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Communities Of Practice
Changing the way organisation learn and build capabilities

SIM Professional Development (SIM PD) is the leading provider for adult learning, training and development for corporate and career development. We provide a wide range of quality executive programmes, corporate training, seminar and workshops in areas of soft skills training, leadership training, sales training, management training, personal effectiveness & productivity, project management training, strategy execution and forumation.

communities of practice

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are self-organising groups of people who share a passion for a subject matter, and who interact regularly to share their experiences. Leading organisations in both private and public sectors have discovered that CoPs are ideal in developing strategic capabilities. When informal communities like CoPs are well-integrated with formal communities, organisations are often able to achieve their strategic objectives.
The purpose of this workshop is to equip participants with advanced concepts and models related to CoPs, design principles and critical success factors to build communities. In addition, participants will be equipped with the skills and tools on how to successfully launch and sustain CoPs.
Specific activities include story telling using the language of the CoP model, discussion on challenges related to knowledge sharing win CoPs using a Poker Card game, and reflection of one’s own organization on the enablers and challenges for community start up and cultivation.
The workshop consists of and makes use of the following: Lecture, Discussion, Worksheets, Games, Videos and Role-plays.  
Benefits to You

Business Outcomes

By attending this workshop, participants will be able build communities to shorten learning curve, learn from best practices and solve work challenges. This will lead to improved work performance, increase in productivity and ultimately higher revenues.

Learning Outcomes

•In an evidence-based coaching programme that will guide you towards exploring your potential, you will:- 
•Apply key CoP elements to shape your own CoPs
•Explain the benefits that CoPs bring to members and to organisations
•Apply strategies that could support the growth and sustainability of CoPs
•Explain how stories can be captured to assess value of CoPs to members
•Outline a launch process for CoPs

Programme Outline
  • Different forms of CoPs and their difference to other learning structures
    Key elements of CoPs
  • Role of CoPs in promoting excellence in organisations 
  • CoP framework and lifecycle Building and cultivating successful CoPs
  • Insights and lessons learnt from CoPs
  • Community design and evaluation templates
Who Must Attend
  • Professionals, managers or executives who intend to build capabilities in specific areas by learning from and with each other
  • Individuals who intend to start and cultivate communities to build capabilities
  • Individuals who are currently managing communities and seek to further enhance community leadership, facilitation and evaluation skills and techniques.
Programme Leader
Gopinathan, Director and Principal Consultant, has more than 20 years of experience in both the private and public sector organisations. He has facilitated workshops on Knowledge Management (KM) and on Communities of Practice (CoP) and provided advice and helped launched communities in several public and private organisations. 
Gopi is a corporate KM trainer certified by Knowledge Associates Ltd, Cambridge UK and has developed and delivered KM training workshops for several organisations. He is trained by American Productivity Quality Centre, a leading centre in KM research and benchmarking, on its consulting approach, products and services. His achievements include the development of a KM roadmap for the Singapore Public Service. Gopi is also experienced in developing and implementing information and KM initiatives. He has published a KM Field Guide which provides a point of view on how KM can be practiced effectively in organisations. 
Gopi continually engages KM and CoP leaders to provide advice and build a body of knowledge.  He has recently published a CoP toolkit to help community leaders to better lead and cultivate communities. Gopi also lectures on KM in the public sector and CoP for the Master of Science (KM) programme offered by Nanyang Technological University. He speaks at several conferences and seminars, Gopi has been awarded the Advanced Certificate for Training and Assessment (ACTA) and Diploma in Development and Continuous Education (DACE) by the Institute of Adult Learning in Singapore.
 SIM Member Fee  (S$)Non-member Fee  (S$)
 including GST including GST
Normal Fees642.00770.40

Enquiries : Kathleen Tan - 62489407 | 62466746,

Foreign participants sponsored by their companies, GST is not applicable. If payment is made by a Singapore-registered company, GST will apply.

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DateTimeVenueRegistration Closing Date 
23/04/2020 - 24/04/202009.00 am - 5.00 pmSIM Management House, 41 Namly Avenue, Singapore 267616Apr 09, 2020 Register
20/08/2020 - 21/08/202009.00 am - 5.00 pmSIM Management House, 41 Namly Avenue, Singapore 267616Aug 06, 2020 Register