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You’ve already spent a lot of time identifying where your company is placed in terms of launching an initiative like this as well as chalking out a strategy to deploy KM. Now comes the really difficult part, launching the initiative.
The first step is to identify whether its time to transition to this phase of KM. There are certain key indicators you can look for.
- You have created strategies to learn from your KM initiatives
- Strategies have been mapped out to replicate your pilot initiatives across the organization.
- There already exists certain communitites of practices, or you have a KM intranet site.
- You have set the stage for initiatives by recruiting and training facilitators.
- You’ve set up a tracking mechanism to gain valuable feedback on your initiatives.
The points mentioned above are a few indicators that should prompt you to move into the third phase of your KM life cycle.
Now that you’ve moved into this phase there are certain intiatives that you can carry out.
The first being capturing of lessons learnt. This is critical to the long term sustainability of your KM initiative. Unless you know what went right and what went wrong in your pilots you might continue to make the same mistakes when you try replicating it elsewhere. Based on the lessons learnt you can take an informed decision on whether you want to carry on with the intiative or move on to something more lucrative.
Establishing replicable methodologies is another important part of this phase. The launching of a pilot allows you to focus on capturing best practices. Information of this nature can be easily used somewhere else in the organization. So a concious effort must be made to track and capture all best practices during the course of the pilot.
The primary focus of this phase is to identify best practices , processes and lessons learnt so you can replicate it again and again. This is probably the single most profitable take away from a KM initiative.