The 2 axes of "KM space" in a project-based organisation

In a project-based organisation, we can look at Knowledge Management on two orthogonal axes which together map out the space within which knowledge flows. These are the in-project axis and the cross-project axis. Imagine a large project-based organisation, with multi-disciplinary projects operating in many different regions or divisions. KM needs

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Shared by Nick Milton December 10, 2019

The 3 types of knowledge output from a project

All projects deliver not just a product, but knowledge as well, and there needs to be a clear understanding of what form that knowledge will take.  Part of any Knowledge Management policy therefore has to be a definition of the expected  knowledge output from project work.  This knowledge output is

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Shared by Nick Milton November 26, 2019

Knowledge Management in projects

It has been fifteen years since I wrote my first solo KM book, “Knowledge Management for Teams and Projects“. I reproduce below the final chapter, that attempts to summarize the main conclusions for three groups of key Knowledge Management actors; the project managers and knowledge managers, the Community coordinators and

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Shared by Nick Milton October 23, 2019

How KM works in projects

Projects require their own KM Framework. Here’s one view of what this might look like.  Image from science.dodlive.mil “Knowledge Management for Teams and Projects” contains a bullet-point summary of how Knowledge Management should be applied in a project-based organisation, addressed to the three main stakeholder groupings of Project Manager, SMEs,

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Shared by Nick Milton August 5, 2019

The most expensive part of a project is the mistakes

In any project, the most expensive item is the mistakes. Use KM, modularisation and standardisation to keep mistakes to the minimum. Arches, a photo by Paul Ebbo on Flickr. The title of this blog post comes from a quote by the author Ken Follet in his book “The Pillars of

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Shared by Nick Milton April 23, 2019

The 4 steps of learning within a project

As a project learns, it goes through 4 stages (see Donald Rumsfeld) I blogged yesterday about the need for knowledge transfer between a project and an organisation. This post goes a little further, and talks about the development of knowledge within a project. The diagram here shows how KM can

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Shared by Nick Milton January 24, 2019