DorobekInsider: November’s Signal column: The Intelligence Community Writes the Book on Collaboration

The November issue of AFCEA’s SIGNAL magazine is on the streets, and it includes my latest column, headlined The Intelligence Community Writes the Book on Collaboration.

The Intelligence Community Writes the Book on Collaboration [SIGNAL magazine, November 2009]
The Intellipedia suite of collaboration tools is years ahead of most other organizations—public or private sector

Change is never easy, and that is particularly true in government. When it comes to collaboration, it is the intelligence community that has been evolving and testing its own boundaries.

To understand how and why, we have to go back to September 11, 2001. One reason for the terrorists’ success was the many missed signs of their imminent attacks. That failure was followed by intelligence issues in Iraq and incorrect findings about weapons of mass destruction. Other examples exist, but those two events spurred a core question: “Is there a better way for us to collect, process and disseminate intelligence data?”

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I have a number of related links mentioned in the column on my Delicious site, but…

You can read the report assessing Intellipedia’s A-Space from here:

DorobekInsider: Intel on the gov 2.0 front lines – and a new report assessing A-Space

Find more links about this topic here:

DorobekInsider on DC’s NewsChannel 8 tonight talking the Intellipedia and A-Space — the liner notes

This column was actually complex to write because, as we have been reporting, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has actually shut down some parts of the Intellipedia suite of collaboration tools. Read more here:

DorobekInsider: ODNI response to its decision to shut down Intellipedia’s uGov Web based e-mail system

Finally, if you want an interesting read, I highly recommend Harvard Business School Prof. Andrew McAfee’s new book, Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges, which uses Intellipedia as an enterprise 2.0, collaboration case study. The book will be formally released on Dec. 1 — and he will join us on Dec. 1 on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris.


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