Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner define a community of practice as being one formed by “people who engage in a shared domain of human endeavor”. I am a member of one such community.
ODTUG is part of the worldwide Oracle Community – a community made up of Database professionals, Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse folks as well as EPM and Finacial tech experts. I am part of the developer community, within the larger database community.
Being a part of a community of practice allows me to share knowledge, and ask my colleagues for help when it is needed. This community is made of people who are very generous with their time and their willingness to share what they know.
Oracle community people share a passion for what we do, and we learn from each other. We engage in person, but mostly online and on social media, tech blogs and forums. ODTUG holds an annual conference every year, where attending feels like a family reunion – where you see old friends once a year in a fabulous location, such as Seattle, Chicago or Miami. There is lots of opportinity to learn in daily sessions, but there is plenty of time to network and have fun with the people you have so much in common with.
No matter what field you’re in – finding a community of service to be a part of will enhance your career, your skills, and your circle of friends will broaden. Its a win-win situation.
Source: Wenger-Trayner, E. & Wenger-Trayner, B. (2015). Introduction to communities of practice: A brief overview of the concept and its uses. Retrieved from http://wenger-trayner.com/introduction-to-communities-of-practice.