Wikis

I know I’ve talked about it before but I have to say. I am so excited about the implications of wikis in the business world. I have been fortunate to participate in investigating wikis and their uses in the company I work for. It’s been so interesting to review the wikis that are out there for purchase, their pros and cons. It’s also very interesting to see the sample wikis that companies have steered me too.

While working on my wiki investigation, I found this article – 7 Strategies for Implementing Wikis – amongst my rss feeds. The article outlines strategies for implementing wikis as outlined by Industry Week.

These strategies couldn’t have come at a better time. I really liked the 7 points the author pointed out but I also felt it could be shortened and adjusted a bit. Here’s my list below.

  1. Integrate
  2. Understand
  3. Optimize
  4. Assign
  5. Recognize
  6. Value
  7. Encourage

Honestly, I think those 7 words say it all. I started thinking of those 7 words and tried to pick out “the one” action or behavior that has to happen for a wiki to be successful and honestly, I can’t pick just one. Good solid wiki adoption depends on so many things. It would be so easy to say that it just requires leadership support and some rules, but there’s so much more. Wikis thrive on people and not just the “big wigs” or the “people in the trenches” but all people. A wiki is the catalyst for collaboration, sharing of ideas, meeting people with like interests or ideas and much more.

For a wiki to be adopted by all you’ve got to address all aspects; everything from the new user of technology to the early adopter. You need to speak their language and really show the value of the tool. For many the wiki becomes a paradigm shift. I know for some it is hard to make the transition from writing a word document and uploading it to making a wiki page that IS the document.

I am just so very excited that I get to participate on the team working toward a wiki solution for our company. Every day I see new uses for it in our environment. I can’t wait for the day that I can say, we have xx wiki.

I’m back!!

I know, I know it’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted and I’m not the world’s most reliable blogger (at least this blog).  But I’m going to do better.  I think collaboration with others is important and sharing ideas/thoughts even more important.  Well, to do that, I NEED TO POST.  I’ve actually been thinking a lot about it since the new year and I’m going to try and post once a week, at least.  I’m going to start there and after that, who knows.

I hate to make excuses but I think one of the reason I haven’t posted is “information overload”.  I think most of us can identify with that.  You know, having something like 130 RSS feeds, getting magazines a couple times a month in the mail and not having the time, or notion to read them all.  For me a degree of guilt comes with all of that.  I would LOVE to be able to sit down and read, read, read but I don’t.  Instead I choose to watch shows on TV with my husband, work or just enjoy life a little more.  I started cleaning things a bit last night getting rid of those feeds that I don’t read much or where people haven’t posted for over a year.  I’m not sure how many feeds I have not but I might be under the 100 mark.  I’ve got my magazines stacked and ready to read and my notebook next to it to take notes.  🙂  My husband and I have also agreed to turn the TV off from 6-8pm too so that’s going to help too.

Here’s to things picking up and posts/knowledge improving.

Job Status

Isn’t it funny how you can go a week or more and not blog but have a ton to say? I mean, I enjoy blogging and posting here and getting comments and everything but I’ve not been blogging for over a week. Hummm…. I guess it could be because I’ve been busy with things. I know that’s an excuse for everyone. I have been working, which I’m loving. I love my job and the people I work with. it’s so nice to work with people that have a common goal and interest. It’s great too that I’m working on the projects I’m working on. I mean I’m helping make some decisions for the future of the training organization. How cool is that! I’m doing the typical, create training courses for online delivery but I’m also in charge of determining and giving recommendations for authoring tools we’ll use for now and in the future. I’m working on moving some of our content, like manuals to wiki’s, which is super cool. I could give you the link and password but then I’d have to kill ya… HAHA… I’m working on developing some Instructional Design Standards and templates for us to use which is cool too. It’ s just so nice to have such growth opportunities. it’s the stuff I’ve always wanted to be doing but haven’t had the opportunity in my last job for a variety of reasons.

I LOVE MY JOB!!! and I’m so GLAD to be GONE from my previous job!!!

Where have I been?

For those of you that don’t know, I was laid off from my previous employer (Intel) back in October. I sort of thought it was going to be coming because my old group was very political and because I was one of “those people” that bucked the system and dared to ask upper management questions, I wasn’t really liked. That in addition to some other political things lead to my lay off. At first being laid off was really hard because I knew it was good for me but at the same time freaked me out too. I didn’t understand why, from a performance perspective, why I was laid off when I’d had over 3 divisional recognition awards and my customers felt i delivered results. I think at first I was just numb and wasn’t sure what to do with myself since I had gone from working a 40 hour week to nothing. Let me tell you though, it was nice. It was great to have both Thanksgiving and Christmas off to really enjoy the holidays, my friends and family. That was a real treat.

I kept looking at my RSS feeds and hoping that some day I’d feel the desire and need to read and immerse myself back into the blogisphere and be a “contributing member of society”. Just about every day I’d open my computer and look at the long list of posts to read and just felt overwhelmed and I think a part of me just wanted to curl up and hide from everyone and lick my wounds. It was a feeling I’ve not had before, I mean, I’ve NEVER been let go from a job and that was a hard pill to swallow.

Well, things have changed. I have a full time job now that I’m really excited about. I’ll be using my wonderful ISD skills in the travel industry developing online courses for the company that has hired me. I’m pretty excited and it’s with that excitement that i write this post. I’m back.. i mean…

I’M BACK!!!!
I’m so excited to read up on the posts that I’ve read, well I may not read all the ones I’ve missed but I hope to catch up and start posting to others blogs. I’m interested to see what I’ve missed and jump back into sharing my thoughts, learning from others and bring that knowledge to my new job and company.

This was a long and hard process but I’m really glad I went through it. Getting laid off was the best thing I ever needed. It was a great kick in the you know what to get me out there and realize that I bring value. May you all feel the same.

I’m Back!!

It’s been forever and a day since I’ve written in my blog, I even deleted the last one. I suppose part of the reason was my want to disassociate from the blogging/teaching/learning community because of my lay off.  After the lay off I honestly wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.  I just knew I wanted to hide out, regroup and determine my path.  Well, I’m back!  I’m still looking for full time employment but I’ve got lots of things going on and I’m honestly glad I have these options open to me.  So look forward to hearing from me more. I’ve got a ton and a half of post to get through, comment, etc.

It feels great to be back!!