Creating a knowledge strategy
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
Knowledge is best remembered/stimulated by creating a rich context of decisions. Knowledge Management Reflections
Of sandbanks and granite cliffs
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
For the moment I need to complete my summary of this bottom up too down emergent approach to creating a knowledge strategy.
You can’t create a craft by committee
JULY 7, 2012
From time to time in knowledge management circles the cry of standardisation is raised. Since inviting people in, they have managed to alienate the three people with experience who provided. Knowledge Management Polemic ReflectionsWhen challenged on the pretentiousness of the title they say its just aspirational.
Peer to peer knowledge flow
DECEMBER 20, 2013
I promised yesterday to talk about peer-to-peer knowledge flow. Knowledge Management Reflections There was no time to read it.
A memory of Peter Drucker
FEBRUARY 12, 2015
It has fond memories for me of the early Delphi group knowledge management conferences held in the Hotel Del. Reflections
Lean or Agility?
MAY 5, 2011
Link : Original Cynefin model paper in the context of Knowledge Management. This conference also felt a little like coming home.
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
One of the key things in understanding and managing a complex adaptive system is getting the granularity right. Both are useful.
AUGUST 11, 2011
So I put together the basic stuff on knowledge management and tried to work with the consultancy group. Summarising Heffernan's article.
Fast falls the even tide
MAY 7, 2012
Knowledge Management ReflectionsWhen we put CalmAlpha together back in January I was somewhat shamed by Joseph Pelrine talking about his use of ABIDE, something that I developed as a pairing for ASHEN the best part of a decade ago, but then left it to go into decline. But I get ahead of myself, I should explain what.
Description not evaluation
JANUARY 30, 2015
It happens like this when you develop or repurpose knowledge from different sources. Reflections
The ineffable, the inexpiable & the inexpicable
NOVEMBER 9, 2011
In the early days it was all about taxonomies, making tacit knowledge explicit and implementing a Lotus Notes system to create Communities of Practice.
… forever blunt and merciless
NOVEMBER 10, 2011
Its not enough to manage the information system, you have to manage the ecology of knowledge flow within an organisation. Managing for exaption requires a degree of mess , something that the sick staggered will find it difficult to comprehend. So in the spirit of self-morification I publish it here. Get the picture?
this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side.
FEBRUARY 5, 2012
Larry Prusak's "deadman walking" was probably more apt in the interview he and I did on the subject with Patrick Lambe. I'm happy to debate that.
Create contrast, enable insight
JUNE 11, 2014
Building a portfolio of knowledge projects which are mapped in turn against things that keep current senior decision makers awake at nights.
JANUARY 3, 2015
One of the most irritating questions you can get at a knowledge management conference is some variant of How do I create a culture of knowledge sharing? which is a disguised form of How do I get people to use this wonderful system/process I have designed for them to share knowledge. Polemic
Storytelling & narrative
JUNE 3, 2013
The three main extremes are: Communication , the traditional meaning of story-telling and way back when we were getting started on this stuff in the Institution for Knowledge Management in IBM a lot of people were interested in the wider story-telling movement. The granularity was wrong. Musings
Mind your P’s and W’s
JUNE 21, 2014
The negative exchange had started with my earlier criticism of SAFe as the infantilism of management. I KEEP six honest serving-men.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman
JULY 9, 2012
The picture is of a medieval baker and his apprentice, a choice that will have a poignancy for veterans of knowledge management, especially those of us who really don't by the electronic bread maker idea. That concept from Nonaka, like too much of KM ignores the social context of buying bread. Musings
Max Boisot 1943-2011
SEPTEMBER 10, 2011
Over a decade ago I read Knowledge Assets which, to my mind was the first intelligent book on knowledge management I had encountered. He had an incredible ability to synthesis different fields of knowledge in a coherent way, but without intellectual compromise. We came from very different backgrounds. Reflections
Five years of editing Wikipedia
AUGUST 12, 2011
At 1401 on the 12th August back in 2006 I made my first edit to the Wikipedia, all to the knowledge management article.
Context, is well contextual
APRIL 25, 2013
If you substitute IBM Management Consultancy for dancer then I escaped but it was a close run thing at times. Reflections
The aging workforce (part 4)
JANUARY 22, 2011
Co-evolution of knowledge is an essential feature of an apprenticeship model. Now compare that with modern management development.
New book chapters
FEBRUARY 4, 2011
Here is the list for those interested here they are: " Naturalizing Sensemaking " in Informed by Knowledge by Mosier & Fischer.
The prepared mind
MARCH 22, 2011
Knowledge management systems have to be fragmented and experiential as anything more structured cannot handle the levels of uncertainty inherent in the future. That means building network connectivity and cross silo deployment capability before it is needed not during the event. could go on (and will over the next few days).
Fear is the mind-killer
MARCH 17, 2011
good metaphor for knowledge management, or am I getting carried away? The programme is out for KM UK June 21-22.
Meaning & the content heresy
MARCH 11, 2011
Instead of asking Does your manager consult you on a regular basis? Some people have the maturity to handle this, many don't. Reflections
The narrative papers
JANUARY 23, 2013
Back in the Knowledge Management days I produced a lot of material in the more popular journals. Narrative
A grain of sand: Innovation diffusion
JANUARY 11, 2011
The problem is case based recipe approaches dominate management consultancy thinking to little effect. Introduction. Observations. etc.).
Typology or Taxonomy?
OCTOBER 22, 2011
Now in some ways this is a bit unfair, there is a clear role for taxonomies in many fields including knowledge management. I'd also make it clear that I am pushing the boundaries of my knowledge here so if Patrick Lambe (or someone else who does understand this) wants to correct me on my use that is fine. Cynefin postscript.
DECEMBER 6, 2014
I'm currently in Stockholm for the Adopting Agile workshop/think tank (it has flavours of both). Another key aspect of working with complexity.
Language is the master of man
DECEMBER 10, 2013
spend a lot of time trying to explain to knowledge management people that the term cannot be rescued from its status as a subset of IT and/or a focus on codification and information. There is an interesting phenomena at the moment in that various people are trying to define themselves either by, or against Cynefin. Cynefin
Statistical tails waging the dogs of truth
DECEMBER 26, 2014
This seems to have been an innate feature of management science and to a lesser extent social science considered more broadly. Polemic
Cynefin papers: a summary
JANUARY 11, 2013
I recently provided a brief summary of the various book chapters that contain my writing. This one is on Cynefin articles.
The aging workforce (part 3)
DECEMBER 12, 2010
In particular I argued that explicit knowledge arises as a result of and complement to, tacit knowledge. which are needed. Reflections
Easy reading is damn hard writing
JANUARY 10, 2013
The first from the OB division of the Academy of Management as the Outstanding Practitioner Orientated Publication in 2007. Rouse, K.R. Koch, J.
APRIL 25, 2013
There was a picture of excited happy people in a knowledge cafe, followed by one of people slumped in boredom or asleep in a lecture theatre.
Cognitive Edge accreditation
FEBRUARY 27, 2013
We have maintained a somewhat ambiguous position on accreditation over the years. That really didn't work either! So what are we proposing to do?
By Cader Idris, tempest-torn
JUNE 6, 2014
It was at this point over forty years ago that I got an early lesson in the role of experience in knowledge management. Full photo set.
JANUARY 20, 2013
Getting the granularity right is key, and its one of my three heuristics of complex system management: use finely grained objects. Musings
On fragments and lessons learning
JANUARY 26, 2015
One of the themes was knowledge management within the development sector, something to which I have returned on many occasions over the past decade.