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5 Benefits of Story Maps

5 Benefits of Story Maps | Knowledge Nuggets |
With Agile delivery, we trade big upfront design for a “just enough” approach. But how do we make sure we get the right MVP?
Victor Jimenez's insight:
This Excella article is an excellent application of agile concepts to conduct Knowledge Management practices in the workplace. I think of these lessons as the way KMers should coordinate teams to share their insights to others in an organization. Heres why.

Successful projects with important lessons to share are not always the result of superb communication and disciplined documentation to capture all insights learned along the way. In fact, sometimes a project is successful simply because of the sheer determination and brute force put in by a few key personnel who overperform to achieve the project deadline and promised performance standard. The Agile approach intends to break us from this mindset of work that requires overperformance in order to achieve performance goals. Approaching work with Agile in mind allows teams the permission to revise their assumptions as they proceed and to make better decisions in pursuit of the project goal. The ability to observe and reassess per increment means you have to collect insights and discuss along the way. Immediately, the characteristics which define agile project success are more defined by inculsiveness and awareness rather than isolation to make a concentrated effort and a reliance on sticking with the plan.

This brings me to the reason why I believe these Agile lessons from Excella should hit home for Knowledge Management professionals trying to guide others to practice KM principles to increase sharing, connectivity, and learning in the workplace. Story maps are a tool to communicate effectively (i.e. transfer knowledge) and capture ideas in project artifacts which serve as key learning tools during and after the project concludes. Indeed, the daily rituals of the project team become focused on creating explicit artifacts to review with the customer and to confirm that the right decisions are being made along the way. By focusing on the knowledge capture for these artifacts you are writing the training tools piece by piece which are needed to implement your project output in the organization. KM professionals who understand the risk of tacit knowledge loss at key transition events such as when a project team disbands or key personnel leave the organization should recognize the value of this approach.

I've been looking for a KM body of knowledge for a while and settled on just cultivating my own through practical application. Agile concepts seem to be the best reservoir of active knowledge to draw upon. With that said, I encourage others to find and share other sources for best practices in Agile project management application. I believe Agile is a magnifier of organizational learning through it's ability to produce high quality knowledge artifacts and empower Knowledge Managers to spend their time curating and connecting others to a central library of insights gained.

Does anyone have suggestions for active online communities that show how Agile is applied to Knowledge Management programs within Government? If you have a site or blog bookmarked and would recommend it, please share. Thanks!
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The power of ignoring mainstream news: Why reading the paper is like eating junk food

The power of ignoring mainstream news: Why reading the paper is like eating junk food | Knowledge Nuggets |

How much time do you spend consuming information that you have no intention of taking action on or that you don’t care deeply about?

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
Victor Jimenez's insight:

Agreed! Curate yourself!

"The world doesn’t need more people who mindlessly digest whatever information is around. What the world needs are people who learn with purpose, who take action on the things that are important to them, and who seek out high quality information as a way to spark creativity — not as an excuse to consume even more."

- James Clear

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, November 19, 2013 10:16 PM

Love this post as it reinforces why I'm so careful with my consumption of mainstream media. Once I heard "cancer" and my name in the same sentence I knew curating my head was going to be critical. "All energy to shields," was kind of how I thought of it.

Karen Bowden's curator insight, November 25, 2013 1:48 PM

Hint:  You want to focus on the Circle of Control.