3 Great Resources for Starting a Guild or Community of Practice
Here’s what I read and what I learned & took from each source
Starting a Guild or Community of Practice needs preparation, especially if you are doing it the first time (as I am).
Guide to Communities of Practice by Luis Gonçalves
Communities of Practice: Everything You Need To Know
Communities of Practice (CoP) is defined as an organized group of professional people who share the same interests in…
This guide was the most helpful one for me. I took a lot from it and created a summary for our company’s wiki. Especially the questions were helpful: I went through them with a co-worker and we discussed what we would like to do. Here are the questions we answered:
- What specific topics does the community want to address?
- How are these topics relevant to the organization?
- What kind of influence will the community have on the organization?
- What are the benefits and obligations of each membership?
- How will it help members develop professionally? Whatever the benefits are, they need to be communicated clearly to the potential members.
- Who will be the members of the community? How will new members be introduced?
- How often will the community meet?
- How will the members connect?
- How will they resolve conflicts?
- How will the community share, store, use, and update knowledge?
- How will they evaluate the effectiveness of their community?
- Who will assume leadership in the CoP?
- How are they going to ensure continuous communication between members?
It helped a lot to clarify the identity and the goal of the community upfront. We were able to clearly articulate the purpose of the community and the benefit it would bring to its members. I also took care not to open it too quickly but rather look for core members.