Organizing Chaos

Steven Vore: “I’ve tried, in most of the companies and groups in which I’ve worked, to bring some sort of organization and order to the information storage side of things. To various extents, I’d like to think I’ve been successful. To be honest though, I’ve had the most success when I’m working with very technical people who, by their nature, prefer order over chaos. When I’ve been working with more business-oriented or creative folks, they see less need to contribute. They’re often grateful when I’m able to find things for them, but they’ve just not been as willing to invest the time to keep things tidy. Different personalities, different priorities.”

I’ve found this to be the case in the last two companies I’ve joined. Both have managed to get it together using Wikis and internal communication tools. I myself prefer Wikis, the free form nature suits my scattered brain. When documenting things I find it difficult to order my thoughts, so I don’t try. I write everything down as it comes to mind and order it later.