Category Archives: Battling Ambiguity – Nemesis of Organized Productivity

OBSERVATION: Excess focus on branding is a common mis-step in cultivating True SharePoint Adoption (TSA)…

2013-02-09 MV to All: Here’s another observation 12+ years of working with SharePoint has taught me: organizations who focus almost exclusively on re-branding their SharePoint deployment are doing so because they don’t understand what SharePoint is. 😐 It’s a defense mechanism – a sort of if-I-can-manipulate-the-UI-then-I-must-understand-it mentality which in fact is not accurate at all. Sorry to all you UI developers, but […]

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HOW TO : (ACTUAL) Linked-Server Settings for SQL Server 2008 R2 to Excel 2010 Spreadsheet…

2012-11-09 MV: Anyone trying to actually define a Linked-Server in SQL Server 2008 R2 to an Excel 2010 spreadsheet, I’ll be you’re as frustrated as I was. Surprisingly few links, and what links there WERE kind of ran you around in circles, eventually showing you settings for the JET provider, or describing the ACE provider, but NOT really showing the […]

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FOCUS: It’s about WHAT should be architected FIRST, and only afterward HOW it should be architected

I’m noticing SharePoint architecture gaining popularty theses days, but I still dont see any improvement in better understsnding the decision-making process underneath…the one which decides WHAT solutions should actually BE architected in the first place…. – companies seek to increase profits – profits can increase w increased sales – sales reqs CRM – CRM can be improved via SP profits […]

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HOW TO: The 8-Step SDLC Method of Estimating Development Effort Quickly & Accurately

2011-12-22 MV: Among the most vital components of any development project – any project at all for that matter – are The Estimates. Yet estimating continues to be poor at best, not the least of which is because typically The Chain of Command requires it… but they neither use accurate estimating techniques nor bother to teach them. In a project-centric world […]

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MUST TRY: Camtasia video capture & editing software for SharePoint & other training videos

2011 01 13 MV to All: Just recently I was asked to prepare a set of SharePoint 2010 training materials, and recognized it was an excellent time to blog about one of my favorite tools in recent history – Techsmith’s Camtasia Studio. Even after using it now for several years, I still find myself impressed at how useful it can […]

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BEST PRACTICE: include "Session Purpose", "Session Goals" and "Preparations" clauses to your meeting invites!

2010 12 09 MV: Ambiguity is the hidden serial killer of productivity in any organization. In organizations which hold lots of meetings with lots of attendees, much time is wasted with poorly-worded invites. Obscure titles, no clear purpose or goals… the result is all too often a bunch of people getting together, mindlessly discussing whatever comes to mind… and accomplishing […]

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