Communities of Practice – a strategic technology?

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 15, 2007
Filed in Collaboration

I saw the slide pack from a Gartner briefing today. It listed the ‘Top 10 Technologies for 2007’. Included in the list was ‘communiites and collective intelligence’. This ‘technology’ involves linking people within and beyond your organisation and helps organisations to ‘move beyond “enablement” and tap the value of internal communities’ and to ‘exploit the power of scale to solve problems in new ways’.

Interestingly, communities were shown at the very start of the ‘Gartner Hype Curve’ – at the technology trigger point. This is much early in the cycle than I would have expected and it is long before the ‘peak of inflated expectations’ or the ‘trough of disillusionment’.

The slide pack is advertised as being available from here, but I couldn’t find it.


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  1. Dave Snowden says:

    Does anyone still believe the Gartner Hype Curve? All the ones I have seen had little or no predictive capacity ….

  2. Mark says:

    I am confident that some people still look at the hype curve with fascinated awe. I’m afraid; however, that my post was a lot more tongue-in-cheek than that.

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