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IBM Lotus Connections Flight School

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A sample communication and training plan to get a bunch of people to start using IBM Lotus Connections. Copyright 2009 IBM

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IBM Lotus Connections Flight School

  1. 1. IBM Lotus Connections “Flight School” Sample Communications & Adoption Plan © 2009 IBM
  2. 2. <ul><li>Based on a series of successful rollout plans, this is a sample Communications Plan for fostering the adoption of Lotus Connections </li></ul><ul><li>The plan is broken down into a five-week “flight school” </li></ul><ul><li>Each week contains: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities and tasks for the Student Pilots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly Student Pilot expectations/tasks to be completed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities and tasks for the Flight Trainers (ie, YOU) </li></ul></ul>About…
  3. 4. Goals by Week <ul><li>Week 1: On-board Systems Check </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Matriculate” each student pilot into Flight school, and get them started with Lotus Connections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Week 2: Taxing down the Runway </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student pilots have a general sense on how to organize their work and colleagues, so it’s time to get them Blogging & managing their social network with the Homepage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Week 3: Taking Flight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Once in the air, the student pilots will have a 10,000 ft perspective of the their communities and effectively leverage their social networks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Week 4: Connecting Flights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using & configuring plugins; ideas on how to use Lotus Connections in the real world </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Week 5: Cleared for Takeoff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduation & where to find help </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Week 1 Flight Instructor Activities
  5. 6. Week 1 Pre Mission Briefing Email & Blog Post <ul><li>Welcome and overall plans and goals for the training program </li></ul><ul><li>Include a link to the Flight Training Community </li></ul><ul><li>List overall program expectations; student pilots will need to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carry out a small list of assignments each week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend a weekly call/web conference for five weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post questions in the Flight Training Forum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn who their community advocate is & solicit their assistance as needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check the Flight Training Blog daily for news, updates, and tips </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Include time & date of the Week 1 Mission Briefing </li></ul>
  6. 7. Week 1 Student Pilot Assignments <ul><li>Before Week 2’s Mission Briefing, each student pilot should: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create an Activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dogear up to 10 web pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete their profile </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Week 1 Mission Briefing <ul><li>Outline the overall program and restate weekly expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Demo this week's assignments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demo the Activity you set up for them and show them how to create their own </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demo how to Dogear, and how to get find their own bookmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demo how to edit a their Profile, and how to search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show where to find the Flight Training Community, Blog and Forum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Describe mentor relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Remind them the time & location of Week 2’s Mission Briefing </li></ul>
  8. 9. Week 1 Post Briefing Email & Blog Post <ul><li>List what the student pilot needs to do before Week 2’s Mission Briefing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create an Activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create up to 10 bookmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Update their profile </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Include time & location for Week 2’s Mission Briefing </li></ul>
  9. 10. Week 2 Student Pilot Assignments <ul><li>Communicate and share with Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a personal or team blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create at least one blog entry (“What I think the value of Social Networking can be for us”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a commitment to blog at least once a week at a certain time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read other blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connect to your social network by customizing your Homepage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Configure the Profiles Widget to show your colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Configure the Blog Widget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Configure the Activities Widget to show “My Activities” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Configure the Dogear Widget to show “My Bookmarks” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Configure the Community Widget to show “My Communities” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Set your Lotus Connections Homepage as your browser default or put a short-cut on your desktop </li></ul>
  10. 11. Week 2 Flight Instructor Activities <ul><li>Create a blog entry that outlines this week's assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Create a blog entry that outlines last week's accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Create blog entries about tips and short-cuts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to get the most out of blogging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to setup the “Bookmark This” browser plugin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to setup the Activities plugin for Lotus Notes 8/Microsoft Outlook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to setup and use the Lotus Connections plugin for Lotus Notes/Microsoft Outlook </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Week 2 Pre Mission Briefing Email & Blog Post <ul><li>List this week’s assignments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create at least one blog entry per week for the next four weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read & comment on other blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Setup and use your Lotus Connections Homepage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set your Lotus Connections Homepage as your browser default during the Pilot or put a short-cut on your desktop </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Please ask (or answer) at least one question in the Forum” </li></ul><ul><li>Include the time & location of Week 2’s Mission Briefing </li></ul>
  12. 13. Week 2 Mission Briefing <ul><li>Demo this week's assignments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demo how to create a new blog, create and tag a blog post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell them what their first blog entry should be about </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demo how to navigate other blogs and the blog homepage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demo how to login to the Lotus Connections Homepage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demo how to configure each widget per the above </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mention time & date of Week 3’s Mission Briefing </li></ul>
  13. 14. Week 2 Post Briefing Blog post and email <ul><li>Document week 2’s progress and plug anyone who has created something interesting – compelling blog post, new activity, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>List what the student pilot needs to do before Week 3’s Mission Briefing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post and tag in your Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a commitment to blog at least once a week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read other blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customize your Homepage and configure the Profiles, Blog, Activities, Dogear, and Community widgets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remind them to ask questions in the Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Include time & location for Week 3’s Mission Briefing </li></ul>
