Re: Knowledge Maturity #maturity

Dennis Pearce

This reminds me a bit of how science works.  Early on in the development of a scientific field, there is an opportunity for a Darwin, Einstein, Newton, etc. to come along and completely overhaul it.  But as the field becomes more mature, the opportunities for that radical new knowledge to be discovered diminish, and most of the new knowledge is incremental improvement of understanding within the current paradigm rather than creating a new one -- still valuable but not as game-changing.  These scientific fields are often considered "mature."

So within an organization, there might be categories of knowledge that you could classify as (provisionally) "mature" mainly because the organization has been operating in that field for a long time and knows it inside and out.  This still doesn't mean that it's a once-and-for-all end state, but rather that (given limited resources), the current opportunity cost of trying to gain more knowledge in that area suggests that other less mature areas might give you a better payback.

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