Intranet Digest http://feed.informer.com/digests/I4JNYYWLZM/feeder Intranet Digest Respective post owners and feed distributors Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:21:16 +0100 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Forget Work/Life Balance https://michaelsampson.net/2020/02/26/forget-work-life-balance/ Michael Sampson urn:uuid:86481642-3bb3-c0ca-263c-2157d44d85aa Wed, 26 Feb 2020 03:23:59 +0100 Work/life balance is the wrong way to think about it. Taking back life and hobbies and leisure and uninterrupted family time and disconnected vacations doesn't need balance - it demands boundaries. <blockquote><p>The implication of an always-on work style means never-off. Life begins to revolve around a singular aspect—working—and everything else has to compete for the shrinking plate of leftovers. Engagement with civic pursuits, hobbies, leisure, family members, friends and just being shrinks into oblivion. The rich colours of everything beyond work are ignored, leaving a monochromatic experience which dulls the senses to possibility, the heart to passion, and the body to tone. When we should be present with those around us, we are far away through the portals of our phones and tablets, plugged in for the next dopamine-hit from work updates on Slack and likes on social media.</p></blockquote> <p>I called a friend over the weekend I haven&#8217;t spoken to in over 8 years. Some friends are like that &#8211; very long stretches between contact &#8211; but with whom you can pick up where you left off. We both have busy lives. We both have family commitments. We now live in different cities and our pathways intersect very rarely. The last time we met was in another city for breakfast. In 2013. While the dominant intent of the call was to check in with him as an individual, I did ask about how his work was going.</p> <p>&#8220;Terrible work/life balance,&#8221; said he. &#8220;With living on campus, it&#8217;s almost impossible to get away.&#8221;</p> <p>I read him the paragraph above &#8211; not quite as bad as reading him the so-called riot act I guess &#8211; something I had written the day before in the second instalment in my report series on Re-Imagining Effective Work. And then said something like, &#8220;work/life balance is your responsibility, not your employer&#8217;s responsibility.&#8221;</p> <p>In many ways, we all &#8220;live on campus&#8221; or &#8220;live at work&#8221; now. A laptop and smartphone with work apps gives us the ability to always be plugged in, and nearly impossible to get away from. A study in the UK found that some high percentage of adults check their phones within the first five minutes of waking up. &#8220;Work, share the bed with me.&#8221; That&#8217;s just weird and has got to stop.</p> <p>We need to rethink our nomenclature. Life is more important than Work &#8211; that capital &#8220;W&#8221; version where we invest of ourselves and our gifting and receive payment in return. At minimum, therefore, we should be talking about life/work balance, not the other way. The first in a list is usually more important than what follows, and if work takes the preeminent placing, then life is relegated the leftovers. </p> <p>But even life/work balance doesn&#8217;t go far enough. Since work (the capital W version) is now so omnipresent due to devices that tether us to its machinations, we need boundaries not balance. Taking back life and hobbies and leisure and uninterrupted family time and disconnected vacations doesn&#8217;t need balance &#8211; it demands boundaries. Hard ones. Fixed ones. Really, really big ones. Like &#8211; turn off the work phone and throw it in the drawer until tomorrow boundaries. Like &#8211; refuse to think about work except when deliberately and explicitly at work, and in every other moment of time, to be present with yourself and those you are with. Like &#8211; find a new hobby that demands a significant input of time and energy, and that disallows engaging with the ceaseless low-level hum of work tasks.</p> <p>Forget work/life balance. You need some boundaries.</p> Culture & Competency Michael Sampson boundary Four Seconds https://michaelsampson.net/2020/02/26/four-seconds/ Michael Sampson urn:uuid:9fadb14d-ec07-bd40-1ba6-e5cbd489d47d Wed, 26 Feb 2020 02:19:27 +0100 Four seconds spent badly results in 2.4 million seconds wasted. A story of an accident and its aftermath. <p>As the first car in the line up to go through the intersection, he waited until the light went green. His foot touched the accelerator and the car entered the intersection, pretty much in lockstep with the truck in the lane one over. And then everything came to a sudden stop, his head whacking the door frame, with his car being shunted a metre from where it had previously been. A young driver &#8211; distracted obviously &#8211; had just flown through a red light and ploughed into his driver&#8217;s door. Eyewitnesses said the light had been red for four seconds, so it wasn&#8217;t a conscious last moment attempt to get through the intersection. Was a phone involved &#8211; that glowing portal of distractions that teleports concentration from geographical space into the glowing pixels dancing on the screen? A text message from a significant other? A check on Instagram? Unknown. Two cars damaged &#8211; probably beyond repair. Two young people &#8211; thankfully &#8211; only badly shaken rather than off to hospital with broken bones, or the morgue in advance of final farewells.</p> <p>Four seconds of distraction.</p> <p>Four hours quickly evaporated in checks by paramedics, calls to the insurance company, and supporters arriving in their vehicles with warm coats, words of concern, and the odd bite to eat. Eventually, after much waiting on hold with the insurance companies, plans for recovering the busted vehicles were hatched, and then after yet another indeterminable quantum of time, the recovery trucks arrived to load up what just hours before had been perfectly good cars. Such a waste.</p> <p>Four seconds of distraction.</p> <p>Four days passed, and then four more, and finally word was received that yes, the car would be written off. &#8220;How much do I get paid to get a new one?,&#8221; was the obvious question. &#8220;We&#8217;ll get back to you.&#8221;</p> <p>Four seconds of distraction.</p> <p>Another four days of waiting, and then, finally, confirmation of the amount, and surprisingly, pretty quick payment of the outstanding amount. Evenings given to other more pleasant activities became devoted to looking for a replacement vehicle, debating the pros and cons of this one versus that one, and finally, settling on what looked like the best option. For only several months worth of work earnings more than what was paid out by the insurance company.</p> <p>Four seconds of distraction.</p> <p>While his car was written off, his need to go to work every day wasn&#8217;t. 5am out of bed. 6am out the door. Home by 6&#8217;ish, or sometimes a bit earlier. So he got his father&#8217;s car &#8220;until you get your new one,&#8221; but as the days stretched into weeks, that caused its own annoyances for his father, now deprived of the vehicle he would normally use.</p> <p>Four weeks later, and there&#8217;s a possibility that the new car will turn up shortly. It&#8217;s being shipped here from another city, and that inflicts its own waiting game on all involved.</p> <p>Four seconds of distraction. Now 2.4 million seconds later, we&#8217;re almost there. </p> <p><em>The seconds count, and if you don&#8217;t count them in seconds, someone will pay for them in the millions.</em></p> Miscellaneous Michael Sampson accident Aura: Transform boring Confluence pages into beautiful, organized content https://blog.seibert-media.com/2020/02/25/aura-transform-boring-confluence-pages-into-beautiful-organized-content/ News, tips & guidance for agile, development, Atlassian Software (JIRA, Confluence, Stash, …) and //SEIBERT/MEDIA urn:uuid:edcc12d1-a555-b65e-c433-a3e44a97046d Tue, 25 Feb 2020 11:04:18 +0100 <p>Aura - Beautiful Formatting Macros is a brand new app for Confluence which introduces an intuitive suite of content macros transforming boring pages into beautiful organized content.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com/2020/02/25/aura-transform-boring-confluence-pages-into-beautiful-organized-content/">Aura: Transform boring Confluence pages into beautiful, organized content</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com">News, tips &amp; guidance for agile, development, Atlassian-Software (JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, ...) and Google Cloud</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://marketplace.atlassian.com/apps/1221974/aura-beautiful-formatting-macros?hosting=server&amp;tab=overview"><strong>Aura - Beautiful Formatting Macros</strong></a> is a brand new app for Confluence.  Aura introduces an intuitive suite of content macros that transform boring pages into beautiful, organized content.</p> <p>Using Aura macros is intuitive and easy to learn.  It enhances the readability, structure and navigation of your Confluence pages.   Aura is compatible with Linchpin, Linchpin Mobile and the official Confluence Mobile app.