There are a few common phrases that you have repeatedly heard when you converse with a colleague on a task. The commonly used ones are:
1) Only if I had known that we had a template
2) If I’d known I would have done it in a different way
3) This idea could have saved me so much time…..
Now that you get the picture, knowledge sharing does go a long way in getting the task done right and within the given time the very first time. Knowledge sharing could help you even sort out issues related to team building as well.
Let’s take some time to how you could get it done the right way,
As and when knowledge is shared, it’s always better to get it documented in the form of a word document or a video that can be shared on a common platform. Why? This gets the details from your head into writing, making it stored for indefinite use even in the absence of the teacher as well. Also, storage in a repository gets your details off the computer or tablet, facilitating use for all at the same time. Besides, this prevents the loss of data for future use as well.
This is something carried out quite often on a sales team and is also carried out by certain project teams as well. What is the topic of discussion? What went well and what did not. Yes, keeping track of your strengths and weaknesses as a team by carefully reviewing each and every project before and after completion will help you sort out many hurdles before you even reach them. Knowledge shared in these meetings could be mapped out and stored for reference when dealing with projects of the same. One way to get the message through is printing out a message of the dos and don’ts in project management and placing it in the project room for all to see before, and during working on a project.
Cross-training as I also call it, is when you use a single individual in a team to train the rest on a similar task and continue to do the same till you have a team that know all the same in every project available. This serves well when it comes to spreading team spirit, as well as it comes in handy when you are working on a huge project and you need several hands with the same expertise. It could also do you well when that single individual goes on a holiday or even quits. This keeps you and your team prepared at all times, helping you survive instead of failing you in projects.
This can happen at the end of the day, the beginning of the day or after a lunch hour. Encourage your team to ask questions on a particular project, carry out research and share information on the same, share interesting facts that they have noticed on a particular project they have been working on and more. This again can build a team spirit, broaden your team’s horizons and also help you benefit in your productivity in the long run.
These are just a few aspects that we have covered on how you could improve your productivity using knowledge sharing. If you are looking for any assistance in speeding up your productivity or for project management support, visit Urbansoft.co.