KM Forum: Fitting SharePoint to Knowledge Initiatives

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This coming July 20, I’ll be on the “Panel of Experts” at this event at Bentley University. We’ll be discussing Fitting SharePoint to Knowledge Initiatives, a topic near and dear to my own heart. SharePoint is really cool technology, but as I’m frequently saying, it’s just a tool which must be a part of a much wider set of plans and initiatives (dare I say governance?) if it is to provide any real business value.

My co-panelists are Mike Gilronan (@mikegil) from KMA LLC, Michele Smith (@mingshan) from The MITRE Corporation, and Marc Solomon (@attspin) from PRTM.  I’m honored to be included with these bright folks, and I look forward to the discussion.

Also on the roster is Sadie Van Buren (@sadalit), who will be presenting on Planning for SharePoint: The SharePoint Maturity Model. If you follow this blog, you know that I’m a huge fan of Sadie and her SharePoint Maturity Model work.

If you’re in the Boston area and can make it, this promises to be a “meaty” event about KM and SharePoint. I hope to see you there!

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  1. At yesterday morning’s KM Forum breakfast meeting, we focused on organizing ideas around the upcoming event, especially for the panel discussion. The categories are shaping up to be very user-, culture-, and business-focused, much more the “why” and “when” of SharePoint than the “how” or “what.” We’ll dare to say the G-word as well as others such as Adoption! and Planning! This is why I come to the Forum – to work on the human side of the technology problem.
    Lynda Moulton’s most recent blog post (http://gilbane.com/search_blog/2011/06/collaboration_convergence_and_adoption.html) describes the SharePoint conversation as “one of build-it-to-do-anything-you-want-the way-you-want (BITDAYWTWYW),” and emphasizes the need for collaboration in building the solution, because often an IT department alone does not have the full set of skills this requires. I like that angle. (At the breakfast meeting, Lynda offered an alternative to her acronym: “build what you want the way you want it – BWYWTWYWI.” I love the concept, and I propose that on the 20th we all put our heads together to find the letter combination that makes it easiest to say and remember.)

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  2. Looking forward to joining you on the panel, Marc. Between Enterprise 2.0 and KM Forum, it’s been a good month for discussions about business issues first and SharePoint second. Man cannot live by SPTechCon alone…

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