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-7214 aligncenter" src="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Cards.png" alt="" width="1840" height="900" srcset="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Cards.png 1840w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Cards-300x147.png 300w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Cards-1024x501.png 1024w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Cards-768x376.png 768w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Cards-1536x751.png 1536w" sizes="(max-width: 1840px) 100vw, 1840px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>Intuitive UI &amp; Live Preview</h1> <p>Customization is easy and fun with Aura. It comes equipped with an intuitive configuration dialog, and a realtime, interactive preview.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-7215 aligncenter" src="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Intuitive-UI.png" alt="" width="1840" height="900" srcset="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Intuitive-UI.png 1840w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Intuitive-UI-300x147.png 300w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Intuitive-UI-1024x501.png 1024w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Intuitive-UI-768x376.png 768w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Intuitive-UI-1536x751.png 1536w" sizes="(max-width: 1840px) 100vw, 1840px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>Color Management</h1> <p>With Aura's Color Palettes, Confluence Administrators can control which colors they want to use throughout all of Aura's macros.  Each Color Palette comes with a set of up to 18 different colors.  This means you can match your company's brand and corporate identity.  Additionally, you can allow users to use custom colors. This activates a color picker for everyone.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-7216 aligncenter" src="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Color-Management.png" alt="" width="1840" height="901" srcset="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Color-Management.png 1840w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Color-Management-300x147.png 300w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Color-Management-1024x501.png 1024w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Color-Management-768x376.png 768w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Aura-Color-Management-1536x752.png 1536w" sizes="(max-width: 1840px) 100vw, 1840px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h1>Live Demo</h1> <p>We'd love for you to test the <a href="http://seibert.biz/aura"><strong>Live Demo</strong></a> or download Aura directly from the <a href="https://marketplace.atlassian.com/apps/1221974/aura-beautiful-formatting-macros?hosting=server&amp;tab=overview"><strong>Atlassian Marketplace</strong></a>.</p> <p>If you love Aura, as we know you will, don't forget to vote for us on the Atlassian Marketplace!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com/2020/02/25/aura-transform-boring-confluence-pages-into-beautiful-organized-content/">Aura: Transform boring Confluence pages into beautiful, organized content</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com">News, tips &amp; guidance for agile, development, Atlassian-Software (JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, ...) and Google Cloud</a>.</p> //SEIBERT/MEDIA Apps Aura aura Confluence confluence app content organization panels Belinda Roozemond Some intranet promotion videos, part 3 https://mydigitalworkplace.wordpress.com/2020/02/23/some-intranet-promotion-videos-part-3/ Ellen's Digital Workplace urn:uuid:45bc72c3-590e-00e1-bfe8-20f1d2430fee Sun, 23 Feb 2020 15:50:37 +0100 As List.ly still has not gotten their act together, please find here another set of intranet promotion videos from Vimeo. Their Help and Community pages have been showing up blank for the past weeks, so I am very afraid that&#8230; <p class="more-link"><a href="https://mydigitalworkplace.wordpress.com/2020/02/23/some-intranet-promotion-videos-part-3/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><img data-attachment-id="8920" data-permalink="https://mydigitalworkplace.wordpress.com/2020/02/23/some-intranet-promotion-videos-part-3/videoheader3/" data-orig-file="https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/videoheader3.png" data-orig-size="634,422" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Videoheader3" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/videoheader3.png?w=300" data-large-file="https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/videoheader3.png?w=634" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-8920" src="https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/videoheader3.png?w=300&#038;h=200" alt="Videoheader3" width="300" height="200" srcset="https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/videoheader3.png?w=300&amp;h=200 300w, https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/videoheader3.png?w=600&amp;h=400 600w, https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/videoheader3.png?w=150&amp;h=100 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></span>As List.ly still has not gotten their act together, please find here another set of intranet promotion videos from Vimeo. Their Help and Community pages have been showing up blank for the past weeks, so I am very afraid that I will have to move my video collection elsewhere &#8211; again <img src="https://s0.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/wpcom-smileys/twemoji/2/72x72/1f626.png" alt=" Video Design InternalCommunications Training Ellen van Aken ellenvanaken ThoughtFarmer Customers Featured Prominently in Top Employer List https://www.thoughtfarmer.com/blog/thoughtfarmer-customers-featured-prominently-in-top-employer-list/ ThoughtFarmer urn:uuid:fba44fe4-27a3-6f0f-11c4-ca4c58499994 Fri, 21 Feb 2020 17:34:17 +0100 The number of ThoughtFarmer customers on the list of BC’s Top Employers has doubled from four in 2019 to eight&#8230; <p><span style="font-weight: 400">The number of ThoughtFarmer customers on the list of </span><a href="https://www.canadastop100.com/bc/" style="color:#A23D00;"><span style="font-weight: 400">BC’s Top Employers</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400"> has doubled from four in <a href="https://www.thoughtfarmer.com/blog/top-employers-intranet/" style="color:#A23D00;">2019</a> to eight in 2020. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">Now in its 15th year, BC&#8217;s Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada&#8217;s Top 100 Employers. This elite designation recognizes BC employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">Based in Vancouver, ThoughtFarmer’s intranet software makes work better by providing a platform that surfaces employee knowledge, increases collaboration, and improves employee communication. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">For ThoughtFarmer President Darren Gibbons, the link between intranets and healthy workplaces is no coincidence. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">“Today’s intranets solve real organizational problems by keeping knowledge centralized and accessible, and providing a shared community for employees to ask questions, share comments, and contribute to resolving other employee problems,” said Darren. “An increase of remote workers and flexible work schedules has further created a demand for collaboration technology that is accessible anywhere, at any time, and from any device.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">Employers on this list of BC’s Top Employers were recognized on numerous criteria including: Physical Workplace; Work Atmosphere and Social; Health, Financial and Family Benefits; Vacation and Time Off; Employee Communications; Performance Management; Training and Skills Development; Community Involvement. Employers were also compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">As demonstrated by these winning employers, focusing on culture, people, and communication goes a long way in creating a healthy and desirable workplace. Award winning employers further benefit by gaining an edge in recruiting and retaining future talent—an ongoing struggle for many organizations. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">If you are inspired to improve your workplace, contact us today for a <a href="https://www.thoughtfarmer.com/demo/" style="color:#A23D00;">free trial</a> of our intranet software. Or, learn more by visiting our <a href="https://www.thoughtfarmer.com/intranets-101/" style="color:#A23D00;">Intranets 101</a> page; a resource for anyone beginning their intranet journey for the first time, or looking to upgrade their current intranet. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> News & Events digital workplace employee engagement internal communications intranet knowledge sharing social intranet Social Intranet Software ThoughtFarmer Kelly Batke Google G Suite: Chat and Meeting Solutions https://blog.seibert-media.com/2020/02/20/google-g-suite-chat-and-meeting-solutions/ News, tips & guidance for agile, development, Atlassian Software (JIRA, Confluence, Stash, …) and //SEIBERT/MEDIA urn:uuid:4029b88a-97bb-8c33-a26a-a4b8e4e7eb11 Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:04:23 +0100 <p>If you work in a digital agency, communication is your bread and butter so hang up your phones and stop writing those emails. Streamline your communication processes with Google G Suite so you can get back to doing what you do best.