Intranet manager, you’re NOT the document manager

You’re the Intranet Manager, so of course you’re also responsible for all the invoices in the organization? Do I hear you say “no”?

But all the contracts of employment – surly that is your responsibility to handle, store, and archive? Again “no”?

We can all see that invoices are the responsibility of the Finance department, within an accounting software tool. And contracts are often stored in a Human Recources Management System and governed by HR specialists. No one would ever ask the Intranet manager to fix this.

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Let the end-users have the last say on the intranet content structure

An eternal battle for the intranet team is the content structure.

Every information sender and stakeholder has an opinion about where a page should be in the navigation. Often, you hear things like “The HR manager thinks this page should be a new section tab!”, “We demand that you use exactly this word as a label and it must be put directly under ‘Self service’!”, or “I have decided this must be in the ‘Governing documents’ section!”. Continue reading “Let the end-users have the last say on the intranet content structure”

Basic governance roles needed when managing an intranet

Recently I had the opportunity to meet some 10+ intranet managers for a discussion about intranet governance.

A really interesting fact in this group, consisting of both municipal, regional and governmental organisations as well as commercial business, was that almost no one felt they had a clearly designated intranet owner for the existing intranet.

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Control the intranet work with this game

When you’re responsible for an intranet, you need to be a product manager. The intranet is a product, and you and the team manage it, so the product delivers today, tomorrow and in the future.

But what should the team actually do? What is there “to manage”? Continue reading “Control the intranet work with this game”