Monday, 28 April 2008

Three on Sharepoint

The Knowledge Thoughts Blog has posted not one, not two but three, extremely useful looking posts on Sharepoint.

The first post Sharepoint Resources for KM People is a set of links to other tools and resources available on the internet. The second is a presentation from KM Legal on using Sharepoint within a law firm. The third and final post is around why Sharepoint projects fail and contains links to a further four articles on this subject.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Resources Above and Beyond KM

I'm really enjoying reading the posts on new Blog Above and Beyond KM, in two recent posts the author has provided links to some useful looking resources, these are:

The latter of these looks really useful and is described as a toolkit "that provides guidance and resources for organizations interested in developing knowledge sharing among their employees"

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Using Blogs and Wikis

A useful looking series of posts here from the KM Space Blog. In the first the author looks at how Wikis can be used for Project Management the great value of a Wiki is summed up in the following extract:

"With a wiki, you give a common space for the project team to keep information and share information on the project. As items on the project are updated, the subscribers to the wikis get the notification of the change. (We have been using PBwiki to manage our knowledge management projects for almost year. A wiki is a great way to centralize information and publicize information at the same time.)"

In the second post the author describes how they are using Sharepoint to create blogs, these blogs are "targeted at hosting firm announcements". In the final post the author looks at how they are using Sharepoint to create Wikis, he describes how their "first wiki was an import of our existing knowledge management wiki into the SharePoint platform" and that the second Wiki they created was used for "managing HotDocs and our HotDocs templates. The vision for this wiki was to create the manual for each of the HotDocs templates and to share information among the HotDocs developers. The wiki page becomes the item returned on a search for the HotDocs template."

Some really interesting and exciting uses of Sharepoint/Blogs and Wikis which I would encourage everyone to have a read of.

KM Library : Tools and techniques

Above and Beyond KM have linked to what looks like a useful site called the KM Library. The KM Library contains links to cases studies on using well known Knowledge Management techniques such as:

  • After Action Reviews
  • Case Study
  • Communities of Practice
  • Gone Well, Not Gone Well
  • Knowledge Cafe
  • Knowledge Exchange
  • Knowledge Marketplace
  • Peer Assist
  • Rapid Evidence Review
  • Retrospective Review

There are some techniques in this list that I haven't heard of so the list is well worth reviewing if you are looking for a new technique to approach a problem.

Monday, 14 April 2008

Improvements to LNB

Lexis Nexis Butterworths have made a demo of improvements to the Global Platform available on their revamped UK website.

Improvements include:

  • New cleaner, simpler homepages for legal and tax users
  • A dedicated URL for tax users (www.lexisnexis.com/uk/tax)
  • Favourite sources easily accessed from your Start Page
  • Easier access to key legislation and cases
  • Popular features such as Related Content links made more visible
  • Fewer drop downs for simpler navigation
  • Ability to build your own dedicated Practice Area Pages

The demo is well worth looking at for a sneak preview of the new LNB look and feel.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Invoices are top of the bill

An interesting article here from the Law Society Gazette which discusses how electronic billing may soon become a reality and potentially demanded by professional service firm clients.

Knowledge sharing vs Knowledge Management

Two thought provoking posts here from new Knowledge Management Blog Above and Beyond KM in the first post Knowledge Sharing vs Knowledge Management the author talks about how Knowledge Sharing is better than Knowledge Management especially if you have to "manage" knowledge on a daily basis. They also argue that the current crop of Knowledge tools, Blogs, Wikis and Social Networking applications actually encourage Knowledge Sharing rather then Knowledge Management.

In the second post Knowledge Sharing: Better Late Than Never the author provides some links to a number of articles/posts on Knowledge Sharing initiatives.