Introduction to Communities of Practice

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  • clear purpose – what will it be used to do? creating a safe and trusted environment committed core group of active participants being motivated knowing the needs of participants having a clear action plan with activities to meet needs blending face-to-face and online activities
  • Introduction to Communities of Practice

    1. 1. Communities of Practice for Local Government
    2. 2. Communities of Practice What’s it all about
    3. 3. Group of People Brought together To solve common problems and share common interests
    4. 4. Communities do not reproduce Project Teams Project Teams Management Hierarchy Management Hierarchy
    5. 5. So how are they different? Traditional Structure Communities Provide products Specific tasks Share knowledge Develop skills
    6. 6. Organisation Benefits <ul><li>Value through saving time </li></ul><ul><li>Innovations </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing Good Practice / </li></ul><ul><li>avoiding duplication of work </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon Footprint reduction </li></ul><ul><li>Keep up to date with current thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Developing ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Induction to new roles / </li></ul><ul><li>staff development </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship building </li></ul>
    7. 7. What’s in it for Me Development Reputation Networks Profile Training
    8. 8. Ingredients for Success 1 2 3 4 5
    9. 9. Purpose A CoP needs a clear purpose which is relevant and meaningful to its members. It should specify exactly what the community is for and what will be gained from being part of it.
    10. 10. Facilitators Every cop begins with a team of 3 facilitators, they work together to ensure the purpose & needs of the members are being met through a variety of online activities and discussions. They welcome new members and keep the community vibrant and focused.
    11. 11. Activities Within each CoP there are a variety of activities, tools and techniques employed to aid and enhance conversations and the transfer of knowledge.
    12. 12. Membership Each community will have active members with a lively interest in sharing their knowledge with each other. Hello
    13. 13. Join us Promotion Ensure high levels of management buy in.  Promote CoPs ability to help solve daily work challenges
    14. 14. Members Facilitators Sponsor <ul><ul><li>Participate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stimulates activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>maintains the group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>liaises </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul>Roles
    15. 15. Success <ul><li>clear purpose </li></ul><ul><li>create a safe and trusted environment </li></ul><ul><li>committed core group of active participants </li></ul><ul><li>being motivated </li></ul><ul><li>knowing the needs of participants </li></ul><ul><li>having a clear action plan with activities to meet needs </li></ul><ul><li>blending face-to-face and online activities </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>build on personal relationships </li></ul><ul><li>use the necessary tools </li></ul><ul><li>sponsor, budget, resources </li></ul><ul><li>not to fast </li></ul><ul><li>manage do not control </li></ul><ul><li>light touch </li></ul><ul><li>members goals are key </li></ul>Advice
    17. 17. Communities take Time and Effort to get long term Success Remember
    18. 18. www.communities.idea.gov.uk

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