I am new to my current company, but have 20 years with other companies. I am considering presenting some topics to my co-workers, but I think I'd like to share the same concepts with the rest of the world too.
I have two different paths I'm considering:
Create the presentations as a company asset: I could do it during work, or on work resources, then consider it a company asset. If I do this, then I would like to also recreate similar slides on my own website (on my own time and with my own resources), I still may end up with questions of proper use of company intellectual property.
Create the presentations as my own asset on my own website: I would create the presentations on my home computer using home software and documentation on my own time. Once I've created the presentations, I'd publish them to my own personal website, and at some point in the future, present the topics at work too (maybe as a special monthly "lunch and learn" topics)
My company discourages us from publishing our company intellectual property without going through lawyers and other review boards. But, in this case, it wouldn't be corporate intellectual property, it would be material acquired from my school/life/prior-employer experiences, and artifacts created on my own time.
I suspect some of you will post "consult a lawyer", so I'll preempt that by saying I'm not afraid of hiring a personal lawyer to review my corporate policies, and my current plan is to consult a lawyer before I proceed. But I'm interested to hear what insights this community has, and experiences with independent publishing while employed, then using those public publications in the workplace.
Here are some potential conflict scenerios for this:
- Adjunct Professor at night, who has a day job in industry
- Technical blogger, who works in the same industry they're blogging about
- Online Learning teacher, who makes coursework for Udemy or Coursera
- Professional who joins a professional society on their own and publishes
- Developer who posts on StackOverflow at night, but programs in the same language during the day