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There’s an interesting article on how Accenture used gamification to drive intranet adoption. But there’s a risk that game theory (aka gamification) on intranets can reduce creativity and co-operation because it relies on shallow motivators. There have been a number of other good posts on intranet and gamification such as: Alex Manchester:  Enhancing the Intranet with Game Theory and Gaming Mechanics Scott Hitchins on Interact: The Power of...

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[caption id="attachment_511" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo: Calvin Dellinger http://www.flickr.com/photos/cstreetus/3381285097/[/caption] For many years the mantra in knowledge management, and more recently in collaboration circles, has been: "We need to break down silos" Yet silos are so common that I've been wondering if they have a role to play, or if they're an unfortunate side-effect of something else? Here, then, is my list of 5 great things about silos: They can foster...

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When I run workshops on intranets, I sometimes put down cards on the floor labelled “HR”, “IT”, “Communications” etc. and ask people to stand on the card that reflects who sponsors their intranet. Typically there are clusters around Communications and IT, one on “Knowledge Management” and a few people that end up playing Twister trying to straddle multiple cards. Others merely sigh and shuffle over...

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[caption id="attachment_366" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo by Christiano Betta[/caption] Since Apple launched its App Store, over 1bn applications have been downloaded. This year, it expanded the idea to cover its Mac computers and sold 1 million apps on its day of launch. Given such unequivocal success, are there things that we might learn for the intranet world? The idea could be translated several ways. Perhaps intranet interfaces...

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Plan, design, manage, and improve your intranet An intranet roadmap is a way to communicate, at a high level, how an intranet will evolve. In some ways it is a bridge between a strategy and a project plan, and the people who benefit most from it are often the power users and site owners that make up an extended intranet community but may not be part...

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Blending Top-Down and Bottom-Up How should how traditional intranet and social intranet approaches co-exist? Many organisations have invested heavily in highly structured and well governed intranets, but they also struggle to get regular, widespread content contributions. A social approach offers the promise of higher engagement levels and more dynamic content, but such tools are often introduced in tension with the existing intranet. This leads to concerns...

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