How to Use Enterprise Wikis - Patterns and Anti-Patterns

Atlassian is a company that sells an enterprise wiki called Confluence. They obviously believe in their product, and in the principle behind wikis – they’ve set up an open wiki community to share “patterns” and “anti-patterns” and there’s some really nice stuff there – brief outlines of different approaches to setting up wikis successfully (patterns), and approaches that seem to hinder takeup and participation (anti-patterns). There are also “people” patterns and anti-patterns, such as wiki-gnomes (pattern) and wiki-trolls (anti-pattern) – all in all a wonderful resource for anyone considering setting up internal wikis to foster greater collaboration. One of the commenters on the site refers to the barn-raising tradition in the rural US, where neighbours gather from miles around to help someone raise a new barn for their farm. You help on my barn, I’ll help on yours, and it’s all wonderfully practical. Thanks to Emanuele for this reference.

2 Comments so far

Stewart Mader

Thanks very much for linking to! I appreciate that you’re helping to spread the word!
Stewart Mader
Wiki Evangelist, Atlassian

Posted on February 27, 2007 at 07:47 AM | Comment permalink

Patrick Lambe

It’s a great initiative Stuart and really really practical. Will keep a close eye on it and pitch in where I can.

Posted on February 27, 2007 at 06:24 PM | Comment permalink

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