A company intranet is a kind of private website that contains information and resources for people working in your company. If you don’t have one, you can stop reading now. You do have an intranet? Great – this is your chance to get constructive ideas about how to improve it, for free. Nielsen Norman Group Nielsen Norman Group (NN/g) is a respected authority on web usability, the art of making websites easier for people to use. Led by Jakob Nielsen, NN/g offers advice, training and consultancy to all kinds of organisations. Nielsen himself writes a regular column about usability. It’s practically required reading for web designers – and useful to the rest of us too. Improve your intranet Anyway, NN/g is looking for participants in a piece of research into the usability of company intranets. If your business fits the bill, what they’re offering in return for your participation could be quite attractive. Put your intranet forward for the study and, if you qualify, you’ll get:
- A free round of usability testing for your intranet
- Post-test discussion of the findings
- A copy of the final report
- Three free passes to the company’s conference in Vegas (you’ll need to stump up the air fare yourself)
We haven’t added up the value of all that, but usability testing doesn’t usually come cheap, especially from industry experts. And just working through the process would give you an insight into exactly how you can improve your company’s intranet. Interested? Well, you will have to devote some time to the project, and the application process is quite involved. So to find out more, just check out the information on the NN/g site. If you do put your name forward, let us know how you get on.