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The project management SharePoint

Projects that understand what existed and what exists are both efficient and effective.

SharePoint has an incredibly rich out-of-the-box capability, but too many times the project team does not know what is capable with SharePoint.

With these self-paced, training links provide an overview of what could be to collaborate, search, publish, and file.

Project portals need to meet user objective, not IT administrator needs. More people should reject the SharePoint designer, not the SharePoint capability.

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A Led Zeppelin page of project management

Time impacts a project business need. How a project team identifies the impact decides if time is a resource waste or resource investment.

Before you sink costs into a project and well before your project looks more like sunk costs invest time for a better appreciation.

A review of what was, what is, and what should never be, is critical to identify risk to resource commitment.

Take a page from Led Zeppelin, who borrowed heavily from others, at times, without acknowledgment, to create something grand from what was tried.

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Top 10 blog posts for 2014, 5 to 1

Top blog posts from 2014, from number 5 to number 1, a follow-up from Top 10 blog posts for 2014, 10 to 6 5. The cost of culture, a 50% turnover of the Fortune 500 — Technology drives change within the company, digital drives the way customers chose our company product or service.  These two force change faster and greater impact is that size is not an advantage:  this morning’s blue chip is this afternoon’s Goodbye Mr. Chips. Change was always with us, but not always the warp speed it is today. 4. Change management bottom up or top — So often, so many believe that organization change must come from the top. However, only when the majority holds does the power to believe in the change does change management survive the select top down fantasy. Change management only, truly, succeeds when the majority adopt and utilize the change approach. If, in 2014, you learn nothing new, you …

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3 challenges to SharePoint organization adoption

SharePoint provides organizations and all who work within them to take knowledge from someone’s hard drive and to a shared forum that fosters collaborative solutions. SharePoint meets two distinct organization objectives: Publish — Save to a SharePoint site in place of your hard drive you Collaborate  — comment, edit, alert, discuss, track, and manage To foment that value, as the Microsoft SharePoint Overview shows, SharePoint helps build: Sites, Composites, Insights, Communities, Content, and Search Great concepts and look at all the options available. However, I have found three challenges to SharePoint organization adoption. Heading into to their territory, or down the rabbit hole, as the case may reveal, we have three challenges: Application Portal Interface The challenges limit end-user adoption and the way people view a SharePoint alternative to current tools or workflows to accomplish or frustrate their work. The SharePoint:  Sharing is Caring Whether improved or …

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Community persona reaction for functional design

We design constantly. Our emails, training courses, project plans, policies, programs, surveys, business cases, strategies, facilitations, we are in a constant state of craft, create, model, test, build, and repair.

Whatever the intent, to take a concept from intention to adoption relies less on what you design and more on how you design.

A community persona perspective measures functional communication design success and reaction to how you design is the feedback loop of how people accept your design.

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5 ways SharePoint intranets improve change management

Constant change relies on constant sharing and I have found Microsoft’s SharePoint application, a powerful enterprise, change management tool.

SharePoint provides multiple ways to build a portal where your organization can not only see latest announcements but participates in discussions and contribute to shared learning. more flexible than formal training and more widely available.

In the last 12 months SharePoint, has radically altered the way I design any change management effort I roll out. Good intranet design with change management efforts to link communication change principles, provide a host of change management options.

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Community persona for SharePoint intranet design

SharePoint intranet site design that leaves out understanding user need offers little more than propaganda for what you hope sells.

Hope for a community to buy-in is not much of a strategy.

Conversely, community commitment happens when people return to seek value, exchange value, and contribute value with, and for, each other.

Can you build that? Yes, particularly when you start with a community persona strategy to identify end-user motivations and the transparency to contribute to their need.

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Community persona for organization development

Why do people matter? Because people are the only way organizations, and communities, achieve or sustain anything. To understand people you need to understand what answers they look for.

Clear links from content to the place where action occurs is crucial. To move from selling to solving means a move from your motivation to get it done to another’s motivation to solve a challenge. Persona strategies create marketing goals more effective than traditional advertising.