KMers.org runs a regular TweetChat on knowledge management (KM) issues and today’s was on Personal Knowledge Management (PKM), with the following agenda:
- What effective means have we found to aggregate, filter and share information?
- Is personal KM a good foundation for corporate KM, or are they competing efforts?
- What are the corporate benefits of individual KM efforts? Should a company deliberately seek to take advantage of individual KM efforts?
- How do we build a corporate culture in which individuals take responsibility for personal KM or personal sense-making?
It was difficult to keep up with the flow during this intensive one-hour session, so I’ve gone back and picked out some of the highlights [lightly edited for ease of reading].
@markgould13 For me, PKM is a precursor for social knowledge sharing, so I use Delicious, Twitter and WordPress. Trying enterprise apps.
@mathemagenic blogging! [is an effective means to aggregate, filter & share] however the main problem is the time to be invested now for the future.
@jeffhester @elsua makes a great point about our personal networks being key. Most of the tools mentioned work best when shared.
@dougcornelius I see a distinction between consumption and production. Social Media helps bridge the old gap by combining the two [KM and SM].
@richdurost Although data is stored on the web, going back and finding those knowledge nuggets becomes a huge challenge.
@4KM Just thought of PKM as the narrow point of the hourglass. Reflect, filter, synthesize, organize & go macro again.
@markgould13 I think corporate KM is rapidly losing out to PKM. Good thing too in many sectors.
@VMaryAbraham Perhaps PKM is growing in importance because so few organizational KM methods work for individuals.
@RichardHare Corporate KM still sounds like something done to people, rather than simply the ecology of what exists in an organisation.
@hjarche: [so I asked the obvious question]: can you have enterprise KM without PKM?
@nitinbadjatia Don’t think so
@markgould13 I think we tried that with KM1.0. Not sure it worked.
@lehawes No. I believe that is one reason we saw 70% failure rates in KM projects 10 years ago. Little focus on PKM then.
@JohnReaves You can have KM without PKM but you shouldn’t.
@petertwo Incentive for PKM is PCM (Personal Career Management).
@jaycross CIA: From “need to know” to “need to share” as default behavior says Andy McAfee in Enterprise 2.0.
@pekadad Is attention-management a critical piece of PKM? How do I know what to to spend my (precious?) mental time on.
@jaycross @VMaryAbraham So should our focus be on … our focus? Teach priorities and filtering? Good thought, Mary.
@Quinnovator PKM needs to become PKS (Personal Knowledge Sharing).
@lehawes I think all KM is really about sharing, at heart. Need to have something to share, but the act creates the value.
@rickladd As Russell Ackoff used to say – the best way to learn is to teach. Sharing = giving away = getting back exponentially.
@jeffhester PKM is a process. Knowledge flows to me, then through me (as I share with my network and beyond).
Link to complete Twitter transcript at KMers
I am more convinced now of the importance of PKM (or PKS) in getting work done in knowledge-intensive workplaces. It is a foundational skill, of which only the principles can be formally taught, and like any craft it must be practised to gain mastery.
Yes, I do offer workshops on PKM and other topics.