development.

Tomorrow is a big day for VLC when the EIM2011 event takes place!