Friday, May 29, 2015

KMworld 2014 -- Day 3

  • So these guys have something called the Knowledge Assessment Manual by Strategic Knowledge Solutions Inc. And they have some published papers.


  • So… there is a process for this kind of thing:


  • Stage 1: Understand
  • Stage 2: interviews and observations to understand current and future state, knowledge flow, etc.
  • Stage 3: identify knowledge gaps
  • Stage 4: select appropriate strategies




  • Key challenges: infrastructure, use of email, KM tools, creating a common operational picture, business process oversight, content management, collaboration tools, onboarding/job-transition, transfer of experience








  • All in all, not bad.

Delivering Global Business Value via Knowledge Collaboration by Guillaume (Schneider Electric) and Monney (Microsoft):
  • Big… 160000 people in 100+ countries.

  • Measuring business value is based on Return on Engagement (ROE)



  • Some interesting stats about the state of the union.
  • "A community is a group of people who, for a specific subset, share a specialty, craft, role, profession, passion, interest, concern, or a set of problems. Community members deepen their understanding of the subject by:
    • Interacting on an ongoing basis
    • Asking and answering questions
    • Sharing information
    • Reusing good ideas
    • Solving problems for one another
    • Developing new and better ways of doing things"



  • Metrics:
    • Adoption and participation: how many members participate, how many posts generated, which posts generated traffic/likes
    • Engagement and satisfaction: surveys -- how likely are you to recommend participation to another employee? Another survey: "I consider that my community is ACTIVE because it: provides value to me/job/business; allows me to learn from others; allows me to collaborate; allows me to get or provide support (on Likert agree/disagree scale)
    • Success stories
  • Community participation: build a charter that defines roles and responsibilities, establishes governance.
  • KSFs: support organization, structured community launch with charter, sponsor engagement, community size, endorsement, member behavior, activity frequency, time dedication, alignment with objectives and culture
  • Factors with no impact on success: age and seniority of members, category of the community, size of business, business unit, digital activity, total number of messages, tools used
  • Communication/education: goals for internal communities, how to participate, where to go for help.
  • Training materials by role; monthly webinars to share wins, challenges, and best practices.
  • Next few weeks: plan a roadmap
  • 6 months: initial community -- focused, motivated leader, clear list of members, business sponsor
  • Year: identify other areas and get a high level sponsor with scope, budget, and resources.
  • 2 years: long term sustainability program.



  • Knowledge loss matrix can be an important driver for some of this stuff:

  • Rate knowledge for each domain based on:
    • Rarity
    • Strategic breadth
    • Difficulty of acquiring
    • Difficulty of using
  • Lockheed Martin uses a "Knowledge Continuity" team. Each role (expert, nex'pert, practitioner) has duties. Projects are short: 60-120 hours for all participants.
  • Have formal tools (or genres) to navigate, filter, and customize.



  • Marketplace for defense-oriented innovations.
  • Moving from "Best Practices and Business Rules" to "Critical Thinking" to "Innovation"

Bickerstaff et al. of Accenture with Suddenly, Stories are Serious Business!
  • Cool. I often feel an affinity for corporate storytelling.
  • Seven types of story:




  • Books:
    • Steve Denning
      • Squirrel Inc.
      • The leader's guide to storytelling
      • The secret language of leadership
    • John Seely Brown et al. Storytelling in organizations.



  • We have to develop next generate experts.
  • Smarter networks and knowledge visualizing are important.



Kamran Khan of Search technologies on Improving Online Search Experience at the National Archives:
  • Search will slow as the collection and results set get bigger. For example, a search with 12,000,000 results will take 100 seconds!
  • Scaling stuff up is really hard and requires a brick-oriented distributed infrastructure




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