Communities of Practice

Type of record:
  • Strategy method
  • Macro method
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Ideal innovation phases for this method:
  1. Innovation Phase
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4
  6. 5
  7. 6
  8. 7
  9. 8
  10. 9
  11. 10


The aim of the Communities of Practice (CoPs) method is to bring together employees who have to solve similar problems or work on a joint project.

Within the meetings useful knowledge can be exchanged among each other. For this purpose, a group of people is defined who meet regularly, detached from the primary company organisation (or maintain contact via an appropriate IT system), and exchange experiences on a topic.

The advantage of this method compared to classical knowledge databases is that experience knowledge is actively passed on by the knowledge carriers themselves and, if necessary, detailed questions and follow-up questions can be clarified immediately. In this context, CoPs are also well suited to introduce, train and share new employees.
  • Effective for all innovation types
  • Effective for disruptive innovations
  • Effective for highly complex challenges
  • Effective for incremental innovations and improvements
  • Effective for medium complex challenges
  • Effective for radical innovations
  • P1 Understanding (identify innovation fields - problem solving)
  • P2 Analysis (problems - challenges - environment - people - products)
  • P3 Observe (people - environment - product use)
  • P8 Early Prototyping (testing the idea directly on the user)
  • P10 Implement (implementation - execution of ideas)
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