Why you should not make the KM CoP your first Community

It is tempting, when starting KM in your organisation, to set up a Knowledge Management community of practice as a way to demonstrate the value of communities. I suggest this may be a mistake. Of course knowledge management will need a community of practice, but there are three reasons why

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Shared by Nick Milton September 4, 2020

Why communities of practice need active management

Here is a cautionary tale about the importance of active Community of Practice management and facilitation, and what happens when the facilitator is removed. The story comes from Tom Humbarger, who was the community facilitator for a professional community from January 2007 until he was made redundant in July 2008.

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Shared by Nick Milton July 6, 2020

How to select a methodology for a CoP event

You want to plan a face to face event for your Community of Practice in order to transfer knowledge, but which event style do you select? This is a discussion I have been having recently, and it struck me that this might be a useful blog post. Now there may

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Shared by Nick Milton March 2, 2020

How to select a methodology for a CoP event

You want to plan a face to face event for your Community of Practice in order to transfer knowledge, but which event style do you select? This is a discussion I have been having recently, and it struck me that this might be a useful blog post. Now there may

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Shared by Nick Milton March 2, 2020

Do social media stifle knowledge sharing?

Do online social media drive a “spiral of silence” which can stifle proper debate?  It can, according to this techcrunch article, which points to this survey from Pew Research. Shhh by Catherine on Flickr I think everyone would agree that for knowledge to be shared effectively in organisations, people need to

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Shared by Nick Milton February 12, 2020

The Knowledge Manager as Gardener – an organic metaphor

People often think of Knowledge as being Organic, or being an Ecosystem. But what does this imply for Knowledge Management and for the Knowledge Manager?  gardener, Filoli, by David McSpadden on Flickr The ecosystem or the garden is a pretty good metaphor for the world of Knowledge in an organisation.

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Shared by Nick Milton February 5, 2020

What makes a community of practice successful? Top 10 factors

There have been many articles and blog posts (including here) listing “Top Success Factors for Communities of Practice“. Usually these are based on a combination of experience and theory. Here’s a different approach. Image from wikimedia commons As part of our global global Knowledge Management Surveys in 2014 and 2017,

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Shared by Nick Milton August 27, 2019

Bigger communities of practice are more effective, data shows

The bigger a community of practice is, the more value it delivers. At least according to our KM surveys.  Knoco conducted two major surveys of knowledge management programs in 2014 and 2017, collecting in total more than 700 results. As part of the survey, participants were asked whether Communities of

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Shared by Nick Milton June 28, 2019