Posted on February 28, 2008 by Lee White
Blog Carolinas Agenda
Draft Agenda Tracks and Topics
|Martketing / Comm
||Privacy and Identity
|Engaging the Customer
|PR & Social Media
|Monitoring & Measurement
||Re-Imagine the Organization
We have ideas for conversation leaders for several of these topics but nothing confirmed yet. If you are interested in leading a conversation or have an idea for another topic, contact Lee White. This list will remain fluid until the event.
This is also published as a google doc .
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Posted on February 25, 2008 by Lee White
Following BarCampRDU last year, Nathan Gilliatt began thinking about putting together some type of similar event, but with less of a tech focus and more of a business/marketing focus. To make a long story short, he started developing Blog Carolinas, modeled after Josh Hallett’s Blog Orlando. Thanks Nathan, for getting this off the ground.
Last week, Nathan and I agreed that I would take the lead responsibility for moving this event forward.
The theme of this event will be, how the new tools of community are changing the landscape for organizations. To that end, the term “Blog” in the event title refers to blog as a metaphor for all community based tools. This event will also embody the ideals it proposes to present. The planning and logistics will be handled by the community, affectionately known as FoBC (Friends of Blog Carolinas). The event itself will be more focused on conversation than presentation. I do plan to have “experts” in attendance and leading sessions, but their role will not be to teach per se, but to facilitate a conversation.
The intended audience for this event is not “the choir” (though we do need the choir there to lead the singing). The intended audience are those that are working in organizations, large and small, and have read the articles in WSJ, BusinessWeek, NYT, etc., and are curious about what this stuff is all about. So once we get the details set, please talk to your friends that keep asking you about social media, blogs, FB, MySpace, etc. (I am presuming that if you are reading this, you might already a member of the choir.)
New activity to date:
- First of all we need to confirm a venue and date for the event. My preference is a location in the RDU area, but if the perfect venue pops up anywhere in NC/SC we will take a good hard look at it. I would like to find some place that can handle about 200 people, including one large room for plenary sessions, at least 4 other rooms for breakout track sessions, and a common social space suitable for dispensing lunch and snacks. Access to open WiFi will be a VERY, VERY nice thing to have. Oh yeah, the space needs to be free (or sponsored). If anyone has ANY ideas, let me know.
- Sponsorships will be gladly accepted. We are not trying to make money here, just cover the expenses. So if you, or someone you know would like to cover the cost of lunch, coffee, snacks, supplies, etc., please let me know.
- A draft agenda is in the works. Once it is in a reasonable format, I will post here and in the FB group, looking for comments.
- On line presence is already underway, but we can make it a little better. Nathan reserved a domain name “blogcarolinas.Net?, .Org?, .Com?”, and it would be nice to have a single destination. My skill set is not up to snuff here, so volunteers are happily accepted. A logo would be nice too, if there are any designers out here.
So it looks like we are off and running. Come and join the fun.
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Posted on February 21, 2008 by Lee White
Now we have a conversation going…
Dennis’s response to my last post:
Lee, there is no way that you are going to convince me to manage a multimillion dollar project with hundreds of employees and multiple vendors without a formal, structured budget, a schedule, a defined set of tasks, or a defined set of responsibilities that can be communicated. I will also insist on an appropriate set of formal tools to efficiently keep track of all the “moving parts” — including the budget.
First, let me disclose, the majority of my PM experience has been with smaller projects than the ones Dennis is referring to. Therein may lie part of the difference of opinion.
As I pondered this post over lunch, I realized that Dennis and I maybe talking apples and oranges. My issue is not with the use of traditional PM tools for their intended use. No, what bothers me is when we try to use those tools “as is” to communicate to stakeholders. Think about it, if you are a Project Manager, what happened the last time you showed a 1000 line plan to your business sponsor?
The trick is for the project manager to find some mechanism to present the project content in a more consumable format, and to allow the stakeholders to effectively respond without having to learn the “syntax”. Enter Social Media.
As I look at Dennis’s “wish list”, most of the items deal with this translation from the inner jargon to an understandable conversation, and do it with a social media mentality.
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