2011 End-of-Year Products

  1. Key Questions relating to KM Curriculum and underlying KM Frameworks/Viewpoints that drive curriculum
  2. Collection of current KM Curriculum at key universities and training companies found world-wide
  3. Summary of areas of consensus that were found
  4. Set of questions that should be addressed in 2012

Overall Approach

Knowledge sharing in the KM community means we need to "eat our own dog food". I am following a basic KM model for this project:
  • Create - This project assumes no new creation of knowledge due to timeline and existing knowledge already created, but key questions will be created to capture needed knowledge
  • Capture - Collect lists of current KM curriculum, collect answers, ideas and opinions on core questions
  • Organize - Identification of essential core curriculum and areas of consensus are needed more than an organization of a final detailed proposed curriculum, which will be addressed in 2012
  • Leverage - Ensure required coordination during project with other CoPs, and deliver 2011 End-of-Year products


  1. Form core team to finalize key questions (July-Aug)
    1. Get suggested names from Denise and Annie
    2. Add any additional names to ensure an adequate core team
    3. Ensure core team has reviewed webinars and the Communique document (Curriculum areas are key)
    4. Create list of initial questions
    5. Input for additional questions (current progress as of Aug 25)
    6. Agreement on final list of core questions
  2. Gather answers to core questions (Sept-Nov)
    1. Get suggested names (people and programs) of key contributors (world-wide scope)
    2. Get suggested forum lists of additional contributors
    3. Get existing collections of curriculum materials and summaries from Denise and Annie
    4. Prepare wiki and other means to allow for participation (pre-schedule a conference call?)
    5. Send out initial requests for information, and info on methods to discuss and collaborate
    6. Core team reviews materials for consensus and outstanding discussions needed
    7. "Building a consensus" is key and several follow-up WebX, etc. are expected to be required
    8. OUTSTANDING QUESTION by John Lewis: What are other ideas, listservs, methods for intake, discussion, collaboration, and proof of consensus (online survey?) that we can use?
  3. Organize Findings (Dec)
    1. Facilitator (John) creates initial take on findings
    2. Core team reviews initial findings and provide input
    3. Core team agrees on consensus of findings
  4. Deliver 2011 End-of-Year Products (Jan)
    1. Wiki updated
    2. Documents finalized
    3. Presentation Delivered (early 2012?)

Overall Viewpoints

From John Lewis: There are some "going-in" assumptions that we all have about a project and I will list my high-level ones here, which are obviously open to debate in this open forum, but need to be addressed explicitly, not assumed implicitly, for us to quickly align and move forward.
  • Project Timing: This project is timely because the knowledge economy has moved out in front of current curriculum and this gap needs to be addressed.
  • Project Scope: This project needs to allow for the largest amount of intake that is possible in this time-frame, which includes a world-wide audience of those that can provide input from universities, institutes, professional practitioners, business professionals, etc.
  • KM Scope: There are those that say "KM cannot be everything." My viewpoint is that within the field of math, they do not say that everything is math, but that math is a "lens" to everything. So I would say that KM is a lens to everything, and that we are helping to clarify that lens.
  • KM Education: There are those that say "we can learn KM by doing KM." My viewpoint is that just as in other applied fields, there are practical applications and experiences, but there are also theoretical frameworks and academic accreditation. Practitioners within any field operate from a mental model about that field, whether they can articulate it or not. And agreement on all the core theories/models that drive an area of study is not necessary for the establishment of that field, as we witness routinely within physics.
  • KM Definition: There are those that say "KM is mainly about technology and information sharing." My viewpoint is that in the knowledge economy, knowledge management IS management, which encapsulates the learning and leveraging of all functions, including risk, innovation, change, operations, etc.