First up: Tom Reamy, Chief Knowledge Architect, KAPS Group.
Reamy: Two Futures of Knowledge Management: A crisis in KM?
- Death of KM (Snowden, et al)
- CIO reporting to CFO, not CEO
- CIOs seen as a tactical rather than strategic resource.
- Second or third identify crisis - lurch not build
Stage One - all about information
Stage two - repudiated stage one - about social
Web 2.0 is not the answer, whatever the question may be...
Things that led to boutique KM (Little KM)
- Peripheral to main activities of the organization
- KM as collaboration (COPs), expertise location), Best practices
- KM as high end strategy - management fad
- Divorced from information
History of ideas - Knowledge & Culture in KM
Only two ideas
- Tacit Knowledge - no such thing as pure tacit
- DIKW Model (Data, information, Knowledge, Wisdom)
- Used to avoid discussions of nature of knowledge
There are problems with this:
Isolates knowledge from information
Restricts meaning of knowledge - leaves out body of knowledge
KM and Culture:
Too often - culture = readiness for KM programs
Need to take a more anthropological look at culture (consider them as tribes). E.g. IT, HR, Sales, as "Tribes"
Sources for new ideas and directions to revitalize KM:
Philosophy: there are other philosophers besides Polyani
- Example of economics - need better modules of consumers
- Basic level categories, Prototype categories, intertwingledness
History of ideas, Education, Language
Essential features of big KM
Semantic infrastructure/Foundation of Theory - big vision, small integrated (cheaper & better) projector.
Two futures of KM possible:
1. Big KM
2. Little KM - Dead KM walking
Next up, Terri Rollins, CKO, Federal Systems, Unisys
Perspective on enterprise transformation in government. KM from a federal perspective is different than KM in the business perspective. It's about life and death as a part of this country. We need to understand the issues of KM and how they affect our government and our country. This is a serious need.
ROLLINS: The case for action: a KM message for the next administration.
- National Security - how to share information in a post 9/11 world
- Integration into the Presidential Management Agenda
- Poorly manages citizen services
- Intelligent Policing for counter-terrorism
- Human Capital/Brain Drain/Multi Generational challenges - the impact on federal marketplace is huge.
- Leverage public/private partnerships
- Increased reliances on contractor and off-shore services.
- Capture best practices and lessons learned.
- Knowledge collection, Storage, and reuse
- Disparate agency operating processes
- Loss of life and property.
KM is focused on enabling communications so agencies can tap into its greatest knowledge base - its employees. Terri plans to present a KM initiative to the next administration.
Not since the early days of Y2K, have I heard a more passionate speaker about the imperative for KM. Outstanding case. Terri's a go-getter and I look forward to reading and learning more from her. Well done.
Next up, Dave Pollard. (you know who he is) one of my favorite KM speakers:
POLLARD: The emerging role of IP
The switch of KM focus from content and collection to context and connection.
1. Improving the way in which we connect with people - from collection to connection.
2. Improving context through the use of environmental scanning & sensemaking
3. Improving personal productivity
What's driving that more than anything else s the entrance of generation millennial.
This generation will determine what KM 2.0 is...
(See Dave's earlier presentation.)
KNOW WHO is becoming more important than KNOW WHAT
Question directed to Terri about KM in federal government: Who's leading? What do we need?
Knowledge Management Professional Association is working in conjunction with the federal CIO council. Problem with the current situation is that there is no one at the executive or cabinet level to address KM issues.
Pollard comments that 9/11, Katrina, and last week's Wall Street fiasco are all failures in knowledge management. We need to frame these as such. All the information was there yet we did not make sense of it in time to be proactive. (Great potential blog topic!)
Question: Is SharePoint the future of KM?
Pollard: SharePoint was and is still a content solution. It is not anywhere near what is required to support knowledge management. (Room applauds)
Can someone tell us a story about a successful SharePoint implementation? Room erupted in laughter.
Reamy: SharePoint is a technology that will be a part of the toolkit. It is only a piece. It's not even a major piece.
Rollins: Many federal agencies are deploying SharePoint - they see it as a solution?
(Eric: Aren't these organizations repeating the misdates of the past with Lotus Notes? These are tools not solutions. This is not what KM is all about. There's People, Process, Technology and strategy.)
The challenge for people in KM is not to let people think of IT as a KM solution.