Ed Taekema - Road Warrior Collaboration 26.2.2004

February 2004
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A blog looking at business communication, knowledge management, scripting tools, OS technology news and other things of interest to mobile tech workers. As I find interesting news this will also contain pointers to thoughts related to configuration managment, change management and general software development.

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Wicked (Good) Wikis

The most interesting this with using wikis is the bubble up emergent aspect of the knowledge capital building process. Here is good quote from Stowe Boyd:

Wikis are built upon an inherently open model of social interaction and collaboration, with very little constraint placed on the participants. In a sense, this puts the onus back on the members of a project group to self-police: to build structure out of the minimalist forms of Wiki components, to correct others' grammar, syntax and wrong-headed arguments, to cajole others to your viewpoint or ideas where the project should be headed. But it's exactly this frisson between partners, affiliated around shared purpose, that builds social ties and generates social capital. Wikis directly support us in our efforts to get more from the whole than the sum of the parts.

Of course this is also the most threatening thing about them. It makes it impossible to control and difficult to plan how they are to be used. But that is a good thing and main reason why wikis succeed where other collaborative tools fail. It works because we make it work our way.

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