Knowledge Work as Craft

Jim McGee has fascinating post called “Apprenticing at Light Speed” about “knowledge work as craft” and the strains that the pace of change place on the apprenticeship model (we are all apprentices).
The money quote (among many choices):
“That leads me to my more fundamental concern about apprenticing our way to improved knowledge work; where are the Jedi masters? Where is that senior research scientist who already understands how to connect robotic gene sequencers and bioinformatics? Where is that senior investment manager who understands how to connect new derivative-based financial instruments with electronic markets? If those people even exist, do they have any real skill at helping those who work for them learn better and faster? How should their managers help them strike the right balance between advancing current knowledge work practice and educating those apprentices in the appropriate mysteries of the craft?”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]