Can an A-ha moment encourage member blogging?

September 9, 2014 Leave a comment

No I’m not talking about the 80’s Norwegian band.  But the moment when members of a community start to believe that you do not need to be an expert to write a blog.

A ha moment

A number of facilitators of communities that I have spoken to would love to have more member’s blogging about the subject area.  But when they speak to them, they are a little shy and do not believe they are expert enough to write a blog.

So this is a little idea that you could try out with them to show how easy it is.

There are a number of blogging styles that you will see when you start to read.

Event blogging is one of the easiest and if very common place.  You even start to see some people rushing trying to be the first to post a blog after the event. (Maybe that’s just some of the events that I go to)

Event blogging is– sharing impressions, opinions and insights from and event of seminar with others who may or may not be able to attend

So what’s the simple way to do this?  Well next time you are at an event with a number of your members of your community ask a few of them if they would like to fill in the A-ha moment.  I came across this idea at one of the Henley KM Forum but never thought to use it in this way. 

When you approach your member say that as a key member of the community we would love to capture your insights from the event so we can share with the wider community.

At the end of the event quickly take a photo of what they have written down.  And now you have a range of insights that can be shared with your members of the community.

Hopefully, a simple example like this will show your members how easy it is.  And maybe for the next event, you may even have some volunteers.

What are the tasks of facilitating an online group?

August 19, 2014 Leave a comment

We all only have a limited amount of time when it comes to facilitating our group.  From previous research the average was around 4 hours per week for some of the most active groups.  

Active a vibrant groups survey
 

And The State of Community Management report backs up that the correct types of action by the facilitator can really increase participation rate. 

SOCM

So what are those tasks that you need to do and have to do to maintain and active and thriving online group?

Well that’s why we had an Online Chat all about.

It’s been mentioned many times that as a group facilitator we have to wear many hats to get the job done.

Get Satisfaction has a great infographic called Inside the mind of a community manager to demonstrate this.

But what is the secret to balancing such a variety of activities and roles and what are our hacks for productive task management?

During the discussion we tackled three questions.   For group members you can access the full discussion here.  

Here’s a quick summary of the discussion

What does your average week look like?  Do you have a routine of facilitation tasks to manage your group?

  • Some facilitators didn’t realise that they had a routine.  Until they thought about it.
  • The routine changes slightly depending on how busy the group is
  • Tasks range from accepting and declining members, keeping an eye on conversation and helping them flow, uploading new content and creating activities for members to participate in and keeping in touch with key members and connecting with new ones.
  • Highlighted how to manage your group on 10 minutes a day.

How do you prioritise your tasks and what ones are the important ones?

  • Anything that helps members engage
  • Accepting members (you don’t them waiting at the door)
  • Responding to questions (24 hour rule) even if it’s a holding message

Do you delegate tasks to other members of the facilitation team and how do you go about it?

  • Take it in turns to respond to acceptance messages.
  • Take it in turn to send a welcome message
  • Have an agreement between the facilitation team who will do what and when so no one feels too pressured.
  • You don’t have to limit the facilitation team just to one organisation

If you are a facilitator of a group on the Knowledge Hub and would like to join our next chat you can join at https://knowledgehub.local.gov.uk/group/facilitatorscommunity

Are we designing in project failure?

August 19, 2014 Leave a comment

It has  been suggested that more and more large projects are failing and that we maybe designing in project failure by mistake.

How do we change this approach? How do we improve or innovate in projects with such a rigid project management approach?

Judy Payne discuss these issues in this great video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kraI0RAA6fA

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What happens when PMO’s and KM people get together?

June 9, 2014 2 comments

We all love an acronym.  So it’s always nice when you get to areas of work who love to use them together and have a chat.

I attended a joint APM SIG yesterday between the Knowledge SIG and The Project/Programme/Portfolio Management Office SIG.

Using a technique based on the World Café approach and hosted by Lindsay Scott form the PMO SIG.  Lindsay tweets at https://twitter.com/projectmgmt

We had four topics to discuss as groups.  Covering

 

  • 21st Century Joy – Old-fashioned Knowledge Management – how can we move it from the 1990s to the 21st Century?
  • Knowledge Opportunity Knocks- PMOs and Knowledge Management – what are the biggest opportunities?
  • K to the M to the PMO – Knowledge Management in the PMO – what it is and what it isn’t
  • Lessons Recorded – Lessons learnt – the BIG knowledge management myth

There was a great buzz and lots of conversation.

These are just some of the highlights that came out of the discussions

21st Century Joy

  • Little differences makes a big difference when knowledge sharing
  • How to find quality in the volume
  • KM needs to follow the organisations evolution

Knowledge Opportunity Knocks

  • New skills in content curation and knowledge marketing
  • Better to live of peoples experiences rather than peoples paper
  • Quantifying the benefits of knowledge sharing

K to the M to the PMO

  • PMO is the network, try and avoid the silos
  • A PMO’s role is to facilitate between departments
  • Disseminator of process lessons

Lessons Recorded

  • The power of positive stories (including what went wrong)
  • True learning takes time
  • Keep technology simple to help

How I used a Knowledge Marketplace and Ideas factory to generate community activities.

May 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Idea FactoryI’ve used a Knowledge Management technique called a Marketplace to help at the start of building communities in the past.

Using two simple questions.

  • What they want from the community
  • What can they offer the community

This normally helps identify the topics of interest to the group and what they already know.  Allowing you to create some quick wins and match people and the knowledge up and share this to the wider community.  Giving the group a great kick-start.

So taking this idea to a more established community I combined the marketplace exercise with an Ideas factory tool.  (A tool that allows members to vote and comment on the idea)

At the end of 2013 I sat down and asked the members of the community what they would like to do for the next 12 months.  Using the Knowledge Marketplace technique originally in a forum I asked members what they could offer and what they wanted from the community.

This resulted in a considerable number of want and offers which we then took into a wiki and started to theme them.  This gave us 9 activities to work towards from the year.  And importantly members who would like to help out.

These 9 activities where added to the Ideas factory and members were asked to vote on the priority of these activities.

We have only completed 3 activities out of the 9 so far.  But each one of these has been led by members of the community.

Two webinars sharing their experience on a particular topic and the other the creation of an editable flyer that everyone can use.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the other 6 activities come together.

We really need to talk about knowledge management…

May 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Another great Courageous conversation hosted by Judy Payne.

Judy talks about Knowledge Management today can mean anything from information management through to crowdsourcing

But project management knowledge management still focuses on collecting knowledge, writing it down and adding it to lessons learn databases.

Judy asks is project management KM stuck in the 1990s?

I would have to agree.  You can join the discussion on the video on Linkedin

Do you have a plan for when your community manager moves on?

April 8, 2014 Leave a comment

transferring......So your community manger is moving on.  You ask them to write handover notes.  You get a list of social media accounts that they use and they move to a new job.

Will the community survive? Probably not.

Most online communities have one real driving force behind it.  And you have missed the opportunity to hand the baton over to other people.

It’s the conversation that is normally missed out and it makes such a big difference and identifies so much more than you can write down.

This happens a lot in organisations when someone moves jobs, it’s only an afterthought.

There becomes a Knowledge Gap.  I heard that it normally takes 18 months for a new employee to become profitable to the organisation and for them to be fully integrated with the way of work.

Can you afford that time delay in an online community?  And would the members be happy with someone new just turning up without an introduction?

If you get a chance just do a search on Knowledge Retention and Transfer.  There’s some great stuff out there that will help you start the conversation if your community manager is about to move on.

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