A guest post on Rational Support Bangalore hosted Open Mic sessions by KrishnaKanth Naik:
In this fast paced life, when some thing goes wrong, we often ask: why me? When we look back to see what caused this problem - the answer would be the most logical choice was not done/used. But as life goes on so does work at work.
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Vacation. The word alone strikes both a visceral and dichotomous chord in any and all who hear it. On one hand it triggers a wistful longing or deep anxiousness to get to it, but on the other hand, well that's where things take a turn... for those of us in the corporate world, vacation means returning to an exploded inbox after a week of ignored email. It means that even as we are away from work, basking in the fact that we have no responsibilities for the week, deep down there is that knowledge and fear of what awaits us upon our return. I'm sure at least a few of us have already recoiled in horror at the thought of actually disconnecting and taking a week's vacation.
Thankfully, a few of us in Rational Support have a tool (or rather, concept) to help us deal with that anxiety which makes returning from vacation so much less stressful: our drive to work outside of the inbox. Now, admittedly, it didn't help me return from vacation wholly without fear, but instead, it assuaged that fear nearly immediately once I did return....
Take a moment and think about the last time you took vacation.... how many emails were waiting for your return? Two hundred? Three hundred? One thousand? Somewhere in between? Enough to make returning to work a daunting proposition I'm sure!
Well, imagine returning to the office to find only 138 total emails in your inbox! Moreso, imagine 50% of those messages being irrelevant spam/sales emails and auto-notifications. That's what I came back to. Now, do the quick math and you'll see that my inbox really only held 64 messages for me which required attention... even more luckily, about half of those were only informational and didn't require any direct action. By the time Monday was over, I was nearly 100% caught up from my prior week off. Prior to our WOTI (working outside the inbox) efforts, being caught up by Monday evening would have been inconceivable; a daydreamer's fantasy at best.
The great news? Just because my inbox was reduced substantially from prior vacations' totals, this doesn't mean I am privy to less information... rather, because of our heavy use of wikis, forums, and blogs, all the information I missed during my time away is still available, relevant, and searchable. Instead of digging in to my inbox to disposition emails and categorize accordingly, most of that content was now visible in my RSS reader and already categorized and dispositioned, or even handled for me via internal crowd sourcing as an effect of the networks of connections around me.
Because this information was now being shared in collaborative spaces instead of siloed inboxes, I was able to be more effective more quickly upon my return from vacation and focus on the work that really matters.
Darrel and team will be meeting Monday June 4th from 12:45 to 1:30 in the Dolphin - Oceanic 1 to discuss topics like communities, collaboration, social learning, social business, building your digital reputation. The title in Agenda Builder is: BOF-1770 "Engineers can be social - A look at Collaboration without traditional boundaries".
But this isn't just an update to let you know about this session.. Darrel wants to start the conversation NOW, even if you're not going to be at Innovate 2012. Head on over to his blog post to see a few conversation starters and join in the conversation.
This is one session you shouldn't miss, whether you're at Innovate or not!
Jennifer Moore (Rational's Go-to-market Manager for CLM) recently recorded a podcast on what to expect from Lifecycle Solutions track at Innovate 2012. This is a quick ten minute chat that goes over exactly what to expect form the Lifecycle Solutions Track at Innovate 2012; Jennifer even goes as far as calling out a few specific session numbers (pay attention!) that will provide deep value from the CLM perspectives...
Keep your competitive edge! Be more innovative, faster and better.
The combination of innovation and speed can help organizations stay competitive and decreases the opportunity for competition to announce that next great product or service ahead of you. At Innovate 2012, our Lifecycle Solution track will talk about how your organization can keep that competitive edge with IBM Rational's Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution so that you can be more innovative, faster and better. In this track you will not only learn what is new in CLM but also how forward thinking organizations are reducing costs and optimizing productivity with better collaboration across teams and multi-platforms with effective Application Lifecycle Management capabilities built on the unifying, open, extensible Jazz platform.
In addition to IBM experts speaking at the event, you will also have many customer speakers sharing their stories as well. To know what more is in store at the Lifecycle Solution track at Innovate 2012, listen to the podcast here.
But don't stop there, check out all the awesome Innovate 2012 podcasts available via the links above!
Here in Rational Support, we understand the deep value of influence and thought leadership. We work hard to make sure our experiences across the organization are captured and shared out to help all of our clients and other IBMers alike reuse and benefit from our collective knowledge. One of these ways is through our periodic "Top Content" posts which highlight the most reused support content in the prior month.
Identifying and quantifying the value of what we do, however, isn't quite as easy. This is something that we've touched on before, and something which is a huge trend in the 'social' industry today: measuring value. Recently I ran across this article from Wired Magazine discussing one of these ranking systems: Klout. In the closing of this article the author, Seth Stevenson, posits that while this tool is becoming more of a pivotal piece in the social spaces it is likely missing a key factor (or more) to really crack the nut of measuring influence and subsequently value. Seth makes an important note on his own anxieties and calling out what he has seen in terms of who the biggest score holders are: big names that appear caught in an echo chamber, versus those he finds truly interesting who tend to have lower scores across the board.
In Rational Support, we believe we've stayed away from that echo chamber effect in our social spaces, instead focusing in on the information that is critical and necessary for you, our clients, to be successful in your businesses. Sure, we may watch our Klout score with a little interest, but we don't let that drive how we do our jobs. Our core beliefs remain squa
Given that influence is comprised of so many differing variables, both observable and intuitive, how would YOU quantify your influence? What are those key factors or variables that are important to you, which do you look for to identify the influencers in your networks? Let us know in the comments below!