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.