Communities of practice are attractive to companies and employees alike who see in them a means of collaborating on tricky problems, sharing knowledge across the organization, and nurturing talent.
Nevertheless, creating a successful community of practice is not easy. It takes more than a name, some meeting invitations, and a dedicated messaging channel for a community to come to life.
A great community is built on exchange and participation, and each member has a role to play – whatever their level of knowledge. This could be through asking questions about points that still puzzle them, giving a short talk on their area of expertise, or sharing their experiences of using a practice, both positive or negative.
Whatever community you are part of, give as much thought to what you can bring to it, as to what you can take from it.