Benjamin Anyacho

Benjamin Anyacho

Paper and Presentation: Knowledge Café: Unleashing Knowledge Culture & Learning Agility in a Project Economy

Abstract: The knowledge revolution is upon us! Today, there are more than 50,000 free online books in every genre. According to Pew Research, one in every five Americans now listens to audiobooks. An estimated 53.6% of the global population has access to the Internet. There are more than 6 billion cellphones in the world in 2020. However, knowledge is quiescent in the producer of the knowledge’s mental faculty—and therefore is USELESS unless it’s applied and transferred.

How powerful is the knowledge that is pigeonholed, unshared, unrejuvenated, and locked up in databases and the minds of project managers? Fact: you can’t force people to share their knowledge, but you create the right environment where knowledge is freely shared; people are incentivized to do that. A handover note is not succession planning. Developing training doesn’t guarantee a learning culture; a knowledge culture and café mindset do. A knowledge culture is one where knowledge has been identified as a significant factor of production, enshrined in the organizational strategy, celebrated, and rewarded. Knowledge transfer is not another program to be adopted, but philosophy in culture—and a way of life.

  • For the first time in our lifetime, five generations interface in the project management space!
  • Millennials will job-hop up to 20 times in their career—Education Advisory Board
  • Organizations that are most effective at knowledge management improve project outcomes by nearly 35%–PMI 2015 Pulse of the Profession
  • By 2029, the 76 million baby boomers retire and walk out with decades of knowledge and experience.
  • Employees get 50-75% of their relevant information directly from other people—Gartner Group/CIBC World Markets.

In this intriguing session, participants will gain actionable insight and practical applications for a knowledge transfer culture tool of Knowledge Cafe:

  • urgency,
  • simplicity,
  • intentionality,
  • agility,
  • resiliency, and
  • strategies, in a project economy.

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management

Biography: Passionate, Benjamin Anyacho is a quintessential project-portfolio manager, knowledge management (KM) strategist, original thinker, and a curiosity-activator with 20+ years of results-driven leadership. His works have received industry and national recognition. He is a senior strategic PM at the Texas DOT. Benjamin developed an enterprise PM program that has mentored hundreds of PMs; 100+ certified PMPs; Lead the designer of an enterprise knowledge management program, mentoring 50+ communities of practice. He was the 2018 charismatic president of the 3800-member PMI Austin chapter. Benjamin led the board to increase NPS from 6.5 to 8.7, membership by +400, doubled offerings, reduced attrition, and gained 97% overall customer satisfaction. He is a board of trustees’ member of Juliana King University, Houston; honored with a doctorate in leadership. He is a published author, a certified PMP®, and earned an MBA from St. Edward’s University, Austin.