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IT Policies


I have recommended to a client that a good way of presenting this typically boring subject matter is to design a computer based quiz. They have agreed as long as it is pitched to an intelligent audience. Does anyone have any bright ideas?
Carson Warnes

2 Responses

  1. Give them the reasons

    Reasons are the fuel in the furnace of achievement! Don’t ask me who said it first, because I don’t know!

    What I do know is that presenting policies can be dull for two reasons in itself:

    1. Because they are typically presented by soemone who is dull!
    2. Because the reasons underlying the policies have not been explained.
    3. Because the lack of education of the staff means they are not able to appreciate the value of policies (such as change control!)

    There – now you have three reasons for the price of two!

    The problem can be helped by getting the message right for the audience and presenting that message with energy!


    Barry Faith
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  2. Presentation

    I agree with Barry’s suggestions. In two different companies I have had to assist in the creation of IT Policies in a PowerPoint presentation.We gave each presentation some pizazz!

    We presented the policy in all of our internet and induction courses.

    We added music, the CEO’s comments as a .wav file (reinforced that everyone from the top down agrees with this policy) and humourous graphics: e.g.sad computers that have viruses on them.

    I then pre-warn the delegates that there will be a quick quiz at the end with chocolate rewards for correct answers. It was fun, lively and it created in depth discussions of why the policy was in place and allowed for people to share their ‘gruesome stories’ of viruses, former staff members who surf for pornography at work, lost passwords etc.

    We included the ‘Dos’ as well as the ‘Don’ts in our IT policy so that everyone did not feel that they were being reprimanded through a lecture.

    IT policies are always filled with ‘juicy material’ just ready to be explored.



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