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com/2020/02/20/google-g-suite-chat-and-meeting-solutions/">Google G Suite: Chat and Meeting Solutions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com">News, tips &amp; guidance for agile, development, Atlassian-Software (JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, ...) and Google Cloud</a>.</p> <p>If you work in a digital agency, communication is your bread and butter so hang up your phones and stop writing those emails. Streamline your communication processes with <a href="https://gsuite.google.com/">Google G Suite</a> so you can get back to doing what you do best.</p> <hr /> <h3>Virtual meetings with Hangouts Meet <img class="alignnone wp-image-7175" src="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/meet_64dp.png" alt="" width="30" height="30" /></h3> <p>Whether you are a fan of meetings or not, they are a reality for most of us.</p> <p>You know the drill though:<br /> 1. Write email or call trying to coordinate a meeting<br /> 2. Meeting coordination fails because you have so much back-and-forth<br /> 3. Frustration ensues</p> <p>Fully integrated into G Suite, with <a href="https://gsuite.google.com/products/meet/">Hangouts Meet</a> you can join a meeting from anywhere it's convenient for you and your clients, virtually.  You can join a Meet straight from a link in your Google Calendar or Gmail, regardless of the device you're on.  No need to install extra software or browser add-ons.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-7166 size-large" src="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/hangouts-meet-1024x576.jpg" alt="Google G Suite Hangouts Meet" width="474" height="267" srcset="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/hangouts-meet-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/hangouts-meet-300x169.jpg 300w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/hangouts-meet-768x432.jpg 768w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/hangouts-meet.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 474px) 100vw, 474px" /></p> <hr /> <h3>Optimize internal communication with Hangouts Chat <img class="alignnone wp-image-7176" src="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/chat_64dp.png" alt="" width="30" height="30" /></h3> <p>Being able to communicate and connect with people on the go has become a part of our culture.  In your line of work, you may not even be at your office all that often.  I don't know about you all, but I prefer being able to receive messages rather than phone calls.  Especially if I'm on the go.</p> <p>Hangouts Chat is the communication tool helping to bring teams together.  Whether you want to send information to one or a whole team of people, Hangouts Chat makes that possible.  Joined a group chat but don't always need to know when messages are posted?  Easy, just turn off notifications.  Don't want someone to miss something you've written?  Tag someone specifically by @-ing them so they are alerted even if they've turned off notifications.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-7180 aligncenter" src="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/hangouts-chat-1024x576.jpg" alt="hangouts chat" width="474" height="267" srcset="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/hangouts-chat-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/hangouts-chat-300x169.jpg 300w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/hangouts-chat-768x432.jpg 768w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/hangouts-chat.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 474px) 100vw, 474px" /></p> <hr /> <h3>Easy collaboration with Jamboard <img class="alignnone wp-image-7183" src="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/jamboard_64dp.png" alt="Jamboard" width="30" height="30" /></h3> <p><img class="wp-image-7186 size-medium alignright" src="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/jamboard-big-220x300.png" alt="Jamboard" width="220" height="300" srcset="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/jamboard-big-220x300.png 220w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/jamboard-big-752x1024.png 752w, https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/jamboard-big.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 220px) 100vw, 220px" /></p> <p>You've successfully coordinated appointment slots and shared all the important documents that are necessary for your meeting.  Now what?  <a href="https://gsuite.google.com/products/jamboard/">Jamboard</a> it and collaborate in realtime with everyone.</p> <p>Whether someone is sitting right next to you or on the other side of the planet, you can share ideas on Jamboard's 55-inch, 4k display.  Integrate all the work you've done within Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.  You can even share photos from Drive.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>//Seibert/Media is an official Google Cloud Partner.  Contact us with your questions or if you want to know more about G Suite.  We'd love to hear from you and are more than happy to give you a non-binding <a href="https://gsuite.seibert-media.com/">consultation on implementation, licensing and productivity with Google G Suite</a>.</p> <p>What are you waiting for?  Get out there and start Hanging out, Chatting and Jamboarding.</p> <p><a href="https://trial.gsuite.seibert-media.net/welcome">Test Google G Suite 30 days for free!</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com/2020/02/20/google-g-suite-chat-and-meeting-solutions/">Google G Suite: Chat and Meeting Solutions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com">News, tips &amp; guidance for agile, development, Atlassian-Software (JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, ...) and Google Cloud</a>.</p> Google Trends Work Techniques chat collaboration tools google g suite gsuite hangouts jamboard meetings Belinda Roozemond Refreshed and updated – SharePoint intranets in-a-box report 5.1 https://www.clearbox.co.uk/refreshed-and-updated-sharepoint-intranets-in-a-box-report/ ClearBox Consulting urn:uuid:282aff71-a47e-3a66-bbd4-2dab9d95f718 Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:00:41 +0100 Version 5.1 of our evergreen SharePoint intranets-in-box report is now available. It’s 619 pages of critical evaluations, buying advice, and checklists, all richly illustrated with screenshots. You won’t find this information elsewhere, even if you visited every page on the vendor websites. Digital Workplace Intranets Office 365 SharePoint Technology 2019 2020 in-a-box intranet product out-of-the-box report review reviews Suzie Robinson ThoughtFarmer Named to Constellation ShortList™ for 2020 Employee Digital Workspaces https://www.thoughtfarmer.com/blog/thoughtfarmer-named-to-constellation-shortlist-for-2020-employee-digital-workspaces/ ThoughtFarmer urn:uuid:b4302130-6f5d-bc27-bbe6-0b7e5e1824e2 Wed, 19 Feb 2020 17:05:16 +0100 ThoughFarmer is excited to announce it was named to the Constellation ShortList&#x2122; for Employee Digital Workspaces in Q1 2020. The&#8230; <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ThoughFarmer is excited to announce it was named to the <a href="https://www.constellationr.com/shortlist" style="color:#A23D00;">Constellation ShortList&#x2122;</a> for Employee Digital Workspaces in Q1 2020. The technology vendors and service providers included in this program deliver critical transformation initiative requirements for early adopter and fast follower organizations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As an established leader in collaboration software, <a href="https://www.thoughtfarmer.com" style="color:#A23D00;">ThoughtFarmer</a> has been transforming workplaces for over 14 years. ThoughtFarmer is a best in class social intranet designed to enhance employee engagement, collaboration and communication. Our intuitive platform brings content and conversations into a single, central location, and our suite of easy-to-use tools make it simple for employees to get work done. ThoughtFarmer works with some of the worlds most trusted brands including the BOK Financial, Destination Canada, and Hormel Foods.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are thrilled to have ThoughtFarmer recognized by Constellation Research,” says Darren Gibbons, ThoughtFarmer President and Co-founder. “This recognition validates the strength of our platform, and also the evolution of both employee communication, and employee digital workspaces.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Customers often face excessive marketing hype during vendor selection. The Constellation ShortList portfolio identifies the top vendors to consider based on technology investment, use cases, strategic vision, customer value, executive leadership and price,” said R “Ray” Wang, chairman and founder at Constellation Research. Combined with a time bound, accelerated vendor selection engagement, we have guided clients in successful selections and contract negotiations of disruptive technologies. The vendors on this list represent the best of the best.