Bird Island

the Knowledge Management Simulation

About Bird Island

The Knoco Bird Island simulation is more than a normal exercise. It is more like a shared experience, and at times like a piece of theatre. Proper preparation is essential to deliver the required result.

The purpose of the Knoco Bird Island exercise is to allow the delegates to experience for themselves, in a measurable way, the power of knowledge in delivering good, excellent or breakthrough performance.

The exercise is designed to demonstrate performance improvement through learning, to give participants a chance to experience the After Action Review (AAR) and Peer Assist processes, and a Knowledge Asset.

Including the introduction and debrief, the Bird Island exercise lasts 2 hours. See some example agendas for building the exercise into a training course.

Class size could be anywhere between 6 and 30 people, but the ideal class size is somewhere between 12 and 24

Getting started

Welcome to the exclusive club of facilitators for Knoco Bird Island, the most powerful Knowledge Management simulation in the world. Your password to this site gives you access for everything you need to make bird island the cornerstone of your knowledge management culture change. Here's how you get started (use the instructor checklist to keep track).

  1. Make sure you understand the purpose and background of the exercise. Your first step should be to download and read the Bird Island Article for a full description.
  2. Ensure you have bought the required Materials. It is important that the materials are as close to a standard set as possible, so that the influence of Knowledge on performance can be clearly seen.
  3. Read through the Instructions. Familiarise yourself with the structure of the exercise. Practice the exercise at home, well in advance of the class.
  4. Watch the Video of key moments from the exercise, to understand the introduction, the demonstration of the knowledge asset, and the debrief.
  5. Familiarise yourself with the Resources for the exercise. In particular, look through the Knowledge Asset, and use it to practice making towers until you are thoroughly familiar with the process. Don't leave it to an exercise with "real participants" to experience tower-building for the first time. Practice updating and presenting the PowerPoint slideset
  6. Understand the Logistics and room layout required for the exercise.
  7. Get a group of friends together, and practice with your friends before running