10 Signs of SharePoint Project Chaos
SharePoint is great isn’t it? As a technology it’s evolved to be an awesome platform, with a breadth of features that is hard to match anywhere else…
So why is it that we all seem to be coming across an increasing number of unhappy “SharePoint Customers”?
Do you recognise some of these signs?
- Project plan is finished, but no one outside the project team know what they’ve got beyond the word “SharePoint”
- Users getting upset at seemlingly small issues and miss all the shiney new features
- Poor user adoption
- Wheres my content? Migration from old SharePoint/File Share didn’t include my most important , absolutely essential to my job files!
- Really hard to get the business case for the next SharePoint project.
What about these signs of ‘wayward’ SharePoint projects destined not to deliver?
- The project requirements are specified in terms of technical SharePoint features
- The users won’t, or worse still can’t, say what they want
- Stakeholders don’t have time to be involved
- No shared understanding of what the new SharePoint project is meant to achieve
- No measurable outcomes to demonstrate value.
If you have experienced some or all of these you are not alone. As the project team it is really hard to deliver when you aren’t told what is needed; as users you just want to get work done and its management pushing for change; as a stakeholder you have been sold on the dream of SharePoint but you really don’t need to get involved in every little detail.
It’s not easy to have a successful project, one that you could finish and look back saying “I did that”.
Real success is possible, it will take a mind-set shift to work smarter, and you will probably need to bring someone in from outside to give a new view on things, but the value at the end of the journey is immense!
At 21apps we have been working with SharePoint for 10 years (in fact since it started with SharePoint 2001), we have the scars from projects that have struggled and learned lots which has helped us deliver successful projects.
We have distilled our experience, project successes and techniques into a simple, effective and proven 6 step model (21shift).
Get in touch and find out how your project can be a success with the 21shift model embedded into your SharePoint programmes.
This post was originally posted on the 21apps blog: