Monday, September 22, 2008

SharePoint Best Practices Conference

The conference is over and it was a great success!

Mindsharp team had organized everything very neatly with great attention to details. I don’t believe they had anticipated such a big success, but they did a good job rearranging some of the sessions and session locations in order to accommodate attendees and speakers.

I’ve attended many great sessions and finally got a chance to meet with some of the people that I’ve been friends with for a while.

By the end of the conference I was very exhausted, the main reason is that it was the first one when I had a chance to speak at my very own session on developing training strategy for SharePoint staff, I also co-presented at this conference with my friend and colleague Paul Galvin on a case study in governance.

To my luck I got severe cold before the conference so I’ve spent the whole time coughing and carrying boxes of tissues. And on Wednesday I even lost one of my contacts so during the whole Training speech I was half blind J But thanks to all support from my friends Bob Fox, Paul Galvin, Spence Harbar, Agnes Molnar and all great people that attended it was a walk in the park. I was very nervous in the beginning, but then I remembered that the audience is there not to see you fail, but to see you succeed and sure enough Todd Bleeker popped in with his cheerful smile and it put me at ease.

If you were unable to attend this conference I urge you to sign up for the next one in February as soon as the registration opens as the number of attendees will be limited and you can’t afford to miss all the great tracks that it will offer.

PS: bellow you will find inks to all slide decks

I'll see you there :-)

"Formula for Success" Training your SharePoint staff

Taming the “Wild West” A Case Study in Governance

Friday, September 19, 2008

Set default date to first day of the current month

This is small requirement I received to make a date column in a list and make it to

default to the first day of the current month.

I'm sure that for most of you it will not be something difficult to do, but for those struggling here are the steps:

1. create a date type column.

2. In the default value of this column to the following formula


instead of "1-Apr-2008" you might want to use any date that reflects the first day of the month, DAY() function will extract the needed number 1.


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Sunday, September 7, 2008

SharePoint Best Practices Conference

I'll be at the SharePoint Best Practices Conference in Washington September 15-17. I'll be co-presenting at this even with my colleague Paul Galvin on Tuesday the 16th:

Real World Governance: "Taming the Wild West "

As well as presenting at my very first session on Wednesday 17th:

"Formula for Success" - Training your SharePoint Staff

This session will cover all roles and role based training approach.

This presentation will cover:
- Identification of the key roles involved in the usage/development/maintenance of the SharePoint Portal
- Describe the type of training each role is required to receive based on their responsibilities
- How to deliver more focused and relevant training

Audience members should gain enough understanding of the importance of delivering training to all roles involved in a successfully SharePoint implementation, and with concrete and useful information that help them to develop the right training strategy.

Stop by and say "hi" :-)

I'll see you there.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

SharePoint training approaches

I've just realized that my article had already been published on TechTarget "SharePoint Training".

Let me make something clear, I am not a trainer, the reason I've chosen "training" topic is because in my experience the biggest obstacle in end-user adoption is lack of competence and general basic knowledge of the SharePoint  environment and it's functionality.  This can be addressed through delivering right training.  Take a look at this article, hopefully it will help you to define  and customize your training a well as explain different delivery methods.

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