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Wikipatternsby Stewart Mader
Synopses & Reviews
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:
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!
Book News Annotation:
Many people use Wikipedia without knowing what a 'wiki' is or that the website has been compared favorably to a traditional encyclopedia. Mader (a "wiki evangelist" for the makers of Confluence wiki software/author of Using Wiki in Education) introduces wiki as linked web pages designed to enable people to easily contribute/modify content; patterns refer to how people interact on wiki. With case studies (e.g., of Sun Microsystems) and answers to frequently asked questions, he explains how to use this collaborative tool for effecting change in organizations. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The recent best-seller Wikinomics answers the question, “Do I need an online collaboration tool for my employees/users?” (Yes), WikiPatterns answers the question “Ok I installed the software – now what?”
Applying patterns that help coordinate peoples' efforts and guide the growth of content, and recognizing anti-patterns that might hinder growth - can give your wiki the greatest chance of success.
WikiPatterns contains a toolbox of patterns and anti-patterns, and a guide to major stages of wiki adoption that explores patterns to apply at each stage. Community expert Stewart Mader provides readers with concrete, proven methods to grow vibrant collaborative communities and change the way they work for the better.  Inside readers will find examples of techniques that have helped people, and of situations that people have found themselves in that they wished they hadn't as well as guidance for   setting up initial content, encouraging people to contribute, dealing with disruptive elements and much more.
The book’s online component, wikipatterns.com is a vibrant community where patterns evolve based on collaborative input and new patterns are created.
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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Grassroots is Best.
Case Study: LeapFrog.
Chapter 2 Your Wiki Isn’t (Necessarily) Wikipedia.
Case Study: Johns Hopkins University.
Chapter 3 What’s Five Minutes Really Worth?
Case Study: Sun Microsystems.
Chapter 4 11 Steps to a Successful Wiki Pilot.
Case Study: Red Ant.
Case Study: A Conversation with a WikiChampion: Jude Higdon.
Chapter 5 Drive Large-Scale Adoption.
Case Study: JavaPolis.
Case Study: A Conversation with a WikiChampion: Jeff Calado.
Chapter 6 Prevent (or Minimize) Obstacles.
Case Study: Kerrydale Street.
Chapter 7 Inspirational Bull****
Case Study: Constitution Day.
Case Study: Peter Higgs: Using a Wiki in Research.
Appendix Questions & Answers.
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