Urgent News – KM is Apparently Data Storage/Mining!

What's Wrong With This Picture? See it? Look closely!

I’ve been kicking around a thought related to the term “knowledge management systems” and then a couple of days ago stumbled onto an article that discussed “some ways to ensure success in knowledge management projects.” That article was actually about another article in which that author discussed the “challenges of knowledge management.” Both of those articles are perfect fodder for discussing what’s been running through my mind about the term “knowledge management systems” and what happens when someone reduces KM to what is essentially data storage and data mining. So let’s give it a toss and see where we land.

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Shocking KM News! Users Reject Lessons Learned Database!

So close....

I know that this will no doubt come as a shock to some, and I urge you to not read this alone — you will need close support to get you through the moment. But I’m saddened to report that according to an audit conducted by the Australian Department of Defence….(here it comes, prepare yourself!) the Department of Defence lessons learned database was “abandoned” by users who found it too difficult to use.
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KM – Wild Animals!

Unleash your socialization wild animals!

Unleashing “wild animals” usually doesn’t sound like such a great idea. But with a bit of rethinking what those are and where they live, we can address issues that all the Web 2.0 technology never seems to address.
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What Knowledge Workers Really Need

"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” George Bernard Shaw

You know, there are times when you read a blog posting or online article and find yourself left simply shaking your head. Such is the case with an article that I just ran across (“Trends in Knowledge Work”) referencing a McKinsey & Company 2010 article (“The Productivity Imperative”). And that McKinsey article supposedly stated that, “while demand for knowledge workers is continuing to grow, the supply isn’t.” Really? Seriously? Give me a break.
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KM Bamboo Tools! Plant Yours Today!

The taller the bamboo grows, the lower it bends. (Chinese Proverb)

Okay, I’m just going to lay it out there. Bamboo is not really native to North America. It just seems like it is. Mostly because it has fairly quickly worked its way to just about everywhere. Bamboo certainly has many uses – from culinary to medicine to construction to furniture to textiles to paper to….well, you get the idea. Lots of uses. And how does this fit in with KM? Well, it’s an invasive species and so it can also cause a lot of trouble if it goes where you don’t want it to go. You try to get rid of it…but it just keeps on popping up everywhere. Which is a lot like what can happen when organizations allow knowledge management tools to go untended.

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Knowledge Economy – Broken or Does Your Organization Get It?

What kind of KM challenges do you face?

I received a rather disheartening email from a colleague who I have been emailing with recently regarding his efforts to implement KM inside of his organization. As he had been describing his situation what I was understanding from it all was that any KM successes that he and the organization had were pretty much because of him and despite his organization. I say because of him for the following reason — it seemed that everything that he had done or was currently working on involved using some form of major workaround to make it happen. I say despite of his organization because — nothing was a straight line, and everything seemed to be a series of exercises in navigating past sizeable organizational roadblocks. Don’t get me wrong — he had those successes. But in the overall big picture, they were all pretty much down in the noise level.

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