Donna has also written the second CM Briefing, on the use of a strawman for page layout design. To quote:
Designing the page layouts for a new or redesigned intranet can be complex. One of the most difficult aspects is creating the first layout. Starting with an empty screen, you need to determine what will go on each page and where it will go.
Using a strawman design – a design that is created with the intent of discarding it – can help to overcome many of the difficulties in the design process.