One of the push-backs we often get when we introduce KM plans is “why do we need a plan? Any good engineer will naturally do all the learning they need; surely a KM plan or learning plan is just added work for no added value?”
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The same is true for knowledge. There is value in the whole team sitting down and discussing the knowledge needed by the project, and developing a plan to acquire that knowledge. By adding structure, and by involving the whole team, the project comes out with a better approach to learning.
In addition, a KM plan is documented evidence that the project has addressed the issue of knowledge, just as a risk management plan or quality management plan shows that they have addressed the issues of risk and quality.
The KM plan is therefore as much a governance document as it is a planning document.