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Wikipatterns 1st Edition

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Plant and Grow a Successful Wiki.

A combination of a web page and a Word document, a wiki is a tool that's simple like email but powerful enough to reduce your cluttered inbox and busy meeting schedule. Wikipatterns will help you learn how to build a 21st-century tool for collaboration, whether your team is in the same office or split among offices around the world. Wikis can transform business collaboration, and you'll learn the ins and outs of making the most of this enduring collaboration tool. This book answers questions like: What is a wiki? How does an organization's wiki differ from Wikipedia? How do I make a case for using a wiki? What's the best way to get started? How do wikis change an organization's culture? How do wikis "fit" with other collaboration tools? What are the patterns of use and behavior that positively and negatively affect the wiki? How do I encourage participation and make the wiki "stick" as an idea and a tool?

About wikipatterns.com Wikipatterns.com is a toolbox of ideas and strategies for anyone looking to build a successful wiki. It's also a wiki, which means you can help build the information based on your experiences!

About the Author

Stewart Mader is Wiki Evangelist for Atlassian Software Systems, makers of the award-winning and widely used Confluence wiki software. Stewart has worked with business, academic, and non-profit organizations to grow vibrant collaborative communities. He also publishes Blog on Wiki Patterns (www.ikiw.org), and recently wrote an online book on how the wiki is transforming education and research.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470223626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470223628
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wikis are one of those "Web 2.0" applications that seem to be right on the edge of jumping into mainstream adoption. If your workplace is anything like mine, you've been spending more time lately answering the "what's a wiki" question than you have in the past. If you're starting to approach the point where you're ready to try one out in your organization, here's a good place to start your planning... WikiPatterns - A Practical Guide To Improving Productivity and Collaboration In Your Organization by Stewart Mader. Rather than a "do this, this, and this" instruction manual, Mader gets into the whys and whats of wiki adoption in the workplace, complete with case studies and real-life examples.

Table of Contents:
1. Grassroots is Best
Case Study: LeapFrog
2. Your Wiki Isn't (Necessarily) Wikipedia
Case Study: Johns Hopkins University
3. What's Five Minutes Really Worth?
Case Study: Sun Microsystems
4. 11 Steps to a Successful Wiki Pilot
Case Study: Red Ant
Case Study: A Conversation with a WikiChampion: Jude Higdon
5. Drive Large-Scale Adoption
Case Study: JavaPolis
Case Study: A Conversation with a WikiChampion: Jeff Calado
6. Prevent (or Minimize) Obstacles
Case Study: Kerrydale Street
7. Inspirational Bull****
Case Study: Constitution Day
Case Study: Peter Higgs: Using a Wiki in Research
Appendix - Questions and Answers
Index

Stewart Mader is the Wiki Evangelist for Atlassian Software, who also happens to be the creator of Confluence, an enterprise Wiki software package. But don't let that little bit of disclosure put you off. He is a well-known personality in the wiki community, and he's done the evangelism gig with many a company and organization prior to joining Atlassian.
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Wikipatterns is the best practical guide to understanding how to harness the potential powerful and transformative effects of a wiki that I have come across in paper-print or via web.

If you're looking for a techno-speak on the mechanics of physically setting up a wiki (i.e., coding, servers, etc), this book is not for you (I'm not a "tech" guy). If you're looking for a guide that outlays why one would want to create a wiki, the benefits to be gained by one, how to invest and rally your organization to supporting wiki, and case studies from organizations and companies that have done it - this is book if for you.

I'm in the process of setting up a wiki and this book helped me anticipate potential adoption challenges, and build my site to account for those. The advice this book gives on how to roll out a wiki, including how to reach out to and manage the participation of early adopters is very much worth reading. I read this book in one sitting.
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It's far from an exciting book (it was great for helping me fall asleep at night), but it has valuable content. You can actually get the whole book online, since it was, naturally, written on a wiki -- in fact, you can contribute to the wiki. I recommend the website/wiki as a resource for all of involved with community management and wikis: [...]
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If you are a manager, IT guru, HR thought leader or even CEO and want to know what a wiki is and how they can be used to increase collaboration and reduce inefficiencies in your organisation, this is the book for you.

There are plenty of texts, magazine articles and web-sites that will show you different aspects of wikis. Many are based on the success and principles behind Wikipedia, but most lack a proper viewpoint for corporate wiki use. Using a wiki in a corporation is not the same as building a public encyclopedia. This book covers the similaries and the differences before diving into exactly how corporate wikis work, with plenty of case studies and Stewart's hand's on knowledge to back it up.

Also included is the acknowledgement that a wiki is as much a social implementation as it is a technical one and the benefits it brings to collaboration are far beyond it's use as a simple content management system.

The author has done a reasonable job generalising the techniques and advice away from the Atlassian Confluence software he is used to championing, which makes it a good resource no matter what technology your choose. However if I have a complaint, it would simply be as a Confluence user myself, being left a little hungry for how some of the techniques are actually applied in the real world.

Highly recommended.
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First, this is not a book about wikipatterns. The names of alleged wiki design patterns from a website are bandied about, but there is no discussion here about the patterns, what problems they solve, etc.

Instead, this is a book containing squibs evangelizing the use of wikis (a good thing, in some cases), mixed in with ignorance and misinformation about the presumed(?) competing, inferior forms of online tools such as CMSs.

If you are an experienced wiki user looking for material to convince others to use your wiki, this book may be useful. If you are looking to understand online collaborative tools, the misinformation and ignorance ratio when compared to useful, reliable information is awfully bad. I don't know of a good, general purpose book about online tools. There =are= books about wikis with reasonable info. This is not one of them
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