Blogger: Craig Roth
After web governance presentations, I am frequently asked if there is a sample I can provide. I understand the need and would probably ask the same thing if I was in the audience. But my gut says the samples would be used to short-circuit the process rather than just help conceptually understand governance by seeing a deliverable. With governance, the process of instantiating it - the interviews, the hashing out of differences, the achievement of demonstrable buy-in through signatures - is where the value is. And each statement of governance should be highly customized in certain areas that are unique to the organization.
I think I've found an answer to this conundrum. Over on the KnowledgeForward blog I posted a sample statement of governance - for my home decorating project. While slightly tongue-in-cheek, it does provide a way to conceptualize what a final statement of governance can look like and the problems it is intended to solve. And yet it's not the same as giving the answers to a test, since the domain is different enough that copy/pasting the answers isn't useful. It also gets around confidentiality, since the corporate statements of governance I work on can't actually be shared.
If you're working on a SharePoint, web, or portal statement of governance, check it out and see what you think. My explanatory post is here and the "Home Decorating Statement of Governance" is in a document tab on the blog.