How do you forecast what information the company will need twenty years from now, long after your retirement?
“First Job of Dismantling Nuclear Plants: Find a Russian Speaker,” The Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2017 A1. Dismantling engineers encounter problems when trying to decontaminate and tear down an old nuclear facility. The engineering drawings are not necessarily accurate as-built diagrams, and a lot of the language is Russian.
An organization needs a lot of information. One area is “What information will we need when it’s time to dismantle this great thing we just built?” Is this information governance, records management, or knowledge management? Does it matter? Who owns this problem? This same problem came up in my prior life when looking at the information requirements to shut down and dismantle a North Sea oil platform – a lot of that information needs to be captured at the front end and during the life of the facility, and maintained until the facility is removed.