Office 365 Distilled EP 24: Using a Ponzi pyramid scheme for adoption

Marijn has some fun learning all about Shifts in Teams and learns he needs to be an owner in order to put his work dates in. We talk about making your governance futureproof and discuss how implementing a Ponzi type pyramid scheme would benefit our user adoption.

Futureproof governance

We have been talking about governance before, but if you took a look 5 years ago you would only look at SharePoint for governance.

These days, governance in Office 365 will take around 25 days of work to manage Teams, SharePoint, knowledge management, search, ….

When you also bring the items that are going to released the next 6-9 months, you get an even bigger list. Changes in PowerApps, Power Automate, retention labels, new content types, … private channels ?

Delve blogs are going away, so that is one concern less. If you are using these, here is a good blogpost on how to migrate them to modern pages.

Pyramid schemes for rolling out OneDrive

Steve’s tribe leader has a brilliant idea: What if, for rolling out OneDrive, we talk to 5 people on how to do it. In return, they each need to talk to 5 of their peers, who in return need to talk to 5 more. If it works for vitamins selling, why not for Office 365 adoption?

It works in small workloads that are very well covered in training material, with enough checks build in.

How do you follow up that they do their 5 people? Do you want to set up a system of badges or a ticketing system?

Whisky: Kilchoman interview with James Wells

Kilchoman distillery in Islay is one of the youngest distilleries in Schotland, let alone the beautiful island of Islay. It is a nice, small family owned distillery.

Steve has an interview with James Wells, the son of the founder of Kilchoman.

We also tasted the Kilchoman Machir Bay, Sanaig (the sherry cask which is now superdark compared to the older one), STR and the Vintage 2010 which was awesome!

Marijn talks about caramel coloring in whisky. Color is important, it is used as a meter to grade whisky.

Machir bay, which is the name of the beach nearby, has subtle peatyness, not like a Laphroaig that grabs you by the balls. It manages to capture the well rounded smoke artistically. But don’t be mistaken, it is still a full blown Islay peaty Scotch! The nose from a earthy campfire after the rain, and a smooth yet spicy finish. Some burnt orange on the back of the finish.

If Laphroaig is a steam train, leaving you smelling like smoke for the next 4 hours, this Machir Bay is more like a japanese bullettrain, elegant, refined and moving to get you there.

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.

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