Re: "It's My First Day, and I'm Already Lost! #adoption #expertise-location

Stan Garfield

Abbe, I agree that maintaining an employee skills database is a difficult challenge. In the case of the Key Contacts List, I was the curator of information about executives and upper-level managers that involved asking administrative assistants to provide me with updates every month. This was time-consuming but doable, whereas getting employees to update their own skills is much harder.

I have written two articles about expertise location and skills databases:

For a less-important digression, channeling my inner William Safire, here are definitions of abbreviation, acronym, and initialism:
  • abbreviation -- a shortened form of a word or phrase
  • acronym -- a word (that can be pronounced) formed from the initial parts of a series of words
  • initialism -- a group of initial letters used as an abbreviation for a name or expression, each letter being pronounced separately
"USMC" is an initialism of "United States Marine Corps." "SCUBA" is an acronym for "Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus."
Acronyms and initialisms are two types of abbreviations. So are words such as "apps," which is an abbreviation of "applications."

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