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Designing Intranets Creating Sites That Work Paperback – 2010
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The definitive textbook for intranet teams on how to design intranets that work for staff. In 275 pages, this book walks through a practical user-centered approach to the design process, richly illustrating each step with full-color screenshots from organizations across the globe. Key techniques are outlined that work for intranets of every size, all designed to ensure that the new site meets staff needs.
Drawing on more than 10 years industry experience, and written by one of the leaders in intranet thinking, the strategies and techniques provide best practice solutions to common challenges.
A must have for all teams planning a design or redesign project, and a perfect complement to "What every intranet team should know".
"I cannot recommend this book too highly, and it should be bought by every intranet manager. Even if you are not contemplating a re-design you probably will after reading the book." --- Martin White
"Highly recommended: even experienced intranet managers will find something new in this book." --- Sam Marshall
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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.
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.
"Designing Intranets" really helps you get your arms around the totality of what's in front of you. From there, you can find other books to help you drill down into the nuances.
If you're staring down the barrel of an intranet project, trying to figure out where to start, this is the first book you should read. It's the road map that will get you oriented to the journey, from beginning to end.
"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.
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.
Both governmental and private enterprise have benefited from our increased awareness of intranet design and delivery techniques displayed in this book alone and my personal study of it. If you are not reading this book you are likely just hammering away hoping for the best.
Many thanks for the long hard work by StepTwo authors, keep it rolling.