The 6×2 methodology provides a unique and innovative approach to growing corporate intranets.
Recognising that the list of potential improvements always exceeds the resources of the intranet team, this methodology provides a practical way of choosing the activities that will have the greatest impact on the organisation, and on the team.
Intranets must succeed. The organisational need to improve business processes, share knowledge and support staff in their daily work is constantly growing. Most organisations have already realised that they cannot operate without an intranet (whatever it might be called).
Yet the real challenge is for intranet teams to gain the support and resources to meet these business needs and demands. The net result is that intranet teams often work hard from month to month, but may make little apparent progress on the longer-term objectives for the site.
The 6×2 methodology works within these constraints to provide a practical approach for intranet planning that simultaneously delivers additional intranet functionality while building support for the intranet team. (See the Methodology at a glance tab above.)
At the heart of the 6×2 methodology is a focus on the coming six months. More than just steadily working on longer-term activities, this approach asks: what can be delivered in the next six months? In answering this question, it also identifies those activities that are not just doable, but also worth doing.
The possible activities are then sketched out for the following six months (thus the ‘6×2’ name), giving the intranet team a roadmap for the coming year.
This is a cyclic process, with each six month period of activity leading into the next. Underlying this is the steady building of momentum for the intranet, giving an ‘upwards spiral’ that allows more to be done in each six months period.
In this way, the intranet team can steadily work on ever-larger needs and issues, even when the starting point is extremely constrained. There is no longer a need to wait for the ‘right conditions’ to arise, instead the intranet team can act constructively and proactively to build an increasingly effective intranet.
This methodology provides a simple and pragmatic approach that can be used by intranet teams of any size (from one person to a dozen or more). It is equally applicable in private and public organisations, and the more complex and difficult the intranet, the better the approach works.
The 95 page 6×2 methodology for intranets contains:
- unique methodology for intranet planning
- underlying principles and philosophies
- step-by-step instructions on using the methodology
- detailed examples and guidelines
- case studies of the methodology in practice
Use this report to discover a new way of building a successful intranet (and a happy intranet team).