Guidance 2.0


Imagine what a Guidance 2.0 world might be like …



  • browse tag clouds of reusable “architecture nuggets”

  • subscribe to “guidance feeds” that give you the latest practices and recommendations

  • share your “guidance” playlists with friends (share your favorite collections of how tos, guidelines, checklists)

  • build guidance mashups from your favorite trusted sources of information

  • rate the guidance and rate the raters (think Amazon or EBay)

  • browse a federation of guidance Wikis in your company and in the community

I think next-gen guidance is about bringing together a lot of key concepts:



  • context-precision (using context to organize information)

  • personalization (create your own views, tailor it for your needs, … etc.)

  • community type ratings (expose the thinking and rate the raters for the guidance)

  • guidance types (evolvable schemas for guidance types, such as how tos, guidelines, checklists, patterns …)

  • Folksonomy over taxonomy

A lot of today’s guidance lives in blogs.  Part of the problem (and beauty) of blogs is that every end node is a blob of information.  What if there were RSS end nodes that contained “collections” or “lists” of how tos, guidelines, patterns … etc.?  From a very practical standpoint, I would love to subscribe to the latest MS (or any company) recommendations and view those in a type of my choice (patterns, guidelines, how tos … etc.)  The mashupability is endless.


Those are the ideas that drove and shaped Guidance Explorer.  Guidance Explorer was just one small step towards a world of more effective and efficient guidance.

Comments (3)

  1. robcaron says:

    I like what tagging can deliver, but I think it’s only one perspective on information. As such, I wouldn’t choose it over a taxonomy any sooner than I’d choose having an index over having a table of contents in a large book. I want both because I don’t think a tag cloud is a substitute for a taxonomy; however, the two together is a powerful combo.

  2. I think next-gen guidance is about bringing together a lot of key concepts: context-precision (using

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