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SNA Sensemaking

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —May 11, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

Social Network Analysis has spent alot of its evolution and development down in the weeds where the expert has been king. Crunching and analysing. Not surprising really. There are traps for young players in SNA and there is a clear role for someone like an expert to keep us clear of traps. Eventually however, when the […]

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Getting management buy-in

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 9, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

The actKM list has a discussion underway to collect stories of how people have (either successfully or otherwise) tried to get management support for their KM activities. The story below is the one I submitted. An engineering firm I worked for had a number of management-initiated communities of practice that were languishing and I was […]

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Weaving Together Online and Face-To-Face Learning

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 30, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

John Smith and Beverly Trayner have written an interesting and useful paper describing how community coordinators can use a combination of online technology and face-to-face meetings to enhance learning. In particular their designs for ramping-up discussions online in preparation for face-to-face meeting and then ramp-down online, shows how we better integrate the virtual with the […]

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The relationship between projects and communities of practice—redux

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 21, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

Mark and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves over the last couple of days delivering our communities of practice workshops. The discussions were excellent. Thanks to all the participants. One conversation led me to rethink how to conceptualise the relationship between projects and CoPs. In many organisations projects are the lifeblood. It’s how things get done. These […]

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Facilitation for engineers and scientists

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —April 19, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

It’s interesting how I’ve found myself drawn into discussion lately around the difficulties of facilitating engineers and scientists. If facilitating engineers and scientists is difficult, imagine then, the challenge of how to educate, train and inform engineers and scientists on ‘how to be more facilitative’. With many organisations now developing communities of practice to meet strategic […]

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New whitepaper – how to talk about knowledge management

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 18, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

For years we have been listening to presentations, reading articles and working with organisations in the KM field and probably the only consistent theme is the lack of agreement as to what KM is.   The lack of a consistent way to talk about knowledge management effectively disempowers us from taking concerted action.  It makes competitors of those […]

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Some complexity quotes

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 3, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

I’m always on the lookout for good quotes. I found these in the forward to Michael Lissack and Johan Roos’ book The Next Common Sense: Mastering complexity through coherence. “What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our methods of questioning.” Walter Heisenberg “Our theories determine what we measure.” Albert Einstein “You […]

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Stories, ROI and communities of practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 30, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

Steve Denning has compiled some of his recent posts on list-servs like com-prac and made the compilation available on his website. He covers the following topics: Is a request for the ROI of COPs legitimate? Is ROI the right measure for CoPs? Do stories support numbers or vice versa? What’s the motive behind asking “what’s […]

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Lessons from MySpace on getting communities established

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 25, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

Aber Whitcomb, CTO for MySpace, revealed to Robert Scoble some of the secrets behind MySpace’s popularity. They sound similar to the advise one might give to anyone starting a community of practice. They made sure influentials in Hollywood (stars, bands) were among the first users. They listen to their users and add features frequently (usually noticeable new features every […]

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Incubating communities of practice thru projects

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 17, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

I was reminded last week that projects provide great opportunities to develop communities of practice.  No surprises really, with all that project time and effort spent consulting with stakeholders, reconciling divergent positions and building relationships to effect a meaningful change. But many opportunities are missed to create communities of practice as part of project or […]

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