The biggest hurdle that faces any knowledge management tool is: will people use it? The key to surmounting this hurdle is threefold:
1) The tool must be EASY to use.
2) The tool must deliver visible benefits immediately.
3) The tool must gain value as more people use it (network effects).
A quick review of most existing knowledge management tools fails all three counts. They are often bewilderingly complex (Lotus), the benefits are difficult to measure (particularly from the perspecitive of an individual user), and the tool's value is the virtually the same regardless of the number of people using it.
In contrast K-Logs measure up well. Here's how:
1) The tool is easy to use: a) write something > b) hit post to Weblog That is all it takes to contribute.
2) The tool provides quickly visible benefits: a) I create a K-Log > b) Iinform my co-workers > c) my co-workers can quickly and easily keep up to date on what I am doing (thinking) by reading my K-Log.
3) The tool provides network effects: a) the more people with K-Logs the greater the number of knowledge streams I can subscribe to (RSS), b) the greater the number of K-Logs the greater the searchable number of Web pages on the Intranet, and c) the more K-Logs the better the knowledge network cloud works (hotlists, most recent updates, etc.).
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