Stafford & Webb's What is a Wiki? along with Chapter 9 of Wikinomics complement each other nicely in setting the stage for our impending work. The Wikinomics tales of Geek Squad innovation, collaboration via BF2 (exaggerated though it may be), and explosive success after joining forces with Best Buy are exciting - especially with our local connection. Best Buy's own initiatives in creating a more horizontal structure for eliciting ideas and expertise from employees at all levels have to be encouraging to even serious skeptics. The application described by Stafford & Webb for production of their book offers us an example much closer to our own scale. Recognizing each of these as (at least conceptually related) manifestations of the core idea of the Wiki, Benkler's commons-based peer production, we have both theoretical and practical ways to proceed. Between this and our existing outlines and timelines, we should have no problem moving forward confidently and productively.
Inadvertently, I actually read Wikinomics Chapter 9 several weeks ago, and since have casually contemplated wiki as a tool, about how it's scalability and openness might enhance some things within my company. This is the week to think critically about it for the class, and in so doing I find that I really like the possibilities. As an interconnected guidebook for our myriad research procedures, as a list of resources organized geographically, and as a metadata repository for our disparate datasets. Tapping in to the individual specialties and experience of each staff member will make the job easier than the current need for separate sets of instructions, scattered spreadsheets, and worst of all, uncodified personal knowledge not shared with any other personnel. For what it's worth, I see wiki as the most immediately valuable of all the tools and concepts we've surveyed in this class so far. I was already looking forward to seeing what we develop in this class, and after this week I'm also looking forward to translating the concept to my "real-world" business.