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More Reviews of Seamless Teamwork

A couple of people have posted their reviews of Seamless Teamwork in the past few days. Here’s what they said:

James Robertson, Step Two Designs
James writes:

Team-based collaboration is now a key part of project delivery in many organisations. Despite this, success can be hit-and-miss, with some teams prospering and others not.

Tools such as SharePoint are spreading rapidly through organisations. While these can bring significant new capabilities, they are not simple tools, and can often be daunting for project teams. Teams may also not have the necessary people and planning skills to fully benefit from collaborative approaches.

This book addresses both these issues in a unique way.

Overall, highly recommended, and required reading for any organisation planning to roll out a tool like SharePoint (or equivalent) for team collaboration.

For more, see Column Two.

Mark Miller, EndUserSharePoint.com
Mark writes:

My style of teaching is through storytelling. I think people need context as much, or even more than, they need stacks of step-by-step guides. The premise of Seamless Teamwork is that a manager has been given a project and he is using SharePoint to help manage that project, from the analysis phase all the way through the approval phase. Unlike the business structure books, step-by-steps are included, but aren’t really essential to the story.

There are tons of excellent resources, such as Rob Bogue’s The SharePoint Shepherd’s Guide for End Users, that can help End Users get over the initial hump of using SharePoint. But what is usually missing in function set instruction is the context for the End User and Information Worker… not “how” would I use this thing called SharePoint but “why” would I use it, what can it do for me? I think Seamless Teamwork is a good step towards filling that gap.

Honestly, I skipped the “how to” parts because I’m a sucker for a good story. You can anticipate from the beginning that this will be a SharePoint success story or why else would he have written the book? How he gets there is the intriguing part. How can you use SharePoint to setup and manage the information about your project? Reading through the project manager’s thought process is the essential content that gives you the context and solution to basic, project management problems.
If you are like me and get as much from a good story as you do from from a technical manual, give this one a try, Michael Sampson’s Seamless Teamwork.

For more, see EndUserSharePoint.com.

My thanks to both James and Mark!