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Constellation Research advises leaders on leveraging disruptive technologies to achieve business model transformation and streamline business processes. Products and services named to the Constellation ShortList meet the threshold criteria for this category as determined through client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research. The portfolio is updated at least once per year as the analyst team deems necessary based on market conditions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While collaboration software isn’t new, ThoughtFarmer has sustained its success in the last dozen years in part because of its customizability, ease of use, and <a href="https://www.thoughtfarmer.com/blog/how-thoughtfarmer-achieved-a-negative-churn-rate/" style="color:#A23D00;">incredible customer support</a>. Unlike other intranet software solutions, ThoughtFarmer is built around unique customer needs, rather than forcing the users to work around platform constraints. Organizations interested in seeing ThoughtFarmer in action can request a demo </span><a href="https://www.thoughtfarmer.com/demo/" style="color:#A23D00;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">here</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> News & Events Kelly Batke How can organizations make the most of the Office 365 suite? https://digitalworkplacegroup.com/2020/02/19/how-can-organizations-make-the-most-of-the-office-365-suite/ Expert blog – Digital Workplace Group urn:uuid:2d8d4369-7038-ea91-6d94-66e9f17348f2 Wed, 19 Feb 2020 09:40:07 +0100 <p>In new research from DWG, experienced practitioner Luke Mepham (Service Owner for Collaboration and Messaging at Aviva) considers<span class="more"> <a href="https://digitalworkplacegroup.com/2020/02/19/how-can-organizations-make-the-most-of-the-office-365-suite/" title="Read How can organizations make the most of the Office 365 suite?">(more...)</a> </span></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://digitalworkplacegroup.com/2020/02/19/how-can-organizations-make-the-most-of-the-office-365-suite/">How can organizations make the most of the Office 365 suite?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://digitalworkplacegroup.com">Digital Workplace Group</a>.</p> Collaboration & social Content management Digital workplace Expert blog Featured Luke Mepham Machine Learning – An Introduction (TechTalk with Dr. Karthik Muthuswamy on 07.02.2020) https://blog.seibert-media.com/2020/02/18/machine-learning-an-introduction-techtalk-with-dr-karthik-muthuswamy-on-07-02-2020/ News, tips & guidance for agile, development, Atlassian Software (JIRA, Confluence, Stash, …) and //SEIBERT/MEDIA urn:uuid:17cf59dc-b46c-b85d-5f68-f4d0a9ff429c Tue, 18 Feb 2020 14:04:15 +0100 <p>Machine learning is a technological trend that is making its way into the world of work. In website chats, people have long been communicating with learning bots.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com/2020/02/18/machine-learning-an-introduction-techtalk-with-dr-karthik-muthuswamy-on-07-02-2020/">Machine Learning &#8211; An Introduction (TechTalk with Dr. Karthik Muthuswamy on 07.02.2020)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com">News, tips &amp; guidance for agile, development, Atlassian-Software (JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, ...) and Google Cloud</a>.</p> <h3>Machine Learning: concept, progress and areas of application</h3> <p>Machine learning is a technological trend that is making its way into the world of work. In website chats, people have long been communicating with learning bots. AI is playing an increasingly important role in areas such as data analysis and process automation. Solutions such as Google G Suite increase the processing efficiency of e-mails through machine learning. It's no wonder that this trend towards machine learning is of interest to so many.</p> <p>A few weeks ago, here at //Seibert/Media, we hosted a Google Cloud Study Jam on machine learning and explored these concepts and technologies in a compact, practical format.</p> <p>The keynote address we given by <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/karthikmswamy/">Dr. Karthik Muthuswamy</a> and in case you missed out on it, we just wanted to make sure to share it with you! He is Google Developer Expert (GDE) and full-time Data Scientist at SAP.</p> <p>In his introduction, he outlines in a clear and understandable way what machine learning is all about, what progress has been made recently and for which application areas machine learning is particularly valuable. Check out the video:</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=27&amp;v=Eo4tvL_HXLs&amp;feature=emb_logo">TechTalk #34 - Cloud Study Jam "Machine Learning"</a></p> <p><iframe title="TechTalk #34 - Cloud Study Jam &quot;Machine Learning&quot;" width="474" height="267" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Eo4tvL_HXLs?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com/2020/02/18/machine-learning-an-introduction-techtalk-with-dr-karthik-muthuswamy-on-07-02-2020/">Machine Learning &#8211; An Introduction (TechTalk with Dr. Karthik Muthuswamy on 07.02.2020)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com">News, tips &amp; guidance for agile, development, Atlassian-Software (JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, ...) and Google Cloud</a>.</p> //SEIBERT/MEDIA Cloud study Jam tech talk Belinda Roozemond Help! Our Office 365 roll-out is an epic fail https://www.contentformula.com/blog/help-our-office-365-roll-out-is-an-epic-fail/ Content Formula urn:uuid:2a3e90de-812e-6c71-c0ad-9a0b6547a4ec Tue, 18 Feb 2020 10:00:31 +0100 <p>What to do if your Office 365 roll-out or SharePoint Online intranet is not a success?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/help-our-office-365-roll-out-is-an-epic-fail/">Help! Our Office 365 roll-out is an epic fail</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.contentformula.com/blog">Our blog</a>.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-3254 alignleft" src="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Blog_HelpO365.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="400" srcset="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Blog_HelpO365.jpg 600w, https://www.contentformula.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Blog_HelpO365-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.contentformula.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Blog_HelpO365-160x107.jpg 160w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" />Rolling out Office 365 or a 365 intranet certainly has its challenges. While some of these may be technical, there can also be problems with adoption, governance, findabilty and more. Your users may be bewildered and confused by your array of tools, or your central team may simply be overwhelmed by the change management efforts to roll everything out. Perhaps you’re a victim of your success and <a href="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/what-exactly-is-microsoft-teams-and-what-are-its-key-features/">MS Teams</a> is already running out of control?  There could be risk issues because restricted documents are being loaded to your intranet. Maybe your employees are addicted to Slack, email and spreadsheets, and you can’t get them to use the new tools at their disposal?</p> <p>Sometimes IT functions and digital workplace teams experience a number of these issues and conclude that their Office 365 roll-out or SharePoint Online intranet is not a success and needs some kind of re-boot. At it’s worst, we have had clients declare it an “epic fail” and asked for advice on how to rescue the roll-out and get things back on track.</p> <p>If you feel your Office 365 or SharePoint Online intranet is an epic fail, firstly don’t panic. You’re certainly not alone! There are a variety of things you can do to try and make the situation better and although it realistically will involve more work it’s good to move forwards rather than stagnate with an unsuccessful programme.</p> <p>Here are some of the approaches that can help rescue a failing Office 365 intranet or programme.</p> <h2>1. Revisit your strategy</h2> <p>We often find out that when an intranet or digital workplace programme is failing, it might be that the original strategy wasn’t quite right. Perhaps it had the wrong focus, the wrong prioritisation, or the wrong scope. Perhaps circumstances have changed and what you were originally planned has less chance of succeeding.</p> <p>If things simply aren’t working out, pause your efforts and revisit your strategy. It could be time for a fundamental rethink and also helps to draw a line under your previous approach. Revisiting your strategy is an opportunity to get things back on track; many of the suggestions below are steps that might be a part of or help you define your new strategy.</p> <h2>2. Set a more realistic roadmap</h2> <p>Rolling out Office 365 or some of its constituent tools like Microsoft Teams or a SharePoint Online intranet requires ongoing support and change management to be successful. Central teams can trip themselves up with inadequate resourcing and difficult logistics if a launch programme is too ambitious, finding themselves simultaneously rolling out and supporting what they’ve just rolled-out.  In these cases, either the launch methodology or the change management effort may suffer, impacting the overall success of a programme. If this is the case, a more realistically paced or phased roadmap may be required.