Silver Bullet Wiki?

In his videblog „Day 8: Meeting Agenda”, Stewart Mader makes the following statement:

Instead of emailing a meeting agenda, put it on a wiki page and email people a link to that page. If changes need to be made, anyone on your team can do so and everyone will have immediate access to the same, up-to-date version
And how does that differ from a Word file on a fileshare, a Sharepoint place, an Exchange shared folder or a Lotus Quicker? A fool with a tool is still a fool. If people are not used to working on ONE copy of a document – no matter what technology – they will still end up with several versions of the document. Eiter bei printing it to PDF, copying into the calendar-entry, etc. You can’t change the way people think/work by offering yet another tool. IMHO you won’t get „better” meetings by offering a Wiki.

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You're absolutely right - you won't get better meetings _just_ by offering a wiki. You'll get them by:

- holding a BarnRaising so your entire group starts using the wiki together, which gives them an all-important chance to get used to editing one document together.
- changing habit from one person recording minutes to everyone contributing minutes - this compels people to pay close attention in the meeting, and they will contribute notes on the topics most relevant to them, which will get them more engaged.
- recording and tracking action items on the wiki, so that people can check status there in stead of using meeting time. I'll talk more about this in the next video.

Thanks for your post - it has given me a good chance to articulate this point further.


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