Creating a knowledge strategy
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
Knowledge is best remembered/stimulated by creating a rich context of decisions. Knowledge Management Reflections
The domain of disorder (ii)
DECEMBER 2, 2016
By this time I was less into knowledge management, more into complexity and sense-making. Sep 2013; 24(9): 1848–1853).
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.
The tyranny of the explicit
FEBRUARY 17, 2017
In my youthful enthusiasm I assumed we would now fire the management as well as the engineers but that was also refused. Polemic
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
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?
Of experts and expertise
DECEMBER 7, 2014
A long time ago when I first created the Cynefin framework in its five domain form my focus was on knowledge management. Musings
What is thought to be is rarely real
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
I should say that this type if mapping is not just of value in knowledge management. So how does it work? Reflections
this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side.
FEBRUARY 5, 2012
is dead, but that knowledge management as a strategic movement has served its time and is now irretrievably seen as a sub-function of IT.
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
One of the key things in understanding and managing a complex adaptive system is getting the granularity right. Both are useful.
Description not evaluation
JANUARY 30, 2015
It happens like this when you develop or repurpose knowledge from different sources. Reflections
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
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.
Cutting through a weave destroys it
MARCH 25, 2013
It's a good Curry do with conversation (on our table at least) based on some knowledge of the sport. Mind you IBM were as bad. Polemic
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.
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.
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. I could go on (and will over the next few days).
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
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.
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.
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
Fear is the mind-killer
MARCH 17, 2011
A 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
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.).
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.
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. A lot of people these days combine communication with knowledge capture.
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. A Cynefin postscript.
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
Language is the master of man
DECEMBER 10, 2013
I 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
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
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.
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. for a pdf copy.
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
the shades of the short winter day were closing in
JANUARY 21, 2011
Ranged over education in general, British tolerance, children's books, knowledge management, narrative and a host of other subjects.
Owl? Lark? Zombie?
FEBRUARY 11, 2017
There is a lovely ambiguity too the cartoon and its message is far from clear. Some of my best work was written when I got into a grove. The post Owl?
The evolution of Cynefin over a decade
FEBRUARY 7, 2010
Focus on knowledge management and communities of practice. I'm working on a history of the Cynefin model.
Making meaning problematic
FEBRUARY 6, 2017
For JC that was a compliment, he thought that when words became problematic life got interesting as it allowed new knowledge to emerge.