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IT Communities of Practice

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Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups of people who share an interest in something that they do, and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better.

At the University of Minnesota, anyone can elect to participate in both formal communities of practice (fCoPs) and informal communities of practice (iCoPs) related to information technology. Levels of participation can range from signing up to get Google Group updates to volunteering to lead an Affinity Group or even an iCoP or fCoP.

Informal Communities of Practice

Informal CoPs may exist for any length of time and work on multiple topics or problems concurrently or sequentially as determined by their members.

Examples of Informal, information technology-related iCoPs include:

Some groups also post their meeting invitations on the IT@UMN CalendarIf you are a representative of an IT community group and would like to have it listed above and/or have your events posted on the IT@UMN Calendar, please send an email to

Formal Communities of Practice

Central IT priorities are selected through the IT governance process and based on community input. Once selected, IT leadership establishes fCoPs to complete the work of addressing these priorities in the next year, and appoints a leader who can foster participation, establish a charge, and develop clear milestones and success criteria.

The fCoPs are self-governing: They write their own charters and identify individual governance structures. All University students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in the fCoPs. Find additional information below.