Thursday 3 January 2013

This blog in 2012 - highlights

Readership of this blog has continued to grow through 2012 (see graph), for which I am very grateful. Although I passed the 1000-post mark this year, there were also several periods where the pressure of work, or a lack of access to Blogger (for example from within China) meant that I "went quiet" for several weeks. So thanks for sticking with me!

 The top 10 most popular posts of the year are as follows; if you missed them the first time, now's your chance to catch up.

1. 8 demand-side KM principles

Posted in may, the top post of the year was a post reflecting on David Snowdens classic "Principles for KM", the majority of which are related to the supply of knowledge, with a set of principles covering the other side of the equation - Knowledge Demand.

2. 50 shades of knowledge management

The second most read post was this post from November; an attempt to map out the field of KM, and list the various sub-disciplines within the field. I later posted this in Mind-Map form.

This popular post from June looked at the 5 most common objections to Knowledge Management that you will get from the people within your company, and suggested ways in which these objections can be met.

4. Top 10 success factors for Communities of practice

This post from May built on work from the University of Warwick, which lists out the 10 ways in which to make your CoPs a success.

5. The business benefits of Communities of Practice

This post from April listed some of the business benefits that CoPs will deliver, including Problem Solving, Problem Avoidance, creation of New Ideas and Staff retention.

6. Knowledge doesn't have to be captured to be managed

This October post argued for the valuable role of knowledge transfer through conversation, even if there is no capture of that knowledge.

From February, this post argued that the next big thing in KM would not be any new technology, but businesses actually taking KM seriously as a source of competitive value

8. 3 Knowledge Bank models - the sock drawer, the library, and the supermarket

This post from October explored three models for the way in which a Knowledge bank can be organised, and suggested that the key issue should be presenting people with material that they didn't know they didn't know.
From January, this post explored the topic of Knowledge Assets - what they are, what's in them, and what is their role in KM.  

10. Some addenda to Snowden's 7 KM principles

In May I returned to David Snowden's classic blog on the Principles of KM, and made a few addenda based on my own experience over the years.

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