In its basic form, knowledge management is about converting available raw data into digestible information. That information is then placed in a reusable repository for the benefit of any future need based on similar kinds of experiences. Knowledge management contributes to the streamlining of ideas, solved problems, new projects and product deployment driving towards productivity.
Building an agile team in this day and age requires more than just a..... well, agile mindset.
Creating a communal space for your development team to interact is critical in an ever-changing field. However, knowing which environment is right for your development team’s needs can be difficult with the amount of options available. Developer forums and developer online communities are two main ways that have been popularized to create an interactive environment for your development team.
More than ever, organizations are embracing the value of collaboration. Effective collaboration can deliver a multitude of benefits. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, collaboration can increase employee productivity by up to 25%, which translates into nearly $600 billion in value across commercial sectors alone. A Google study showed an 81% positive correlation between collaboration and innovation across all markets. The list goes on and on.
Would you trade silence for innovation?
The word ‘innovation’ gets tossed around frequently in the tech world. While it has become a bit of a buzzword, the way that we value actual innovation and creative solutions is emblematic of the kind of professional culture that we idealize. Certain companies have a reputation for promoting a ‘creative’ culture, and while that is certainly a strong quality to develop within an organization, the real reason that these atmospheres can even be cultivated is trust.
Any organization knows that its most valuable asset is its own people. The businesses that create the most impact are those that recognize their employees and encourage them to succeed. When employees feel valued, they align themselves with the company’s mission, actively contribute, and strive to achieve organizational goals. However, if employees feel their worth, work, and ideas are not valued, they will walk out.
Silos are a natural part of any organization. Every company is divided into different departments, and even teams within departments. However, company silos can quickly lead to challenges. When departments fail to interact with one another, work can become repetitive, business opportunities can be lost, and an organization can quickly fall behind their competitors.
Successful companies encourage employees to openly share their expertise, learn from one another, and work together to achieve their goals; but what do you do when knowledge sharing becomes knowledge hoarding?
The difference between success and failure is a great team. As American industrialist Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” Successful leaders – despite how driven, intelligent or passionate they are – understand that team collaboration is key to propelling an organization forward. Instead of closing themselves off to new ideas, great leaders open the door to transparent communication and encourage employees to work towards a common goal or vision.