Knowledge Work as Craft

Knowledge Work as Craft.

Jim McGee has fascinating post called “Apprenticing at Light Speed
about “knowledge work as craft” and the strains that the pace of change
place on the apprenticeship model (we are all apprentices).

The money quote (among many choices):

leads me to my more fundamental concern about apprenticing our way to
improved knowledge work; where are the Jedi masters? Where is that
senior research scientist who already understands how to connect
robotic gene sequencers and bioinformatics? Where is that senior
investment manager who understands how to connect new derivative-based
financial instruments with electronic markets? If those people even
exist, do they have any real skill at helping those who work for them
learn better and faster? How should their managers help them strike the
right balance between advancing current knowledge work practice and
educating those apprentices in the appropriate mysteries of the
craft?” []

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