Web Governance


February 23, 2009: J. Boye Master Class Series: London, UK

SharePoint and Web Governance: A Fit Pair

I have been thinking about Web governance and SharePoint this past week. For the first time in my career, I saw a well-managed SharePoint implementation with ample (read several hundred), well-structured sites. The implementation was easy to maintain I heard, all sites had consistent and good navigation (gauged by usability studies), and the naming convention was phenomenal as well.  

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September 16, 2008: New York, New York

Lisa Welchman Covers:
Web 2.0 Expo NYC

Why Is It So Difficult to Execute Web Tactics?

I recently gave a talk to a group about how to plan for and execute a
ROT clean up. (ROT, meaning the treatment of Redundant, Outdated, or
Trivial content). Throughout the presentation, we kept
coming back to questions along the lines of, "how do I get senior
management to buy in?" or "how do I get content owners to agree to
this?"

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The First Rule of Web Governance: Do Not Harm

There is a principle of "do not harm" in life. But as doctors for the Web, we all line up promising to fix the ailments that disrupt the organization and cause agony amongst all ranks, most notably perhaps with on-the-ground soldiers, the Web Team. What is often hard to comprehend is that organizations, especially those whose sites seem to be mostly in the ICU and just pages away from a code blue, are often the slowest to change and most likely to relapse.

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Are Web 2.0 Technologies the Mortgage-backed Securities of the Internet?

 

Let me be clear at the beginning: I do not dislike the “Web.0s.” I am wary of them. That’s different than not liking them. I’m excited by the possibilities of the maturing Web. I want to lean into the expanding Web with Twittering, wiki-ing, cloud computing abandon, and tap dance across the Semantic Web in a beaded gown.

But, I can’t.

Web Governance Success Criteria for Large Organizations

Implementing Web Governance in Large Organizations

Web Governance implementation within large organizations, be they in private or public sector, is very much like building a house of cards.  It requires balance in placement and timing, or otherwise it can crumble quickly leaving you with nothing but a mess and frustration.

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You Are Here: The Political Layer

One of my favorite t-shirts is a geeky play on the seven OSI layers of networking. This shirt basically emphasizes that sure there are all these technical aspects that many of us are supposed to be working on (and perhaps learned about in college), but we all spend a lot of our time on political and other people-based layers (see also Layer 8).

Back to Fundamentals

Fundamentally, what we do for our clients is not particularly complicated. When someone in my family asks me what I do for a living, I say: We help organizations apply traditional, tried and true business practices to Web site management. At the end of the business day, organizations are trying to sell, inform, educate, influence-- you name it. The fundamental objectives are the same as they have always been. And fundamental rules of engagement still apply.

Thought Archive

We've been thinking about Web governance for a long time. Look
in the thought archive for articles,  webinars and presentations.