Communities of Practice - Cucumber Podcast

Theo EnglandAug 3, 2016

Today we’re going to be talking about communities of practice and exploring how they can support learning in your company. Communities of practice are “formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavor”. [1]

In the organisations we work with, we encourage those with similar skill sets - testers for example - to get together with others in similar roles, who work in different departments. This wider pool of individuals can then support one another in their day-to-day work.

It could therefore be said agile faces a paradox; we've battled for smaller, cross-functional teams to improve communication and learning, but are we forfeiting wider collaboration?

Communities of Practice is the fightback.

To join us to discuss the subject we’ve invited Emily Webber, an independent agile and lean consultant, who has recently published her book “Building Successful Communities of Practice”. This week’s host, Matt Wynne, is also joined by our podcast regulars, Arti Mathanda and Seb Rose.

You can find out more about Communities of Practice and Emily’s book on her website

Let us know your own experiences and thoughts about communities of practice on twitter @cucumberbdd or in the comments below.

[1] http://wenger-trayner.com/introduction-to-communities-of-practice/

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