Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mapping to Support Organizational Learning

In June, I attended the Third International Conference on Knowledge Management for Space Missions in Darmstadt, Germany.  I was there to deliver a presentation titled "Mapping To Support Organizational Learning," and to learn from other KM initiatives, particularly within the European Space Agency (ESA).  My own presentation had a narrow focus, providing some insights into a process we've developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for capturing and reusing lessons or insights within the context of a "local learning loop."  It's not a process that necessarily scales up well to institutional-wide lessons learned but it appears to be quite useful to ensure that teams learn from their experiences and that those experiences are shared with teams that follow.

Darmstadt is an interesting city where about everyone appears to own a bicycle.  It was a lot of fun to hear the French, Italians, Germans, British, etc...  all presenting in English with their respective accents.  I felt totally at home.

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