Why are wiki’s interesting? Because other people can edit them too And then the wiki can represent the sum of what all the participants know…
Why Wiki?: Collaborate and Publish We wiki to aggregate information from a group of people We can keep it to ourselves, or publish it broadly
10 uses for wikis 1. team roster 2. document organizer 3. resource collection 4. issues list 5. FAQ 6. Plan and organize 7. Brainstorming 8. Build a portfolio 9. Wiki is the document 10. A living knowledge base
Important feature considerations Commenting Versioning Permissions Indexing, linking, media handling
But collaboration isn’t a technology Just like the game isn’t about the ball.
What is collaboration? Creative Coordination toward specific goals Connective Ensuring like finds like Compounding Ensuring Present finds past
Fostering Wiki-based Collaboration Goals As with everything, its easier to gain cooperation and get quality results when you are very precise about the purpose of the wiki Team It helps to have a good team. Choose them and/or cultivate your esprit de corps carefully. Trust/Respect Needs to be built. Show leadership by consulting others on issues where you aren’t certain. Sharing Studies confirm – early sharing leads to better collaboration. If you wait too long, you become too invested in the work to be open to feedback. Recognize contributions Be sure to recognize and give credit for contributions. The best way to win trust, loyalty and added effort is to do the simplest things Say thanks Point out the idea’s originator, if clear. Leadership Leadership is ever more important in collaborative environments, because its essential that everyone shares the same goals and objectives Weeding and pruning. A little investment pays off.
What is Leadership? Coordination of Activity Standards, consistency and compliance Problem identification and resolution Informed decision-making Learning on the fly Situational awareness