Author: Jim Lundy Date: December 21, 2012
Topic: Knowledge Research Note Number: 2012-T4
Issue: What are the technologies that will be used to harness and deliver knowhow?
With up to a third of workers in many enterprises approaching retirement, capturing their extensive job knowledge is more important than ever. Much of what they know may not be codified in any way. Some of them may have started working under apprenticeship programs before the use of modern process documentation. Moreover, their subconscious expertise – the subtle “tips and tricks” layer of hidden job skills – is so intuitive, subjective and contextual that it does not lend itself to a tech writer’s narrative.
Yet this tacit knowledge can be critically important to the next generation of workers’ own safety and productivity as well as the success of the enterprise. So how can it be captured? The best way is to get the workers to talk about – or even demonstrate – what they do, how they do it, and how they know when it’s done right, and capture that conversation on video.
This toolkit provides the steps and methodology for conducting these interviews and producing videos to be used as part of the training for incoming workers. Don’t put this off! Once these workers retire, it will be a lot harder to get the information they hold in their heads.
Step 1: Identifying Who Has the Knowledge
Table 1: Knowledge Capture Interview Worksheet
Step 2: Setting a Capture Policy
Step 3: Planning the Interview
Step 4: Filming the Video
Table 2: Business Video Storyboard
Step 5: Publishing
Step 6: Re-Use in Training
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