Corporate blogging/jazz improvization analogy

In his excellent book, Jamming, author John Kao explains how team collaboration and innovation is something like jazz improvization — giving team members enough freedom and inspiration to “jam” and build on the contributions of others, yet with just enough structure and rules to keep it all moving in a consistent direction. Dina Mehta, in […]

In his excellent book, Jamming, author John Kao explains how team collaboration and innovation is something like jazz improvization — giving team members enough freedom and inspiration to “jam” and build on the contributions of others, yet with just enough structure and rules to keep it all moving in a consistent direction.

Dina Mehta, in her Conversations with Dinah blog, uses this jazz analogy in a post to her Weblog, to show the “flow” of discussion to demonstrate “how an issue can be picked up and taken forward across blogs.” Using a progression of short paragraphs and arrows — to show how each participant “riffed” off of each other’s thoughts on the topic of corporate blogging — Dina builds a compelling picture of how blogs can be used by a number of geographically dispersed people to explore an issue and share ideas.

Interesting stuff with a wealth of links to explore and much food for thought! Kudos to Dinah for putting this wisdom together into one location, where we can all benefit from it!

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