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The Enterprise 2.0 Backlog: 100 Ideas

Some of the ideas on this list are quirky, but they'll get your creative juices flowing as you dive into the execution phase of the E2.0 revolution.

26. Require all managers to schedule regular drop-in "office hours" for their individual-contributor employees.

27. Close down enough office space so that you have fewer desks than employees.

28. Connect two locations via a two-way permanent video link using wall-sized telepresence screens.

29. Source 2,000 hours (one person-year) worth of work from online marketplaces such as oDesk, eLance, and RentACoder.

30. Crowdsource a solution to a business problem.

31. Choose a new product concept to fund and launch using an X-prize-type internal contest among prototypes produced by competing teams.

32. Declare a "Wikipedia Wednesday" and get your employees to create or improve at least 100 pages based on their expertise.

33. Run an analytics exercise to compute the worst and best 10% customers based on profit margins.

34. Run a faux-Dilbert cartoon contest among employees.

35. Create a video of your newest employee interviewing the CEO.

36. Ban PowerPoint at C-suite briefings and require presenters to submit a written narrative to guide the discussion beforehand.

37. Install standing laptop desks with power supplies in all water cooler/break room areas.

38. Supply high-quality free coffee to your employees.

39. Install a treadmill in every break room.

40. Rewrite your employment contract so that employees do not give up rights to ideas outside of a narrowly defined scope relevant to your business.

41. Get rid of desktop office software (for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations).

42. Create an internal version of Kickstarter (either in-house or using a white-label service).

43. Get rid of desk phones and issue work cellphones to all employees.

44. Sponsor a local co-working location in your city and reserve a few desks for employees.

45. Identify the savviest social media person among your employees and offer him or her a roving "internal blogger" job.

46. Create an internal time marketplace and let every employee reserve 20% of their time for sale on it.

47. Challenge every major function to put together a barcamp within a week of an announcement.

48. Fire a customer.

49. Run a C-level brainstorm to figure out what it would mean for your company to be a "platform."

50. Figure out whether your company's primary competence lies in infrastructure, product development, or customer relationships (based on John Hagel's "Unbundling the Corporation" model).

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Deb Donston-Miller
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Deb Donston-Miller,
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7/31/2012 | 8:41:56 PM
re: The Enterprise 2.0 Backlog: 100 Ideas
Your articles have always been so thought-provoking, as is this list! I agree that companies can and should use this as a test to see how far they have come and as a to-do list for making future Enterprise 2.0 progress. It would be interesting to do a survey to see, in general, how companies are doing.

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, The BrainYard
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