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Matthew Krissel on Improving Knowledge Sharing at KieranTimberlake

Do you want to improve knowledge sharing within your firm? So did KieranTimberlake.

They believed the obvious solution would be about technology. So they gathered a handful of smart people, and those smart people created a plan.

And then they threw the whole thing out.

Their original plan was inflexible, too static, slow… They needed something more dynamic, agile. And that was okay. They failed fast, and they moved forward.

Their new goals were about a framework. A framework they could grow and contract. A framework people could dial their time up and down within. A framework that would make people feel empowered. A platform versus a plan.

Give yourself a gift. All you need is about 15 minutes. Take a break and let Matthew Krissel tell you how this successful Knowledge Sharing Platform story ends.

Design Diffusion at KieranTimberlake

Matthew Krissel of KieranTimberlake at KA Connect 2015.

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Andy Ernsting on Activating Knowledge Sharing at DLR Group

Have you ever thought about knowledge sharing as a component of your firm’s strategic vision? How about connecting internal and external knowledge sharing? For instance, translating a piece of internal communication, such as a post on your intranet, into a piece of marketing content, such as a post on your firm’s blog. Sound good? It gets better. Andy knows how knowledge sharing can generate leads.

If you haven’t seen Andy’s KA Connect 2015 talk about activating knowledge sharing at DLR Group, I believe it’s time. Grab some popcorn and press play.

Activating Knowledge Sharing at DLR Group

Andy Ernsting of DLR Group at KA Connect 2015.

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Announcing our Keynote Speakers for KA Connect 2016

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Our next conference, KA Connect 2016, will take place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on May 10th and 11th.

We are happy to announce Ed Hoffman, Carla O’Dell, and Rachel Happe as our keynote speakers. They are wonderful speakers, experts in their fields, and each will lend a valuable industry outsider’s perspective to our AEC knowledge management community. We’re certainly looking forward to their talks.

If you are passionate about helping your AEC firm find, share, and manage knowledge more effectively, this is the conference for you.

We hope you’ll join us.

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Kyle Fisher on The Evolution of Arup University

Arup has taken an innovative approach to capturing the culture of their firm—they’ve created a film series. This series, Arup Legends, is a compilation of interviews with members of Arup’s senior leadership team and founding partners. The stories they’ve documented over the last ten years will allow Arup to share with future generations of employees how they became the leading global engineering firm they are today.

This is just one of the many components of Arup’s inspiring and best-in-class university program. Watch Kyle Fisher’s KA Connect 2015 talk to learn more about Arup Legends, Arup University, and Knowledge Management.

The Evolution of Arup University

Kyle Fisher of Arup at KA Connect 2015.

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Jonathan Bykowski on Continuous Improvement at Array Architects

Are you curious to know why Array Architects employs a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, an Industrial Engineer, and a Director of Continuous Improvement? We were. That’s why we invited Jonathan Bykowski to speak at KA Connect 2015.

So why not pull up a chair, lean back, and watch Jonathan talk about Array Architects’ continuous improvement journey.

Lessons Learned from Array Architects’ Continuous Improvement Journey

Jonathan Bykowski of Array Architects at KA Connect 2015.

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What is the State of Knowledge Management in the AEC Industry?

Knowledge Architecture created KA Connect in 2010 because we noticed a gap in the AEC industry—no one was looking at knowledge management in a holistic way.

Five years later, with five KA Connect conferences exploring the role of knowledge management in the AEC industry under our belts, and over 2,000 individuals in the KA Connect LinkedIn Group Community, we noticed another gap. We believed a knowledge management benchmarking tool for the industry is the pivotal next step in advancing the practice of knowledge management in the AEC industry.

This is why we decided to build the State of Knowledge Management in AEC Survey and formally gather industry data to create this benchmarking tool. The statistics from the survey will help AEC firms evaluate their use of knowledge management in comparison to peer firms and competitors, as well as implement new strategies for managing knowledge.

Christopher Parsons presented findings from the survey at KA Connect 2015. You’ll find survey highlights, videos, and other additional resources below. We hope you find them useful. Please feel free to send any questions or comments to us at connect@knowledge-architecture.com.

Knowledge Management in AEC Leadership by Firm Size

 
 

Knowledge Management in AEC Leadership Full Time or Part Time

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KA Connect 2015 Conference Videos Now Available

The talks from KA Connect 2015 are now available online.

Enjoy.

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Announcing our Keynote Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

  

Social Learning as a Transformative Strategy
Etienne Wenger-Trayner
Beverly Wenger-Trayner

Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner are world-renowned social learning theorists and practitioners. Etienne has authored and co-authored seminal books on social learning, including Cultivating Communities of Practice and Situated Learning, where the term “communities of practice” was coined. Beverly’s expertise is in the design and facilitation of learning in international contexts, including communities, networks, activities, and the use of technology.

Taking Knowledge to Market
Katrina Pugh

Katrina (Kate) Pugh is Academic Director of the Columbia University Information and Knowledge Strategy program and president of AlignConsulting, specializing in business planning and knowledge-based transformation. Kate is general editor and co-author of Smarter Innovation and author of Sharing Hidden Know-How. She consults and lectures widely, and is a lead benchmarker with the Digital Workplace Group (formerly Intranet Benchmarking Forum).

Conference Summary

Senior and emerging leaders from top AEC firms will share case studies, lessons learned, and inspiration on topics such as:

  • Knowledge Sharing and Information Management
  • Scaling Research and Innovation Initiatives
  • Implementing Continious Improvement Programs
  • Managing Social Media and Content Marketing
  • Integrating Internal and External Communications
  • Cultivating Communities of Practice

KA Connect 2015 will take place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on May 5th and 6th, 2015. We’ll be announcing speakers and program details over the next several months.

Take advantage of Early Registration Pricing while we plan.

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A Really, Really Smart Way to Get Senior AEC Firm Leaders to Start Sharing Knowledge on a Social Network

How do we get our senior leaders to start sharing knowledge on social networks?

It’s a great question, and not just for marketing directors and intranet managers. Most of the senior leaders of architecture and engineering firms we talk to at Knowledge Architecture want to share their knowledge on LinkedIn, the company blog, and intranet. However, they have two very valid concerns which need to be addressed:

1) How do I know what knowledge of mine is valuable?
2) Where will I find the time?

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3 Myths about Content Marketing in AEC Firms

We asked the panelists in the Trends in Web Communications Panel Discussion at KA Connect 2014 to describe the biggest myths about content marketing in AEC firms. Here’s what they had to say.

Myth #1: Content Marketing Generates Immediate Results

“The time it takes to get from committing yourself to offering original content and trying to make that content become meaningful and valuable to the time you’re going to see substantial business outcomes from it can be quite long.

Usually we tell clients it is a three-year window before you start to see the types of business outcomes that you really would like to get from a [content marketing] effort. You’re building something that’s long term and sustainable. I think that sometimes clients are looking for a quick win that’s somehow going to replace their trade show effort or something. They’re expecting that same kind of short-term marketing model, short-term outcome, and it’s just not really the way it works.”

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