- Paperback: 110 pages
- Publisher: Step Two Designs (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0980813115
- ISBN-13: 978-0980813111
- ASIN: B005OEFXHM
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,432,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Every Intranet Team Should Know Paperback – 2009
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Sharing further, here is my review of Robertson's more recent book called "Designing Intranets".
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 both of these books prior to hiring on at DreamWorks Animation. Both are worth the investment. I recommend them unconditionally.
He came back to the workshop I facilitated a month later totally convinced of the value of intranets.
Although this book was written for intranet teams, it seems to serve a general purpose of communicating intranet value to management.
On page 34, James talks about the "traditional intranet" being heavy on a content and communication focus, whereas the business-focused intranet adds greater attention to collaboration and activity. While James advocates these third and fourth purposes of the intranet in chapter 2 (the four purposes of the intranet), I think that the remaining chapters make a more solid contribution to purposes 1 (content) and 2 (communication). Eg, there's a chapter on delivering great content (from p.67) that focuses on purpose 1, and another chapter on planning intranet improvements (from p.89) focused in the same place. Thus in my view, the book raises the prospect of a greater role for collaboration and activity on the intranet, but doesn't give them as much space and focus as the two fundamental purposes.
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I found several new ways to look at intranet design, and approaches to follow that will make an intranet team more effective.Published on January 24, 2014 by Kyle R Petersen