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Designing Intranets - Creating Sites That Work Paperback – January 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Step Two Designs; 1ST edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980813107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980813104
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

James Robertson is the world's foremost expert on intranets. Author of "Essential intranets: inspiring sites that deliver business value", "Designing intranets: creating sites that work" and "What every intranet team should know", James has worked for more than a decade in this space.

As the founder of Step Two Designs, he has worked with high profile organizations throughout the globe, including many Fortune 100 firms. In addition to his books, James has written hundreds of articles which can be obtained for free from the Step Two Designs website (www.steptwo.com.au).

Based in Sydney, Australia, James is a sought-after keynote speaker and frequent international traveller.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harry Max on January 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Intranets are complicated. And most of the complexity is hidden from view. Organizational, technical, business process, and stakeholder (political) complexity makes Intranet design work hard hard hard. It's only when you try to redesign or re-architect an Intranet does the true nature of this complexity start to become apparent.

Slicing through the confusion of how to develop a winning Intranet strategy and execute it with precision is what Designing Intranets is all about. In James Robertson's characteristic clarity, his book breaks down the elements of creating sites that work into understandable and digestible pieces, and presents them in a logical, top-down fashion.

Take if from somebody who has the battle scars of leading the redesign of DreamWorks Animation's Intranet, this book is your new best friend because it gives you a safe place to begin thinking about what you need to do, and how you need to go about doing it.

I wish I'd had this book before I began working at DreamWorks Animation. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane McConnell on October 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm an intranet strategy consultant myself. I have read James Robertson's book and find it one of the best, if not "the best" intranet guidebook available today.
Both strategic and pragmatic, James covers all the angles you need to understand in order to build an intranet that works.
What makes this book unique is that it is not "consultant-speak". It is from the real world, gives real world examples, and is inspiring at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Van Court on January 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am a digital resources librarian at a suburban library system. We are in the midst of creating a new intranet; "Designing Intranets" was indispensable as we did the initial plan & design work. We continue to rely on it during implementation and launch activities.

By their very nature, intranets are extremely difficult to research. "Designing Intranets" includes many real-life screenshots of successful and not-so-successful intranet elements, as well as references to myriad resources for intranet builders. The book is logically organized, clearly written and very thorough. Anyone embarking on a intranet project will find "Designing Intranets" to be their go-to reference every step of the way.
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Intranet design is a funny business, and it is not at all like web design. An intranet is not a website, nor should it be. Employees have very different expectations and demands, and an intranet should be designed with this in mind.

"Designing Intranets" is a solid read for anyone approaching or wanting to take the do-it-yourself-approach. Lots of intelligence and insight into the design process, and lots of screenshots of other intranets; plenty of food for thought and ammunition to attack the redesign of your intranet.
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