One of my favorite new Microsoft Teams features -
There are a TON of great new features that the Work From Anywhere shift has illustrated, and the Microsoft Teams folks have worked to quickly implement. Chris O'Brien, a Microsoft MVP and prolific information sharer, has blogged about the Big 4 groups of announcements from the March 2021 Virtual Ignite, and you can read more about Viva, Compliance, Azure, and Teams here.
I'm happy to say that it is more a 'thing' in America than it has ever been before, for lots of reasons. I applaud all who take the time on this day to recognize the efforts women have been making historically in order to be taken with equal seriousness and respect as men, and applaud all male allies who have worked to further equality. It started over a century ago motivated by women demanding the right to vote and hold office.
We all have an opportunity to call out bias and inequality, in any form. Collectively, we can all help create a more inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.
#ChooseToChallenge #choosetochallenge2021 #IWD2021
I tend to be punctual and efficient in leading meetings, but one adaptation I've made this week is to reserve the first 5-10 minutes of online meetings for group intermission. This allows attendees flexibility as they navigate bandwidth-related lag and delays. This has been a little bit of an adjustment for me but it has paid dividends in alleviating one small stress for remote teams. I even include it right on the meeting notice:
Please note: In these changing times, online meetings are experiencing some lag on startup, so we'll aim to connect on time but understand it may take up to 10 minutes for all attendees to effectively gain access. Therefore, we'll use the first 10 minutes as intermission before effectively starting our meeting. Thank you for your patience!
Governance is just a downright un-sexy topic. It's about as exciting as an annual wellness exam. No one likes it, no one looks forward to it, but we all know it's good to do. So you can imagine my surprise when I had a great crowd in a first-morning presentation slot, AND they had wonderful questions and engagement! I was also pleased to see that there were FIVE other presenters touching on Governance topics through the day, so if this is a topic you're interested in, please be sure to check those out as well.
My approach - in Governance and other business solutions - is to define solutions with an eye toward utilizing the tools you already have in place. Most of my passion is with Office 365 and Microsoft 365, so these were the platform assumptions that I used generally - but I wanted to start off with some over-arching principles about what Governance is, what it can do, how to manage it, and make it as seamless and painless as possible. Fortunately there are more tools onboard the O365 experience that help with this, including AI-driven automation opportunities. There is still a lag in what Governance tools are natively offered and what third-party tools have been able to provide that allow IT departments and global admins to better manage their tenants, but it's getting better all the time.
I'm embedding my slide presentation, but there aren't speakers notes that accompany these. During the live presentation, I elicited input from the audience as to what platforms they're using, where they are and are not using Governance, and challenges they're seeing in their rapidly changing industries - and tailored discussion for recommendations that could be easily adopted. What that means for these slides is that they might look a little boring without that context. Or, without the context of the theme music accompanying the discussion. If you're curious about that, or anything else touched on here, please reach out and ask.
Be sure to check out the collection of speakers and slide decks on the SharePoint Saturday - Denver speakers page.
Making Room for Governance - the Presentation
The Before - During - and After fun
But I am wise enough to know that my way isn't the only way, and over time I have been repeatedly surprised by enterprise clients who really, really love these web parts.
Over the years I've had to build custom code web parts to display the time and date. With Office 365 and SharePoint Online, there have been a few solutions around for the last year or so available on Github or via third parties, but now there is a built-in weather and world clock web part option for modern page layouts.
There are lots of other neat features too - call to action buttons, hero web part updates, News and announcement rollups - but what I'm betting right here and now that the biggest "wins" out of this rollout will be the time and weather features.