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DevLearn 2009 – Day 3 Recap November 13, 2009

Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
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Ah, the final day of DevLearn 2009. It’s been so much fun! But all good things must come to an end…

If you haven’t caught up yet, be sure to read recaps of Day 1 and Day 2. And don’t forget: You can view photos from DevLearn, too!

Keynote: Why New Media Matters – Leo Laporte

Leo gave a great keynote without using any slides at all. How refreshing is that?! His stories were engaging, and it’s clear why he’s been so successful as a radio/technology personality for so many years. Cammy Bean did an awesome job (again) of live-blogging this morning’s keynote. You can see her notes here. Thanks again, Cammy!

I was only able to attend one session Friday morning, but it was a really good one:

Session 706: Sharing Knowledge for Training: Social Networking in Action at Toyota

Rodolfo Rosales presented his story of introducing a social network within Toyota to help encourage employees to share subject matter expertise (ex. product information, car comparisons). Rodolfo and his team used Ning as their social network and it flourished in the first 3 months….until their internal IT department found out about it. As I’ve seen in many cases, IT isn’t always comfortable with rogue installations of software, and they shut down the initiative (booo!). However, there was a happy ending: IT began to see the value of the social network and the resulting data, so they are now working to create an enterprise-wide social network that will be supported at Toyota. Rodolfo’s slides will be available on the DevLearn Resources page. Be sure to take a look.

Side note: Has anybody else noticed that many of the Learning 2.0 / Enterprise 2.0 tools seem to cause disruptions (ex. politically and technically) within the enterprise? I’ve seen it several times. There’s a research project in there somewhere…

Nice to meet you!

I had the pleasure of meeting all kinds of new people at DevLearn. I was also able to catch up with old friends, which is always great. I will attempt to list a bunch of them here, but I know I will forget several. (I’m sorry if I left you off the list!)

Thank you!!

A big Thank You to the eLearning Guild for doing such a great job with DevLearn!! I look forward to attending another Guild event soon.



1. Brent Schlenker - November 13, 2009

Another beautiful recap, BJ. I’ve seen the theme of disruption building for a while as well. I wonder if we could perhaps collect stories of disruption similar to the Toyota example?
Its always great to see you! I’m glad you learned a lot and had a great time.
We’ll see you next year in San Francisco!

2. Matin M-B - November 14, 2009

…and talking of Toyota and disruption, here’s a paper with a title that attracts and repelks in equal measure: Wellsprings of Creation:
How Perturbation SustainsExploration in Mature

In summary:
‘Organizations struggle to balance simultaneous imperatives to exploit and explore, yet theorists differ as to whether exploitation undermines or enhances exploration. The debate reflects a gap: the missing theoretical mechanism by which organizations break free of old routines and discover new ones. We propose that the missing link is perturbation: novel stimuli that disrupt the execution of specialized routines. Perturbation creates opportunities for organizations to invoke exploratory, general-purpose problem-solving routines. In
mature organizations, exogenous perturbations become increasingly scarce to the point that exploration is stifled and inertia sets in. We theorize that mature organizations can sustain exploration by deliberately inducing perturbations in their own processes. Our theory yields testable hypotheses about the relationships
between exploitation, perturbation, and exploration. We provide illustrations from The Toyota Motor Company to show how deliberate perturbation enables efficient exploration in the midst of intense

3. Gary H - November 14, 2009

Maybe we’re disruptive because many of us are early adopters looking for better ways to deliver content. We can explain why the technology will help us meet our goals, business goals not just learning goals. We make disruptive technology serve a purpose.

It was great catching up with BJ, and everyone at DevLearn.

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5. Panos - November 15, 2009

Hi there,

Thank you for the recaps 🙂 They’ve been really helpful for the rest of us who couldn’t attend. Do you know if there’s a way to get the notes of all the presentations? I’m looking particularly for 109, 114, 201 and 207 🙂


6. B.J. Schone - November 15, 2009

Hi Panos,

Thanks for your feedback… I don’t have a definite answer regarding the other presentations. You may consider searching through all of the Twitter messages that reference #dl09 to find notes from other people. Here’s a shortcut to see these types of messages:


You may even be able to find more info by searching specifically for the hashtags for those sessions, like this: http://is.gd/4VFzt

Happy hunting!

7. Mike - November 30, 2009

Nice recap. There’s some great history on technical/political disruptions in the enterprise similar to what you’re seeing with social networking technology.

The use of “unsanctioned” personal PC’s that could support Lotus 1-2-3 (spreadsheets) also created huge problems. Eventually, corporate IT ceded and the client-server model became the standard.

Looks like cloud computing and social networking are poised to drive the next big disruption.

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