May 2013 vSharePoint Meetup Summary

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Victoria SharePoint User Group –
summary of May 9, 2013 meetuP

Eighteen members attended this meetup and including Sector Learning Solutions’ new Collaboration Systems Business Analyst, Rebeca Saenz. Thank you to Rebeca for taking notes on the presentations to create this summary!

Rob Morrison’s BC Ferries SharePoint Implementation presentation offered insight into “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of their SharePoint implementation – placing emphasis on what worked for them and what they would do differently in the future.

After illustrating the key pain points that BC Ferries faced – including a lengthy and complicated document change request approval process in conjunction with 12,000 paper documents stored in a 26 foot wall of cumbersome binders that resulted in bottlenecks and difficulty finding information – he highlighted the ways that SharePoint optimized processes, created a culture of communication, and reduced use of paper.

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Rob shared a brilliant tip for others seeking a smooth transition – the creation of a “Ten Commandments” document – containing a list of rules for staff to follow  – including best practices such as using standard SharePoint templates for root pages and assigning a “leader” to maintain each SharePoint site.

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Sean Wallbridge’s The Book of 5’s presentation took a fun, interactive, approach – and solidified his preferred title of “SharePoint Jedi” by emphasizing the fact that although there are SharePoint MVPs (of which he is one), there are no experts, just those who continue to explore the ever evolving ways of the SharePoint force.

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Sean shared a series of top five lists he has compiled on all things SharePoint then asked the audience to share their recommendations of what they would include on said lists.

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The list of  Top Five Websites to Follow for SharePoint-related Content included SharePointReviews.com, Slideshare.net, and Twitter (#SharePoint) – and was bolstered by the following audience contributions – reddit.com/sharepoint, sharepoint-videos.com and xkcd.com (because who doesn’t love witty comics!).

To access the PowerPoint slides from this and past vSharePoint meetup presentations delivered by Sean and other itgroove staff – check out their SlideShare account – http://www.slideshare.net/itgrooveservices.

Some feedback on the event from attendees:

“This was a great meetup.  Very informative presentations, and looking forward to continuing Sean’s Top 5!” – Tammy Ruffolo

“A good combination, each presentation so different
and therefore stimulating in different ways…” – Tom Benjamin

When’s the Next Meetup?

The June vSharePoint meetup is scheduled for: Thursday, June 13, 2013.

I have some insider information – vSharePoint organizer and event host, Sean Wallbridge, is planning on mixing things up – with a NEW location and NEW meetup time.

Want to be ‘in the know’? Make sure you’re a member of the vSharePoint Meetup group to receive email announcements of any changes – as well as the speakers and topics for June.

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
Sector Learning Solutions

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One response to “May 2013 vSharePoint Meetup Summary

  1. Really good meetup, always and especially this time.
    Note that part of what made Rob’s 10 Commandments approach to governance work – in addition its brevity – was the focus on TRAINING. If anyone wants a SharePoint site, they have to (get to!) take a 1-day SharePoint administrator training course.

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