Practical information on Communities of Practice
Rosanna Tarsiero noted that John Smith, in his Yahoo group on communities of practice, posted a link to Guide And Toolkit For Communities Of Practice. I’ve been reading it over, and think it’s really worth taking an hour or so to peruse if you are a community manager or facilitator for a CoP. Parts 1 through 3 discuss the context within which a CoP operates, provides an overview of what CoPs are, and describes the process for developing a CoP using a 7-stage model. Part 4 discusses a number of very practical and creative tools and techniques that the CoP can use, including appreciative inquiry, brainstorming, circle of concern and circle of influence, concept analysis, force field analysis, and more. Thanks to John and Rosanna for pointing this great information out!