Office 365 Distilled EP 37: Working with the business is the new adoption

In the middle of the pandemic, when travel is back on inside the bubble, Marijn took his little car to see Steve, to have a BBQ, whisky from the smallest distillery in Scotland and some knowledge sharing! Let’s put business first!

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After our business-focused sessions at the Virtual Marathon , Steve and Marijn are enjoying some meat (and veggie options ofcourse).

Marijn’s God Complex

Marijn watched a youtube video around how consultants (and doctors) always think they are right, without doing much of trial and error. A great short video!

SharePoint used to be a black art.. where the architecture set up would be in the hands of the experts. Today, with the modern Office 365 we see that it is so much easier to set everything up. You don’t need be a conjurer to set up complex SharePoint sites: Conditional formatting and metadata, offline sync, …

Steve talks about a alphabetical view on a list, where someone on his team created a calculated column to grab the first letter, and then group it on that field. That adds value, and creates knowledge within the team to leverage in the future!

The boys talk about how Outlook Spaces are coming, and how adding that into Project Cortex would work wonders. Knowledge Management is going to be shaken to its core. You can start planning for it right now!

Easy Knowledge Management starts here!

What business knowledge do you have in your department, that other departments need to know? You can start small by keeping it in an Excel like this:

If you keep this in a quarterly meeting, you are passing a lot of information on! Could you add a scoring mechanism to it, and get the first seeded knowledge items for Project Cortex!

Whisky: Edradour

After the Scottish Summit we had a few days driving around in Scotland, with some great visits to some distilleries. On the last day, we visited this small distillery, at a closed shop where we got some small bottles to accompany us for lunch.

This Sherry-heavy whisky is run by 2 men who can only produce 18 casks a week. This sherry flavor of course means Steve is not a big fan: We get some plum, lots of sherry and dried fruits. It is a very smooth dram that gets better after a second sip.

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 12 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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