Re: Knowledge Management

Subject: Re: Knowledge Management
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 07:56:34 -0800 (PST)

> Could someone help me clarify exactly what "knowledge
> management" is and how it relates to technical writing
> and technical writers? Yahoo! presented an article
> yesterday listing technical skills that were in high
> demand and this was one of them. I'm also attending an
> STC presentation this weekend titled "From Technical
> Communication to Knowledge Management: The Next
> Epoch." I'd like to have some idea what it is before I
> attend.

Its means "know your stuff." Save your dough and stay home and read a book.
These meaningless seminars are just ego-showcases sprinkled with buzzword
ambushes. Knowledge Management is nothing more that some stupid consultant
craze telling firms to do what they already should be doing - documenting their
products and technologies.

But rather than say "sit your ass down and learn these technologies you loaf"
you make up a really keen sounding "movement" like Knowledge Management. It is
WAY more entertaining and profitable for the consultants if they can sucker you
into seminar after seminar on common sense issues like this.

Andrew Plato

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