Thinking About Wikis - and Wiki Raids


When Matt Moore thinks about things, all sorts of interesting stuff surfaces. Right now, he’s thinking about wikis. Yes, wikis.

So while he’s thinking about it, here’s a link to another interesting wiki case from Maish Nichani. And here’s a wiki launched by Andrew McAfee for writing wiki case studies - well… enterprise 2.0 case studies really, but there are a few good wiki cases in there!

And here’s a recipe for an activity we tried some months back for a group that wanted to start using a wiki to draft a new set of policies collaboratively, but (a) weren’t too familiar with wiki technology and (b) weren’t too familiar with the new policy template they were using.

1. Invite the drafting group to a half day “wiki raid” in a meeting room with intranet connections and one PC/laptop for every two people (or they can bring their own).
2. Have the policy template set up on a wiki, with each section on a separate page.
3. Working in pairs, the participants each take one section of the policy paper and start drafting.
4. After 20 minutes, get them to save their wiki page and move to another section drafted by another pair, which they refine. (Be consistent about which direction they are rotating in).
5. Repeat.
6. Repeat.
7. Do a spot review and identify the sections that have most work left to do.
8. Repeat the cycle, working on those sections.

Result? By the end of an afternoon you’ll have 90% of a policy paper that might have taken endless committee meetings and draft-bouncing over several months. Oh, and they’ll have figured out how to use the tools.

1 Comment so far


Great idea, Patrick

I’ll be “stealing” this one to try it with a multi-author document.

Posted on August 31, 2007 at 08:03 PM | Comment permalink

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