Communities of Practice


It’s said that a wise person learns from his mistakes. A wiser one learns from others’ mistakes. But the wisest person of all learns from others’ successes.

—Zen proverb adapted by John C. Maxwell


A Community of Practice (CoP) is an informal group of team members and other experts, acting within the context of a program or enterprise, that has a mission of sharing practical knowledge in one or more relevant domains. CoPs are not new, nor are they mandated by Agile development. However, the Lean approach to aligning around Value Streams optimizes for delivery of value, which is a good thing. Over time, this typically ...

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