James Robertson, Founder and Managing Director

James Robertson is one of the global experts on intranet strategy and design.

He is the author of Essential intranets: inspiring sites that deliver valueWhat every intranet team should know and Designing intranets: creating sites that work, the three best-selling intranet books in the world. He has also written over two hundred articles and a variety of best-practice resources, including the Intranet Roadmap.

James is the founder and managing director of Step Two, a vendor-neutral consultancy located in Australia. In this role, he has helped high-profile organisations to develop intranet strategies, both within Australia and internationally.

James has keynoted conferences around the globe, including in the UK, USA, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia. As a certified trainer, he regularly runs one and two-day practical workshops on intranet strategy and design, both within Australia and internationally.

James is also a leading specialist on the topic of web content management. He is a founding member of the CM Professionals association, and has helped many organisations to select a suitable CMS.

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What others have said

James has been instrumental in helping us identify what it is we want in a new intranet. He has led several workshops to develop our intranet strategy; fully supported us through stakeholder research and scoping; and closely advised us on the vendor selection process.

Most importantly, James provided invaluable guidance and kept us on course when momentum was slowing.  As a result, we’re now 3 months out from launch.   We’re on track to deliver an intranet that will support the whole organisation to work, communicate and collaborate better into the future.

- Liz Potter, Communications and Marketing Manager, Catholic Care Sydney

James Robertson’s brief was to work with us to refine our business requirements for a content management system.  The first step was to apply Step Two’s methodology for prioritising requirements and identifying key areas of uncertainty.

With limited project resources and tight timeframes, James’s knowledge of the current CMS offerings was invaluable. He kept all teams engaged in the process so that we reached a decision that was endorsed by all participants.

James, thank you for your contribution — your process is second to none!

- Miriam Moss, Online Content Coordinator, Legal Aid Queensland

Working with James has been a pleasure for many years and I’m always impressed by his ability to immediately get our context and our challenges. Recently, his support over a few days has allowed us to refine our vision, to gently move from a Digital Workplace to a Digital Employee Experience concept, and to better understand where we’re positioned on the DEX maturity scale.

- Nicolas Jan, Employee Product Group Manager, Richemont

I thought I was embarking on a journey into the world of intranets, when I engaged Step Two to help both inform our business and develop a strategy for our corporate intranet.  Instead, I came out the other side not only much more knowledgeable, but embracing what the future holds for intranets and the digital workplace – and it’s pretty exciting.

James brings his passion and expertise to the table to help explore concepts and options, to create a plan that is both practical and visionary. It was great to be exposed to his methods and structured approach to problem solving and opportunity surfacing.

- Vikki Hseih, Group Technology Manager – Collaboration, News Limited

James has run a number of mentoring days for the Environment Agency, and I’ve had an epiphany at every one. James’ clarity of thought, wealth of experience and excellent communication skills means he’s able to bring all of those things you kind of know together and make sense of them.

- Simon Ashley, Head of Digital Communication, Environment Agency England and Wales