For the entire month of June I’m planning on writing a series of blog-a-day posts based on a set series of open-ended questions to myself. This is one of those posts.
June 17th // Something You Are Working At
Six months into my new job I’ve been — in a sense — handed the metaphorical keys to the corporate intranet.
Well, almost. The project to perform a substantial architectural overhaul on the system is going up for internal review early next week, and assuming my project plan gets approval I’ll be spending the next year or so digging into the guts of a massive content and data tool and helping to make it better for an incredibly complex and diverse audience of my fellow co-workers.
I’ll spare you the details, keeping this post deliberately vague for oh-so-many-reasons, and just say: I’m kinda stoked, despite all indications that this big ol’ project is looking to be a ton of work.
Corporate intranets are funny beasts, though. I’ve been digging through the INTERnet trying to find out as much as I can about best practices and unique implementations of INTRAnets. But unlike your average website that is just hanging out on the web for anyone to look at (and study by example) the very nature of intranets means that most every example, both good and bad, are stuck behind a private firewall somewhere with access privileged to a select internal audiences. As such, one is left relying on second-hand analyses or pay-per-report studies by firms who do this thing on a larger scale.
I mean, while I’ve had my fair share of peaks and tweaks inside the exposed back sides of a range of intranets, those glimpses have been far fewer (and sadly less documented) than I would have liked given the current outlook of my upcoming year. So, it would sure be nice to be able to spend an afternoon browsing examples of the design of the same… at least examples that don’t come as a six hundred dollar report by some I’ve-never-heard-of-you organizations. Surprisingly, it is coming together, but slowly. All too slowly.
So, intranets… I’ve been working at that.