</p> <h2>3. Identify use cases that are going to make the difference</h2> <p>You can do multiple things with Office 365 and its tools covering collaboration, communications, workflow, mobile apps, innovation, reporting dashboards and more. Many of these may be constituent parts of  a 365 intranet. The range of capabilities means it can be difficult to know where to start.</p> <p>Successful Office 365 programmes tend to identify clear use cases where the use of Office 365 tools is a no-brainer because it drives efficiency or effectiveness. Identifying the right use cases helps drive adoption and establishes ROI and  can make all the difference to success.</p> <h2>4. Do some fresh user research</h2> <p>If you are revisiting your strategy it may be necessary to do some <a href="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/intranet-discovery-requirements/">fresh user research</a> to gain insights into what may be going wrong with your current Office 365 programme. If you don’t know why things aren’t going right, you can’t take corrective action. Understanding your users through workshops, interviews, surveys, observation and more, as well as understanding the priorities of your stakeholders, is rarely a waste of time. If you didn’t carry out user research before, it may also explain why your current Office 365 programme is an “epic fail”.</p> <h2>5. Work on the governance side of things</h2> <p>Having a <a href="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/intranet-governance-checklist/">robust governance framework</a> in place is key for Office 365 or SharePoint Online intranet success. Without the policies, roles, processes, structures and guidelines in place that clear governance establishes, then adoption, findability and user experience can suffer. You need a stack of governance in place for a successful intranet, and even more for the wider focus of a digital workplace or Office 365 programme.</p> <p>The types of governance you need can be widespread, covering everything from agreement on ownership and strategy to guidance on which tools to use when, to data security and privacy policies and more. It can also be quite specific – for example putting some processes in site provisioning around Microsoft Teams can avoid the proliferation of unused, duplicate and high-risk sites. If your Office 365 is failing, then a lack of governance could be what you need to address.</p> <h2>6. Create custom business apps</h2> <p>Sometimes organisations work in specific ways that aren’t quite met by the range of different Office 365 tools on offer. In these cases, creating some <a href="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/custom-business-apps-office-365-art-possible/">custom business apps</a> that are wrapped around the way people work can have a huge impact. If you wrap these into your Office 365 intranet, even better. For example, at <a href="https://www.contentformula.com/case-study/how-we-transformed-mmes-business-process-sharepoint-and-office-365">Moving Made Easy</a> we crafted a whole custom digital workplace centred around key business processes, enabling digital transformation, and super-charging the Office 365 programme.</p> <h2>7. Use your SharePoint Online intranet as an integral part of Office 365</h2> <p>If you have an Office 365 programme it makes sense <a href="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/why-an-office-365-intranet-must-be-a-key-milestone-on-your-office-365-roadmap/">to include a SharePoint Online intranet as part of your roll-out</a>. This can make any programme more successful, actively contributing to other aspects of your digital workplace,  including:</p> <ul> <li>integrating other Office 365 tools into your intranet to drive business efficiency, and workflow</li> <li>driving adoption by helping people find sites and spaces they are members of</li> <li>supporting governance by encouraging use of certain tools</li> <li>helping drive digital literacy through internal communications and access to resources.</li> </ul> <p>As Microsoft continues ever closer integration between different Office 365 tools, your intranet can become the front door and the guide to the wider Office 365 universe.</p> <h2>8. Double down on change management efforts</h2> <p>As stated above, you usually need some kind of change management effort to support the best use of Office 365, a SharePoint Online intranet and the range of different tools. Change management can consist of a variety of different approaches including formal training, communications and support resources. A network of champions or evangelists who can promote your digital workplace to their peers is also now a common and highly effective way of rolling out Office 365. If your main problem relates to adoption, then doubling down on your change management efforts will be an effective tactic.</p> <p><strong>Still stuck?</strong></p> <p>Another option is to bring in external expertise and help to get Office 365 unstuck. We’ve supported Office 365 and digital workplace teams both with advice as well as development work that’s resulted in better tool adoption and a refreshed momentum. If your Office 365 roll-out is an epic fail and you’d like to discuss ways to stop the rot then <a href="https://www.contentformula.com/contact">get in touch!</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/help-our-office-365-roll-out-is-an-epic-fail/">Help! Our Office 365 roll-out is an epic fail</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.contentformula.com/blog">Our blog</a>.</p> Digital workplace Intranet SharePoint Intranet John Scott The digital workplace defined (2020 update) https://www.clearbox.co.uk/the-digital-workplace-defined-2020-update/ ClearBox Consulting urn:uuid:c134e846-9a9f-d175-5900-d9adf6cf1379 Mon, 17 Feb 2020 16:41:23 +0100 The digital workplace is the virtual equivalent to the physical workplace and it's fundamental to people's productivity, engagement, and working health. Digital Workplace capabilities definition management Sam Marshall Join us for breakfast at Chambar – Trends in Internal Communications https://www.thoughtfarmer.com/blog/join-us-for-breakfast-at-chambar-trends-in-internal-communications/ ThoughtFarmer urn:uuid:e461b8bb-eb78-149f-bbc8-da4971e03e21 Fri, 14 Feb 2020 22:16:36 +0100 On Tuesday February 25th, ThoughtFarmer will host a breakfast &#38; learn session at Chambar restaurant, for organizations who want to&#8230; <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On Tuesday February 25th, ThoughtFarmer will host a breakfast &amp; learn session at <a href="https://www.chambar.com/" style="color:#A23D00;">Chambar</a> restaurant, for organizations who want to improve their internal communications strategy in 2020.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If it feels like important news and announcements still aren’t being read by employees, you aren’t imagining it. The latest research reveals that 74% of employees feel they are missing out on company news, and 72% of employees claim they don&#8217;t have a full understanding of the company&#8217;s strategy. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We want to share insight from our intranet’s top performing content so that you can ensure your internal communications strategy is successful this year. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Join ThoughtFarmer President Darren Gibbons, as he shares:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">What kind of content gets the most views and engagement</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How to leverage your staff to build a content pipeline</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How to use data to improve ROI and make decisions on your Internal Communications strategy</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Please reserve your place <a href="https://breakfast.thoughtfarmer.com/" style="color:#A23D00;">here</a>. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> News & Events Kelly Batke Building an Intranet Business Case: Outlining your project plan https://www.thoughtfarmer.com/blog/building-an-intranet-business-case-outlining-your-project-plan/ ThoughtFarmer urn:uuid:f6efca26-a97b-f762-9a8f-53a1e9f3cde2 Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:14:17 +0100 We’ve analyzed the opportunity, examined risks, identified stakeholders, and learned how to measure success. Now it’s time to outline your&#8230; <p><span style="font-weight: 400">We’ve analyzed the <a href="https://www.thoughtfarmer.com/blog/building-an-intranet-business-case/" style="color:#A23D00;">opportunity</a>, examined <a href="https://www.thoughtfarmer.com/blog/building-an-intranet-business-case-identifying-costs-and-potential-risks/" style="color:#A23D00;">risks</a>, identified stakeholders, and learned how to <a href="https://www.thoughtfarmer.com/blog/building-an-intranet-business-case-measuring-success/" style="color:#A23D00;">measure success</a>. Now it’s time to outline your intranet project plan. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">An intranet project plan is a formal document designed to guide the control and execution of a project, outlining the scope of work, schedule, and responsibilities in a single place.