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The Wiki Champion

  • The wiki environment works best when you have a champion or virtuoso.
  • Why is a champion necessary? Because the champion is a person who both understands the process of the work for a given project or business (the domain), and how to use a wiki.
  • It is important to avoid creating a bottleneck as the wiki scales up.
  • One way to avoid the one-wiki-champion bottleneck is to have an enlightened wiki champion - one who doesn't view his role as the all-powerful wiki master but as a facilitator for incubating new wikis and champions within the organization.
  • The Champion is an advocate, and plays an important role at grassroots phase
  • We talked to dozens of wiki-friendly businesses in doing research for this book, and every one of them had a champion who played this role.
  • The Champion is often the wiki administrator as well.

(from upcoming WikisInTheWorkplaceBook)

-- Contributors: DanWoods, PeterThoeny


I have the exact same experience.

The departments that have an active champion of their web are very active and have good use of TWiki.

The departments that don't have hardly started using TWiki.

The champions are also good at sowing the seeds in the form of small TWiki Applications and well organised WebHome and other gateway topics that ensures that the web maintains a certain order and idea.

-- KennethLavrsen - 11 May 2006

SteffenPoulsen shared a nice job description in ConvincingYourBoss:

Wiki Analyst

Description: The basic function of the Wiki Analyst is to monitor information creation on TWiki, EP's web-based collaboration platform. The ideal candidate will be responsible for tracking wiki usage, guiding and shaping it's organization, and helping EP to get the most out of this powerful tool. Develop best practices. Other responsiblities include training and educating users, monitoring projects and activity, and linking content for maximum usefulness.
Qualifications: Work with departments and authors to ensure that content is linked appropriately and uses the best methods and practices. Monitor Wiki technology to understand the latest state of technology and plugins and make recommendations for usage at EP. The ideal candidate will have a solid understanding of web technology and be wiki savvy. Excellent communication, training, and writing skills are required. EOE

That is a pretty good description of a Wiki Champion.

-- PeterThoeny - 29 Jul 2006

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