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Podcast: Embracing Wikis -- Interview with Stewart Mader

May 10, 2008 • podcasts, wikis

Stewart MaderDownload MP3
Duration: 18 min.

Stewart Mader was one of the coolest people I met at Doc Train West 2008. He is a person driven by his enthusiasm for wikis.

In this podcast, Stewart talks about the following:

  • Advantages of using a wiki for your technical documentation
  • Why lack of advanced styles in wikis isn't a major problem
  • The relentless focus on simplicity with wikis
  • Choosing the right wiki among dozens of wiki engines
  • Pitfalls with using an open source wiki (like Mediawiki) for your company
  • Why your content (not your format) is the most important element of any wiki
  • Techniques for growing wiki use and adoption in your organization
  • Why customizing your wiki to look like a professional website isn't that important
  • Managing multiple spaces inside wikis, and integrating with Active Directory
  • Why Stewart recommends Atlassian Confluence wikis
  • The number one reason why wikis fail

Resources

Stewart's PowerPoint on his Grow Your Wiki session is below.


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