denismeingan 

Partner, KnowledgeConsult Connecting KM professionals
location: Paris, France years in km: 9 years blog: http://www.knowledgeconsult.com

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST AND LEAST ABOUT WORKING IN KM?
“Most – the variety of organizations and challenges that for which I get to define and implement improvement  actions.”   

AREAS OF SPECIALITY/PRIMARY INTEREST
       Strategic KM  Communities of Practice  Ontologies  e‐Learning  Content Management  Competitive Intelligence  Change Management 

BEST ADVICE TO KM PEERS AND THOSE CONSIDERING A CAREER IN KM?
“Don't do it. Since the mid‐nineties, the concept of KM – and its implementation – has clearly grown and now these  concepts are on the decline.  Consequently, it's not the time to start a career in this field.” 

WHAT KIND OF KM WORK ARE YOU MOST ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN AND HOW DO YOU ACCOMPLISH THIS WORK?
“I am not a Knowledge Manager, I am a management consultant specializing in KM, collaborative work, networks,  competitive intelligence and related change management and tools.  I define and conduct assignments with clients in  these areas in various sectors.  Currently, I am involved in KM strategy definition, Communities of Practice, and the  knowledgebase definition and implementation.”   

ARTICLE(S) OR BOOK(S) THAT INSPIRE YOUR WORK IN KM?
  APQC (http://www.apqc.org/portal/apqc/site)   The writings of Richard McDermot  (http://www.mcdermottconsulting.com/)  The books of Etienne Wenger, e.g., Communities of  Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity (1999);  Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide To  Managing Knowledge (2002); Digital Habitats:  Stewarding Technology for Communities (2010). 

AS A PRACTITIONER, WHAT HAVE YOU OBSERVED AS THE BIGGEST KM NEEDS, CHALLENGES, OBSTACLES, AND/OR OPPORTUNITIES EITHER IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR WITHIN THE FIELD OF KM?
“In my opinion, the biggest challenge is for international groups to succeed in their internationalization from a  knowledge / know‐how dissemination and development point‐of‐view. For this reason, we utilize a ‘KM Mix’  approach that identifies the best knowledge mechanisms to implement: Collaboration (communities), Capitalization  (knowledgebases and knowledge maps), Learning (virtual or face to face), Documentation (policies, guides, tips and  tricks, etc.) or Support (network, call center, etc.)    Our KM change management approach is a specific customization of the ADKAR change model first published by  Prosci in 1998.”