Community Collaboration with Microsoft Teams

Our communities are the home for many small non-profit organisations that often rely on donations to provide services to those in need. The people who work in these organisations come from all sorts of backgrounds and share a common goal to help others. They are often constrained by skills, budget or time. Towards the end of 2019 I was invited to take part in a … Continue reading Community Collaboration with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams ‘Who’ App

Apps provide a way of extending the basic functionality of Microsoft Teams. As a Manager during the lockdown I’ve found myself needing to touch base with my team both formal and informal ways. The Who App / Who Bot really makes the informal chat’s easy. The Who App is include as part of Teams, but needs to be added before the functionality is available. Who … Continue reading Microsoft Teams ‘Who’ App

Get Going with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams has seen explosive usage growth in the past few weeks as companies look for tools to allow more staff to work from home. 12 Million new users were added last week alone. I’ve seen some people doing this very well and others struggling to know where to start. Microsoft provide some good resources to get you and your team up to speed quickly. … Continue reading Get Going with Microsoft Teams

MVP Summit 2020, a remote experience

For Microsoft MVP’s the Microsoft MVP Summit is one of the highlights of the year. The opportunity to spend a week at the “Mothership” in Redmond, WA really is something special. We get to participate in sessions from the various product teams who actually create the software we use, provide feedback, meet socially and network with other MVP’s from around the world. The Seattle area … Continue reading MVP Summit 2020, a remote experience

Microsoft Teams Instant Meetings

Microsoft Teams meetings can be scheduled either using the Teams App or with an Outlook Meeting Request, but sometimes you just want to organise an impromptu meeting.  Teams allows you to do this by clicking the small video icon in the posts tab of a Teams Channel. This feature is available for anyone in the Team including Guests. In this video I use a Surface … Continue reading Microsoft Teams Instant Meetings

SharePoint Basics : Team Sites

Recently I’ve been working with several clients who are moving to Office 365 and migrating from network drives to SharePoint Online. It reminded me that while I spend a lot of time working with people who already have exposure to SharePoint, this new wave of people are first timers. The SharePoint Team Site is the basic building block of a Document-centric SharePoint environment. If you … Continue reading SharePoint Basics : Team Sites

Team work for community good

I’ve been working on a very interesting project to help a group of community service organisations work better together. Here are a few thoughts and lessons I’ve learnt that others might benefit from too. This is a great example of how technology can benefit NGO’s. In Canterbury, New Zealand where I live, these organisations tend to be small and want to spend their budget on … Continue reading Team work for community good