The Intranet Project Process is Broken

Today’s Broken Process Encourages Wickedness

Expectations are ever increasing, businesses need faster, better and cheaper.  But the process followed for our intranet projects can’t keep up, it is unsustainable.  Organizations need a great intranet, but they simply can’t commit the level of resources required for a 1-off completely custom solution.  We have got to find a better way.

NO

STANDARDS

we can look to

every intranet is

COMPLETELY

UNIQUE

100%

START

we all

FROM SCRATCH

WE DON’T HAVE GUARDRAILS

to keep us on-track

THE LEGACY PROCESS
FOR INTRANET PROJECTS
IS BROKEN

 

We have a well established tradition of practices driving the Intranet project process. You are probably familiar with this model. It is an arduous process that is mostly waterfall phases.

The process is the same one you would have followed 10+ years ago, and there hasn’t been any major improvements or simplifications in all that time.

There is no content guide or template we can work from, and no modernization or simplification to the process. The SharePoint technology is completely different, yet we are still going about these projects with all the same legacy baggage.

According to the Nielsen Norman Group, the average time to produce is 14-months, and it takes many businesses 24-months or more.

The painful discovery process, from a business owner perspective, is one of the major issues with this legacy process. It uses a lot of time and money, and occurs by opening-up requirements gathering to a broad audience of users.

Most folks’ understanding of the technology is surface-level at best, so they don’t really know what they’re asking for when they’re asking for it. There aren’t enough practical constraints around scope when the world is your oyster.

View Legacy Process Infographic

I Call Bull$#*+!

It doesn't have to be so complicated

There's certain things

EVERYONE

DOES

with their intranet

Let's create

STANDARDS

&

BEST PRACTICES

for these

CORE

things

Let's architect them

as a

SOLID

FOUNDATION

we can build on

&

Let's get them out of our

HAIR

so we can focus on

the

TRULY

UNIQUE

needs of the business

Each of us is reinventing the wheel

with our completely 1-off Intranets

Each of us is funding it

over & over, we’re paying for the reinvention

Let's Capitalize on our Collective Experience

build on the best-in-class intranets

Drop the Legacy Baggage

and leapfrog over the basics

Why do we keep doing this?

Straighten the Maze is working to simplify intranets by building standards for the CORE things we all do. We’re focused on the common foundational items that are complicated, easy to get wrong, and that every business creates from scratch.

By delivering prescriptive standards to modernize and simplify this process, we’re helping get the basics out of your hair so you can move on the truly unique things your business needs.

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