Inspired by the Clutter Diet Blog's post about Wall-E as a great organizer, I wanted to post my take on Wall-E's knowledge management practices. If we look at Wall-E's on-the-job skills, as well as his collection of objects, as his "knowledge," he:
- Readily shares his methodology for doing his job
- Shares his filing system and what is filed there
- Lets his taxonomy grow organically (the spork!) rather than constraining it to a predefined set of categories
- Takes time to learn about new things rather than opting for the safety of his work routine.
For me, the movie raised these questions:
If you're the only one who knows how to do what you do, whether at home or at work, is your filing system intuitive enough for someone to find what they need if something should happen to you? Could they find it by browsing, keyword searching, or by both means? Could what you keep (versus what you discard), and how you keep it, actually save your life or your career?