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">If you have already determined a potential vendor, now would be a good time to inquire about their proposed project plan. For example, do they offer professional services? If so, you will need to include that within your intranet project plan. Some vendors even offer plan templates based on their experience working with clients.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">It’s easy to get stuck at this stage of the process or to assume a project plan is a complex document, but ultimately, it will help you identify the milestones, tasks, and other things that are critical to your project’s success.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">Your project plan will also reveal the necessary resources, budget, and a timeline of measurable goals. It aims to answer important questions such as: </span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Can it be done?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">How much will it cost?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Is it viable?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Will it work?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">How can we be sure if it will deliver the right benefits?</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">If started early enough, project planning will support an assessment of value and the overall business benefits. Your intranet project plan acts as the basis for communication and is important in gaining senior management support. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">Your plan should consider:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400"><strong>Scope </strong> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">What are the requirements for a successful project? </span><span style="font-weight: 400"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400">(In the early stages, it&#8217;s important to have an </span><a href="https://www.thoughtfarmer.com/blog/how-to-conduct-an-intranet-strategy-workshop-with-free-template/" style="color:#A23D00;"><span style="font-weight: 400">intranet strategy workshop</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400"> so the team understands the main objectives. These objectives will align with future KPIs.)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">What is </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400">in scope </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400">for this project?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">What is </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400">out of scope</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400"> for this project?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Are there any timeline constraints that will impact the amount of work that can be completed?</span></li> </ul> </li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400"><strong>Tasks and milestones</strong> </span> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">What are the phases and deliverables of our project? </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Is each phase and deliverable broken down into manageable tasks?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">What resources are needed internally for each phase/activity?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Have you included milestones for your team to work towards and to celebrate wins during the project?</span></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400"><strong>Labor and Resources  </strong> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Whose labor hours are required? What departments do they impact?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">How many people are involved? </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">What is their availability to work on the project? Does this change over time?</span></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400"><strong>Scheduling</strong> </span> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">What is the proposed timeline/launch date?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Are your estimates achievable? Have any team members confirmed these estimates?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Does your project plan account for dependencies? </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Have you completed critical path analysis to determine the tasks that cannot be delayed without impacting the completion date?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Are there any tasks that can be completed in parallel?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Have you considered the time required for time-intensive tasks such as the content inventory, content audit, and content migration? </span></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400"><strong>Training</strong> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Will training be remote? Or will it be offered onsite? </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Have you included the necessary product training to ensure that your team is ready to use the new intranet software?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Does your team have the skills and expertise needed to launch the new intranet? (IA, content, launch, and communications planning). </span></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li style="list-style-type: none"><strong>Costs</strong> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Will there be hourly costs? </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Will there be any travel expenses? </span></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">While it isn’t necessary, it is certainly advisable to create your intranet project plan within a spreadsheet or a specific project planning template. This will help you assign accountability and keep tasks and people on track. We recommend using <a href="https://www.smartsheet.com" style="color:#A23D00;">Smartsheet</a>, an application for collaboration and work management. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400">An intranet project plan requires low-level effort, but it’s a necessary document to keep your intranet implementation moving forward. It will keep your stakeholders happy because they understand the scope and you can feel good knowing you’ve done your due diligence. </span></p> Processes & Productivity intranet intranet project intranet software Social Intranet Software ThoughtFarmer Kelly Batke Welcome to the inclusive workplace https://digitalworkplacegroup.com/2020/02/12/welcome-to-the-inclusive-workplace/ Expert blog – Digital Workplace Group urn:uuid:c96ba20c-4cc8-fd19-0f1f-65ffd99ae6bd Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:00:34 +0100 <p>Introducing the first in our series of mini podcasts – DWG Shots, or small servings of concentrated inspiration<span class="more"> <a href="https://digitalworkplacegroup.com/2020/02/12/welcome-to-the-inclusive-workplace/" title="Read Welcome to the inclusive workplace">(more...)</a> </span></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://digitalworkplacegroup.com/2020/02/12/welcome-to-the-inclusive-workplace/">Welcome to the inclusive workplace</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://digitalworkplacegroup.com">Digital Workplace Group</a>.</p> Expert blog Featured DWG Webinar: What does learning look like in the modern workplace? https://www.contentformula.com/blog/webinar-what-does-learning-look-like-in-the-modern-workplace-lms365/ Content Formula urn:uuid:612b2688-c393-a4ce-ba8d-8a394a76fed7 Tue, 11 Feb 2020 13:46:35 +0100 <p>John our webinar to see our ideas, tools and techniques that leading innovators in the learning space are using in the modern digital workplace. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/webinar-what-does-learning-look-like-in-the-modern-workplace-lms365/">Webinar: What does learning look like in the modern workplace?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.contentformula.com/blog">Our blog</a>.</p> <p style="padding-bottom: 0 !important;"><a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3780725013019977485"><img class="alignnone" src="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/webinar_blogPost_banner.jpg" alt="Webinar: What does learning look like in the modern workplace?" width="1200" height="450" /></a></p> <table style="background: #efefef;" border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="right"><img style="padding: 15px;" src="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/logo_O365.png" alt="" width="200" height="38" /></td> <td align="center"><img style="padding: 15px;" src="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/logo_Teams.png" alt="" width="200" height="40" /></td> <td align="left"><img style="padding: 15px;" src="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/logo_SP.png" alt="" width="200" height="42" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3>Webinar details</h3> <p><strong>Date:</strong>  4th March 2020<br /> <strong>Time:</strong>  2:00pm to 3:00pm UK time<br /> <strong>Presented by:</strong>  Dan Hawtrey, John Scott and Joe Perry</p> <ul> <li>What does learning look like in the modern workplace?</li> <li>How can the L&amp;D function deliver techniques such as nudge learning and blended learning?