Intranets are an innovation approximately 20 years old. A “homepage” not for all, but for employees in a company. An intranet manager, with a team, takes care of this product.
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”
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.
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”
When managing an intranet the team often has things it does again and again. Repeated tasks (e.g. a request for administrating permissions on a page, production and publication of a global news item, taking care of a bug in the WCMS) are actually the core of the maintenance work. Continue reading “Keep control of your intranet processes”
Have you ever felt some people use words the wrong way? In Sweden sometimes I see a big, collective uncertainty about what vision, mission, strategy and some other words mean. Therefore many people misunderstand each other at meetings and other work situations, sometimes even at executive level. Continue reading “Intranet mission, vision, strategy and so on”
Remember when every unit, division and subsidiary in an organisation thought they needed their own web site? Local IT technicians with their own servers under the desks. Dreamweaver. First page always about the ”happy gang of 23 employees” eager to promote themselves. This was 15-20 years ago.