Office 365 Distilled EP51: Scoops of MOCA for the workplace

After our last episode, where we talked about maturity levels, it provoked a thought experiment about tools and the workplace. Then we found the MOCA framework, which stands for Modern Collaboration Architecture.

MOCA model

You can download the MOCA presentation and one-pager here.

In this model, Microsoft breaks modern collaboration down in a few parts:

  • You
  • Your teams, where you do your work (common goal)
  • Your communities, where you build bridges to other people and stay engaged (common passion)
  • Your organization

The MOCA model is awesome for explaining which tools can be useful where. If you haven’t done anything with Office 365, this would be the ideal starting page to decide what tool you want to set up for what type of collaboration.

In short, if you want to have Successful collaboration, it means getting the community time, individual time, and team time in the right proportion

The value of the watercooler conversation

How much time do you want to spend on not-work while you are at work?

There is a lot of conversation around the value of community in the business supporting the development of innovation at the coffee machine that is not available in lockdown.  Steve suggests that community-time is management driven community time within an ever-filled calendar.

How do you encourage Lockdown community?  People need time to interact as a community for personal development and to discuss ideas when there is pressure to meet goals and focus on delivery.

Performing in a team means getting support for community time and individual time

What makes it work? Teamwork!

Having a group of people working together towards the same goal is what makes a team tick. No wonder this heavily relies on Teams, SharePoint, and Planner.

Teams are discussed, and the suggested number of 5-12 is explained as a scientific fact around quantity vs quality and how decisions can be agreed quickly with the right number.

Value of the MOCA framework

So is this the one framework to rule them all? Definitely not. This framework will not work for everyone. Some of my customers will not use these tools for these abilities.

Just apply the bits that fit for your organization, leaving out the tools or parts that are not useful in that time or for that audience.

Whisky: The Ardbeg Wee Beastie

In this episode we hint at WhiskyAtEase, our Youtube channel from Steve and me where we just talk about our love for whisky. No tech. Check it out!

While we love te default Ardbeg 10yo and all varieties the Islay distillery brings out, the young 5-year-old Wee Beastie leaves us with some distaste. It feels not finished, harsh (and not in the good way the 10yo does).

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 14 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.