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Building Successful Communities of Practice

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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
David Grant
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
As someone who has been responsible for running a number of communities of practice, this book was a breath of fresh air.

It's full of clear, easy to implement advice to add structure to communities with very little fluff. I look forward to recommending it to other community leaders.
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).
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.
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).
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
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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