The SPEDE methodology is a combination of principles, techniques and tools taken from Knowledge Engineering and adapted for use in Knowledge Management. It provides an effective means to capture, validate and communicate vital knowledge to provide business benefit.

The SPEDE methodology was developed under the guidance of Rolls-Royce plc and involved staff from Epistemics acting as consultants. Early versions of PCPACK v4 were tested and developed on a number of SPEDE projects.

With assistance from Epistemics, Rolls-Royce has run over 100 SPEDE projects, involving the training of over 150 employees.

Structure and Deliverables

SPEDE has been specifically developed to act as a training course for novice knowledge engineers or those seconded to a knowledge management activity. SPEDE projects typically involve 1-week of intensive training followed by 2-3 months of scoping, knowledge acquisition and delivery phases.

The main deliverable of most SPEDE projects is an intranet website. However, previous projects have delivered quality procedures, process improvement information and expert systems.

Projects using the SPEDE methodology follow a set of procedures coordinated by experienced staff. All projects have a coach who manages the activities of one or more knowledge engineers on a daily basis.


All SPEDE projects must pass through a series of gates. These are meetings held at various stages throughout the project to act as a "go/no go" into the next phase of the project. Each gate comprises various criteria to ensure the project is on track to meet the objectives and identify any problems, hazards and actions. There are 5 gates: project launch review, scoping review, technical review, delivery review and post-delivery review.

Other Knowledge Management Projects:

Go to: Prudential Project
Go to: BSCM
Go to: Health and Safety Executive

Last modified: 20 November 2003