Monday, January 28, 2002
Prior to starting this weblog and its companion Postcards from the Revolution we had spent a lot of time creating single-topic web pages. Mike and I share a compulsion to promote professionalism and to share resources with anyone who values them. The problem with putting up so many repositories is after a point keeping them up-to-date with news, new content and the such is time consuming. In fact, what we managed to create was a potpourri of pages that morphed into a giant hairball from a management point of view. Worse, two of these pages were newsletters (Infrastructure Technology Management and Project Management).
We were grappling with the problem of how to breathe new life into these, and decided that what we needed was an interactive discussion forum to make the information exchange a living thing instead of static pages. We reasoned that this would also draw in knowledge and opinions from others, so we created the IT Operations Management Discussion Forum to augment the Infrastructure Technology Management newsletter and Project Management Discussion Forum to augment the Project Management newsletter. For good measure I created the Women in Information Technology Discussion Forum with the goal of mentioning younger women who are in the profession, as well as providing a forum for women in the industry to exchange ideas and advice. None of the forums generated much interest, which is evidenced by the dearth of posts and participation.
While we felt that we were not making much of a contribution through the forums, site statistics for each of the single-topic pages and each of our home pages did indicate that these sites were popular. We also started tracking hits on the weblogs and discovered that this one, Notes from the Field, is frequently visited and read. For some reason Postcards from the Revolution does not enjoy the same number of visitors, but the traffic has picked up. Another contributing factor is that weblog was created on 21 January and is still relatively new.
This brings me to the single-topic pages that we have. One thought was to eliminate them altogether, but they are popular and don't require any effort to leave them in place. If you haven't already checked them out the following whirlwind tour will add some clarity to the virtual hairball that we've created:
- My personal page - divided into
- Mike's personal page, which is a gateway to other sites and resources that I'll describe below. He also has an about this site page and a page titled knowledge through reading. If you are diligent and click on graphic elements on the opening page you'll also be whisked to Mike's book reviews on Amazon.
- Software Quality Assurance is little more than an unannotated list of SQA resources.
- Software Engineering and IT Operations is a collection of resources. It also mixes topics (as bad as mixing metaphors), but does have valuable content for both topics.
- Software Change and Impact Analysis is a highly focused collection of resources that software engineering and IT operations management professionals will find valuable.
- Service and Application Delivery is another mixed topic collection that addresses development and operations. There are some gems here, but their descriptions are terse.
- Performance and Capacity Planning is a good source of materials for both performance analysis and planning, and capacity planning. The topics are distinctly different to practitioners, but are related at a meta level. The content here is tersely described, but invaluable to the right audience.
- Information Technology Security - this is the opening page to three pages devoted to different aspects of infosec:
- Life Cycle, Project & Infrastructure Management Page, which is Mike's original web page. Highlights are the Tools & Documents and Links sections. If you want to know more about Mike click the About Mike Tarrani link.
- Business and Strategic Planning Resources is devoted to promoting business knowledge in the IT professional ranks.
- Technical Communications Resources is a page of resources for technical writers, consultants and, frankly, anyone who wants to improve their ability to communicate ideas and information. There are writing and illustration resources that everyone, in and out of IT, will find useful.
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