PKM revisited by Harold

Harold Jarche is continuing refining the PKM systems. I find his references to articles focusing on PKM outcomes very useful: keep track, make sense, critical thinking, cooperate, collaborate, problem-solving.

Good examples for ‘Working Smarter’. Thanks Harold.


Good Teamwork: Visual Animation for download

Inspired by a collegue eModerator (Gabriela Renggli) I have produced a GIF-Animation of a group of manikins representing good Teamwork values:


  • Working together and all heading in the same direction!
  • We ALL reach our common goal!
  • Nobody will be left behind!
  • Joint efforts allow us to bridge gaps each one individually would not be able to overcome!

You are free to use this animation in your presentations or kick-off events to accellerate team building with good values.

The following files are made available under Creative Commons Attribution by linking to or to this article: Rightclick the Download Link and safe the file to your computer.

  • GIF 324 x 80 (219 KB) for small teasers: Download
  • GIF 300 x 200 (313 KB) same as above: Download
  • GIF 583 x 200 (576 KB) for Powerpoint or WBT: Download
  • GIF 800 x 274 (2.5 MB) for Powerpoint: Download

Enjoy good team spirit in successful team efforts.

Jay’s first Un-Book

Hey – I am back in a project with Jay Cross and am thinking of posting my experiences to this same blog I used while participating in the Un-Workshop two years ago.

I have therefore changed the title of the blog to represent the actual projects.

So if you are looking at posts prior to today’s date they refer to the old headline:

What is in the UnWorkshop to unlock and speed up Collaboration?

Resources: If you want to …

  • … know more about Jay’s Un-Book? (PDF)
  • participate in the project: Purchase the Un-Book at Lulu (either in print or for download) to get both – the book at its actual release and access to the further developing resources on-line for a period of six months.

Hope you are going to join, but beware: The Un-Book is not about reading a book but about participating. See you there.

Feedback on the Unworkshop

This is my Feedback given to the Informl team:

The Unworkshop was a great experience for me. I have started to use my blog to communicate and to use aggregators on a regular basis (still room for improvement, but the start was much easier for me then if I would have done it just on my own).

In addition to the ‘bus rides’ (guided tours by Jay) and the ‘bike rides’ (small groups with great coaching by Harold and Judy on topics of personal interest) I was fascinated by the Personal Knowledge Management process which has kept me busy for some timevisualizing the steps involved in my previous posts ( and This additional loop after the Unworkshop has helped me to make the information offered in the training to become part of my own business live.

I would at any time join the Informl Crew (Jay, Harold and Judy) again to find new ideas and great resources and shall be monitoring their activities on their own blogs to be inspired. And yes – I am convinced that Informal Learning does work, if …

  • you are curious to learn
  • you are willing to do more then just participating in the live tours via web
  • you are ready to invest some time to explore the ideas shared openly and really give it a try introducing it into your daily business / live

Thanks to the team for this exceptional experience.

Team-Based Content Develompment: Case Study

Thanks to an add I noticed in my Gmail account, I found an interesting Bersin study published by Mohive. Its customer Nordic If Insurance uses the Publishing System and thus reduces the E-Learning Production Cycle.

Bersin summarises current trends in Work-flow Learning: It is estimated that 90 % of what employees learn is through informal on-the-job training.

To get your copy of the 22 page PDF study visit:

The Spiral of PKM 2.0 (new graph)

After a conversation with Harold Jarche last week I have given my Visual of the Personal Knowledge Management process a new dimension, adding the stage “Dialog” at the end of the process.

PKM Process 2-O

The new stage “Dialog” can also be seen as a source for research / retrieval of the next level of development in the growing spiral. I actually like this representation better and it can also be seen as a metaphor for the old format of the web: Knowledge was produced, published and that’s it.

Web 2.0 seems to add more value to the process including dialog with the audience and the spiral shows the growing value of the Information (Knowledge) while passing through the process.

Visual of PKM process stages

After our Unworkshop we had started a training supporting the moderation process in webconferencing and in presence events with visuals (kind of more formal training but with lots of informal options).

As a result I have been able to overcome my believe from early childhood that I would never be able to draw or visualize …

Because I have chosen to visualize the PKM process stages I thought this might also be of interest to those still monitoring our informL blogs:

Visual representation of PKM stages

As you can see I did draw my own pictographs for the stages on paper, scanned them and then (in my drawing program) placed them on an arrow symbolising information coming in and going out again.

The whole process of visualizing helped me getting an even better understanding on what the process is and will certainly help me remember the stages involved …

Informl PKM revisited

The Unworkshop is still in my mind and has to some extend changed my (business) live. In particular the concept of Personal Knowledge Management (see informL | PKM) keeps me thinking, experimenting and thus learning …

Today I have revisited the PKM resources on our informL wiki and I am suggesting to rearrange the seven PKM skills.

Instead of:(1) retrieving information; (2) evaluating/assessing information; (3) organizing information; (4) analyzing information; (5) presenting information; (6) securing information; and (7) collaborating around information

Use: (1) retrieving information; (2) evaluating/assessing information; (3) organizing information; (4) analyzing information; (5) composing information (6) presenting information; (7) securing information

Why do I suggest this?

  • Analysis and synthesis are two different tasks and require different skills and should each be represented as a separate stage
  • The new skill #5 composing (or re-composing) information can be seen as the work of an individual or of a group and would therefore implicitly include the missing skill-sets on collaborating around information.

What do you think? Please let me know if you are still tuned in even though I will only be posting sporadically on my blog in English.

Missed the last Bus Ride

Sorry to all that have been on the last trip of our UnWorkshop #3.

After a long working day I have been taking a nap early in the evening – and slept through the night, missing our tour (1030 pm our time).

So at least we have got one more experience as to what can happen if you collaborate with a global group spread around the world 😉
I would have loved to participate in the conversation and hope Jay will make the Breeze recording available so that I can at least see and hear what you did.

Sorry again and hope to ‘see’ you again in the virtual spaces and maybe one day even in real live …