Taxonomy Research: Project Strategy Determination for Taxonomy creation
October 2, 2011 5 Comments
During my flight to SharePoint 2011 continued research on developing Taxonomy creation methodology. Lambe’s book provided excellent insights. What I glean from his work was prior to undertaking a taxonomy project its necessary to assess the state of readiness an organization. The question becomes what you do to assess taxonomy readiness.
Here again Lambe provided excellent insights. The two major factors to use in an assessment are Information Maturity and Technology/Environment Maturity. Information Maturity can be partitioned using Cynefin Framework into four state matrixes: Known, Knowable, Complex, and Chaotic. This matrix infers that level of taxonomy usage that is applicable: Structure & Organizing, Establish Common Ground, Span Boundaries, Sense Making and Discovery
The assessment of technology maturity spans a range from Ad Hoc Storage, Bucketing, Libraries, and finally Content Management Systems. These ranges of technology maturity limit to what level of usage are possible in the current enterprise.
By the end of the week I hope to have both an assessment worksheet and guidance selector for how to scope a taxonomy creation project.