Tuesday 5 November 2019

The 4 legs on the KM table (reprise)

A popular post from the archives - the 4 legs on the KM table

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It's very easy to develop an unbalanced perspective on Knowledge Management, especially when we work closely with the topic, but it is something that we should strive to avoid.

I was listening to someone describe their Knowledge management Framework recently. They described their portal, they described the roles that support the portal, they described the processes that support the portal, and they described the governance elements they had developed around the portal.

As I listened, I reflected that they had the elements of KM, but had a one-sided perspective.

Let me explain what I mean.

The 4 legs on the table

There are 4 enablers that support Knowledge Management, like 4 legs that support a table. These are
All of these elements are mutually supportive.

Yes, the roles support the portal, but to an equal extent the portal supports the roles. Yes, the processes support the portal, but to an equal extent the portal supports the processes, as do the roles, as does the governance.

Like the 4 legs on a table, the 4 elements of KM are all equally important. No single element is dominant - they all support KM, and they support Knowledge Management in supporting the business.

If you find one of these enablers is becoming dominant in your thinking for any reason, then your table is at risk of becoming wobbly and unstable. If any of these elements is missing completely, your table will fall.

Balance your perspective.
Focus on all four enablers, to an equal extent, and your Knowledge Management table will stand firm and secure in support of the business.

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