</li> <li>How can you inject collaboration into the learning mix?</li> <li>How can you deliver learning in the natural flow of work?</li> </ul> <p>These are all key questions on the lips of L&amp;D managers and we&#8217;re going to try to answer them for you.</p> <p>Content Formula, a leading London consultancy in the digital workplace, is excited to announce a new partnership with LMS365 &#8211; an up-and-coming and important disrupter in the Learning Management System space. Join us to see some of our ideas and some of the tools and techniques that leading innovators in the learning space are using in the modern workplace.</p> <p>In this webinar we&#8217;ll cover:</p> <ul> <li>Modern learning techniques</li> <li>Challenges faced when employing such techniques</li> <li>How learning can be made seamless and delivered within the flow of work</li> <li>Some of the features and functionalities that a modern LMS should offer</li> </ul> <h2 style="text-align: center; padding-top: 0 !important;"><a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3780725013019977485" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Register now</a></h2> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.contentformula.com/blog/webinar-what-does-learning-look-like-in-the-modern-workplace-lms365/">Webinar: What does learning look like in the modern workplace?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.contentformula.com/blog">Our blog</a>.</p> Digital workplace Intranet SharePoint Intranet Dan Hawtrey Approvals and reviews in Confluence with Blueprint Creator and Comala Document Management https://blog.seibert-media.com/2020/02/10/approvals-and-reviews-in-confluence-with-blueprint-creator-and-comala-document-management/ News, tips & guidance for agile, development, Atlassian Software (JIRA, Confluence, Stash, …) and //SEIBERT/MEDIA urn:uuid:dc3631d5-fcae-abb0-8460-dd6fb5eb7788 Mon, 10 Feb 2020 12:17:27 +0100 <p>The new integration between the popular Confluence apps Blueprint Creator and Comala Document Management (formerly Comala Workflows) enables users to ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com/2020/02/10/approvals-and-reviews-in-confluence-with-blueprint-creator-and-comala-document-management/">Approvals and reviews in Confluence with Blueprint Creator and Comala Document Management</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com">News, tips &amp; guidance for agile, development, Atlassian-Software (JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, ...) and Google Cloud</a>.</p> <p id="BlogpostzurComalaDokumentManagementIntegration-ApprovalsandreviewsinConfluencewithBlueprintCreatorandComalaDocumentManagement">The new integration between the popular Confluence apps Blueprint Creator and Comala Document Management (formerly Comala Workflows) enables users to grant approvals via Blueprints. This puts teams in the comfortable position to ensure that Confluence documents are properly reviewed before publication.</p> <h2>Blueprints and approvals in Confluence</h2> <p>Many clients value the ability to integrate Confluence documents into systematic approval processes. Especially in a rather heavily regulated business environment this is a frequently requested use case.</p> <p>However, a challenge in terms of developing and establishing responsibility for documentation is to ensure consistency and stringency of content. If team members are constantly creating pages without maintaining a certain structure, chaos quickly arises and copying existing page structures leads to errors. For example, if employees don't remember to enter approval officers and select the right contact persons, the entire process is at risk.</p> <p>This is exactly where the Blueprint Creator can help. This Confluence extension allows you to create individual blueprints for Confluence pages and spaces and to add placeholders to them. These placeholders function as form fields that the user fills in in a simple input dialog when creating a new page or space based on a blueprint. The information entered is then placed directly on the page.</p> <p>And, thanks to the Blueprint Creator, such confluence blueprints can be created in an intuitive editor - no programming required.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-7131 size-full" src="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/blueprint-creator-animation-01.gif" alt="" width="1680" height="940" /></p> <h2>Templates for pages that need to be reviewed</h2> <p>The integration with Comala Document Management is a wonderful addition to the core functionality of the Blueprint Creator. When team members now create pages from pre-defined templates, they can now also add approvers via a document management approval workflow.</p> <p>The Blueprint Creator ensures that the page is correctly structured and that all necessary information is available. Comala Document Management then checks the content of the page before publication. This creates a fully integrated process for creating valuable Confluence documentation that really contains all relevant information.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-7134 size-full" src="https://blog.seibert-media.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/comala-document-management-integration.gif" alt="" width="1920" height="1080" /></p> <h2>Find out more and test now</h2> <p>Would you like to learn more about this integration and its possibilities? Then get in touch with us: We would be happy to arrange an appointment with you for a non-binding demo introduction. Or would you like to test the solutions directly in your system? Both apps are available for Confluence Server and Confluence Data Center on the Atlassian Marketplace (<a href="https://marketplace.atlassian.com/apps/1218917/blueprint-creator-advanced-templates?hosting=datacenter&amp;tab=overview">Blueprint Creator</a>, <a href="https://marketplace.atlassian.com/apps/142/comala-document-management?hosting=datacenter&amp;tab=overview">Comala Document Management</a>) You can now install the solutions directly in your test system and test them with all functions free of charge. For more details, see the <a href="https://junovi.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/BLUEDOC/pages/1216282635/Comala+Document+Management">Blueprint Creator documentation</a>.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com/2020/02/10/approvals-and-reviews-in-confluence-with-blueprint-creator-and-comala-document-management/">Approvals and reviews in Confluence with Blueprint Creator and Comala Document Management</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.seibert-media.com">News, tips &amp; guidance for agile, development, Atlassian-Software (JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, ...) and Google Cloud</a>.</p> //SEIBERT/MEDIA Apps Blueprint Creator apps Blueprint creator BPC Features Belinda Roozemond 12 reasons why I ❤Outlook on the web (owa) https://mydigitalworkplace.wordpress.com/2020/02/09/12-reasons-to-love-outlook-web/ Ellen's Digital Workplace urn:uuid:d4557500-a98a-22b3-3abc-99b453934f16 Sun, 09 Feb 2020 15:23:21 +0100 After many years of using the Outlook desktop app at work, I now find myself using the web app more and more. Partly this is because the majority of our workforce only uses the web and mobile apps, so knowing&#8230; <p class="more-link"><a href="https://mydigitalworkplace.wordpress.com/2020/02/09/12-reasons-to-love-outlook-web/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p><img data-attachment-id="8842" data-permalink="https://mydigitalworkplace.wordpress.com/2020/02/09/12-reasons-to-love-outlook-web/outlookheader/" data-orig-file="https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/outlookheader.png" data-orig-size="628,553" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Outlookheader" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/outlookheader.png?w=300" data-large-file="https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/outlookheader.png?w=628" class=" size-medium wp-image-8842 alignright" src="https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/outlookheader.png?w=300&#038;h=264" alt="Outlookheader" width="300" height="264" srcset="https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/outlookheader.png?w=300&amp;h=264 300w, https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/outlookheader.png?w=600&amp;h=528 600w, https://mydigitalworkplace.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/outlookheader.png?w=150&amp;h=132 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />After many years of using the Outlook desktop app at work, I now find myself using the web app more and more. Partly this is because the majority of our workforce only uses the web and mobile apps, so knowing the web app is important to provide support, but partly because it is starting to grow on me.</p> <p>Why would someone prefer the limited options of Outlook on the web over the full functionality of Outlook desktop?</p> <h3>1. You can select the colour scheme that works for you</h3> <p>In my organization, we allow everyone to select their own theme. After 35 years of corporate multinationals with a &#8220;Brand Police&#8221; <img src="https://s0.