Lisa Welchman, in her 20-year career, has paved the way in the discipline of digital governance, helping organizations stabilize their complex, multi-stakeholder digital operations. Lisa’s thought leadership focuses on interpreting how the growth of digital impacts organizations, as well as the maturation of digital as a distinct vocational discipline in the enterprise. Currently, Lisa is president of Digital Governance Solutions at ActiveStandards. Lisa began her career in digital in Silicon Valley working with Netscape and Cisco Systems before establishing website management consultancy WelchmanPierpoint, which was acquired by ActiveStandards in 2014. Lisa speaks globally on issues related to digital governance, the rise of the Information Age and the role of the information worker.
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Organizations that struggle with their digital presence often do so because they haven’t established proper governance. But good governance is worth pursuing: clear policies and processes can answer questions, empower teams, and enable web strategies to shine. In this excerpt from Chapter 5 of Managing Chaos, Lisa Welchman explains the importance of digital standards—what they are, why they matter for governance, and how to start documenting them for your stakeholders.