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who uses wiki?

After reading a suggestion about their use on http://www.craiglarman.com we've been using a wiki as a change/config/requests log for our latest project.

It's proving a valuable resource - we're getting all those little facts that usually don't get an airing into a shared area - that we can then search through when needed.

Anyone out there using a wiki as part of their development environment?

Art G
Wednesday, April 23, 2003

We used TWiki at my old employer for our knowledge base. Worked wonders. I loved it. We were a small company, under 100 employees total though.

Ian Stallings
Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Search down the index page for "Knowledge sharing using wiki webs" for an earlier discussion.

I've been inspired to try using one again and have installed OpenWiki (openwiki.com).  I tried out Twiki a while ago, but the install process on Windows was painful and the default page layout did seem easily customizable.

OpenWiki is very easy to install (windows only) and uses XSL for producing the final output.  This means that my wiki integrates into the look and feel rest of the project web site.  It may be a small matter - but looking right helps get things accepted, and make navigation much more seemless.

Rob Walker
Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Twiki http://www.twiki.org and I cannot recommend it enough. 

I strongly suggest you get the plug-ins, especially the big ones (like spell checking).  There are other Wikis and I reviewed many of them.  YMMV so test drive a few, and make certain you really test drive them.  Use real examples of what you would be doing.  Real files, data, calendars if you wish, etc.  Better to know the limitations and be comfortable with them.

Once you pick one, then start moving things there.  Documentation, notes, project plans, everything not buttoned down.  What you want for a wiki to be successful is for everyone to be saying "it's on the wiki" then no one saying it, everyone just expecting it to be there. 

Also, do not secure changes except to legal stuff.  As I posted in another thread:  My admin is a grammar "freak,"  or more precisely, she is far more in tune with it than I am and it really bothers her to see documents with even superficial grammatical errors.(BTW - this is one of the qualities I hired her for.)  If she sees an error it is gone in a flash.

Also remember if you have off-site support, including on-call remember to secure it so that your off-site people can access it, but no one else...

Mike Gamerland
Wednesday, April 23, 2003

As my Master thesis, I'm working on a wiki-based product to manage Agile Development projects.

If you want more info on using wiki in the workplace, you should read "The Wiki Way" by Cunningham and Leuf ( http://www.wiki.org )

Giovanni Corriga
Thursday, April 24, 2003

I'm planning to use a Wiki for keeping the knowledge developped in a pilot project. Precisely, I'm planning to put there the FAQ and the design decision rationals

(Sorry for my bad english)

R Chevallier
Thursday, April 24, 2003

I just installed WakkaWiki (being a PHP/MySQL/easy Install rather than TWiki's CGI/MySQl/more difficult install) and like it a lot. I've been experimenting with it. It's easy to add on to, and pretty light weight in terms of install. It seems to do all the basic Wiki things. http://www.wakkawiki.com/

www.marktaw.com
Monday, April 28, 2003

I have tried the hosted wiki www.editme.com and it works very well. At 5 dollars per month it's really a bargain. Integrated html editor, file upload and easy security makes the treshold so low, even older people (70+) can contribute.

Christer Nilsson
Friday, January 02, 2004

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