In the project management context, knowledge management and transfer are essential. Effective KM practices increase the business value of consultants to organizations. Change management programs are improved when they are supported with knowledge transfer. Finally, we will see that knowledge management activities are a hallmark of many top-performing organizations.
A trip to Paris was an invaluable experience that broadened this writer's awareness to a different country and culture--and taught her about life and how these lessons can be applied to project management.
In our concluding installment, we will continue our exploration of knowledge management in organizations. It will include a continuation of the discussion around the forms and methods to build knowledge bases, and examine the challenges of sorting and indexing data so that it becomes useful information.
Mature project-oriented organizations are conducting post-implementation reviews and documenting lessons learned. But some are not doing enough to broadcast the results. Organizations need to find a way to emphasize the business value that comes out of activities such as conducting PIRs and documenting lessons learned.
Successful innovation that will yield real positive outcomes requires organizational capabilities for executing on strategy initiatives. It's not just about having the right people, it's about having the tools and corporate memory of knowing what works and what doesn't to support the thought processes for planning and getting the work done. This is where the importance of knowledge management comes into play.
The IT outsourcing/insourcing pendulum always seems to swing in an effort to reduce non-value-added tasks, save cost or retain intellectual property. Proper knowledge transfer and management remain key factors when implementing either type of sourcing project. Here are six steps to successfully implement a transfer plan based on a previous IT infrastructure insourcing project.
Effectively maintaining project management knowledge is a key competency for any organization that undertakes projects on a regular basis. Knowledge acquisition, retention and dissemination are important because they support the development and application of project management capability--that is, the ability of an organization to leverage the collective knowledge and experience of its project managers.
In this two-part series, we will explore the challenges of gathering, sorting, indexing, managing, transferring and making productive use of knowledge. We will focus a lens on methods for each of these activities, and examine how we as PMs can successfully leverage knowledge management and transfer to deliver successful projects. Part 1 will focus on collecting, sorting and indexing data into manageable knowledge.
Ten years ago, project managers were restricted to sticky notes, Notepad and file servers for limited knowledge management. Fortunately, today there are a lot of different knowledge management tools to consider. Here are three of one experienced PM's favorites--and how he uses them in the real world.
When it comes to our projects, we don't try to get better. Even when we claim otherwise, the sad truth is that we keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Even when change is within our power to influence, we don't make the modifications necessary to improve. And this writer can prove it...
The purpose of a project is important, right? But what does that really mean? What do team members need to know in order to be as effective as possible? Let's look at whether we can determine the “right” level--and perhaps more importantly, how we can ensure that happens consistently.
This presentation is based on a real-life plan for jump-starting knowledge management at a fast-growing management consultancy with hundreds of people and lots of offices nationwide. If it worked for them, it will work for you!
Proprietary Content Management Systems are quite expensive, and the prices range from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred thousand. But Open Source CMS are free and quite stable; the cost is incurred in terms of learning, maintaining and customizing the code. This project plan highlights various activities that need to be addressed for a successful and meaningful implementation of a CMS using either PostNuke or PhpNuke.
Code is a developer's signature on a software project, and not all developers play by the rules of good coding standards. Ensure that your development team leaves a coding legacy that not only implements the application at hand but can be understood by others and maintained during future development cycles.
This thorough and detailed assessment is a series of five checklists designed to guide you through the entire project lifecycle from start to finish: planning, analysis, design, construction and implementation.
What best describes you: Analytical, Amiable, Expresive or Driver? You think you know, but you have no idea. A companion to the So, What's Your Style? Presentation, this questionnaire will help you determine what your primary and secondary style is under normal and stressful situations.
"The remarkable thing about television is that it permits several million people to laugh at the same joke and still feel lonely."