Re: KM guardian or steward or... #roles #name

Douglas Weidner

Hi Peter,

Arguably, you won't have a successful system, IT, KM, or a much more generic definition of system as used in ISO 3041:2018, if you don't address the culture.

That is why at the KM Institute, besides KM Team functions and leadership (our Certified KM Program), we focus as well on individuals (aka Personal K Managers). But not for them to just understand and use THE KM system (e.g., repository), but rather to be highly engaged and innovative as well.

Afterall, KM is not just about a KM system (technology), successful Knowledge Age organizations will discover it is about much more, including becoming a Learning Organization. A Learning Organization is about excellence including continuously improving everything. I know I don't need to mention that Knowledge involves everything - oops, it just slipped out...because it is so true.

Douglas Weidner
Chief CKM Instructor.

On Mon, Apr 6, 2020 at 11:01 AM Peter Jürg Bury <profbury@...> wrote:
Thanks Douglas, what we have in mind are KM (System) managers/facilitators, so all should act on knowledge and information at personal, group and societal levels. So the facilitators/managers should make sure there is a KM framework, some standards, culture, coaching and training on contributing to the overview, access and use of all info and knowledge available (while respecting privacy where needed or required).

Peter Jürg

Peter J. Bury
#symmathesy facilitator of change

On Wed, 1 Apr 2020 at 18:20, Douglas Weidner <douglas.weidner@...> wrote:
Are they KM Guardians/etc. or Knowledge Guardians/etc? ...

One thought is to remove the KM monake and focus on the real objective: Knowledge.

We use Certified Knowledge Specialists (CKS) for various specialties, and Personal Knowledge Manager (PKM) for generic Knowledge Workers, and even have a certification course for both of them.

Douglas Weidner
KM Institute 

On Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 11:32 AM Karen Budelier Brown <kjbudelierbrown@...> wrote:
I like KM advocates.

On Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 9:53 AM Peter Jürg Bury <profbury@...> wrote:

Dear SIKMs, any suggestion?

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Peter J Bury (w) <profbury@...>
Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2020, 16:50
Subject: KM guardian or steward or...
To: KM4Dev-l dgroup <km4dev-l@...>

Dear all,

I'm involved in setting up KMS & culture in

It has been proposed to call the members of the small KM core team "KM guardians", remembering our past km4dev experience, I'd like to propose "KM stewards". Primarily for team members would play the role of KM facilitators and coaches, also providing KMS suggestions, methods, tools, ensuring coherence and user friendliness.

What term would you recommend for these roles?

1. KM guardians
2. KM stewards
3. or...?


Peter J. Bury
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Karen Budelier Brown

Peter Jürg Bury

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