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Seamless Teamwork: Using Microsoft SharePoint Technologies to Collaborate, Innovate, and Drive Business in New Ways (Business Skills) Paperback – November 8, 2008
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About the Author
Michael Sampson is an industry analyst and consultant focused on helping teams and organizations succeed through better collaboration tools and practices. He has written numerous analyst reports and is a prolific blogger on teamwork and collaboration topics. Based in New Zealand, Michael works seamlessly with colleagues and clients worldwide.
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The New Project; Managing the Project and Finding a Team; Setting Up SharePoint; Team, Meet SharePoint; Creating a Shared Vision; Understanding the Options; Analyzing the Options; Making a Decision; Concluding the Project; Winning in the Market; Index
Rather than write the normal "here's feature x, and here's how you use it" book, Michael presents the material within the context of a story about a project. Roger Lengel has been asked to take on "Project Delta" for the Fourth Coffee company. It's a project to expand the business internationally, and Roger will have a team of geographically dispersed individuals. Furthermore, he's been asked to use SharePoint to manage the project, a software package he's not familiar with. He knows this project is important and will have an impact on his future with the company, so he needs to take advantage of all the tools at his disposal to make the project a success. As he sets up each part of the team, he learns about a new feature of SharePoint that can help him manage the work.Read more ›
In fact, the book would have been very helpful for me when I first started using SharePoint for the purpose of team collaboration. Now I can simply recommend colleagues and others who seek my help for setting up SharePoint for project and team collaboration to buy and read "Seamless Teamwork" instead of consulting me. ;-)
The book also does a good job at explaining how to use new tools and technologies such as wikis, blogs and RSS. In this way, it also serves as a good introduction to these tools and technologies for those who are not familiar with them or don't yet understand the business value of a technology such as RSS.
Furthermore, the book touches on some of the things that are really essential for making collaboration work, such as creating a shared vision. These kind of "collaboration essentials" are well integrated with the more practical hands-on instructions throughout the book.
From a personal point of view, it would have been great if the book also had touched upon situations where team members might not be using computers with Office 2007 installed, when accessing SharePoint from outside the corporate firewalls or when you need to collaborate with partners and customers.
To sum up - I find "Seamless Teamwork" to be a very valuable resource that I would (and do) recommend to anyone who is interested in how SharePoint can be used for team collaboration.
Michael Sampson has written an engaging narrative, structured around real-world collaboration needs and solutions; he explains not just what SharePoint does, but also the business context and policies required to successfully deploy and use it as a collaboration platform.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a fair amount of experience using SharePoint (not as an IT administrator but as a business manager - having built/used several SP sites over the years). Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by Electra Kitty
Hello - this is my first review after 10 years of buying just about everything on Amazon. I bought this book about 2 months ago because we were trying to figure out how to... Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by Joe Madden
Recommended material for those who are ignorant to the SharePoint proposition yet, and want to learn via a practical reference case what and how it can help teams in enterprise... Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by W. J. M. Strien
This book comes highly recommended for project teams working with SharePoint. Written from a end-users perspective.Published on September 5, 2009 by J. Soulsby
I liked the down to earth, easy to understand nature of the book. It is just asimportant to unserstand why you would want to do something as it is to know how to do it.Published on August 3, 2009 by Trudy K. Utzler