SharePoint Roadmap




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Paul Culmsee writes (on Twitter):

"Your new book is awesome - better than your first."


Martin White in London has posted the first blog review of SharePoint Roadmap. He writes:

"The writing is concise and opinionated. Michael writes from a position of authority on the subject based on having implemented SharePoint applications, and this book is full of insights that only an experienced practitioner is in a position to offer. Take page 69 and the comment about three limitations that render the integration between SharePoint and Outlook for team collaboration as pretty much useless. You will have to buy the book to find out what they are!

However this book is not negative but constructive. Above all it provides a framework for IT and business stakeholders to get around a table, talk the same language, and work out how to get the best out of the application. Even if you have already implemented SharePoint for collaboration applications you will benefit from this book whilst there is still time to put right the mistakes you have made so far."

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James Robertson in Australia wins the award for the second blog review of SharePoint Roadmap. He writes:

"Michael has done a huge amount of thinking about SharePoint, and it shows. This is one of the most insightful resources of SharePoint published to date, and it’s unique in it’s business focus. This volume doesn’t get caught up in the technology, although it is informed by it. Instead, it looks at issues of governance, planning, purpose and engagement."

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Jim Bob read Chapter 1 of the book, and then made this comment:

"thinks @collabguy hit a homerun with #SharePointRoadmap if book does what ch1 claims. {Thx 4 the call, Michael; looking fwd 2 the rest.}"

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(Thanks Jim Bob ... looking forward to your review of the whole book!).

Gavin Knight received his copy of SharePoint Roadmap, started reading it, and wrote:

"started reading @collabguy 's latest book on collaboration ~ rich content, but without sacrificing readability ~ in fact, very readable"

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(Thanks Gavin!)

KCGolf in Milwaukee received his copy of SharePoint Roadmap and said:

"Started reading through #SharePointRoadmap; through Chapter 2 into 3; need to slow down to absorb concepts. Deep thoughts!"

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Jed's book had barely touched down in Canada, and he'd read it and posted his review. He writes:

"It did not take Michael long to write this book, as he has pulled together pre-existing material he has developed over the last couple of years for his workshops and seminars, and it did not take me long to read it - but that does not decrease its value at all !

If you have every read my blog before, you will know that I constantly harp on about strategy and governance, on aligning tools to business needs and requirements and other themes that Micahel covers in his book, and as such you would probably expect me to recommend it, but I would go a lot further and say that for a whole class of non-business savvy SharePoint geeks this is a must have, a reference volume to refer to so that they can constantly remind themselves they are not implementing SharePoint simply in order to improve Microsofts shareholder dividends. And that is probably the biggest difference from Michaels previous Seamless Teamwork, which is firmly aimed at the user community.

Like I said, I am leaving my copy for the boss while I take a break, but I think we will be refering to it often in the coming months."

Thanks Jed! Have a great vacation ...

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Those of us working in the change management slipstream behind large scale technology implementations understand that ‘doing SharePoint’ is not, in itself, all that likely to result in successful outcomes. As compared with setting out to ‘improve collaboration’ or ‘enable better information management’ across the organisation; and then identifying SharePoint as the platform to help achieve these business objectives. If the Field of Dreams model has ever worked in the enterprise, it must surely have been such a rare occurrence that no credible IT department or project management office would predicate a SharePoint deployment on the premise of “build it and they’ll come.” Would they?

Unfortunately, there are still too many reports of organisations that have ‘done SharePoint’ in just this fashion and presided over a qualified success at best, or a huge failure at worst. The shiny new portal is pretty much ignored (or loathed). Or the plethora of issues with the file server, local hard disks and email, which SharePoint was expected to remedy, inexorably start to replicate themselves inside the new technology platform. The much anticipated improvements in team collaboration don’t materialise. New problems start to arise, such as ungoverned Team Site chaos, that over time erode rather than enhance the ‘knowledge sharing’ the business wants so badly to leverage.

SharePoint Roadmap for Collaboration, Michael Sampson’s latest publication, offers clear and succinct advice to ensure you avoid these all-too-common pitfalls and deliver a SharePoint implementation that is a real success, in real business terms. As Michael himself asserts, “The point isn’t to have a nice shiny SharePoint implementation; the point is doing business better.”

Michael’s previous hands-on volume, Seamless Teamwork: Using Microsoft SharePoint Technologies to Collaborate, Innovate and Drive Business in New Ways, described how to leverage the technology by exploring the ‘real world’ scenario of a new cross-company strategy initiative, ‘Project Delta.’ While SharePoint implementers certainly stood to benefit tangentially, that work was explicitly intended for the users – information workers and project team members needing to get the most out of this new technology for their own and their team’s benefit. This new book, as indicated by its title, continues the collaboration focus, but presents a broader business roadmap for effective planning, evaluation, governance, engagement and user adoption to ensure the organisation’s SharePoint investment results in tangible business benefits. While intended for IT professionals, it has wide relevance on both sides of the technology/business fence – the product selection group, steering committee, trainers, stakeholder and change managers, and the technology implementers. I agree with Paul Culmsee – Michael’s second book is even better than his first.

It’s a great (and an easy) read – concise and incisive, only as technical as necessary, informed and authoritative, and above all practical, so you too can “make SharePoint take off and work for your firm.”

Gavin from Wellington, New Zealand, shares his reaction to SharePoint Roadmap:

"The book is very readable despite being full of rich content covering some complex areas. For the last couple weeks I read a chapter every few days. Then today I completed the second half of the book in one sitting. It flows very well.

I have been a member of IT project teams for over 10 years, and in project management roles on such projects for over 5 of those years. The insights in Michael's book resonate closely with my experience.

The ideas Michael explores are equally applicable across a much broader range of IT projects. Not just collaboration projects generally, or SharePoint projects specifically. I encourage Michael to explore this further in his future writing."

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Jane McConnell, internationally known Intranet strategist, writes:

"I rarely read books that have product names in the title. However, SharePoint Roadmap for Collaboration by Michael Sampson is an exception.

Michael approaches SharePoint the right way. From the top down. I mean that his main interest is collaboration. This means people and how they work together. He then talks about SharePoint in that context.

This is a book that can and should be read by business, communication and IT managers in any organization considering or currently implementing SharePoint."

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I really like the 7 Pillars and how Sharepoint is doing or not doing :-) them(liked the candor). This seems like something that should be updated now that Sharepoint 2010/Exchange is out. Also is MS reading this as they need a goal.

Agreed ... and it is being updated. More to come on this.

Hi Andrea,

Thanks for sharing your personal opinion.

Great post! Roadmap you have outlined can not only be used to implement SharePoint but should be used for any ECM/BPM implementation

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