Best practices

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    1. Create an Alignment Checklist which is a way to assess how closely aligned your organisation currently is to your values as defined in your key documents such as charter and best practices. The checklist would cover a number of key aspects of an organisation in order to assess how much it's behaving like the kind of organisation described in the current specification for the ideal. Here's an initial example list of coverage for the checklist:
      1. Weekly meeting
        1. Attendance
        2. Agenda
      2. Schedule
        1. Usage / coverage (e.g. using it for booking resources? or just for meetings and events)
      3. Finances
        1. Cashflow & budgetting
        2. Resource allocation
        3. Reporting & bookkeeping
        4. Independence
      4. Team
        1. Team events
        2. Responding to member feedback
        3. Member education and upskilling
        4. Member self-organisation
        5. Collaboration on shared vision
      5. Network
        1. How good a node is this platform?
        2. Sharing
        3. Support / balance
      6. Portals
        1. Usage & usefulness
        2. Organisations portal structure
        3. Contribution to team connection and unification
      7. Documentation
        1. Usage & usefulness
        2. How complete and in-context is the groups documentation
        3. Feedback
    2. Perform the task each week of updating the Statement of Current Alignment by going through the checklist. The statement is embedded in the common portals such as department homepages and physical noticeboards.

More specific best practices documents

Documentation best practices: When using a wiki for wiki organisation, it is important to conform to a consistent set of best practices which together make a generic wiki into a powerful organisational tool for describing, deploying, maintaining and using organisational systems. The aim of this article is to document and highlight the set of best practices we've developed over the last few years of applying organisation within the MediaWiki environment. The best practices for wiki organisation play a similar role to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines, but we've named them "best practices" since its an established organisational term, apart from that, we add a few of our own specific practices. [more]


Wiki best practices: When using a wiki for wiki organisation, it is important to conform to a consistent set of best practices which together make a generic wiki into a powerful organisational tool for describing, deploying, maintaining and using organisational systems. The aim of this article is to document and highlight the set of best practices we've developed over the last few years of applying organisation within the MediaWiki environment. The best practices for wiki organisation play a similar role to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines, but we've named them "best practices" since its an established organisational term, apart from that, we add a few of our own specific practices. [more]


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