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Where to go from here?

29 Jan

This is the question we found ourselves asking recently.

To fully understand I need you to bear in mind that many companies will have a reasonable sized team with a reasonable time frame to complete the planning and implementation of a SharePoint environment. We, on the other hand, have one and a half people (myself full time, my boss part time) dedicated to this project and we’re sort of learning as we go along.

As well as this, along the way we’ve had various people within the organisation (the kind that you have to listen to) speaking sentences such as “ah forget governance! Just get some sites working!” and “Whats taxonomy? Like stuffed animals? Ah forget it and get some sites working!” and “implementation plan? ah-” well you get the idea.

This has all led us to a point where we have a couple of areas working fairly well in the business; a few areas under construction; a high demand; and no governance policies in place.

You think that looks a little backwards?

You’d be right.

It has finally caught up on us, we have about 30 decisions that need to be made by a number of different parties, written up and distributed. We need to gather committees, do some sales and networking as well as continuing with the sites we’ve already promised. Oh, and we only have about a week to do it.

I’m aware that this article hasn’t been hugely helpful for anyone who actually works with SharePoint, but if you’re just starting out remember this:

You always build the house before you decorate the rooms.

…Unless its one of those buildings that you build the rooms and slot them into a frame…Lets pretend I didn’t say that… Thanks.