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Building Successful Communities of Practice

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Connecting with other people, finding a sense of belonging and the need for support are natural human desires. Employees who don't feel supported at work don't stay around for long - or if they do, they quickly become unmotivated and unhappy. At a time when organisational structures are flattening and workforces are increasingly fluid, supporting and connecting people is m ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published February 19th 2016 by Drew London
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Bart Du Bois
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To the point and practical.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Practical enough to use when starting a CoP

I returned a couple of books on communities of practice before finding this one referred to by another reviewer. And it's a keeper for several reasons: matter-of-fact style based on experience, good illustrations that are not hand drawn, small enough to read in a day and give to prospective leaders without breaking the bank. One insight I had was that the safe feeling level of a CoP member may mirror the type of members from core members providing the m
Ihor Vovk
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Very short (~90 pages) and sense-packed book about building communities of practice. It’s very structured and goes from identifying the need in the community, through forming the community to establishing the community to be self-maintaining. I really like such format, sometimes I was discovering that entire pages were highlighed, that’s how much sense it has.
Scott Parker
Jul 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Short and sweet overview of how to create practice groups in an organization. Provides some great specific frameworks on how to kick them off but everything else is pretty general. I am still unsure about how to keep these groups going through the seemingly inevitable doldrums that happen once the initial excitement wears off though.
Ely Apao
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, Direct guide

Short book and a good simple guide that’s useful in forming communities of practice in organizations. The real value for me were the sources / references of information.
Christoph Kappel
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was really quick read, with actually no new information, but still a pretty good recap what is required for any community to thrive and that you cannot build successful ones without a major invest of time.
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great book on summing up some of the key factors for setting up communities of practice. Emily writes this in a concise way and you will get through this pretty quickly and find it a useful resource to return to.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Good ideas and advice, clear and concise, useful I'm sure, but I found the format utterly boring.
As a companion/checklist for a training/seminar I guess it could replace taking your own notes (apart from the fact that taking your own notes, by hand, would reinforce your learning).
Phillip DeVries
Aug 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Quick read that has a lot of great information on starting and maintaining a Community of Practice. It is clear the other is writing from experience. Simple enough to be an easy guide and informative enough to keep for reference.
Marco Neves
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
A small collection of relatively common sense things to help people organize groups of people with a common interest - a good chunk specific for people who shares a role in a company.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good overview of how to build a community of practice
Nathalie Karasek
Nice book that can be helpful to build a CoP. I like that there are a lot of hints to other important concepts and models for further exploration. No surprises.
Clancy Birrell
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good quick practical summary of steps to creating and sustaining a community of practice.
Price is too high for what it is.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: agile, non-fiction
A guide to get a Communities of Practice off the ground. Very useful.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: agile
Emily's book is a good primer on the elements and principles needed to build a community of practice. I would be interested in a volume that goes a bit more into depth, for some of the parts at least ( like rules for organizing the backlog, getting people more engaged with the community, more tips about community governance etc). ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful guide to build and growth communities of practice in an organization.
Bjoern Rochel
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, eng-mgmt
Useful small book with lots of references. Can't be very deep in 80 pages. But I got out of it what I needed ...more
Mattia Battiston
Great short book on how to build a successful community of practice. It has many practical tips and some great models (e.g. stages of the community and what to do in each stage).
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