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You can find an introduction to Community of Practice Meetings in Chapter 32 of Where the Action Is. These resources will help you plan, run, and troubleshoot the specific Community of Practice Meetings your team needs.


A Community of Practice Meeting is used by people with a shared interest in a topic for networking, learning, and mutual support.

Questions Answered

  • What can we teach each other that may help us improve our individual practice in this area?
  • How can we advance this topic together?


  • Monthly Safety Committee Meeting
  • Project Manager’s Meetup
  • Lunch-and-Learn (sometimes called a “Brown Bag,”“Town Hall,” or whatever your organization uses)


  • Topic-focused exchange of ideas.
  • Organizational and individual capability development.
  • Relationship development.

Work Outcomes

  • Focused attention in an area that doesn’t warrant a dedicated team.
  • Organizational capability development: more skilled people.

Human Outcomes

  • New knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
  • Improved ability to perform the job.
  • Recognition.
  • A feeling of belonging.
  • Larger networks.

Meeting Agenda Templates and Guides

How to Host a Peer Mentor Meeting

Elise Keith - These meetings give people from across your organization an opportunity to compare experiences and learn from one another as they work through a shared challenge, such as a significant organizational change or major project. Peers share what they’ve done that worked well and challenges they’re facing, then work... [ more ]

How to Run a Latte and Learn Reflection Meeting

Pilar Orti - This is a meeting agenda template for "Latte and Learn." Latte and Learn sessions help team members to learn together by reflecting on a recent experience as they share it with others. It is also an informal way of spreading knowledge through a team and nurturing creativity, as team members discuss topics outside... [ more ]

Glossary of Meeting Terms

General Term

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Meeting Type

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