Office Hours Recap :: February 2015

In addition to community and product news with Chris and Susan, Intranet Champions Zoe Sanderson and Whitney Welxer gave us a tour of Ballinger’s Synthesis Intranet, Bhive.

If you only have a few minutes, we recommend jumping to 1:50 for information about the upcoming AEC Knowledge Management Survey and 11:30 for the Intranet Tour.

February 2015 Topics

1:15 Introducing the AEC Knowledge Management Survey

3:55 KA Connect: Registration and Program Information for KA Connect 2015

5:45 KA Advance: Questions from the KA Advance LinkedIn Group

8:20 Synthesis 5 Update

11:30 Intranet Tour: Bhive at Ballinger

17:55 What do the Interiors Community Managers do on a daily basis? What makes them Community Managers and not just community members?

26:15 How did you come up with the Idea Center Community?

27:35 What’s next? What will you be working on in the next few months with Bhive?

29:20 What do you focus on in 1:1 training sessions?

Next Office Hours on March 26

Registration is now open for the next KA Advance Office Hours on March 26th at 11 AM PST.

Behind the Scenes: How DLR Group Drove a Professional Development Grant Program Using Synthesis

DLR Group PDG Winners

The culture of knowledge sharing at DLR Group goes back over a decade. In fact, it was 2006 when the firm launched its most high profile peer-to-peer network — DLR University (DLRU). Hosted at the IslandWood center on Bainbridge Island, just outside Seattle, DLRU brings together the firm’s senior leaders with rising stars and younger staff for three days of face-to-face knowledge sharing, learning and team-building.

I had the pleasure of experiencing DLRU first hand in August of 2012. The theme of that event was Technology + Innovation. I was asked to share my thoughts on the state of technology-driven knowledge sharing and introduce the firm to our concept of The Connected Practice. In addition to speaking, I stayed for the entire event and I was able to participate in the social activities which make DLRU work — small breakout sessions, walks in the woods, communal meals, and small group report outs.

From the moment I stepped foot on IslandWood, it was obvious to me that DLRU was about connecting the firm across offices and disciplines long before we started using the term Connected Practice. Over the years, DLRU has served as an incubator of sorts for a wide range of innovative ideas and has become a “sought after ticket” for individuals across the firm. To date, over 350 people have participated in DLRU.

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