Dave Snowden’s Blog

Of sandbanks and granite cliffs

7 Nov 14 · 8:00 am

It was good to see the strategy workshop picked up by Ian Thorpe in his blog and he beat me to publishing the final overview of the process (see below).  Later today I have a keynote to give where I intend to focus on narrative forms of knowing, but more on that tomorrow.   For the moment I need to complete my summary of this bottom up too down emergent approach to creating a knowledge strategy.   Importantly as should be becoming obvious it is also a shift from a linear approach of determine strategy - define needs - execute - measure approach that is far too common.   Instead this is a continuous process of mapping and strategy developed based on feedback loops and dynamic, but managed change processes.  If you want a metaphor for this then think of a map.  The granite cliffs that surround your harbour may only need to be surveyed every decade or so but the sandbanks are constantly shifting and changing.  Knowledge management is more of the latter, less of the former.  Popular approaches to taxonomy and most Communities  tend to assume too much stability; something enforced by excessive use of Sharepoint just as a decade or so ago we had over rigorous use of Lotus Notes.

So to summarise where we are.  We have a decision map which has produced two outputs (i) a series of actions or projects arising from contrasting it with the formal process map and (ii) a set of knowledge objects, things that can be managed, derived from the decision mapping using the...

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Guest Blog

Guided hike across the Glyders

By Jules K. Yim  ·  23 Oct 14  ·  2:59 am

As Dave mentioned in his blog post about Small Countries, there will be a guided hike across the Glyders on the 26th October, starting 10:30 at Ogwen Cottage. (Paid parking there or free parking along the road to the east)

The initial walk is open to all, and requires no more than trainers / sneakers and the usual rain jackets etc.; as we ascend the Devil’s Kitchen people can choose to drop out and continue around the lake.

After that it's a rough scree walk to the top of Glyder Fawr – this portion requires proper waterproof mountain boots and probably gloves and headwear to be safe – then a glorious walk over the top to Glyder Fach but with a lot of large loose rocks so it will be slow going. After that we descend to the old Minder Road and track to Bwlch Tryfan and return.

Those interested in photos of the trail can find them on Dave's Flickr – please get in touch with me Jules if you'd like to be included in the walk. Car-pooling from Caernarfon and/or Bangor may be...

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