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KMWorld 2015 conference: Agile knowledge sharing

Being agile is critical. Agile can mean applying an incremental and iterative approach, or evolving through collaboration between self-organizing and cross-functional teams to promote early delivery, continuous improvement and rapid response to change.

Successful organizations are flexible and fast. They can quickly transfer and share knowledge, deal with an enormous amount of data, innovate, engage and impact communities and customers in positive ways. The platforms, processes and programs have to respond in a timely fashion to make that happen and to keep customers satisfied. The culture of the organization, the people, enables the transformations and innovations—and well-oiled collaborative organizations excel at leading the charge.

KMWorld 2015, which will be held Nov. 2 to 5 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C., explores how to apply those techniques and more for knowledge sharing and innovation so an organization will be successful in today’s world. The destination event for enterprise knowledge and information workers also features the Taxonomy Boot Camp, Enterprise Search & Discovery Summit, and the SharePoint Symposium.


Keynote speeches at the annual event tend to be engaging and thought-provoking, and this year is no different. On Monday, Nov. 2, Taxonomy Boot Camp opens with information architect Peter Morville, president of Semantic Studios, who has several books to his credit.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, KMWorld 2015 opens with knowledge management thought leader Dave Snowden, chief scientific officer at Cognitive Edge, who discusses “complexity informed agility” in KM. Also part of that keynote discussion is Will Evans, design thinker in residence at NYU Stern’s Berkley Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and chief design officer at PraxisFlow, as well as Jabe Bloom, chief scientific officer at PraxisFlow.

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, Steve Abrams, director of Watson Life for IBM talks about sparking innovation with human and machine learning and knowledge sharing with great examples like Chef Watson.

On Thursday, Nov. 5, two keynotes are scheduled. In the morning, Carla O’Dell, CEO of APQC and author of The New Edge in Knowledge, shares research and tips for accelerated learning. In the afternoon, Gary Klein, senior scientist at MacroCognition and author of Seeing What Others Don’t discusses insights, ideas and innovation.

KMWorld also features keynote talks by Dave Clarke, CEO of Synaptica; Kamran Khan, CEO, Search Technologies; Heather Richards, CEO of Transversal; and Tony Byrne, president of Real Story Group.

Networking opportunities flourish at KMWorld 2015. A two-hour Knowledge Café will be featured Thursday morning, in addition to the usual breakfast, coffee and lunch breaks; showcase receptions; and communities of interest. The audience will have the opportunity to share challenges and experiences with colleagues, speakers and industry leaders.

In-depth workshops on a variety of topics are featured on Monday, Nov. 2: KM 101, Creating a KM Strategy, Applying ‘Agile’ in Developing KM Strategies & Implementing Frameworks, Creating Search Solutions with SharePoint 2016, Visualization & Analytics, Team Problem Solving, Exploring the World’s Best Intranets, Cognitive Computing, Delivering Successful Social

Projects, Communities of Practice, and more.

Learning opportunities abound from experienced practitioners, KM thought leaders and innovators with more than 80 sessions on a range of topics. Speakers come from a variety of organizations including Merck, Irish Defence Forces, Step Two Designs, IBM, Port of Antwerp Authority, Cisco, Microsoft, Unisys, Accenture, Deloitte, World Bank Group, Lafarge, Blue Cross, U.S. Department of Transportation, eBay, APQC, Forrester Research, PwC, Statistics Canada, Thomson Reuters, National Geographic, Raytion GmbH, Verizon Wireless, Comcast Cable, HP and more.

An overview of KMWorld 2015 begins on page 17, KMWorld, October 2015, Vol. 24, Issue 9.

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