Wednesday, February 20, 2008

March 2008 Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, March 11th at 5:30 to discuss the topic of "Working with KM Building Blocks: Starting and Sustaining a KM Initiative at the Local Level." This presentation and discussion will present an approach to locate and prioritize KM tasks within a busy place, help to identify key discoveries at a regional office KM initiative and describe successful coping strategies for surviving.

With an info-glut, the discernment of what's important and useful is a intensive task for folks. The 90s proved that KM is not merely a technology issue, nor is it simply an organizational culture issue, but it's more like an "information plumbing" issue. Working with people with "information pain" suggests opportunities for KM development. Usable interfaces, data-collection processes, report building, effective intranets, and consistent information storage are all building blocks for an overarching KM strategy that combines people, processes, and information. Dave Simmons, Knowledge Management Specialist for the U.S. GSA/Public Building Service will present his take on starting and sustaining a new KM initiative within a busy service.

Dave Simmons is a Certified Knowledge Manager (CKM) with KM experience in both private and public sectors. Prior to working for the US Government, Dave ran his own business intelligence and research business, was the Director of Prosepect Management and Research for Chicago's Children's Memorial Foundation, and was the Director of Knowledge Management for Global Operations at LEGO Systems A/S in Billund, Denmark (yes, LEGO toys). Dave has worked in information technology and management areas for well over 20 years.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

APQC KM Conference, May 1-2 -- KM Chicago Member Discount Offer

APQC is pleased to extend the member rate for KMChicago members to attend APQC's 13th Annual KM Conference when they register with the code: KMCHIGP

KMChicago will also host a regional "birds-of-a- feather" tables during one of the lunches during the conference. Look for these if you'd like the opportunity to network with other KM practitioners in the Midwest.

To register with this special discount you will need to call Nadine Mickey, Registrar, 800-776-9676 or 713-681-4020 and mention the code. Or, email her at and mention the code. Early Bird (registration before March 31) member pricing is $1295 and after March 31 is $1495. For details on the entire conference and also to see a recap of the 2007 APQC KM Conference with pictures, go to this site: APQC 2008 KM Conference - Chicago

And, if you'd like more background on APQC, the homepage is Since helping to launch knowledge management (KM) as a key business practice in 1995, APQC has developed unparalleled insight into emerging trends and has provided hundreds of organizations practical tools and techniques to apply KM for winning results. KMChicago is invited on April 28 - May 2, 2008 at the Intercontinental Chicago for APQC's 13th annual KM training (April 28-30) and conference (May 1-2), The New Edge in KM, to explore a hotbed of new KM approaches and issues in a world where knowledge is the key to growth, innovation, and effectiveness (for individuals and organizations) . This conference will showcase the leading organizations and people exploring The New Edge in KM.