What's hot in KM

"What’s hot in legal knowledge management? What would KM managers not do again? And what legal KM topics are of most interest now? KM professionals at about 50 large US, UK, and Canadian law firms answered these questions in a recent survey in advance of a private meeting" this is the introduction to an interesting blog post on the Strategic Legal Technology blog

The post divides the results of these questions into 3 headings:

  • What's hot or tough?
  • What would you not do again?
  • What would you most like to hear from your peers?
This blog post is well worth reviewing to see where some of your projects might appear!

Where to start with a SharePoint intranet

James Robertson has written an excellent post on the Column Two called "Where to start with a SharePoint intranet" in it he outlines the considerations for Intranet teams if they're asked to look at using SharePoint as an Intranet platform.

  • Firstly James talks about how Intranet managers should "Understand the platform" - this appears to be essential when dealing with SharePoint. Put simply SharePoint has huge strengths and equally a number of weaknesses. The goal as James puts it "...is to maximise the benefits from the strengths and to avoid the weaknesses like the plague" What this means in reality is understanding what SharePoint can do and cant do and as a result being able to have an honest and open discussion with your IT department about how you think SharePoint should be used
  • Then James discusses how important it is for Intranet teams to have a crystal clear vision and direction for their implementation of SharePoint. This is because as James describes it "The flexibility of SharePoint means that deployments can easily lose their way. In far too many cases, we’ve seen organisations 2-3 years on from deploying SharePoint end up with a spaghetti mess of “stuff”, with no clear successes. This is not a technology or product failure, it’s a failure of planning"
SharePoint might be seen as many Intranet managers as a threat but as James says "Intranet teams should be excited by the opportunities presented by SharePoint and there is no question that Intranets will be transformed as a result of this new technology"

Darent Valley 10k

A couple of weeks ago I ran the Darent Valley 10k, this was the first race of my running season, having entered a few races earlier in the year they'd either been cancelled or moved to later in the year :-(

This was the first time I'd run 10k competitively since the Wilmington 10k in October 2010 so I waan't expecting a very quick time especially as the course is quite undulating! I love this race though as it takes in the postcard perfect villages of Eynsford, Farningham, Lullingstone and a brief chance to look at Lullingstone Castle

Regular readers of my blog may recall that this is the race I managed to injure myself fairly badly in the final 100 metres, there was no repeat of that fortunately. There was also no repeat of my sub 47 minute time from 2008 I did manage to run a sub 50 10k though finishing the race in a time of 49:52 placing me 166th out of 427 runners which I was quite pleased with. I'm hoping for a much better time in my next race which is the Whistable 10k, followed closely by the Larkfield 10k

I'm hoping to post sub 48 minute times for both these races as they're both quite flat and fast. In the meantime I'm running regularly in the sun!

Why building an Intranet is like making a cake!

It's my youngest daughters birthday on Saturday, she'll be the ripe old age of 1(!), whilst thinking about her birthday and birthday cake I stumbled across a post on the Intranet connections blog called "Intranet design: a recipe for success

In it Tara Clark of Intranet Connections explains how when you build an Intranet you'll often do it using a tried and tested recipe. From her blog post "You want to make the final product enjoyable, and to do so, you need to ensure that all of the ingredients are well balanced"

"Intranet design is similar to cooking in that it allows for revisions along the way. An intranet site starts with design applications that provide functionality to the site. You need to build up these applications with text, borders, pictures, in order to make the site operational and appealing to the user’s eyes. Along the way, you can add or remove icons, text boxes and documents to enhance the page. It’s a never ending process of exciting changes that increasingly make the intranet more accessible for the users."

I love the idea of referring to a recipe book when you're building an Intranet and it's so true. For example you might want to provide a piece of functionality but it doesn't exist at the moment, so you'll have to tweak the recipe slightly to take account of this. Also peoples "tastes" will develop over time so something that you original include within the Intrant may become less flavoursome and you'll need to look at your recipe book for an alternative. A great post, which got me thinking about what I can cook up next!