4 Things You Need for KM Success in 2019

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2019 is here, and it’s time to put your knowledge management (KM) program on track for success. To do this, you’ll need a documented and actionable KM strategic plan. We all know that strategic planning is essential to the success of any business program or initiative. And yet, most of us are all too familiar with the pains and pitfalls of strategic planning. The hardest part is knowing how and where to start. 

How Knowledge Managers Can Lead Virtual Teams to Success

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Virtual teaming promises amazing opportunities, but it can also create big problems. When employees don’t meet face-to-face, they sometimes hesitate to trust one another and collaborate. Flexible virtual teams, where team members come and go during different project phases, can struggle to locate important documentation and expertise when and where they need it.

How to Build Trust and Engagement with Virtual Teams

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Virtual teams have become the new normal. But with so many organizations currently engaged in digital transformations, the virtual teams of tomorrow are going to be different from those of today. The transition to a more digital workplace will bring new tools, new priorities, and new ways of working that are certain to impact how organizations approach virtual teaming. To learn more about what to expect, I spoke with APQC’s Lauren Trees, principal research lead for knowledge management, and Cindy Hubert, executive director of client solutions.

Scaling Agile Ain’t Easy, But It’s Necessary For Better Project Management

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Chances are, you’re already familiar with the basic concept of Agile project management: a small team works in time-boxed sprints, frequently demoing features and integrating customer feedback, to iteratively deliver a customer-centric end result. Since its origins in software development nearly two decades ago, Agile has been embraced by companies big and small in a wide range of industries and applications. To its adherents, Agile is much more than a methodology: it’s a guiding set of principles and values.

Digitalization is a Team Sport

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Organizations are funneling vast amounts of time and money into digitalization. And while there’s a lot of advice about which tech to buy and business areas to invest in, the people side of digitalization is also important. Without a people-focused strategy, digitalization can amplify organizational silos and breed discontent in the workforce. I talked with Dr. Carla O’Dell to learn how organizations can take a smarter approach to digitalization.

4-Step Guide to Knowledge Mapping

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Knowledge mapping is one of the most powerful knowledge management (KM) approaches. A knowledge map is a visual representation of the organization’s intellectual capital. With it, stakeholders can pinpoint where critical knowledge is, how it flows, and any barriers or gaps. This helps companies focus resources on the most dangerous knowledge risks and the most fruitful knowledge opportunities.

Hidden Ways Organizations Can Benefit from Customer Journey Mapping

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Customer journey maps aren’t just for sales and marketing anymore. These visual depictions of the end-to-end customer experience allow you to understand your customers’ behaviors, feelings, goals, and pain points. These days, that’s information everyone in the organization needs to know to stay competitive. Creative folks from different functions are using customer journey maps and applying their insights to innovate and improve. Two of the most exciting—and surprising—opportunities are in process and compliance.

How To Show A Lessons Learned KM Program Has Real Business Value

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Beatrice Le Moing, Knowledge Management Program Manager at Schneider Electric, explains how to make a lessons learned KM program create real value for a company.

If you would like to view more interviews with breakout speakers from APQC’s 2015 KM Conference you can view the entire playlist at our YouTube Channel.

 

Microsoft Balances Innovation and Knowledge Reuse

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How do you get people to create innovative ideas while also pushing the importance of reusing knowledge?

This question came up at the end of APQC’s Knowledge Management (KM) Community Call, a webinar that featured Jean-Claude Monney and Mark Szalkiewics from Microsoft.

Here’s how Mark responded to this tricky—but important—question:

Make Enterprise Search Magical Without Money

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APQC’s research finds that best practice organizations actually don’t have significantly better search technology. Instead, they meet employees’ search needs with superior processes and approaches to content management.