Arthur Shelley on the “Organizational Zoo” (recorded in an iKMS workshop on 26 Nov 2009)
In the first part of this evening talk for iKMS (http://www.ikms.org) given by Arthur Shelley, Arthur introduces the idea of using animal metaphors as a way of influencing behaviours and enhancing performance. We see an activity using his “Organization Zoo” cards to discuss team balance and formation.
In the second part of this video of a workshop for iKMS (http://www.ikms.org), Arthur Shelley explains how the animal and zoo metaphors can be used to form and manage teams, manage stakeholders, and manage performance.
Origins 2010: Interview with Victoria Ward and Olivier Serrat (Channel NewsAsia 9 Sep 2010)
This was an interview conducted by Channel NewsAsia’s Primetime Morning show on 6 September just before the Origins Business Narrative Conference 2010. Victoria Ward and Olivier Serrat explained the importance of storytelling in an organisational context.
HKKMS Conference 2014
I’m looking forward to joining Kim Sbarcea and Dave Snowden at the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society Conference in ten days’ time! The last time we spoke together was with the late, great, Max Boisot in 2010.
Do join us! More information here.
Art Schlussel on KM in the US Military (interviewed at KM World 2010)
Art Schlussel was interviewed at KM World 2010 and the following 3 videos were recorded and produced.
In video 1, Art Schlussel covers:
1. Introducing the US Army KM Principles
2. What do the US Army KM Principles cover?
3. How do the KM Principles support KM Implementation?
In video 2, Art Schlussel covers:
1. How does the US Army build its KM Capabilities?
2. What is the US Army doing about KM Competencies, Education and Training?
3. What is the primary goal for KM Education and Training in the Army?
4.What sort of Skills need to be trained?
In video 3, Art Schlussel covers:
1. What are the factors that support or inhibit KM in a military context?
2. How can the inhibiting effect of a Command and Control culture be addressed?
Knowledge Audit Infographic Poster
Here’s our latest infographic poster (formatted for A2 printing) on our knowledge audit process. We also have a video tutorial on the process here. Let us know if you have any questions!
Download the full-size poster here (2MB file).
Roundtable on Knowledge Retention Techniques held on 21 May 2013.
Back in May 2013, we held a Roundtable on Knowledge Retention Techniques. Carla Newman, Shaharudin Mohd Ishak and Ashad Ahmed very graciously shared with us their journey and experiences in Knowledge Retention.
Letting Facets Fly
In her novel The Four Gated City, Doris Lessing recounts a story about the Mullah Nasruddin, who bought a hawk in the marketplace, his only previous experience of birds being sparrows. When he got home, he became dissatisfied with the look of the bird, and trimmed its beak, talons and feathers. “That’s better; now you look more like a bird” he said.
We have that problem in taxonomy and information architecture work all the time. We design a faceted taxonomy and metadata framework to meet user and organisational sharing needs, we build information architecture specifications, and hand them over to the systems integrator (SI), who immediately trims them back to what they are familiar with – single hierarchy document library/ folder structures – especially frustrating when we know that the systems they use are capable of exploiting our designs. The systems can’t fly as designed, so they hop along disappointingly, objectives are not met, and all the work has gone to waste. Limited mental models in the people you rely on for implementation can be powerful obstacles.
We are evolving a few ways of dealing with this. Eg, we are getting much more closely involved in the specification of the systems, helping our clients evaluate vendor proposals (we are fiercely vendor neutral), working alongside the SIs in the implementation, and evaluating the implementation.
Taxonomy and Knowledge Audit Workshops in Canberra!
I’m excited to be going back to Canberra after a few years, to run our Taxonomy and Knowledge Audit workshops this coming October, organised by actKM. Will be great to catch up with old friends!
We’re also running the same workshops in the UK in November, by the way!
Call for KM Standards Development Volunteers
The Association for Information and Image Management has issued a call for volunteers to develop three Knowledge Management Standards – for individual competencies, for organisational capabilities, and for KM education programmes. I like the structure. It’s a very tricky (=political) area, but one best tackled by institutions rather than small partisan groups, so I wish it well!
Some months back a LinkedIn group started to try to address this, but as far as I can tell it fizzled out in the usual way (put five knowledge managers in a room and they will argue for ten conflicting directions). Small groups tend to get hijacked by special interests. Institutions have employees, infrastructure, governance and process, which may help!
UK Workshops in November
We’re taking our Knowledge Audit and Taxonomy Development workshops to the UK in November! Details below. There’s an early bird discount for registrations received by 15 September, and further discounts if you belong to a professional IM/KM association or community – drop us an email (enquiries-at-straitsknowledge.com) to find out more.
Just to make sure we keep both ends of the globe covered, we’re also exploring running the same workshops in Canberra in October – more news as we get it.
Workshop 1: Taxonomy Development
Venue: Birmingham, UK
Dates: 19-20 November 2013 (2 days)
Price: GBP845 (Early Bird till 15 Sept)
Price: GBP895 (Normal price after 15 Sept)
More details: http://store.straitsknowledge.com/prod.aspx?id=38
Workshop 2: Knowledge Audit
Venue: Birmingham, UK
Dates: Nov 21-22, 2013 (1.5 days)
Price: GBP640 (Early Bird till Sept 15)
Price: GBP675 (Normal price after Sept 15)
More details: http://store.straitsknowledge.com/prod.aspx?id=39