We added RSS capabilities to our internal PMO systems this past month, and traffic & content is already building up to become a valuable resource. Some have [correctly] noted that this increased visibility puts a bit more pressure on project managers and team members, to keep updating project blogs with pertinent information. This "time shifting" of communication should develop into the most effective way to let the rest of IT know what is happening in all areas.
There are some very interesting threads and conversations going on ... for example:
- One Supply Chain systems team informs us of process improvements in product development - nothing to do with IT, but interesting nonetheless
- Another team is putting together ideas that will take some significant IT costs out - that's a very active thread
- The SAP application team is debating with the Basis team on the merits of a Unicode upgrade - and onlookers from Supply Chain Planning and Data Warehousing are noting dependencies on Unicode in their platforms
These spontaneous, organic, and very impactful "conversations", between people still experimenting with a new technology, show me real potential for spontaneous innovation and idea sharing. More evidence of the value of [judicious] experimentation with new technology - no silver bullet, but just enough spark to start a few fires.
Interested in learning more about RSS? There's lots of good reading out on the Internet ...
via LinkedIn Answers:
- What is an RSS feed?
- Creative ways to connect with end users using RSS, how effective is it?
- What are your experiences of implementing an Enterprise RSS system in your organization?
(yes, I'm on LinkedIn, feel free to send a connection invite! jpmacl at cazh1.com)
Interesting Visualizations ... (from RWW)
- Voyage is an imaginative RSS-feader which displays the latest news in the "gravity area". Interesting navigation - I don't think this is practical for internal use, but it sure looks good!
- Newsmap translates news feeds and frequeny to a variable bar graph approach.
- Universe DayLife is, well, spacey. Translates the universe of news and connections to stars ...
Musings on Best Practice ...
- Seven Tips for Making the Most of Your RSS Reader (via RWW) - Stretching beyond the basic reader
- Will RSS Ever Go Mainstream? (via copyblogger) A contrarian view - eMail is not dead!
- Inbox 3.0 Brings Better RSS to Outlook (via RWW) More reason to pine for Outlook ...
Desktop RSS Readers - Folks in PTV IT are using these ...
So, you're more of a visual person?
- Blogs as Conversation, and Wikis as Diaries - Not Exactly (January 29, 2006)
- Do blogs fit in the enterprise? Specific examples (WIIFMs) ... (April 19, 2007)
- Project Status Dashboards Best Practice (and a PowerPoint trick) (May 3, 2007)
- Corporate Web 2.0 is Spreading - Here comes the Blog (May 15, 2007)
- Five Key Skills for Successful Project Managers (June 18, 2007)
- More Challenges for Applying Web 2.0 inside the Firewall (July 2, 2007)
- Driving Participation and Contributions on Internal Blogs and Wikis (July 7, 2007)
- Thoughts on Why Tech Folks Need to Sweat the Administrivia Details (July 14, 2007)
- The Right Web2.0 Tool for The Job (July 16, 2007)
- Communication is the responsibility of ... (August 19, 2007)
- Update on Blogs as PM Tools - Tales from the Front Lines (January 20, 2008)
- The Best Way to get Web 2.0 Into the Enterprise (March 3, 2008)
- Success, Failure, and Insights after 12 Months of Internal Web 2.0 (March 10, 2008)