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John Ragsdale looks at the Klever Knowledge Community plus resources

By Phil Verghis on August 20, 2013

Unsolicited post from long-time KM guru and industry analyst, John Ragsdale…

 

http://bit.ly/ragsdale_on_klever

The real bite of knowledge sharing

By adamk on February 18, 2013

Blog by Adam Krob, Senior Advisor

There is an old saying (and a song by a 1980s hair band) in English – “once bitten, twice shy.”  Effectively, it means that if you do something that leads to a negative or painful outcome, then you are unlikely to do it again.  In the old saying, if you pet a dog that bites you, you are less likely to pet that dog again.

Most organizations start knowledge sharing because of a real pain that they want to eliminate.  For support organizations, that pain is the overwhelming volume of the same questions over and over again-questions that, most of the time, someone on the team has answered before.  Knowledge sharing addresses that pain by putting the knowledge of the entire team into a repository that the team and the customers can use to answer these repeating questions, before they become cases.  The words we use to describe knowledge sharing outcomes reflect the desire to avoid the repeating case bite.  We talk about “case avoidance” or “customer deflection” as our goals.

For most of organizations, even those who do knowledge sharing well, they stop here.  Knowledge sharing focuses on gathering knowledge as we answer customer questions, sharing it to prevent other cases from appearing.

I would argue that there is much more power in knowledge sharing.  In even the best practice of knowledge sharing (I believe that Knowledge Centered Support, KCS, is that best practice), the focus is on the case workflow as the primary means to find, improve, and create knowledge.  To go beyond just avoiding the pain of massively repeating cases to truly learning from our entire organization, our partners, and our customers, I suggest a two-step plan.

  1. Identify other events that trigger a need for knowledge
  2. Start to build a process that incorporates sharing, improving, and creating knowledge into that event

Where do you see an event that triggers a need for knowledge in your organization?  A new software release?  A government regulation change?  Training for new partners or
resellers?

How could you build knowledge sharing into the processes you use to address each one?

Want to pursue these ideas further?

Getting ready for a Metrics and Madness session

By Phil Verghis on May 4, 2012

Just put the final touches on a ‘Beyond Metrics’ session with Karen Lim (VP, Worldwide Software Support at Pitney  Bowes) and Janet Ramey (Senior Director, Strategic Business Operations at Cisco). Two very smart individuals who are committed to making a difference for their customers. Learn what has worked and what hasn’t. Session is from 4 – 5 PM on Tuesday May 8th.

http://www.technologyservicesworld.com/schedule/

Knowledge Centered Suport (KCS V5) workshop – Boston May 16-18

By Phil Verghis on April 11, 2011

Take a long, hard look your organization’s existing approach to support. How much do you suppose this outdated model is costing? Not just in terms of morale, but the company’s bottom line? Chances are, it’s thousands – maybe hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Would your bosses be pleased if you could trim your budget by even a fraction of that amount?

By popular demand, we are offering the Knowledge Centered Support (KCS V5) Foundations workshop, May 16-18 in Boston, presented by experts from the Consortium for Service Innovation and The Verghis Group. We will be presenting the foundations of KCS, with several Verghis Group twists, particularly “un-mad” measures and internal communications strategies that will accelerate your success!

Want to learn more about how KCS can transform the lifeless pool of support information into useful knowledge, action and excellence?  In a cost effect and proven way?

This workshop is specially designed for support/service center directors and managers, Knowledge Management program managers, and other professionals responsible for implementing Knowledge Management strategies.

More info and registration at: http://bit.ly/kcsworkshop

After a hectic week, keynote event at NASSCOM GEPS event

By Phil Verghis on March 2, 2011

I’ve been in India for a few event-filled days. First was the 1/2 hour traffic jam at 1 AM in Mumbai’s airport — took that long to get from the 3rd floor to the road. Productive set of meetings with a client in Mumbai. Tuesday was a 4 hour early morning drive to Pune, and a full day with a second client. Wednesday was a way-too-early-for-humans flight to Hyderabad, for another day of meetings with a client.

Thursday, I’ll be delivering a keynote address to an influential group of India-based service executives that I mentor – the NASSCOM GEPS team. The keynote? The white-hot ‘Measures, Metrics & Madness’. Knowing the audience, I’m looking forward to the Q&A…

The keynote is based on the workshop coming up on March 18th in Boston.

http://su.pr/1fHGQO

Transforming knowledge into action workshop (KCS v5 workshop)

By Phil Verghis on February 22, 2011

(Date changed to May 16th – 18th)

By popular demand, we are pleased to offer our first knowledge management workshop. It is simply one of the most effective ways to get a 20-40% productivity gain — and align the entire organization (not just support) around the customer. Join Adam Krob from May 16th to May 18th near Boston. Co-taught with Melissa George, the Program Director of the Consortium for Service Innovation.

Details: http://www.verghisgroup.com/consulting/transforming-knowledge-base-workshop-kcs-workshop/

Measures, Metrics and Madness workshop announced

By Phil Verghis on December 30, 2010

New date: March 18, 2011. Location – Waltham (Boston), MA. 20 seats, registrations will absolutely close when I reach that number. Early bird discount available…

http://verghisgroup.eventbee.com/event?eid=713785315

Oracle, SAP fight could have changed your (support) world

By Phil Verghis on November 3, 2010

Oracle and SAP start another round in a big court case…
This could have lead to others undercutting the promise of ‘we know our stuff best’

http://yhoo.it/aGqy80

NYC Police put goals on activities: Result? more fines for you

By Phil Verghis on September 10, 2010

A classic case of the wrong behaviors that result when management puts goals on activities….
New York Times article: Secret Tape Has Police Pressing Ticket Quotas

Take a look at your own organization — is it that different? Bring in your own metrics and let’s see on October 27th, the world premier of my new workshop: Measures, Metrics and Madness: the new world of Guiding, not Grading. (Only 7 seats left.)

Interviewed by SearchCRM on article on self service

By Phil Verghis on August 4, 2010

http://searchcrm.techtarget.com/news/2240020842/Five-mistakes-to-avoid-when-implementing-self-service-CRM


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