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/wpcom-smileys/twemoji/2/72x72/1f642.png" alt=" Office 365 Email Usability Ellen van Aken Outlookheader Introducing a “business case canvas” for digital employee experience, digital workplace and intranet projects https://www.steptwo.com.au/papers/business-case-canvas-dex-digital-workplace-intranet/ Step Two urn:uuid:3aa6f70e-30c7-e14f-0a54-ae6d049a2814 Wed, 05 Feb 2020 22:55:02 +0100 <p>This framework helps teams to sharpen their thinking, and to present a compelling business case</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.steptwo.com.au/papers/business-case-canvas-dex-digital-workplace-intranet/">Introducing a &#8220;business case canvas&#8221; for digital employee experience, digital workplace and intranet projects</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.steptwo.com.au">Step Two</a>.</p> <p>In the world of agile, lean and startups there&#8217;s great love for what&#8217;s called a <strong>&#8220;canvas&#8221;</strong>. This is a fancy new name for what might previously have been called a &#8220;plan on a page&#8221;.</p> <p>The power of these artefacts is that they help clarify and sharpen thinking. They also force proposed approaches to be simplified to just a single page, making it easy for others to digest and understand them quickly.</p> <p>Some common examples include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Model_Canvas">Business Model Canvas</a></li> <li><a href="https://canvanizer.com/new/lean-canvas">Lean Startup Canvas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.strategyzer.com/blog/posts/2016/2/24/the-mission-model-canvas-an-adapted-business-model-canvas-for-mission-driven-organizations">Mission Model Canvas</a> (for non-profits)</li> </ul> <p>In the world of intranets and digital workplaces, the use of these types of business model canvases is rare. Maybe that should change!</p> <p>This article introduces a new &#8220;<strong>business case canvas</strong>&#8221; for teams seeking to do employee-facing projects. Like the other frameworks, this canvas has been designed to help teams clarify what they&#8217;re proposing to do, what they&#8217;re asking for in terms of money and resources, and what the likely benefits will be.</p> <hr /> <p><em>This *business case canvas* helps #intranet, #DigitalWorkplace and #DigitalEmployeeExperience teams to clarify and sharpen their plans</em><br /><a href='https://twitter.com/share?text=This+%2Abusiness+case+canvas%2A+helps+%23intranet%2C+%23DigitalWorkplace+and+%23DigitalEmployeeExperience+teams+to+clarify+and+sharpen+their+plans&#038;via=StepTwoDesigns&#038;related=StepTwoDesigns&#038;url=https://www.steptwo.com.au/papers/business-case-canvas-dex-digital-workplace-intranet/' target='_blank'>Click To Tweet</a></p> <hr /> <h2>Get the business case canvas</h2> <p><a href="https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/DEX-business-case-canvas-v1.1.pdf"><img class="alignnone wp-image-39558 size-full" src="https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page1.png" alt="" width="1000" height="681" srcset="https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page1.png 1000w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page1-300x204.png 300w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page1-1024x697.png 1024w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page1-768x523.png 768w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page1-1536x1046.png 1536w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page1-2048x1394.png 2048w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page1-210x143.png 210w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page1-400x272.png 400w" sizes="(max-width: 1000px) 100vw, 1000px" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/DEX-business-case-canvas-v1.1.pdf"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-39560" src="https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page2.png" alt="" width="1000" height="681" srcset="https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page2.png 1000w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page2-300x204.png 300w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page2-1024x697.png 1024w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page2-768x523.png 768w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page2-1536x1046.png 1536w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page2-2048x1394.png 2048w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page2-210x143.png 210w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Business-case-canvas-page2-400x272.png 400w" sizes="(max-width: 1000px) 100vw, 1000px" /></a></p> <p>These images show a preview of the business case canvas (and yes, it&#8217;s blown out to two pages rather than the usual one!). Download the latest <a href="https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/DEX-business-case-canvas-v1.1.pdf">business case canvas PDF</a> (version 1.1) for a version that you can use in your team.</p> <h2>Using the canvas</h2> <p>In due course, we will release a full whitepaper that explains in detail how to use the canvas.</p> <p>In the meantime, here are a few key points:</p> <ul> <li>You can <strong>work forward</strong> from the proposed project, determining what to include in the business case, and who to present it to.</li> <li>You can <strong>work backwards</strong>, from either the size of the pitch or the required benefits, and then design a project that delivers these things.</li> <li>The<strong> levels outlined</strong> have been drawn from 20 years of practical experience, and should reflect real-world projects.</li> <li>The canvas is best <strong>used by a team working together</strong>, to get the most of different perspectives and approaches.</li> <li>A lot of the power of the canvas comes from <strong>forcing pragmatic decisions to be made</strong> (eg &#8220;what benefits can we <em>really</em> deliver?&#8221;).</li> </ul> <div id="attachment_39563" style="width: 1010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-39563" class="size-full wp-image-39563" src="https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Canvas-in-action-2-1000.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="750" srcset="https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Canvas-in-action-2-1000.jpg 1000w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Canvas-in-action-2-1000-300x225.jpg 300w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Canvas-in-action-2-1000-1024x768.jpg 1024w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Canvas-in-action-2-1000-768x576.jpg 768w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Canvas-in-action-2-1000-1536x1152.jpg 1536w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Canvas-in-action-2-1000-2048x1536.jpg 2048w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Canvas-in-action-2-1000-210x157.jpg 210w, https://www.steptwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Canvas-in-action-2-1000-400x300.jpg 400w" sizes="(max-width: 1000px) 100vw, 1000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-39563" class="wp-caption-text">The canvas in action, as part of a workshop activity to build a business case for a new &#8216;GreenCorp&#8217; intranet</p></div> <h2>Create your own business case canvas</h2> <p>You&#8217;re most welcome to download the business case canvas, via the link above, to put into action in your organisation. Please do, however, credit the source of the framework, and respect our copyright.</p> <p>If you&#8217;d like <strong>help using the canvas to its full extent</strong>, Step Two&#8217;s consulting team can provide a day or two of assistance to great effect. <a href="/contact">Drop us a line</a>, and we&#8217;ll arrange some expert advice, whether locally in Australia or internationally.</p> <p>James will also be running a <a href="https://event.intrateam.com/sessions/creating-a-compelling-business-case/">workshop on the canvas</a> at the upcoming <a href="https://event.intrateam.com/">IntraTeam Event</a> (2-4 March 2020) in Copenhagen, so that&#8217;s worth flying in for!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.steptwo.com.au/papers/business-case-canvas-dex-digital-workplace-intranet/">Introducing a &#8220;business case canvas&#8221; for digital employee experience, digital workplace and intranet projects</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.steptwo.com.au">Step Two</a>.</p> James Robertson Six pieces of advice for the Digital Workplace of the Year 2020 Awards https://digitalworkplacegroup.com/2020/02/05/six-pieces-of-advice-for-the-digital-workplace-of-the-year-2020-awards/ Expert blog – Digital Workplace Group urn:uuid:9613c6bd-5811-190f-9563-2033eb6afd90 Wed, 05 Feb 2020 08:34:55 +0100 <p>Entries are now open for the 2020 Digital Workplace of the Year Awards. Now in their fourth year,<span class="more"> <a href="https://digitalworkplacegroup.com/2020/02/05/six-pieces-of-advice-for-the-digital-workplace-of-the-year-2020-awards/" title="Read Six pieces of advice for the Digital Workplace of the Year 2020 Awards">(more...)</a> </span></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://digitalworkplacegroup.com/2020/02/05/six-pieces-of-advice-for-the-digital-workplace-of-the-year-2020-awards/">Six pieces of advice for the Digital Workplace of the Year 2020 Awards</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://digitalworkplacegroup.com">Digital Workplace Group</a>.</p> Digital workplace Expert blog Featured Elizabeth Marsh