  14. 15. Week 3 Student Pilot Assignments <ul><li>Create/Join a Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss the kind of Community to create with like-minded, potential community organizers or create one based on an event, area of expertise, or topic you’re associated with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invite everyone who might want to participate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add initial bookmarks, feeds (such as blog entries), Wikis, and/or Quickr Places </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Join other Communities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Using search to get answers, find information, discover experts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search Dogear for bookmarks that interest you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search the homepage for the same term </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dashboards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open My Bookmarks, review Actions and click “show details” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open My Profile and review all widgets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open My Communities and filter using the tag cloud </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mark an Activity Complete; change the Priority on an Activity; set an Activity as “tuned out”; Filter Activities by a Person and by a tag </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open your To-do List and mark an item as complete </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Week 3 Flight Instructor Activities <ul><li>Finish off instruction on the key Lotus Connections features </li></ul><ul><li>Create a blog entry that outlines this week's activities </li></ul><ul><li>Create a blog entry that outlines last week's accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Create blog entries about tips and short-cuts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective searching, using AND, using tagclouds, search within </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog/email meeting invite reminder </li></ul><ul><li>Answer any questions posted in the Forum </li></ul>
  16. 17. Week 3 Pre Mission Briefing Email & Blog Post <ul><li>“ Continue blogging, tagging profiles and bookmarks, and commenting” </li></ul><ul><li>What will we be covering this week? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using Communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search, Dashboards, Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Include time & location of Week 3 Mission Briefing </li></ul>
  17. 18. Week 3 Mission Briefing <ul><li>Demo how to create a Community and add each feature </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demo adding a bookmark to a community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Show how to join a community and add it to your homepage </li></ul><ul><li>Demo how to search from the Homepage, and search within each Dogear and Profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Remind student pilots of when Week 4’s call/briefing will be </li></ul>
  18. 19. Week 3 Post briefing blog post/email <ul><li>Document week 3’s progress and plug anyone who has created something interesting – compelling blog post, new activity, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>List what the student pilot needs to do before Week 4’s Mission Briefing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create and join a Community; invite members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add initial bookmarks, feeds, Wikis, and/or Lotus Quickr places </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice with search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search Dogear, and on the home page </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice with Dashboards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bookmarks, My Profile, My Communities, and My Activities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Remind them to ask questions in the Flight Training Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Include time & location for Week 4’s Mission Briefing </li></ul>
  19. 20. Week 4 Student Pilot Assignments
  20. 21. Week 4 Flight Instructor Activities <ul><li>Complete details on how to setup the Plugins your student pilots will have.  Include screenshots! </li></ul><ul><li>During the weekly meeting, demo the setup and config to enable Lotus Connections integration </li></ul><ul><li>Answer Forum Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Email/blog post about Week 5’s Mission Briefing </li></ul>
  21. 22. Week 4 Pre Mission Briefing Email & Blog Post <ul><li>Setup desktop and web integration </li></ul><ul><li>Continue blogging, tagging profiles and bookmarks, and commenting </li></ul><ul><li>Continue searching from the Homepage (or Firefox plugin) </li></ul><ul><li>Look for ways to use Lotus Connections in your daily activities </li></ul><ul><li>Include time & place of Mission Briefing </li></ul>
  22. 23. Week 4 Mission Briefing <ul><li>Demo how your organization can use the Lotus or Microsoft Plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss working with Teams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Show how to create a team blog; how to use Activities for subteams or individual work efforts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demo searching Profiles to locate expertise and identify potential team members, search Dogear to help team find information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss using Lotus Connections for event planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Event Planning with Activities; communicating about the Event with an Event Blog or Wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create an Event Community, tagging people associated with the event </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss using Lotus Connections to plan and communicate about a topic or community of practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a Community for the Topic; tag people related to the topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloggers tag entries specific to the Topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add bookmarks to the Community and to Dogear </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss using Lotus Connections to manage people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Show how to create an Activity for each employee, or creating blog to share info with your staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remind student pilots of when Week 5’s call/briefing will be </li></ul>
  23. 24. Week 4 Post Briefing Blog post/Email <ul><li>Highlight top blogs (most starred, most commented on, most interesting) </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight/feature top or most active Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Outline benefits Lotus Connections could have for building teams, managing events, communicating, and managing people </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight key stats – numbers of bookmarks, blog entries, communities, activities </li></ul>
  24. 25. Week 5 Student Pilot Assignments <ul><li>Getting Help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click Help from any Lotus Connections page and review the contextual topics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Using additional features </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Watchlists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Watch the bookmarks of a specific people or bookmarks that are tagged with specific keywords </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>From All Bookmarks filter on a tag or a person  (or both) and add them to your watchlist </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor/review your watchlist from My Updates or the Homepage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Notify others of bookmarks you think they’d find interesting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Notify others about Activities items you post </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Notify others about blog entries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flagging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flag a bookmark as a broken URL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flag blog as inappropriate </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 26. Week 5 Flight Instructor Activities <ul><li>Send invite for last weekly call </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight top blogs (most starred, most commented on, most interesting) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight/feature top Communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight key stats – numbers of bookmarks, blog entries, communities, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inform the users on how to get on-going support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Answer Forum Questions </li></ul>
  26. 27. Week 5 Pre Mission Briefing Email & Blog Post <ul><li>Include reminder of Week 5’s Mission Briefing time & location </li></ul>
  27. 28. Week 5 Mission Briefing <ul><li>Highlight top blogs (most starred, most commented on, most interesting) </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight/feature top Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight key stats – numbers of bookmarks, blog entries, communities, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Demo each Help page </li></ul><ul><li>Demo the Dogear watchlist </li></ul><ul><li>Demo Notification and Flagging features </li></ul><ul><li>Feature guest speakers (to show the work they've done using Lotus Connections) </li></ul>
  28. 29. Week 5 Post Briefing email/blog post <ul><li>Inform the users on how to get on-going support </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight top blogs (most starred, most commented on, most interesting) </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight/feature top or most active communities </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight key stats – numbers of bookmarks, blog entries, communities, etc </li></ul>

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