10 October 2017
18:00 - 20:00
Novotel Reading Centre
  • 2017-10-10 18:00:00 2017-10-10 20:00:00 Europe/London We really need to talk about knowledge and learning Please ensure you have booked onto this event via the APM website   Novotel Reading Centre
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Knowledge (SIG)


We really need to talk about knowledge and learning – a Knowledge SIG Courageous Conversation

Full venue address: Novotel, 25b Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1DP

How do people learn? How do people working on different projects and programmes learn from each other? What’s the relationship between learning and knowledge? What is knowledge, anyway?

In this Courageous Conversation event, Jonathan Norman and Judy Payne invite you to explore your understanding of knowledge and learning. It might surprise you to discover that when we talk about knowledge and learning, we are not necessarily talking about the same things. Philosophers and scholars have been disagreeing about knowledge and learning since the time of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. To this day, different perspectives cause confusion – especially for project management professionals. Where is the learning in lessons learned? What exactly is a learning legacy? Can knowledge be captured? Where do communities of practice fit in? What can we do to cut through the confusion and improve project learning? 
This small, interactive and stimulating conversation event will address these questions and explore our collective understanding of knowledge and learning.
Join us to gain insights into knowledge and learning so that you can apply new thinking to yourself and your projects.

Please don’t expect definitive answers. This event is one strand of a conversation that we hope will lead to better understanding, better practice, and better projects.
We want to encourage a greater confidence in the APM community to talk freely and fearlessly about how to improve the practice of project management.
The event will be recorded and key points from the conversation used as the basis of a short animated video, designed to stimulate wider discussion online. You can see the video from our last Courageous Conversation here.

Are you brave enough to join in?

The first 30 years of Jonathan’s career were in business publishing with IFS, Gower and Taylor & Francis. During this time, Jonathan was responsible for the development of books, training activity collections and management games, including over 200 products relating to projects and project management such as the Fundamentals of Project Management and the Advances in Project Management book series. He also managed a range of digital projects, the development and implementation of several websites and of the commercial Gpm first project management community of practice.
Jonathan now splits his time between consultancy work and two days a week as manager of the Major Projects Knowledge Hub, which aims to improve major project initiation, delivery and innovation through the sharing of knowledge and good practice within a global user community. 

Judy works as a management consultant and reluctant academic specialising in knowledge management, collaborative working and learning. Her work is positioned firmly on the boundaries between academia and practice. Not the most comfortable place to be, but there’s such a huge gap between the two that there’s a lot of bridging to be done.

Judy works with public, private and third sector organisations to improve their management of knowledge, with universities to develop and deliver online degree programmes and with master’s students to help them learn how to do management research. At APM, she co-founded the Knowledge SIG. She has contributed new knowledge management sections to the next edition of the PMBOK® Guide and to P3O® Best Management Practice, and represents the UK as an expert on an ISO Working Group developing a knowledge management standard.

Judy is also known for introducing collaborative working and social software to the Henley Knowledge Management Forum and for being a member of the #teatowelclub on Twitter.

Vanessa Randle is the personality behind thinkingvisually Ltd. With over 20 years as a trainer and facilitator under her belt she set out to model a way of capturing and presenting information differently and so be the change she wanted to see. Her way of capturing and presenting information in a more visual way by combining words, simple graphics and colour helps to improve people's understanding, communicate messages more effectively and bring ideas and information to life!  

This evening conversation is suitable for project, programme and portfolio professionals who think beyond the template and want to improve the practice of project management. 
Previous presentations and webinars can be viewed on the APM Slideshare and YouTube channels.

APM Body of Knowledge reference

Section Description


Knowledge management
Communities of practice
Learning and development



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