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KCS Methodology

KCS Methodology
Knowledge-Centered Service (KCS®), formerly Knowledge-Centered Support, is a methodology that integrates knowledge creation and improvement into operational processes.

Capture knowledge that is generated during customer interactions to share in a central repository (often a knowledge base) for access by internal users, customers, or both. Then by reusing and optimizing the shared knowledge, you gain value in operational efficiency, self-service success, and organizational improvement.

How to implement KCS

KCS is a methodology that is enabled by technology. MindTouch is a KCS v6 Verified tool, which means the MindTouch platform provides comprehensive functionality that enables all eight KCS practices.

To learn more about how MindTouch enables KCS, contact our MindTouch product experts.

KCS Principles and Core Concepts

Maintained by the Consortium for Service Innovation, the methodology began in 1992 and updated to KCS v6 in mid-2016, which is also when the name changed from Knowledge-Centered Support to Knowledge-Centered Service. The Consortium for Service Innovation is a non-profit alliance of support organizations.

There is no single best way to implement the methodology, as long as the key principles and core concepts are adopted.

The value of the methodology is that knowledge becomes demand-driven and self-correcting by the people who use it every day.

KCS Double Loop Process - Solve and EvolveThere are 3 main components:

  1. Knowledge - articles, the output
  2. The Solve Loop - a reactive process
  3. The Evolve Loop - a reflective and continuous improvement process

The methodology is designed to:

  • Integrate the reuse, improvement, and creation of knowledge into the problem solving process.
  • Evolve content based on demand and usage.
  • Develop a knowledge base of collective experience to date.
  • Reward learning, collaboration, sharing, and improving.


  • Abundance
  • Create Value
  • Demand Driven
  • Trust

Core Concepts

  1. Transformation and Continuous Improvement
  2. Buy-In At All Levels
  3. Leadership is Required
  4. Collective Experience
  5. Collective Ownership
  6. Seek to Understand Before Seeking to Solve
  7. Sufficient to Solve
  8. Knowledge Integration
  9. Coaching for Success
  10. Assess Value

The main benefits are gained in Operational Efficiency, Self-Service Success, and Organization Learning and Improvement. 

KCS® is a service mark of the Consortium for Service Innovation™.

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