Category Archives: The Big Picture

Architect = Master Builder: A Common MIS-Conception…

A common misconception in the world of SharePoint is that the role of “architect” being synonymous with “master builder” – that is “master developer”. The two are neither equivalent nor interchangeable, yet company after company (even IT consulting firms) continue to advertize openings for “architects” when in fact what they’re really seeking are “master developers”. The result is … pain. […]

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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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EXPLAINED: What the SHAREPOINT\System account actually IS…

2012-11-24 MV: There’s a lot of confusion out there concerning the entity called “SHAREPOINT\System”. Many people have tried explaining what it is by explaining what to do (or not do) with it. It’s surprising just how LITTLE documentation is readily available from Microsoft on this – something I consider a very important topic toward understanding SharePoint. Here is my own […]

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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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SHAREPOINT DESIGN PATTERN: Embedding The Process “in The Page”…

2012-01-26 MV:  We’ve all seen ’em:  those cool step-by-step wizards – whether in websites or desktop applications – where as you walk through each “pane” of the wizard, there’s a little iconic set of arrows which looks like this:    Step1 –> Step 2 –> Step 3 –> Step 4 –> Done! Can you instantly tell where you’re at in this […]

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REVEALED: Agile’s secret to success is not what you think – it’s simply a short(er) estimating horizon…

2012-01-06 MV:  I just stepped out of a very stimulating lunchtime discussion which included a brief presentation on agile principles by someone I found quite knowledgeable on agile theory. Somewhere along the way I had a “moment of clarity” wherein I realized that two of the key reasons agile principles are still perceived/argued (whatever) to deliver superior results is for nothing […]

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BEST PRACTICE: The Virtues of the Combined Architect/PM Role…

2012.01.03 MV: While most of the attention in development trends these days is in exploring the strengths & weaknesses of various development strategies (e.g. agile vs waterfall), an aspect of development often under-explored is that of the roles assumed by the players in these strategies. I’ve come to realize again & again that the success of The Project depends not […]

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