Communities of practice for a stronger industry
Communities of Practice (CoP) are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavor: a tribe learning to survive, a group of engineers working on similar problems, a network of surgeons exploring novel techniques, or a gathering of first-time managers helping each other cope. They are comprised of individuals who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. 
More and more, you’re seeing and hearing this term thrown around the construction industry. Organizations like the Lean Construction Institute of Canada (LCI-C) are promoting and supporting communities of practice to improve the procurement process and ultimately strengthen the industry.
LCI-C was founded to develop and disseminate knowledge regarding the management of work and projects. The practices flowing from this research often appear counterintuitive. They call for a new common sense, a shared understanding in the community — where else, how else could sense become common? LCI-C Communities of Practice are where this emerging community meets and a sense is forged. At their best, local CoP provide a meeting ground where people can gather, learn, connect, and explore the ramifications of these ideas both for their own organizations and the larger industry. Local, self-forming Communities of Practise help owners, designers, and contractors understand and find their way in the Lean world.
Did you know that Victoria has a CoP and one of our members is leading it? Now you do.
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