Did you know that the term WikiWiki is Hawaiian for “fast; quick.” At HR Open, we use Wiki for collaborative editing of our documentation. HR Open is a global community of volunteers, dispersed throughout numerous time zones, so we can’t always communicate through conference calls.
The process for developing standards for a particular domain include:
- Overview: this ensures everyone understands the purpose and scope of the project
- Define the Actors: systems or roles that communicate to each other via the standard
- Use Cases: stories of the business process and where the standards will be utilized; can include actors, diagrams, and sample data
- Throughout the whole process we define terminology and implementation guidelines
All of this documentation helps business analysts understand the process and implementers develop their products using the standards much more quickly. Keep in mind, this is a collaborative process, so the finished product is a standard that has years of knowledge and experience behind it.
Once the workgroup has completed the project, the Wiki is converted into online documentation available to the public for free.
If you’d like to learn more about our workgroup process or want to get involved, contact Kim Bartkus.