Category: Communities of practice

Posts about communities of practice

Communities of practice

A community and a practice are not the same, but they are brilliant together

Venn diagram. On one side: A community, informal. Collaboration, Psychological safety, trust and connection, social learning, tacit knowledge and support. On the other side: A practice, formal. Standards, practice direction, career progression, capability and capacity, explicit knowledge and performance. In the overlap, community of practice

Reading Time: 2 minutes I have worked with Communities of Practice in organisations for several years. One recent trend I have seen is the use of the word community when people are talking about the more formal construct of a practice. When people overlook the attributes and values of a community, they miss out on what makes a community …

Communities of practice

Community of Practice Kick-off Canvas (with Miro template)

Reading Time: < 1 minute Another day, another Miro template. I have now published my Community of Practice Kick-off Canvas on the Miroverse. The Tacit community of practice kick-off canvas helps get your community started or reset using a canvas framework that guides you through six questions. It helps you to: Define your community name Identify who the community is …

Agile and Lean, Communities of practice, Culture, Distributed-working

Networks, Serendipity and the flow of ideas

A venn diagram showing a beaver with a guitar and a duck with a keyboard creating a duckbilled platypus playing a keytar

Reading Time: 7 minutes I gave a talk at SEACON recently building on top of my previous blog post about assisted serendipity. I wanted to share the ideas in that talk here as it is very relevant to the current times. This long post covers why serendipity is essential and how we can create opportunities for it to happen, …

Communities of practice, Distributed-working

Daily Outside Photo: Adding a bit of humanness to your Slack group

Autumnal forest

Reading Time: 3 minutes A quick post to share something that makes me smile. A slack* channel, yes another one, but it is one worth having. Many of us are working from home, one of the challenges that come with this is leaving the house. It’s important to get outside to take a break, get some air and move …

Communities of practice

Social group sizes, Dunbar’s number and implications for communities of practice

Reading Time: 4 minutes Communities of practice have a significant impact on organisations for all the reasons which I have spoken about in my book and many times on stage. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to explore the correlation of communities of practice and natural human communities with evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar. This lead to a …

Communities of practice, Culture

Assisted Serendipity, Random Coffee and the power of the unstructured meeting

Reading Time: 3 minutes We have some of the best conversations when they are unstructured and happen by chance. That moment when you bump into someone when you are out and about, and they happen to mention something that really helps you. Or you sit down to lunch with a work colleague, and it sparks a great new idea. …

Capability, Communities of practice

Introducing Capability Profile Mapping

Capability profile mapping

Reading Time: 5 minutes A little while back I wrote a post on skills and capability mapping with communities of practice, I have been developing this work further into an organisational-wide approach, under the name of Capability Profile Mapping. Capability Profile Mapping is a powerful approach for organisations, individuals and teams to create a shared understanding of their current …

Agile and Lean, Communities of practice, Tools

Facilitation feedback tool

Facilitation tool

Reading Time: < 1 minute Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement Helen Timperley and John Hattie Many of us facilitate workshops or agile habits regularly and we know if a workshop has gone well if the outcomes are useful. There are also lots of elements of facilitation that we don’t often get feedback on. …

Communities of practice, Tools

Posters to show how awesome communities of practice are

Community of practice posters

Reading Time: < 1 minute If you regularly read my blog, then you will know that communities of practice are my specialist subject and core to a lot of the work that I do. I help lots of organisations who are building their specialist skills in digital and agile delivery and those communities form an essential foundation for just that. …

Communities of practice

How community, social networks and building habits helped me get fitter and healthier

Witness the Fitness

Reading Time: 5 minutes That might sound like a bit of an odd title on my blog but bear with me. I have spent the last year making some changes in myself and I’ve used everything I know about how people work, approaches to change and experimentation in order to do that. This post talks about how I went …

Capability, Communities of practice

Mapping skills and capabilities with communities of practice

post-its

Reading Time: 3 minutes I first wrote about skills mapping in my book Building successful communities of practice. This post digs a little deeper into identifying skills and capabilities with communities of practice. Skills and capability maps help organisations identify gaps and where to invest in skills development. So it makes sense that many want to create them. At a …

Communities of practice

Communities of Practice: The Missing Piece of Your Agile Organisation

Reading Time: < 1 minute I have just published a blog post on Infoq, take a look over here: infoq.com/articles/communities-of-practice-agile-organisation

Communities of practice

Building Successful Communities of Practice

Reading Time: < 1 minute As you may know from previous posts, I’ve been busy writing a book called “Building Successful Communities of Practice: Discover How Connecting People Makes Better Organisations”. The book is now ready and you can now buy it both on kindle and as a paperback (print on demand) book.

Agile and Lean, Communities of practice

Writing a book in an agile way

Reading Time: 3 minutes As I mentioned in my last post, I have been writing a book called ‘Building successful communities of practice: Discover how learning together makes better organisations’, which is due to be published in early 2016. I wanted to share more about how I have gone about writing it using agile tools and techniques.

Agile and Lean, Communities of practice

Community of practice maturity model download

Reading Time: < 1 minute I have been very busy recently writing a book (currently) called Building successful communities of practice: Discover how learning together makes better organisations. It’s been in progress since September and I’m planning on publishing it early next year.

Agile and Lean, Communities of practice, Public Speaking

Building a (delivery) community a talk at Agile Cambridge

Reading Time: < 1 minute This week I had the great pleasure of talking about communities at Agile Cambridge, a fantastic 3 day conference set in the grounds of a Cambridge college. My talk was specifically about building a community of practice and how we have built the agile delivery community at Government Digital Service. Communities is a topic close to my heart and …

Communities of practice

Lots of love for all the wonderful WordPress plugin developers

Reading Time: 2 minutes When I’m not working (or taking photos of shop fronts), I run a community website for people in Hackney called Yeah! Hackney. My reason for posting is to big up some of the wonderful plugins that help make it happen.