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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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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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My trouble was the books ends when the project is approved, I felt like we were only half-way finished, and it was over. As I have reread for building out infrastructure it dawned on me that the title doesn't say anything about project management, or MS Project. So while I must have set myself up some false expectation, I felt it worthy to post a review to anyone out there thinking this book will actually help you manage projects *with* sharepoint, and project. So if that is what you're looking for, this is not that, but otherwise it is very good at the supporting sharepoint construct for developing, documenting and workflowing getting projects developed and approved.
Like another review, I think this book is really for someone that has zero experience in SharePoint and will have limited value to no value to anyone else.
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.
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. This starts at welcome pages for the project, to wikis for storing project information, to announcement lists, shared calendars, blogs, and numerous other things. By the time the story finishes, he (and you) has explored most all of the significant SharePoint functionality that is offered by default, and done so within the context of a real world application of that knowledge.
The first thing to know and understand about the book is that it's not targeted primarily at IT professionals. If you're looking for information on how to set up and administer a SharePoint environment, you won't find it here. The target is for business professionals who will be using SharePoint to get something done. All too often, that real-life application of technology is lacking, and business users will not plow through a 500 page book of detailed setup information. They need to be able to see a business scenario that they can identify with, and then see how the tool would help them. Michael does an excellent job of that. In addition, he also includes a lot of valuable information on how best to run projects with teams that can't meet face-to-face. He is well-known in the collaboration community for his expertise in virtual teams, and Seamless Teamwork covers that topic very well. In fact, you could almost recommend the book on that angle aside from SharePoint.
If you're ramping up a SharePoint environment in your organization and need material to help the business get a handle on why they need yet another piece of technology, Seamless Teamwork should be required reading. The business users will thank you because they'll "get it" when it comes to using SharePoint, and the IT area will thank you because they won't have to spend as much time "selling" the business benefits.