Since our first public announcement of KMP on 7 May 2016, it's been 3-4 months. It's time for a review of what we have done and achieved, including what has gone wrong. Followings are what I learned:
Identified a focused topic of interests - "Challenges of KM Practitioners in Practice", which led to:
A series of related activities starting on 7 May 2016 for some experienced MSc KM graduates to share
their post-graduation stories and insights on applying KM in the real job environment
how KM can be make-sense in business from the perspectives or HR, talent management and senior management
In order not to influence the real and deep sharing by our KM graduates, I held up sharing my own opinions because I didn't want to interfere theirs opinion. Until late July, I shared my own opinion about the challenges of KM practitioners. See my blog @ http://kmp.hk/blogs/developing-career-in-km. I found that:
The sharing from other MScKM graduates actually matched very well to my opinions described in this blog.
MScKM is just an initial milestone. If it is our interests to further develop in this direction, there are a lot more we need to learn.
This actually helped us as KM practitioners in the following:
to identify the gap in our knowledge and skillset for our personal capacity building
this gap actually give us the direction for KMP how to move forward in order to help us to learn and grow.
We have made an announcement of KMP on the website @ http://kmp.hk/news/kmp-announcement and during the 7 May 2016 event. In this review, we learned:
We transitioned from KMP2P to KMP with announcement, rebuilding a new website, and a few activity events.
We connect with some other organizations including the KMIRC, HKKMS, ICM, etc by mutual supporting activities and events and face-to-face meetings, and achieves more exposure and help us to make a little bit of presence in the KM segment.
We connected with more KM students and graduates who freshly joined as member, which gives us better chance to connect with more new KM students and graduates in the future. We hope to continue this and deliver our values that they will recognize. This leads to the next step, what kind of values we shall bring, which the author will try to elaborate a bit more below.
We opened up ourselves beyond MScKM students & graduates, and at of the time of this posting we have more than 160 members, already more than half of them are non MScKM graduates or students. This tells us that our topic of interests attracts them too. More importantly, this also gives us the direction towards the topics of interests for our future.
How much we have achieved compared with our original announcement? Yes, some of them. We do have achieved something, but definitely we're not there yet.
We have established our new website based on open source which is mainly free of charge. Quite some new functionalities has been created customized to our thoughts and needs:
My journey of learning site building using open source is actually a relatively long one, longer than I originally expected. My personal assessment is that, it is worthwhile to spend the time and effort, because it gives me a lot of further flexibilities in the future, and customize what we really need. My personal assessment is that, we have finished phase I of the site, which mainly focused on an information site probably organized and better cosmetic. We have a little bit of collaboration tools available such as the chat, forum and ask-a-question areas but not yet popular, partly due to the fact that we haven't opened up our site for members login yet.
Even though open source offers relatively simple and easy to learn methodology to build a portal. In reality it is still too technical to most people, including our KM graduates. I am lucky that my unforgotten technical knowledge still supports me to achieve the job, but balanced with a sacrifice of a lot of unsleeping hours. This leads to one another big challenge for KM practitioners - Technology. In my opinion, it actually requires a lot more technical knowledge to work in KM, and this was evidenced in a recent meeting discussion I had with Dr. Qinghai Wu in Beijing who has been working on KM for 10+ years in China.
We have achieved an important function - the member's profile (e.g. http://kmp.hk/users/kf-cheng) which is capable of recording the solid contributions by members which we believe is one of the signature feature we shall further develop in the future for KM practitioners.
These are all excellent experience, because they give me the ideas and direction how I should re-write the second version of our KMP platform, which is planned to start now.
Communities - we identified communities (a CoP or CoI) should be one of our strategy to go forward. Thanks to Andreas Sher who will be responsible for facilitating and promoting this.
We already have a community which is the PG (Project Group), a small group which remains from the previous KMP2P initiative. Some changes can be observed especially the focus of some of the original members has changed.
A new one just started to work on is a Community to help the new MScKM students, to be launched on the way hoping we can help the new MScKM students with our knowledge and experience.
We have had a lot of meetings at the core members level (the PEC - Provisional Executive Committee), trying to identify what we should do, and make things happen. With only a few people, we already have done a lot. However, the author also found that we are no difference compared with most other associations. We need a change again, and that's the initiative of this blog, and all thinking behind.
With all the works and busy time we have spent, as the leader of the PEC, the author had been doing most of the work, especially the website portal. Unfortunately nobody can help to relief the workload.
Most ideas and initiatives came from the author, an unhealthy situation.
Meetings become an opportunity of passing consensus of ideas from the author, but not much real positive, creative and constructive ideas from other core members. The meetings become more or less a place to say yes or no, agree or disagree.
This is what the author has done in the past 1-2 weeks:
Re-identify what needs to be done, and what not. What need to be focused by the PEC (or the future ExComm), and what not.
Define who (positions) needs to do what (focused responsibilities), which also helps us to revise the structure we should establish for our next step - the Executive Committee.
The focused job description and objectives for each position in the ExComm
Here is the new proposal:
Minimize the PEC (or the ExComm), which should not become the focus of KMP.
Members should focus on what they want to achieve instead of following the ExComm, and that's the original idea of KMP anyway
The PEC (or the ExComm) should promote, invite and facilitates activists with experiment and experience which eventually is the benefits and values we bring to the members, especially the KM students and graduates.
The PEC (or the ExComm) should be minimized in the sense that we should try to hide away our domination, and focus to become an embassador role.
Formalize the functionality of the Secretariat, who will assist these activist members to experiment or experience what they want to achieve, while making sure that some minimal rules and regulations are followed, especially relating to personal data and financials, which are legal requirements that we are bound to follow.
Enhance the KMP website which will enable these activist members to make their proposals or nominations and receive feedbacks from other members and possibly the public.
Again, this is the crowd-sourcing concept
Getting feedback and support is what really helping the members to build their confidence and directions, and that's why it is an experimenting process
KMP should focus on 4 core areas of focus, which are Communities - Activities - Content - Special Tasks:
We, the PEC (or ExComm) are also activist. KMP is also our KM journey, by establishing a platform of learning by action for KM practitioners and knowledge workers.
From KF Cheng
Leader of Provisional Executive Committee, Founder of KMP2P & KMP