The term "Experience Management is not a commonly defined term, so I was very interested to understand what they meant by the term (and they weren't talking about managing customer experience, which is a different field). It seems they have already investigated Knowledge Management, and have been provided with Knowledge Management solutions that deal with content management and the management of information. However even with this service, they realise that there is still something missing, namely learning from experience, sharing of experience, and the application of experience to decision making. This is the "Experience Management" they want to introduce.
On the one hand, according to Einstein, Knowledge is experience; everything else is information.
On the other hand, there is a common model known as the DIKW model, which builds up through data and information, to knowledge, and then on to Wisdom. I don't particularly like the model, and it has many prominent detractors, but it also has a strong following.
Davenport and Prusak define knowledge as "a fluid mix of framed experience, values, contextual information, expert insight and grounded intuition that provides an environment and framework for evaluating and incorporating new experiences and information". They see both experience and information as inputs to knowledge. In BP, a recent definition of knowledge was the application of experience to information.
This particular client believes they have support for the content and information side, but they still support for the Experience side.
What does Experience Management look like?
- It contains methodologies for Learning from Experience, such as AARs, Lessons Learned systems
- It contains methodologies for seeking and accessing experience, including Peer Assist, Knowledge handover, and KM planning
- It contains mechanisms for shared experience, including Communities of Practice, collaboration, connection and questioning
- It contains mechanisms for retention of experience when staff leave.