Brad Hinton, provides another forum report covering last night’s meeting about oganisational network analysis (ONA):

“Last evening’s NSW KM Forum presentation by Laurie Lok Lee from Optimice gave a good overview of organisational network analysis (ONA).  Laurie explained how ONA could be applied to help identify and solve workplace problems, as well as how ONA could be used to identify strategic management opportunities.”

Read the rest of Brad’s report.

Also, a big thank you to Karen Teo for standing in as host at E&Y as Patrick was away on the night.

PS Don’t forget to let us know if you have any KM news, events or job opportunities to share. Your feedback and thoughts about past meetings are also welcome – just submit a comment!

The NSW KM Forum is pleased to endorse again Ark Group’s KM Australia conference taking place in July:

“KM Australia 2007 will provide opportunities to:

  • See advances in KM and CM methods coupled with today’s collaborative working techniques in spacious cabaret style seating;
  • Learn from practitioner case studies that will equip you with real-life examples and illustrations of what lies behind KM’s most successful programmes. Hear from Suncorp, Cadbury Schweppes, Colliers International, Zurich Financial Services, Department of Defence, National Archives and Records Administration (USA), Minter Ellison, Telstra, Office of the Board of Studies NSW, Information & Knowledge Management Society (iKMS) and National Australia Bank;
  • Participate in a Knowledge Café that will foster a learning community to make real differences in knowledge management practices;
  • Use our new and innovative KM Arena to network with like-minded professionals from around the world;
  • Hear keynote addresses from leaders in the KM and CM fields: Dave Snowden, Etienne Wenger, Michel Bauwens and Ann Rockley”

An event brochure with all the conference details is available. Mention that you are a member of the NSW KM Forum when booking your ticket and receive a 15% discount on the conference and masterclasses.

We also have a free pass to the conference to give away – stay tuned for details!


If our thinking is shaped by the people we surround ourselves by, it becomes critical to have the ‘right’ set of internal, external, loose and firm relationships to foster innovation. Don’t let coincidence decide relationships in your organisation. They can be designed.

It is a lot simpler than it sounds. By asking a few questions aimed at key internal or external stakeholders we map current collaboration patterns. Then we compare these with the desired patterns, identify gaps and finally design interventions.

This forum meeting will cover:

  • An introduction to the link between innovation and social relationships.
  • How organizations can ‘map’ existing relationships and develop appropriate interventions to bridge gaps.
  • Building simple benchmarks such that improvements can be tracked and measured.


Cai Kjaer and Laurie Lock Lee are founders of Optimice, founded with the objective of helping clients optimise their internal or external business relationships. Optimice has extensive experience in researching, analysing and facilitating improved business relationships. In particular, Optimice aims to assist its clients successfully navigate their way through the growing complexity of alliance networks, multiple sourcing contracts, off-shore relationships, organisational restructures and the like, as well as help their staff to become more astute networkers. 

WHERE: Ernst & Young, The Ernst & Young Centre, 680 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Download a map.

WHEN: 5.30pm for 6pm Tuesday 29th May.

HOW MUCH: Gold coin donation.

WHAT NEXT? If you plan to attend, please RSVP by e-mail to: nswkmforum<at> (hint: replace the <at> with a normal @ to complete the email address and please include the date and/or title of the event in the subject line).

actKM is running a KM workshop later in the month:

“actKM is proud to present KM101 for Information Awareness Month.
This is a half day workshop from 9.00am-12.30pm on Friday 25th May 2007.
For full details please click on the KM101 link on the right.”

For further details see the actKM blog.

It looks like the KMLF in Melbourne had an entertaining meeting with Arthur Shelley:

“Arthur’s warm style engaged the 25 members of the audience in a discussion of different types of animals (and one plant) that are forced together when we come to work.  The illustrations use various types of animals as a metaphor  for the type of people that we coming into contact with at work.  Arthur showed us that these metaphors can be used as an icebreaker for workshops, to describe your own strengths and weaknesses and to do all this in a fun way.  You need different types of animals depending on the sort of work that you do.”

You can get a feel for the presentation from the slides.