In terms of blogging, I don’t yet have much to blog about (this might change soon – I have a plan) but I have opinions – which might be helpful if for no other reason than they might initiate debate.
My experience with Communities of Practice is minimal except in exploratory meetings with like-minded potential co-creators. I have been in research mode for a while now which seems to suit me well. It started with a curiosity about what I wanted to be, now I am grown up. Then to realising I still had growing to do. Then to where I might be best placed. Then to why the world is the way it is. Then to what can I do about improving it, given what I now understand – I am very aware that my vision might be false but so far it seems to be holding up.
The need to start putting ideas into practice is pressing but the picture I have of what does work and what does not, is pretty clear – I just need to test it all out. I will need friends. Understanding my lack of knowledge and experience in the care sector brought me here, via Jane Pightling.
I liked the DIY toolkit. I’m a big fan of tools though some of the ones in the DIY toolkit wouldn’t be among my favourites (SWOT comes to mind), though even those have their place. I can see an advantage of having a single place for “tools” within the CoP network, maybe with comments, ratings and caveats from members who have used them.
Here are some additions to the DIY toolkit you might find useful:
- Liberating Structures have a good collection and of note for health is a video of TRIZ in use on http://www.liberatingstructures.com/6-making-space-with-triz/
- The full list is on http://www.liberatingstructures.com/
- I’d also add the suggestion system used by Brasilata – based on Kaizen. It’s mentioned on https://www.thinkbusinessservices.com.au/case-study-tapping-into-employee-knowledge-as-the-engine-for-growth/
- Just Culture – is a methodology used in aviation to encourage (enforce) reporting of any mishap, mistake etc. This is already being trialled in health but to my mind would do the NHS overall no harm, though there may be some middle management (or even higher) collateral tension. https://nursing2015.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/mers.pdf
- The Systemic Consensus Principle might have a place too – http://systemicconsensus.blogspot.co.uk/
- There are also many decision making processes that could help, such as the Reinventing Organization version – http://www.reinventingorganizationswiki.com/Decision_Making and Holacracy’s https://medium.com/org-hacking/holacracys-integrative-decision-making-process-f750d4b82abc
- Most would probably already know about Appreciative Inquiry but I didn’t see it in the DIY Toolkit so it makes sense to add that too –http://www.oandp.com/resources/projects/appreciative_inquiry.pdf
- Likewise Open Space Technology for the sake of completeness – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Space_Technology – though this is part of the Liberating Structures toolkit.
There are no doubt plenty more but what would be really useful would be feedback on how these have and haven’t worked for CoPs.
What is your experience?
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