A knowledge management primer (2): DEFGHI


  This is a new series of posts, an alphabet primer of agile knowledge management (KM), to touch upon some of the key concepts, approaches, methods, tools, insights. And because there could have been different alternatives for each letter I’m also introducing the words I had to let go of here.   Today, after covering […]

Interview with Krishan Bheenick (CTA) – KM, systems thinking and the backlash of knowledge sharing


Following the global consultation of CIARD (Coherence in Information about Agricultural Research for Development) in May 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting Krishan Bheenick, Senior programme coordinator knowledge management at CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation) on his take about KM and where it’s headed. Here is the transcript of that interview. […]

Use PACMAN to beat information overload and fix filter failures!


So much information out there! How to keep up with it? Such filter failures (Clay Shirky would -allegedly- say) in the way we process information bubbles! How can we fix these? So little time to do so much! Where lies our salvation from the digital flood? People around me are constantly grappling with this: my […]

We need more / better communication! But not from me…


I hear that a lot, in many organisations: communication is not good enough or there isn’t enough of it. What does it really mean though? We are quick at pointing the finger to the problem, but not so keen on explaining what we really mean and what this implies. Unfortunately also, too often we assume […]

The constant knowledge gardener


If we live in a true knowledge ecology (and the idea is not new as you can see here and there), nature lets its children grow naturally. Yet gardening can help boost some results – without going into the ins and outs of a possible knowledge conservation agriculture. Time to revisit the gardening metaphor perhaps and to think […]

Revisiting the links between communication and knowledge management


At the fifth informal get-together of the Ethiopia/Addis Ababa KM4Dev network, one of the focused conversations we held was about the relations between communication and knowledge management. I wrote this year about how KM can power communication. I also blogged about the different families of engagement in which comms and KM can be found. The […]

Power your communication with ‘KM inside’


Where to nestle knowledge management in the work place? Is it a field or discipline that deserves a unit in its own right – with its own breed of specialists (the knowledge manager) – or is it a mainstream support function that shoulders every other process? The answer differs in every organisation. In many cases, knowledge […]

The birth of a thought and the life-times of a concept


I love thoughts, always have: How they come about, what lineage they follow etc. Something as simple as a thought is somehow as thorny as impact and as untraceable as a travelling lighter: Who came up with a thought first? The person that first talked about it? The person that promoted it? The person that applied […]

Communication, KM, monitoring, learning – The happy families of engagement


Many people seem to be struggling to understand the differences between communication, knowledge management, monitoring, learning etc. Let’s consider that all of them are part of a vast family – the ‘engagement’ family. Oh, let’s be clear, engagement can happen in many other ways but for the  sake of simplicity, let’s focus on these four […]

A simple KM and communication strategy… with double focus on the context


A lot of KM strategies end up in the dustbin. Or in the cemetery of good ideas that never took off. There are many reasons for that, explored and explained ad infinitum in the KM world. I’d like to zoom in on two of them though: From the inside, the KM strategy may be disconnected […]