Saturday, August 22, 2009
The ability to create knowledge together
I would like your opinion.
I have for the last few months been toying with these ideas.
To create a new product, the Team is all about knowledge creation. Not management of existing knowledge but creation of new knowledge.
Note: The picture to the right relates to Nonaka's ideas about knowledge creation, and tacit and explicit knowledge. Nonaka and Takeuchi are the godfathers of Scrum (per Jeff Sutherland).
So, in forming a Team, it is not about bringing together people who have existing knowledge, but about bringing together the right people to create knowledge.
My hypothesis is that, if we really believe that, then who we bring on the Team changes fairly substantially.
Now, we don't do this foolishly. There is Explicit and Tacit knowledge in several domains that is important. That takes years to develop. It is probably not wise to start a team with six really smart 18 year olds. But I do think our criteria have been much too skewed toward: "who has explicit knowledge" at the start of the project. Rather than "which group of people, together, would create the most knowledge, the most creative knowledge" over the course of the project.
There remains still some sort of magic in pulling together a great team.
So, how important is the knowledge creation part?
And how should it affect the Team members chosen?