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If unchecked, agile working and multidisciplinary teams can silo organisations by teams, programmes and functions. These silos lead to duplication of work, pockets of knowledge, unrealised capability potential; even worse, it cuts people off from their support network. Our organisations are scaling, structures are flattening, workforces are increasingly fluid, and the future or where we work isn’t set. Connecting people and breaking down silos is more critical now than ever - this is where communities of practice come in.
Communities of practice bring people together who share common challenges and interests, connecting them to create something more significant than the people within it.
In this session, Emily Webber will draw from her experiences and research to share the benefits of communities of practice, the pitfalls and advice.
In part two of this session (43:20), Emily is joined by Amanda Light for a conversation about an organisation they both worked with, where communities of practice were employed.
Finally, in part three (1:10:10) Emily is joined by SEACOM's Barry Chandler for a Q&A.
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The Value of Communities of Practice
Amanda Light is a Senior Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) Capability Lead for HM Land Registry (HMLR). Initially working closely with Emily she has continued to grow and embed communities of practice at HMLR. She leads HMLR’s Growing DDaT Capability workstream, responsible for the introduction of professional practices aligned to the government’s DDaT Profession Capability Framework; skills mapping and other people-focused capability initiatives
Emily Webber is a London-based independent Agile consultant, coach, trainer and speaker. Her focus is on creating the right environments for people and teams to succeed. She does this by enabling effective collaboration, agile ways of working, embedding communities of practice and leading initiatives for growing skills and capabilities. All of which help create sustainable change.
She was previously the head of agile delivery at the Government Digital Service, where she built, developed and led a team of about 40 agile delivery professionals. At GDS, she created the widely-followed approach and maturity model for communities of practice and subsequently authored Building Successful Communities of Practice.