I was reminded today of the story of the pasta machine
and its relevance to tools to support KM.
A couple were given a pasta machine for a xmas present.
Because it was given to them, and not in a situation of real
need, at that time, they were very thankful and put it into a
kitchen cupboard. There it remained for three years, unused.
But if the couple had a real need or desire to make pasta, they
would have bought a pasta machine and immediately started
to use it properly.
It's the same with technology tools that are thrust upon us.
If there isn't a proper need, and proper understanding for how
the technology can really help us work better, it will not be used
I hear people who say, 'Oh yes I tried blogging and wikis when they
first appeared, but I don't use them now'. And I think to myself,
do they really understand what these new tools can do for us,
as knowledge workers, or are they like the couple with the
xmas pasta machine present?
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