T2P Community Contribution Guide

Together, we can build better resources and knowledge about information governance and operational risk management.

Companies everywhere share the objectives of reducing risk and improving business processes. These objectives support business growth and promote healthy markets. So, while we work for different employers, we're all working on similar issues: how to measure and manage risk, effectively implement internal controls, improve work processes and outcomes, and align IT governance with business goals and processes.

Each of us holds some of the knowledge we need to meet our work objectives. Some of your own knowledge is unique, gained from your own experiences, challenges, and communications. By contributing your knowledge, you can help to advance someone else's efforts and solve their problems. Hopefully, their contributions can help you, too. T2P exists to support this exchange.

Many professionals contribute to T2P out of an earnest desire to help others—maybe because we've all, at some time, needed others' help. This is an admirable driver; however, the benefits of contributing go beyond good feelings. By writing an article or paper, recommending trusted resources, shoring up an IT policy template, or contributing other unique tools or resources, you gain:

  • Visibility and acclaim within your professional community
  • Proof of professional development that can be cited on resumes and in Continuing Professional Education (CPE) records
  • The opportunity to spark a professional dialog around your ideas and solutions, engaging perspectives beyond your immediate environment
  • The "brain" motivation of knowing that your efforts will be read and critically considered by smart, well-informed colleagues
  • Credit where credit is due

What to contribute

Because knowledgeable voices should be heard, T2P provides channels for a diverse range and format of publications—and if you want to contribute a resource that doesn't perfectly fit one of our existing projects or publication channels, we'll build a new channel for it.

Papers, articles, how-tos, spreadsheets, diagrams, templates, models, scripts, databases...we can publish all of these formats. All we ask is that contributions demonstrate:

  • Expertise in some area of information, IT, or business management
  • Operational experience in your area of expertise
  • Insight, utility, and/or a coherent point of view
  • Intelligible and benevolent intent
  • Vendor-neutrality

What we mean by utility

Any resource contribution should reflect or support the development of relevant, practically usable information. Resources should have the potential to help other community members better understand and/or manage information technology, business risk, corporate governance, legal requirements, and/or regulatory compliance—without hype, bias, or commercial promotion. For example:

  • Experience-based recommendations for resolving sticky or complex IT, compliance, and risk management problems
  • New pages or revisions in the Open IT Policy Project (OITPP)
  • A best practice guide to IT planning, business continuity, general management, or implementation practices
  • A change management procedure, or change-request form template
  • A practical technical, managerial, or legal analysis on the impact of a new regulation on IT governance
  • Comparative cross-mappings of internal control objectives to an industry regulation
  • A disaster recovery workflow diagram
  • An IT, risk management, or business management framework or standard
  • A spreadsheet of key performance indicators (KPIs) and calculations for information security
  • Practical advice improving IT audit practices, procedures, and communications
  • Suggestions on managing, consolidating, and communicating with vendors
  • Guidelines for systems continuity, contingency planning, and disaster recovery
  • Case studies of successful (or unsuccessful) approaches to internal control
  • Mailing list questions about responses to real-world management scenarios

Note that a certain specificity is a common characteristic in all of these examples. Contributed resources should assume readers have at least basic competency in and general understanding of the topic at hand.

Prohibited contributions

Although T2P will seek to publish every good-faith submission, we reserve the right to absolutely reject and/or remove content that is:

  • Promotional
  • Off-topic or generally irrelevant to of our scope of coverage
  • Offensive, threatening, vulgar, pornographic, defamatory, or hateful
  • Misleading or demonstrably false
  • Nonsensical
  • In violation of third-party copyright or intellectual property rights, or otherwise illegal
  • Supportive of illegal activities
  • Invasive of other community members' privacy, or otherwise exploitative
  • Unsafe or harmful in apparent intent or functionality

Quality enforcement

T2P editors monitor and curate all contributions. Moreover, we encourage community members to monitor and comment on each others' work. Content must be credible. If members complain about your posted content, we'll ask you to respond. If you cannot or will not defend your content and member complaints are generally adjudged by our editors to be valid, we may remove the content. If we receive repeated complaints about your contributions, we may bar you from further posting. In general, contributions that are in bad faith or are harmful by design will result in immediate membership suspension.

Contributions that violate this policy—and particularly those that appear to be promotional or malicious in nature—may be summarily destroyed without backup or notification. Contributors of prohibited types of content may lose contribution privileges and/or be stripped of other membership privileges.

In general, T2P editors may publish (or remove) contributions from this website our sole discretion.

How to contribute

Different types of resources have their own posting or publishing mechanisms:

  • For informal responses and critiques, use the comment forms available for most published resources and visible to logged-in members
  • Within the OITPP; resource hubs; and other projects, review the "What You Can Do Here" menus for project -specific contribution and response options
  • Submit and respond to questions on the community mailing list
  • Participate in T2P's high-level leadership by joining T2P Advisory Boards for organizational strategy and/or research development

Who may contribute

Short answer: We hope all community members will submit content, and any community member can.

Longer answer: T2P fosters a diverse and vibrant community that spans companies, industries, job functions, market contributions, managerial levels, and geographic divisions. Because this is a business site that relies on professional, credible contributions, however, we have a few firm criteria for content contributors:

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older
  2. Must be registered members of T2P
  3. Must have agreed to our Terms of Service
  4. For publications, must have read and agreed to our Community Contribution policy, as printed below

Questions about contributing?

We're here to help. Write us at admin(at)t2pa.com.