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Project Management Knowledge Base

08 November 2007

Knowledge Bases

A knowledge base is a comprehensive electronic information storage, management, and retrieval system. It holds all available information about a particular topic, including data in all different formats. It also includes tools for searching and querying, so that questions can be asked of the data that were not conceived of when the system was created. It also includes tools for controlling the flow of information and delivering information automatically.

To understand knowledge bases and their value in improving your Project Management Process, read these five topics:

1. Knowledge Management

2. Knowledge Base vs. Database

3. Knowledge Base Components

4. PMO Knowledge Bases

5. Implementing a PMO Knowledge Base

Knowledge management. Knowledge management is the discipline that views that knowledge is a strategic business asset. Knowledge management seeks to bring knowledge under management so that its benefits to the organization can be maximized.

Knowledge base vs. database. A knowledge base is an extension of a database that is more comprehensive and more powerful.

Knowledge base components. A knowledge base has a variety of components and tools, such as data mines; data marts; search, analysis, and query tools; and dashboards. A knowledge management system also includes document management and information distribution systems.

PMO knowledge bases. A Online Project Management knowledge base has specific components designed to provide maximum benefits to projects and strategic management of projects. The PMO knowledge management system will be included with the knowledge base in this discussion.

Implementing a PMO knowledge base. The implementation of a PMO knowledge base and knowledge management system is a complex process. Following the appropriate steps carefully increases the value of the resulting knowledge management system.


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