5 Weird Terms that Knowledge Management People Use

Mercy Harper's picture

New to knowledge management (KM)? It’s easy to feel lost in the lingo at first; but you’ll learn the ropes quickly, because KM is a structured solution for a problem most of us have faced before: how do we connect people with what they need to know, so that they can do their best work?

For example, I recently moved and had to switch a utility service to my new townhouse. But when the service guys showed up, they started running into problems. Everything seemed in order in the house, so it must have been a problem with the box outside.

What Will Future of Knowledge Management Work Be Like?

Jim Lee's picture

The workplace of the future won’t be a place at all. It will be anyplace, anytime, by any technology. Of course, the mantra of “always on, always connected” is well known by many already so why aren’t we there yet? It’s about the business rules; the rules that have yet to be written. To wit, one organization creates an email moratorium rule in order for people to focus on other things. Another goes even further by attempting to eliminate email altogether. Another creates a rule that says instantaneous responses to colleague requests are expected.

U.S Postal Service is Leveraging Its Strengths: Is Your KM Program?

Carla O'Dell's picture

It is probably old news to you, but I was taken aback to read an article in Wall Street Journal (WSJ) written August 4, 2014 by Laura Stevens. It said that Fed Ex and UPS use the U.S. Postal Service to deliver many of their ground packages, and Amazon is leveraging our dear old USPS, too. According to the WSJ, “For FedEx alone, the post office delivers an average of 2.2 million packages a day, or about 30% of the express-mail company's total U.S.

What Scarlett Johannson Can Tell Us about the Future of Mobile Technology

Mercy Harper's picture

“I’ll build a computer and download my knowledge in it,” says Scarlett Johannson in the new movie Lucy. Yes, this is a sci-fi film with a fantastical premise, but when I heard this line my brain went straight to thinking how mobile technology can enable effective knowledge and content management. Let me tell you how I got there.

5 Ways To Get Leaders to Buy Into Change Management

Cindy Hubert's picture

The most memorable words of advice I’ve heard for people leading change is to play out your hunches; roll with the punches; and make the best of what comes your way. It’s catchy and easy to say, but much more difficult to figure out the science and art of “hunches and punches.”  How do KM leaders get leaders at all levels in the organization ready for changes that inevitably come from building a program focused on helping knowledge flow? 

9 Ways to Create Better Content Management (Infographic)

Mercy Harper's picture

Today’s content management scene is teeming with a variety of tech tools, vendors, and advice, but what really works to connect people to what they need, when they need it? To find out, we asked 494 professionals about how their firms manage enterprise content. This infographic presents key findings for nine enablers of enterprise content management effectiveness.

Knowledge Management Spotlight: How Microsoft Improved Decision Making and Customer Loyalty

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Jean-Claude Monney, global KM lead at Microsoft Services, discusses the links between KM strategy, execution, and culture.

What ‘The Secrets of the Grown up Brain’ Can Tell Us About Having A Happier Outlook

Carla O'Dell's picture

I always have my eye open for research that might tell us more about how to leverage the expertise in our organizations, from novices to experts.  I stumbled across The Secret Life of the Grown up Brain (2010) I appreciated the highly readable, research-based and optimistic account of the (then) state of the cognitive, social and emotional development of the brain over a lifespan.

Why Your KM Culture is Failing (It’s not What You Think)

Jim Lee's picture

So the question is: “Culture or structure?” Now many of you may have heard the phrase, or its variant, something like: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” If that’s so, then certainly at the very least culture must be having structure for lunch then.

3 Huge Problems With Your Enterprise Wiki (It’s not What You Think)

Mercy Harper's picture

Want to get a content management geek fired up? Start talking about wiki software. The wiki can be a place to store definitions for our corporate acronyms and jargon, a spot to post reports and meeting minutes, and a space to store information about past projects.