|July 8, 2002|
04 00070 61 02070801
<! address> Mr. John Maloney
Knowledge Management Consortium, Inc.
San Francisco, CA 94111
|Subject:||KMCI Event on July 29, 2002|
Congratulations to you and the KMCI team for presenting a
workshop on the
economics of knowledge,
scheduled for July 29 in San Francisco, as shown in your letter on June 24
received this past week on July 3. Economic analysis helps advance from
information technology (IT) to a culture of knowledge by
overcoming fear that
resists working intelligently. With stocks nearing new lows, this
should garner strong interest in your theme that working smarter pays big
Since Mark Clare is listed as a speaker in a link from your letter, this sounds like the event Mark mentioned on June 7 proposing a meeting to discuss calculating benefits from paying the price of good management that saves the cost of bad management. Hopefully, the conference will resolve concerns you raised on June 10 that KM doesn't save time and money.
Would like to see examples of work product showing the level of effort entailed doing KM using tools and methods presented during the conference. For example, to improve....
<! n.> ....will we see work product that strengthens these varied disciplines
and tasks by lifting the capacity to think, remember and communicate, discussed
on June 10?
This will make the presentation on costs and benefits easier for people to grasp. For example, people get discouraged that it takes too much time creating intelligence using the tools they like, e.g. email, Powerpoint, Word, and others listed in your chart submitted on June 10. Mark's calculations showing that time and expense invested for working intelligently improves earnings will overcome fear that KM takes too much time, and so excuses bad management. Since the purpose of the time people spend on the job is to generate earnings, if the ROI for KM is positive, as shown by USACE and explained in NWO on solving meaning drift, then more time devoted to KM can only save time and money. As a result, the only issue is what tools and methods make it fast and easy to produce useful work product for adding intelligence to information that enables good management?
Will there be a report issued on results of the conference so that attendees can experiment to implement the proven tools and methods for converting information into intelligence, as requested for Jeff Conklin's conference last month, shown in the record on July 3?
On another matter, I reviewed your concerns on June 10 about SDS, along with Dave Snowden's worry that his vision of KM as a process, or flow, to write contemporary history (i.e., stories connected into a web of chronology showing cause and effect based on context) is beyond the reach of present technology for guiding daily work. Most people feel this way until they gain experience with SDS work product, as reported on January 7, 1997. More recently, Eric Armstrong recognized from experience that SDS is effective for improving memory. Yet, most people still feel KM is a miracle beyond reach only suitable for attending conferences and using IT to carry on dialog in email.
Feeling discouraged about KM comes from lack of opportunity to gain experience using technology for creating an audit trail showing traceability to original sources. It is a common and persistent problem evident from our discussion on June 8, and again is missing in our communication on June 10. Subsequently, Gary Johnson reported on June 18 that SDS provides a simple solution that makes it fast and easy to work intelligently. Hopefully, there will be time during the upcoming workshop to remind people about the value of making connections that aid the human mind's natural process of connecting new things it learns to things it already knows, as related by Jeremy Campbell, reviewed on March 3, 1990. Mark Clare's presentation on the economics of good management should help bring home the cost benefits of investing time and expense to avoid paying the escalating price of bad management.
That's why I am pleased to commend KMCI's conference scheduled for July 29, and look forward to getting the report on progress you make.
<! close> Sincerely,
THE WELCH COMPANY
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