Saturday, March 08, 2008

How can an organization use a Wiki?

Communication is changing. As the Baby Boomers retire and Gen-Y and Gen-X take over, new forms of communication will be created (remember 90% of the PM job is communication). The communication choices of these generations have moved to message forums, blogs, emails, text messaging and even wikis. Gen Y and X are also focused on working for companies where they are valued and also enjoy having an opportunity to work with their friends.

As communication changes our organizations must too. So how can we use wikis?

A wiki is software that allows users to easily create, edit, and link information together. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites.

Wiki software can either be purchased for your control within your LAN or you can find free wiki sites to host your wiki.

So what are some example of how a company could use a wiki?

Process Improvement. Creating a wiki that will allow the free flow of ideas on how to improve your organization from input from your staff.

Project Communication. If you can create a Word document you can add content to a wiki. Your Project Team can have their own section to update the team. And the PM can include links to the common projects documents (WBS, PM communication plan, Timeline...).

Event Coordination. Lay out the frame-work and let the staff fill it in. This will allow the team to see the big picture of the event and gets them involved.

For more ideas and examples click on the following link.

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