Dilbert on Intranet

Dilbert never fails to illuminate a few areas of business wisdom, by contrasting it with arrant business stupidity​.

So, Dilbert on Intranets:

Some interesting behaviours and themes to ponder:

  • If your intranet doesn’t work it must be the fault of either the technology or your users… Maybe what was implemented, for what purpose, with what input from the business and against what strategy would be a good place to start instead.
  • Despite several centuries of evidence to the contrary, some people think that knowledge is power, and increases in value the more it is restricted; while others don’t realise that what they know is of value so don’t consider sharing it for that reason
  • Intranets should have a clear purpose, so users know what they should use them for/store in them. Equally the governance policy (which of course you have, don’t you) should indicate what is inappropriate content
  • Communications, such as published department pages, should be of value to everyone. In fact their value should be gauged before creation so that the level of effort involved ban be weighed against the benefit. A secret trick is… ask others what they need on your department site

By Simon Hudson

Simon Hudson is an entrepreneur, health sector specialist and founder of Cloud2 Ltd. and Kinata Ltd. and, most recently, Novia Works Ltd. He has an abiding, evangelical interest in information, knowledge management and has a lot to say on best practice use of Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and cloud technologies, the health sector, sustainability and more. He has had articles and editorials published in a variety of knowledge management, clinical benchmarking and health journals. He is a co-facilitator of the M365 North User Group Leeds and is Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Hull.

Simon is passionate about rather too many things, including science, music (he writes and plays guitar & mandola), skiing, classic cars, technology and, by no means least, his family.


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