Sharing Knowledge (Part 1)


Making a Modern Project Manager



By Yasmina Khelifi

Paris, France

Sharing Knowledge (Part 1)

In future articles, I’d like us to embark on a journey to explore knowledge sharing. First, we’ll explore some definitions and challenges. Second, we’ll investigate some doubts and myths that might prevent you from sharing knowledge. Lastly, we’ll understand the benefits and learn some ways of fostering knowledge sharing in your teams.

Let’s go!

Some definitions

Information versus Knowledge

Merriam Webster:

Information: knowledge obtained from investigation, study, or instruction

Knowledge: the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association.

Information is fact, data. Knowledge encompasses information analysis, best practices, experiences. Information can be falsified, unverified, hoarded, stored. Knowledge can be hoarded, explicit, tacit.

What other adjectives do you associate with information and knowledge?

Storage versus Sharing

Writing will help you capitalize knowledge for you and your team. It will make it possible to onboard and include people.

“I’ve written a great document in the cloud”. Is this knowledge sharing? No: this is only the first step of a conversation. Perhaps you have not written all the information in the document. You may handle a project in a certain way because of the accumulated experiences you have and you are unaware of it. Or you may not want to write some information; for example: “when you work with John, it’s better to call him directly but with Mary, write emails instead”.

So even if you have written a document, you will need to take a moment to transfer your knowledge. You may think: “What is the point of writing a document if I have to explain it?” There are two sides of the same coin.

Sharing knowledge is not just storing information. Sharing knowledge means interacting with people.

The Knowledge Curve

In 1982, Buckminster Fuller noted that the amount of human knowledge doubled every 100 years. And this trend has accelerated.


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Editor’s note: This series of articles is by a project manager for Gen X, Y and Z project professionals.  The author Yasmina Khelifi is a project manager with a large multinational telecom in France while also an active PM professional, authoring articles, interviews and a popular LinkedIn blog as well as a podcast with a global audience.  Also active in PMI France for many years, she has been an international correspondent for the PMWJ since 2021. We are delighted that she has agreed to author a series of articles based on her personal experiences over the last decade.

How to cite this paper: Khelifi, Y. (2024). Sharing Knowledge (Part 1), Making a Modern Project Manager, series article, PM World Journal, Vol. XIII, Issue IV, April. Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/pmwj143-July024-Khelifi-Sharing-Knowledge-part-1-making-a-modern-project-manager.pdf

About the Author

Yasmina Khelifi

Paris, France


Yasmina Khelifi, PMP, PMI- ACP, PMI-PBA is an experienced project manager in the telecom industry. Along with her 20-year career at Orange S.A. (the large French multinational telecommunications corporation), she sharpened her global leadership skills, delivering projects with major manufacturers and SIM makers. Yasmina strives for building collaborative bridges between people to make international projects successful. She relies on three pillars: project management skills, the languages she speaks, and a passion for sharing knowledge.

She is a PMP certification holder since 2013, a PMI- ACP and PMI-PBA certification holder since 2020. She is an active volunteer member at PMI France and PMI UAE, and a member of PMI Germany Chapter. French-native, she can speak German, English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and she is learning Arabic. Yasmina loves sharing her knowledge and experiences at work, in her volunteers’ activities at PMI, and in projectmanagement.com as a regular blogger. She is also the host and co-founder of the podcast Global Leaders Talk with Yasmina Khelifi to help people in becoming better international leaders.

Yasmina can be contacted at https://yasminakhelifi.com/ or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasminakhelifi-pmp-telecom/

Visit her correspondent profile at https://pmworldlibrary.net/yasmina-khelifi/

To view other works by Yasmina Kehelifi, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/yasmina-khelifi/