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IT Assurance - SharePoint Governance Guest Blog Series

Welcome to the first in the series of guest blog posts discussing alternative (well different to mine anyway) perspectives to the Seven Waves of SharePoint Governance that I define in my book The SharePoint Governance Manifesto.

For this post we have Hugh Wood talking about Code Governance which is an essential part of the IT Assurance Governance Wave and splashes into the Information Governance Wave too!

Enjoy!

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Awesome SharePoint Governance workshop Announced

This 2 day collaborative training course will seek to open your eyes to a more appropriate, holistic and sustainable approach to delivering SharePoint Governance for your customers and in your organisation.

The course is based on the content presented in my book 'The SharePoint Governance Manifesto'.

You get 2 days of intensive, fun and collaborative theory and practical activities guaranteed to steer you towards your SharePoint vision.

As well as a positively disruptive course you'll get a copy of the paperback and eBook versions of 'The SharePoint Governance Manifesto'.

This course is not technical, we won't be building stuff on laptops, we won't be coding, configuring servers or even looking at SharePoint screens.

This course will not be boring, it won't just be me reading from slides, I want to discuss, collaborate, challenge and disrupt you.

We will be learning, listening, talking, sketching, whiteboarding and thinking...Most of all we will be positively disrupting the way you think about and implement SharePoint Governance.

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Hola... Holacracy and the SharePoint Centre of Excellence

This blog post is written hot on the heels of the latest internet buzz surrounding Zappos (sorry pun intended). The buzz is focussed this time on its CEO, Tony Hsieh’s highly publicised and critiqued decision to throw away traditional business management models, at the online shoe retailer and doing something, well something entirely different!

Zappos is in the process of implementing a non-hierarchical management model known as “holacracy”.

Wikipedia describes it as:

"...a social technology or system of organizational governance in which authority and decision-making are distributed throughout a fractal holarchy of self-organizing teams rather than being vested at the top of a hierarchy."

Holacracy isn't a new concept, with the term derived from the term holarchy, coined by Arthur Koestler in his 1967 book The Ghost in the Machine. But Zappos is one of the first large organisations (circa 1,500 employees) to start to adopt the approach and to already be showing signs of success.

Interestingly, there are also some similarities with the culture and organisational structure of Gore (the designers of Gore-Tex etc.). Within Gore they have implemented what they call a team-based, flat lattice Organisation 'structure', but that’s not the focus of this discussion.

Why do I have an interest in these alternate management and organisational culture models?

Why do I think there is any relevance at all to SharePoint?

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2 New SharePoint Awesomeness Training Sessions - Disruption & Governance

This post has been a long time coming, I've had on my mind for the last 12 months that I want to bring my thinking and approaches out into the open in a more formal manner and run some 'training' courses in the key areas that I consult in. 

I'll have some news in the next month or so about a Requirements Facilitation course I'm planning, but for now I want to formally announce the birth of two new courses:

  • Disruptive SharePoint Approaches - 1 Day
  • Disruptive SharePoint Governance for the Masses - 2 days

The titles are subject to change but hopefully allude with sufficient clarity what the sessions are focused on.

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One Step Forward... A review of Microsoft's latest SharePoint Governance guidance

One step forward... No steps back.... <phew>

This is a good news blog post.

As you will undoubtedly know I have my own, very clear (I hope) perspectives about what SharePoint Governance really means.

Historically, Microsoft's guidance has been very IT and technical feature based and I have been unhappy with its contents and effectively the lack of guidance they have offered.

With this latest release of it's SharePoint 2013 Governance Guidance (November 19th 2013), things haven't changed as much as I would have liked, but there are definite significant signs of things moving in the right direction, it articulates Governance in a less techie way and I haven't found myself shouting at my screen quite as much!

The purpose of this blog post is to run through the contents and highlight my perspective of where it works and where it falls short and also, I hope, articulate some pointers to other content and approaches that will help you on your Governance journey.

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My View of SharePoint Saturday UK 2013

 

It was an awesome day.  It is always an awesome day!

It was great to meet old friends and make new ones. 

I give huge thanks to the person who wants to buy 10 copies of 'The SharePoint Governance Manifesto' as Christmas presents for their clients!

I think my session went well, I was really happy with the content and the audience participation (see below) .

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Disrupting SharePoint Saturday UK 2013

Yay Smiley Face!

SharePoint Saturday 2013 is finally here, if you're sitting on the fence as to whether to spend a day of your hard earned weekend geeking out with your SharePoint peers then please let me encourage you to make that jump and book your train, put fuel in the car, grab a lift from someone, cycle (be careful the A5 is a bloody busy road) or whatever.

Just be there! 

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What if IT stopped funding SharePoint projects?

 

Public Service Announcement:

"Your IT department is no longer going to fund any SharePoint 
projects for this organisation"

Boom!

Now what? 

After the initial panic, and believe me there will be a huge uproar in your organisation, when the dust settles and we calm the f*ck down, will it really be as bad as we first thought?

I don't think so...

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Stop Reading Techie Books!

This blog post has come about because for far too long technology consultants have been very myopic in their learning... Technologies, such as SharePoint, Yammer or whatever platform you choose are in the scheme of the universe, very very immature. 

As consultants we need to open our minds to what's new out there as well as what has been done before outside of our specialism, outside of technology and well and truly outside of our comfort zone! 

This ever updating blog post will serve to be the source of books that I recommend that you should consider reading soon...

Grab a beer, coffee, cup of tea and expand your techie mind: 

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