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Started by Stewart Liff Oct 9, 2012.
David, I was somewhat shocked when I saw the number of people in the Knowledge Management in Government group and the scarcity of activity. I believe there's a second round of those agencies, like mine at DOE who are just starting to build a KM strategy. My hope is that those agencies who are more mature in their efforts continue to stay engaged in communities such as this and Federal KM Commununity, so that, we can learn from your rich experiences.
In a word - Compliance, Standardize, and Control - ok, not just one word, certainly a theme. The cultural change necessary for KM to succeed requires buy-in by leadership and workers. There is overwelming pressure to standardize to save, compliance to regulations, and management to control. These forces seldom work in harmony. Our best hope is that, in time, some of our ideas and concepts will help others understand the benifits of a strong KM program.
According to its profile as of March 24, 3014, this group, Knowledge Management in Government, has 821 members. Despite the large size, I perceive a lack of time or commitment to sharing, probably due to circumstances beyond members' control. Maybe people have changed jobs and forgot to disenroll themselves. Or maybe they retired.
There has been a similar drop in participation in the Federal Knowledge Management Working Group and little participation by government employees in the major LinkedIn forums.
KM continues to pop up like mushrooms in my agency and I've seen bits and pieces of activity in the federal section. I am not sure what the answer is for the decline in participation in these social forums. Not being much of a leader, I'm clueless as to how to forge a vibrant KM community. I have the same issue within my own organization and I don't have the answers, but I am certainly open to suggestions. I will stay that when FKMWG was at its strongest, I was saturated with new ideas, opposing viewpoints, suggestions, and, as fitting to the profession, new knowledge from the KM stalwarts.
So, what happens from here?
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It's clean up time in the ol' agency intranet! Got tips?
Hostin an office townhall in December - Good or bad idea? http://www.govloop.com/forum/topics/town-hall-in-december
Thought you all might be interested in seeing this new research on the state of enterprise information management at gov't agencies http://bit.ly/TrhoHm
Interesting article - don't be netflixed: why innovation labs are essential for government - http://www.govloop.com/profiles/blogs/don-t-be-netflixed-why-innova...
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