Re: Wiki #wikis

Arthur Shelley


All good questions. Too many KM initiatives are launched without the end
benefits in mind.

In my case I have specific aims for the wikis the students build. In the
case of SIKM, we should defer to Michael (Fulton) who asked the initial
query why he thought it might be something worth pursuing. Benefits may be
as simple as providing a "safe" environment for SIKM members (those who have
no hands on experience with wikis can play to understand how they may apply
the tool for other purposes).

Another potential benefit is that we build a knowledgebase together so each
of us can browse and gain insights for our collective knowledge and
experiences (but is this already available through the many websites/on-line
resources on KM?). But then if we want to do this, why not on something
more open like Wikipedia..

As Dave stated, this may be better done in a more public forum and share the
maintenance load a little. I am happy to contribute regardless of purpose
as I believe there is value to students in a comprehensive site being
available for their reference.

Arthur Shelley
Author: The Organizational Zoo A Survival Guide to Workplace Behavior


From: sikmleaders@... [mailto:sikmleaders@...] On
Behalf Of noisedata
Sent: Sunday, 27 July 2008 8:28 AM
To: sikmleaders@...
Subject: Re: [sikmleaders] Re: Wiki

Well one think we need to ask ourselves is what do we need this for.
Otherwise it is just going to be another example of how not to implement a
piece of technology. Is there a problem that needs solving? Opportunity to
replace some of the rest of the stuff? Will the SIKM members be better off
with wiki (and how)? What is the goal of this? If we can provide answers
to this, i am sure the technological implementation is a piece of cake.


On Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 10:37 AM, Arthur Shelley <arthur@organization
<mailto:arthur@...>> wrote:

I have been experimenting with wikis to facilitate collaborative behaviours
between my MBA students. They work together in their assignments to build
an on line knowledge encyclopedia. We are in the third iteration of this
and the stand of work has got better with each iteration. Just as I left
Cadbury last year we were also "playing" with wikis to build collective tome
of knowledge using internal experts from different parts of the world.

Certainly I would expect we could build a very interesting volume within
this community. The KM pages of Wikipedia are quite limited and could do
with some updating as well. Maybe there is a challenge for us. I will
contribute to our SIKM community next week.


Arthur Shelley
Author: The Organizational Zoo A Survival Guide to Workplace Behavior
Ph +61 413 047 408


From: sikmleaders@ <mailto:sikmleaders@...>
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On Behalf Of Lee, Jim
Sent: Saturday, 26 July 2008 7:39 AM

To: sikmleaders@ <mailto:sikmleaders@...>
Subject: [sikmleaders] Re: Wiki

Thanks for the opportunity to weigh in. Interestingly, as Stan points out
the ability of any SIKM member to lead a wiki is independent of a host
source, such as APQC. A wiki is the perfect example of a true peer-to-peer
app, as well as being one of the most visible open source tools as well. So
while we use wikis within APQC, I think Stan's guidance here to start one
through the many sources available is the way to go. Good luck with it, and
I hope we'll be able to make useful contributions to it also.

Jim Lee, PMP


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