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.
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
- The power of positive stories (including what went wrong)
- True learning takes time
- Keep technology simple to help
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
What is knowledge management (KM) like at different levels in a project environment? How is knowledge managed at a personal level? In an individual project? In programmes and portfolios? Across organisations? And how does it all fit together?
Inspiration comes in various forms. And after looking a Mattan Griffel’s presentation on Slideshare about growth hacking, that has some great stuff that I can use with online communities. It reminded me of the underpants gnomes
One of the things that I have noticed over a few years is the similarities between project planning and planning for communities of practice.
The better the plan, the clearer the purpose and realistic the objectives are the more chance you have of being successful.
But every now and then this does not happen. You may have enthusiastic people that want to push forwards. But unless you know where you are going and what you are trying to do. It can lead to issues.
The underpants gnomes where enthusiastic but this was their plan.
Phase 1: Collect underpants
Phase 2: ?
Phase 3: Profit
Can you see where they need some help?
Back on the 5th of December I was asked if I could do a little presentation about Knowledge Management in a Project and Programme Environment at the newly formed APM Knowledge SIG
It was a personal story about where my original role as a Knowledge Co-ordinator came about to support projects and how things have changed from being project based to more programme based and how Communities of practice have support them.
I have added my presentation at the bottom, due to the two other people also presenting on that day.
Dr Jon Whitty, senior lecturer in project management at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and Brendan McAndrew of Mouchel.
Jon talked about the Swiss Cheese Model and how this can be used with Project and Programmes, were as Brendan spoke about the use of Knowledge Management and Communities of Practice at Mouchel.
Below are the three presentations and this is a link to the Storify from the day