Blogging as a way to “capture” tacit knowledge – a twist

In my last post I put down some thoughts about how blogs could be used as a form of tacit knowledge capture since it documents the thought process in the development of many different ideas, many times in pursuit of a “finished” product. Catching up (who am I kidding? I’ll never catch up) with my […]

Blogging as a way to “capture” tacit knowledge

From the wikipedia definition of tacit knowledge is this short paragraph: By definition, tacit knowledge is not easily shared. One of Polanyi’s famous aphorisms is: “We know much more than we can tell.” Tacit knowledge consists often of habits and culture that we do not recognize in ourselves. In a brief conversation through blog posts […]

Using a Wiki for Documentation and Collaborative Authoring

One of the biggest challenges I’ve come across in how best to use technology is the process of developing documents that have many authors, or collaborative authoring. A typical process goes something like this: Someone is assigned as configuration manager The initial draft is created and sent, usually via e-mail, to all reviewers/contributors Comments/changes are […]

Knowledge without Learning? Thoughts on tacit and explicit knowledge

Can you really know something if you didn’t learn it? I was sitting in a meeting the other day in which a group of engineers was giving a presentation on some analysis of a system they are working on. The slides were well done and had a lot of “information” on them. As I was […]

Limitations and uses of Learning Management Systems (LMS)

A couple of articles discussing the limitation of Learning Management Systems (LMS): Learning Management Systems: The wrong place to start elearning (elearnspace) The real issue is that LMS vendors are attempting to position their tools as the center-point for elearning – removing control from the system’s end-users: instructors and learners. Unfortunately, beginning learning with an […]

High-Performance at Half-Effort

Are you or your organization running on “all cylinders” all the time? Do you need to be? Perhaps not, if a conceptual lesson on engine performance can be effectively borrowed from the auto industry and applied to organizations. The article Firing on Half-Cylinders in the December Scientific American discusses the design of 8-cylinder engines that […]