Conference Agenda

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Monday, May 1

DAY ONE: PART ONE

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Registration & Coffee
9:00 am – 9:15 am
Opening Address
9:20 am – 9:50 am

With the growth of social and collaboration tools, mobile access, and cloud applications, the modern intranet is in the throes of an evolving landscape. Intranets remain highly important, but your company’s roadmap needs to plan for the digital workplace as a whole.

Based on first-hand experience developing countless strategies, Sam Marshall will demonstrate how approaching this from an employee perspective brings clarity and purpose to decisions. Also, how to ensure the needs of your multiple stakeholders are being addressed.

About Sam Marshall
9:55 am – 10:20 am

What do boosting employee engagement, enhancing collaboration, minimizing mass emails, encouraging innovation, and strengthening corporate culture all have in common? They represent five strategic objectives that your intranet can help deliver on.

In this session, Amol will share a number of examples and best practices from ThoughtFarmer clients that will leave you inspired to achieve your long and short term goals via the intranet.

About Amol Gill
10:20 am – 10:30 am
BREAK
10:35 am – 11:05 am

Get to know intranet professionals from around the world! This year we’re introducing the ThoughtSummit Round Tables, a topic-per-table forum where you’ll have the opportunity to chat with peers, intranet experts, and industry thought leaders in a casual setting. Share stories, discuss challenges, and celebrate wins—come grab a coffee and get ready to grow your community of practice.

11:10 am – 11:40 am

ThoughtFarmer is an excellent out-of-the-box social intranet solution. Custom additions can take your intranet from excellent to amazing. In this demo session, Tim will showcase a selection of ThoughtFarmer extensions that we have built for clients over the last few years. He will demonstrate solutions that are practical, pretty, and more-often-than-not, both. Expect to leave this session full of ideas on how ThoughtFarmer customizations could benefit your intranet!

About Tim Schiller
11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Do you know the difference between readability and legibility? Or when to use the three modes of interaction? Or why some pages just “feel” so easy to read while others take extra effort to crunch through? Design has these answers and more! Join Wil as he taps into the psychology of screen-based communication design, helping us understand why humans “see” things they way they do. Starting off with a whirlwind tour through the basics of visual design and rounding out the session with some real-world applications in ThoughtFarmer, we think you’ll walk away with at least one new idea or concept that you can start using in your visual communications today.

About Wil Arndt
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
LUNCH

PART TWO: Celebration & Appreciation Event

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Included as a complimentary part of the conference, we’ll explore one of British Columbia’s most magnificent outdoor attractions — the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Tuesday, May 2

DAY TWO: PART ONE

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Coffee & Networking
8:30 am – 9:15 am

The content management implementation failure rate is higher than it should be, and projects seem to fail for the same cluster of reasons: unrealistic requirements, expectations, and human factors. In this session, Deane will discuss the major reasons for project failure learned through almost two decades of implementation experience, and discuss strategies and policies to put in place at each stage of the project to prevent them.

About Deane Barker
9:25 am – 9:50 am

What happens after launch? How do you continue demonstrating the value of your intranet to employees? Eric Goodman will share his post-launch story (filled with tips & tricks to use on your own intranet) and how a little innovation and a lot of dedication helped EngenderHealth embrace the intranet as their central platform for internal communications.

About Eric Goodman
9:50 am – 10:05 am
Break
10:10 am – 10:35 am

Looking to spice up your intranet? Want to know how to get the most out of your ThoughtFarmer installation? This session will outline some awesome tips and tricks to take your ThoughtFarmer experience to the next level.

About David Constantini
10:40 am – 11:05 am

In this session, Clare will discuss how WFAA took it’s intranet from a rarely-used LotusNotes tool to an integral part of their internal communications strategy with ThoughtFarmer. Citing practical examples such as their approach to change management, PR issue handling, and employee engagement, Clare will detail how WFAA used ThoughtFarmer to enhance communication and collaboration, and how you can too.

About Clare Buttry
11:10 am – 12:00 pm

Are your users having trouble finding content on your intranet? Are you having trouble creating a structure that meets everyone’s needs?

Learn how to craft and refine your intranet structure in a way that matches how users think about data. In this hands-on workshop you will try two common engagement techniques: card sorting and task testing. Card sorting is an exercise to map users’ expectations and understanding of your content, while task testing is used to validate and refine an existing or proposed intranet structure.

About Jessica Dill & Deborah MacKenzie
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LUNCH
1:05 pm – 1:25 pm

Are your users having trouble finding content on your intranet? Are you having trouble creating a structure that meets everyone’s needs?

Learn how to craft and refine your intranet structure in a way that matches how users think about data. In this hands-on workshop you will try two common engagement techniques: card sorting and task testing. Card sorting is an exercise to map users’ expectations and understanding of your content, while task testing is used to validate and refine an existing or proposed intranet structure.

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm

After nearly a decade of failed attempts, BOCES finally found the right ingredients to launch an intranet that cut across long-established silos within the agency.

Hear from the team who created BERT, BOCES’ ThoughtFarmer intranet, as they walk you through how they transitioned their intranet from a project to a program, and the myriad challenges they faced throughout the journey.

About The Capital Region BOCES Team
1:55 pm – 2:35 pm

Intranets are not just for community. The future workplace must be engaged, but also efficient. Collaborative, but also agile. We’ll look at how intranets have evolved from shared document storage to community builders to a central hub for community, collaboration and efficiency. We’ll see how they become the hub of the well orchestrated workplace.

About Deb Lavoy
2:35 pm – 2:45 pm
BREAK
2:50 pm – 4:00 pm

The workplace is constantly evolving. As technology inundates the space with more tools promising increased productivity and better collaboration, where does your intranet fit in? How is ThoughtFarmer evolving to keep up with the changing landscape? Join Darren Gibbons, Wil Arndt, and Trevor Allen for an in-depth discussion about the future of ThoughtFarmer and how it will facilitate the vision of workplace orchestration.

About Darren Gibbons & Trevor Allen
4:05 pm – 4:50 pm

This talk will describe how the social intranet is an ideal base for the emerging digital workplace toolset, and describe how intranet professionals can build on this key connecting role to play a meaningful role in organizational change.

About Lee Bryant
4:50 pm – 5:00 pm
CLOSING REMARKS

PART TWO: Reception

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We’ll be concluding the conference with a happy hour and reception at Tap and Barrel. This spot is conveniently located near the hotel and has a beautiful view of the Burrard Inlet and downtown Vancouver. It will be the perfect backdrop to conclude the conference and a great place to unwind, reminisce, and mingle with attendees and ThoughtFarmer staff.