In a small IT company, each architect can have a personal connection to all other architects and developers in the organization. However, as a company grows such a direct connection is no longer possible. For companies with several hundreds of employees, this can be very problematic. Time gets wasted searching for solutions that already exist within the organization. In order to mitigate this effect companies are increasingly becoming interested in making use of acquired knowledge and becoming ”learning organizations”. In this session we will look at how different perspectives on learning and knowledge affect how companies try to achieve this goal. As an example we will look at how “Communities of Practice” (also known as “guilds” or “tribes”) have become a popular solution in recent years.

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