Communities of Practice Resources, KM Site, Online Courses at Kent State, Web 2.0 Reading Lists
KM Question of the Week
Q: I am wondering if there are some good articles you have found on communities of practice.
A: From Communities of Practice:
25 Posts about communities of practice
- Communities Manifesto: 10 Principles for Successful Communities
- 10 Tips for Leading Communities
- 90–9–1 Rule of Thumb: Fact or Fiction?
- Community of Practice Tools: e-SCENT-ials
- Community Managers Survey
- Email is the Holy Grail for Threaded Discussions
- Low-Tech Webinars are the Most Reliable
- 10 Tips for Successful Face-to-Face Meetings
- What’s your community’s culture?
- Communities: Using local chapters and engaging millennials
- A dozen community management communities
- Community Goals and Measurements
- Types of Communities: TRAIL
- How to Be a Great Community Manager
- Community of Practice: A Real Life Story
- Trust me, I’m a community evangelist
- Why won’t people ask questions in the open?
- The Sound of Silence
- Open the gates and tear down the walls; moving from “need to know” to “need to share”
- 5 questions to answer before starting a new community
- To control or not to: only you can prevent redundant communities
- What are you supposed to do in a community?
- Online Community & ESN Platforms
- Community Managers: What’s Needed?
- Does Size Matter in Communities?
For more information on communities, see:
- Introduction to Communities of Practice by Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner
- Communities of Practice: The Organizational Frontier by Etienne Wenger and William M. Snyder
- Communities for knowledge management by Steve Denning
- 10 Critical Success Factors in Building Communities of Practice by Richard McDermott
- A bibliography on communities of practice by CPsquare and com-prac
- Books for Community Building by Michael Burns
- Communities of Practice Resources by Fred Nickols
- Caterpillar Communities of Practice: Knowledge is Power by Sue Todd
- The Camelot of Collaboration — the case of VAX Notes (PDF) by Patti Anklam
- Community of Practice Metrics and Membership by Lee Romero
For more in-depth understanding, read one or more of these books:
- Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity by Etienne Wenger
- Cultivating Communities of Practice by Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder
- Digital Habitats: Stewarding Technology for Communities by Etienne Wenger, Nancy White, and John D. Smith
- CompanyCommand: Unleashing the Power of the Army Profession by Nancy M. Dixon, Nate Allen, Tony Burgess, Pete Kilner and Steve Schweitzer
- The Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid
- Knowledge Networks: Innovation Through Communities of Practice by Paul Hildreth and Chris Kimble
- Going Virtual: Distributed Communities of Practice by Paul Hildreth
- Leveraging Communities of Practice for Strategic Advantage by Hubert Saint-Onge and Debra Wallace
- Beyond Communities of Practice: Language Power and Social Context by David Barton and Karin Tusting
- Online Communities: Designing Usability and Supporting Sociability by Jenny Preece
- Building Virtual Communities: Learning and Change in Cyberspace by K. Ann Renninger and Wesley Shumar
- Designing for Virtual Communities in the Service of Learning by Sasha Barab, Rob Kling, and James Gray
- The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier by Howard Rheingold
- Communities in Cyberspace by Marc A. Smith
- Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace: Effective Strategies for the Online Classroom by Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt
- Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community by Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt
- Communities of Practice: Lessons from Leading Collaborative Enterprises by Simon Lelic (archive)
KM Blog of the Week
Every now and then, something comes along that is compelling to spend time with. I received an e-mail from Matthew Parsons with a link to his new site (co-authored by Neil Richards), Knowledge Thoughts. I’m hard pressed to classify it as a blog or a wiki, I suppose it really a bliki — combining elements of both. Here’s Matthew’s description of the site:
In my initial scan of the site, it’s already rich with a variety of content for those seasoned vets in the KM space, or those just starting out and wanting to learn more. There’s a wiki section and a section with a ton of rich media content, aimed at helping explain KM. Much of this comes from outside legal, which is a great thing. A section bound to be on everyone’s “to be seen” list is their leading people and thinkers page. If you’re looking for ideas to kick-start your knowledge management initiatives, there’s even a thought starters section.
KM Link of the Week
Document, Records and Content Management for the Enterprise was offered in Spring, 2008 in the IAKM online program at Kent State University.
The course instructor-facilitator was Len Asprey, who heads a consulting agency, Professional Information Management and Technology Consulting, with world-wide clients. He coauthored (with Michael Middleton) Integrative Document & Content Management: Strategies for Exploiting Enterprise Knowledge, which won the “Mander Jones Award” in 2003. He was the founding Chair of the Institute for Information Management (IIM) and is a member of AIIM International.
This course led to a certificate in Knowledge Management or a Master of Science with a concentration in Knowledge Management.
IAKM online also offered Effective Knowledge Management in Organizations.
The course tutor was Robert Frey, a Principal in the consultancy Successful Proposal Strategies, LLC. He held the position of Senior Vice President of Knowledge Management and Proposal Development in RS Information Systems, Inc. (RSIS) from 1999–2007. Mr. Frey developed and implemented knowledge-sharing and knowledge-transfer mechanisms throughout RSIS to capture and leverage best practices, project success stories, lessons learned, client intelligence, and emerging technologies.
KM Book of the Week
Web 2.0 Reading Lists by Bill Ives
- The Quintessential Web 2.0 Reading List
- Web 2.0 Reading List — VC Mike’s Blog
- Tame the Web — Web 2.0 reading list
- Web 2.0 List of Lists — actually the better list is found on the right side bar in his book suggestions
- Bill’s prior post on Enterprise 2.0 Reading List
Bill’s latest picks:
- Wikinomics by Don Tapscott
- The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson
- The World Is Flat [Updated and Expanded Version]: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman
- Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger
And the classics:
- The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
- The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, David Weinberger