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Dismantling the Society of Strangers at Work_May2010

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    • Dismantling the Society of Strangers at Work
      Integrating Social Technologies to Increase Business Success and Nurture a Collaborative Culture
    • Ethan Yarbrough
      Allyis, Inc
      Ken Efta
      Principal Consultant &
      Solution Architect
      Allyis, Inc
      twitter: @kenefta
      Email: kefta@allyis.com
      twitter: @ethany
      blog: http://blog.allyis.com
      Email: ethany@allyis.com
      What We Do
      • Collaboration
      • Knowledge Management
      • Business Process
      • Business Insights
      twitter: @allyis
    • Ethan Yarbrough, president and co-founder of Allyis, Inc. and Ken Efta, co-founder and principal consultant and solutions architect, Allyis, Inc. are presenting at the Innotech NW CIO Summit in Portland, Ore. May 6. They will speak to executive level IT professionals about how to dismantle societies of strangers at work by integrating social technologies to increase collaboration and nurture an Enterprise 2.0 culture.
      Employees are using social media and collaborative tools in their personal lives and expect them to be available and utilized in their job.  Yarbrough and Efta will discuss how, while some companies are still debating the value of social media and whether they'll allow employees to use social technologies on the job, others are plowing ahead, using social networking and internal social computing practices to their competitive advantage.  They’ll show how those companies are sharing knowledge, engaging employees, inspiring innovation, recruiting top talent and seeing increased business opportunities as a result of social computing strategies. 
      Efta will show how, through organizational design and social technographics, IT leaders can design business strategies, intranets, portals, blogs and wikis that capitalize on their organization's culture and nurture Enterprise 2.0 adoption.  Attendees will learn how to dismantle "societies of strangers" at work, uncover knowledge and build relationships that engage employees and lead to measurable ROI as organizational knowledge expands and surfaces. 
      Yarbrough and Efta will provide valuable case studies and specific steps that can be taken immediately to integrate and deploy social tools.
    • What We’ll Cover:
      What is the “society of strangers”?
      How do these societies form?
      What do they cost your business? What are the benefits of dismantling these?
      What stands in your way? A look at the future.
    • No pressure,
      but we have a couple questions for you…
      Why did you attend this session?
      What does a “society of strangers” mean to your organization?
    • Defining Our Terms: The Society of Strangers—What is it? Why is it?
      • An organization in which employees
      • don’t know who is doing similar work
      • Struggle to locate expertise or input
      • don’t know where or with whom to share
      • don’t understand strategic goals of the organization
      • New Demographic Challenges
      • New Geographic Challenges
      • New technology expectations
      • Faster Pace
      • Economic Uncertainty
      Lack of connection; lack of context
    • A Call for Help…
    • How we organize people
    • How people organize themselves (and get work done)
    • How People Organize Themselves
      Relative volume of different types of ties for a prototypical knowledge worker-- Source Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges, Andrew McAfee
      Making connections via
      internal social networks, profiles and social workspaces
      • Improves innovation
      • Increases productivity
      • Saves money
      Strong ties
    • What technologies do we think of when we discuss social networking?
      Microblogging (public and private)
      Mobile solutions
      Voice and video; podcasting
      Aggregation, sharing, and collaboration
      Rating, commenting, tagging, etc.
      Knowledge profiling, location, extraction
    • Some low-tech examples
    • How about Fantasy Football?
      Yes, it’s perceived as a corporate productivity killer, BUT . . .
      Participation across organizational hierarchies; creates strong social ties that can extend into business relationships
      Creates an opportunity to see how others strategize and deal with setback
      Opportunity to focus for sustained periods and maintain long term relationships
      Communities of interest can lead to communities of practice that actually work
    • Agile Development Processes
      Successful teams must act as an effective social network, which means:
      Honest communication leading to continuous learning
      An emphasis on person-to-person interaction, rather than documentation
      Minimal degrees of separation from what is needed by the team to make progress and the people/resources that can meet those needs.
      Alignment of authority and responsibility
      From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_Programming
    • Social Workspaces
      New business model: workspaces and virtual offices for remote employees
      Co-working arrangements; pay money to work next to strangers
      Social interaction can lead to real collaboration and problem solving
    • Business is forged through relationships; relationships are forged between people
    • Relationships Contribute to Organizational Stability
    • Social Networking: Benefits by the Numbers
      Percent of the workday
      the average information worker spends
      being social in pursuit of goals –Dion Hinchcliffe, Dachis Group
    • Benefits by the Numbers
      Amount of
      creative teams’ productivity directly attributable to the amount of interaction they have with others “to discover, gather and internalize information” --MIT Study
    • Benefits by the Numbers
      Percent more productive
      Employees with extensive digital networks are than their
      Less-connected colleagues – MIT Study
    • Benefits by the Numbers
      Quantifying the value of connections
      Amount one utility company saved in one day
      by facilitating cross-functional collaboration
      through an online social network
    • Benefits by the Numbers
      Value of one new contract
      a national consulting firm landed
      because of wiki-based collaboration
    • Benefits by the Numbers
      Increase in sales
      one software company attributes to information exchange
      via video podcasts between dispersed sales personnel
    • Benefits by the Numbers
      Average increase in employee satisfaction
      among companies that implemented
      internal social computing tools -- McKinsey
    • Ethan and Ken’s Very Short True/False Quiz
      True or False: Social computing is a silver bullet for all your employee satisfaction, employee retention and productivity problems.
      It’s not for you, it’s for them
      Expect mistakes, but make them early
      Expect surprises that may change your objectives and how you get there
      Do it right, and it can be very effective
    • Homework
      True or False: Social computing will be integral to how I manage my employees or grow my business in the next 12 months.
      • What’s worth achieving?
      • What stands in the way of making this happen?
      • What are your concerns?
    • Your Ideas
    • Wrap up
      People: Baseline your organization
      Objectives: Work gets done, but is it getting done well? Ask your people about their experience, their answers will show you what you need to be working on.
      Strategy: How to get there: building a business case; calculate ROI; pilot strategies, departmental and division buy-in Technology: Choose what enables the P, the O, and the S above
    • Thank You!