Lunch & Learn: Using Wikis for Projects

Pierre Khawand of People-OnTheGo and I were on a panel at GABA in October of last year on “Communication Today: Blogs, E-mail and More” and we had a great conversation on blogs and wikis. He has invited me to speak on “Wiki Use Case: Managing Team Meetings: Agendas, Minutes and Tasks” at today’s Lunch & Learn webinar.

You can sign up here at GoToMeeting.

Here is a brief description of the topics we will be covering

Project management tools are great for managing and presenting the highly structured elements of a project: resources, milestones, time-line, and budget. But they are not as effective for managing the unstructured information and the their inter-linkages: documents, notes, meeting agendas, and specifications. Wikis provide an on-line workspace for a project team to store and manage unstructured documents that’s browser accessible. Learn tips on how wikis can cut the time needed to reach consensus on project deliverables when a deadline looms. You will leave with a practical understanding of usage models that leverage the distinct strengths of wikis for global project teams. This session will be presented by Sean Murphy, CEO of SKMurphy Inc. (

More background on what we will be talking about can be found in our article on “Using Blogs & Wikis for Better Collaboration.”

Afternoon update: this was a lot of fun. I was very impressed by Pierre’s method and approach. I have listened to a number of webinars where one speaker talks for 20-30 minutes and then another one talks for 20-30 minutes and invariably each runs out of steam a few minutes into the talk, their voices become less animated and finally monotone, and you lose a sense of connection. We had a mix of Q&A, short 2-4 minute presentations on some prepared topics and then a number of questions from the audience as well as an interactive demo of Central Desktop. I still miss the non-verbal cues you get from facing your audience but this was a lot of fun. I am glad Pierre invited me to take part.

People-OnTheGo also offers workshops on “Accomplishing More With Less” in addition to the free Lunch & Learn series.

Late Afternoon Update: Pierre blogged about it at “Wiki Use Case: Managing Team Meetings” and slides are here: WikiPeopleOnTheGo080124.ppt

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