Team Knowledge & Patterns LO17247

wohlert (
Sun, 01 Mar 1998 23:16:19 -0600

Replying to LO17198 --

In Nonaka & Takeuchi's book, The Knowledge Creating Company, they talk
about the ontological dimension of knowledge creation, operationalized
as the individual, the group and the organization. They present a
framework that incorporates the processes whereby knowledge creation
spirals from the individual to the organizational level, i.e., the
cross-leveling of knowledge.

I, too, have an interest in the topic..will be interested to see what
others offer.

kathy wohlert

Nigel Vickers wrote:
> Michael makes an interesting point about the web-like synergies and
> complementary skills that exist in successful teams -- and how the loss of
> a team member affects those synergies by introducing a void. A void in
> manpower and a void in knowledge. Manpower can be replaced, knowledge
> cannot.
> What I see as the issue is the ability to store knowledge for reference or
> reuse, in a medium other than the human being. One of the most effective
> tools I have found to store knowledge is Patterns.
> Patterns originate from an architect named Christopher Alexander. In his
> book ^QA Timeless Way of Building^R he recognizes and captures repeatable
> ways of developing communities based on years of experience -- using
> constructs called patterns. Each pattern consists of:
> o the name of the pattern
> o the problem statement
> o the context of the problem
> o the forces to be considered
> o the solution
> Groups of patterns in a particular domain (e.g., architecture, object
> technology, BPR, auto sales) can be thought of as a compendium of
> best-practices. But the key to patterns is in their application . . .
> [ . . . patterns are creatively interpreted, combined and applied based on
> their applicability in the problem domain. ]
> When a person on a team has applied patterns to develop a solution, the
> solution is not the only end-product. Another end-product is the patterns
> (i.e., knowledge) that were applied to arrive at the solution. A
> different individual of similar intellect can use the same patterns to
> develop an equally-effective solution. Notice I didn^Rt say identical
> solution, as this is where the human traits of creativity and
> interpretation come in.
> I'm out of breath : )
> Have any of us investigated, applied or constructed patterns to build
> solutions? as a way of housing knowledge?
> Nigel Vickers <>


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