Reflections on the SharePoint Masterclass in Singapore

I’ve been in Singapore this week, mainly to present my Masterclass in SharePoint Collaboration and Governance by invitation of PebbleRoad and To The Point. Well, that was yesterday, and what a day it was!

– The masterclass was held at the Singapore Grant Hyatt. It was a beautiful facility, and the masterclass room was in the midst of many other busy little meetings and small conferences.
– There were 47 people at the masterclass! Wow. Some organisations sent multiple people; I think the record was 8 from one place.
– I really enjoyed talking through the ideas and concepts in the masterclass. Based on feedback over lunch, I added the Seamless Teamwork session during the afternoon, and before lunch added a session on third-party products.
– After carrying 57 copies of SharePoint Roadmap to Singapore, the suitcase felt quite empty (and light) after distributing all those books to the attendees.
– Notwithstanding having a great day, I was *exhausted* by the end of the day, and had to be careful how I spoke for the last 90 minutes. I felt like I was losing my voice, and had to watch it.
– Only a few people asked me to sign their books (each participant got both SharePoint Roadmap and Seamless Teamwork). I probably should have said that I was happy to sign them, if people wanted that.

Many thanks to everyone who came, for all the questions, for the examples and ideas from the participants. And many thanks to Maish (PebbleRoad) and Jeffrey (To The Point) for making this happen, and their gracious hospitality while I’ve been here.

0 thoughts on “Reflections on the SharePoint Masterclass in Singapore

  1. Hi Michael
    Thanks for coming to Singapore to conduct the workshop. In local KM circle we always knew that Sharepoint was below par as a collaboration platform. Your workshop shows how to make living with it less painful. You gave us many useful ideas; I especially like the user adoption strategies. Incidentally, shouldn’t it be “Little 12” instead of “Little 11” since there are 12 suggested strategies? 🙂
    Your Project Life Cycle Model is an unusual one. Here, generally, we tend to understand a project life cycle as having the following broad phases: project initiation; planning; execution; and closeout. This is definitely the model that local agencies with strong project management discipline like the National Library Board follow. You can probably see that if this model had been referenced then yesterday’s discussion would have been quite different.
    Hope that you did manage to keep your voice in the end.

  2. I just hope that your works can be propagated fast enough to the sharepoint business community. It’s hard to tell people the full spectrum of governance in a conversation. Now I can just say follow Michael. Thanks.

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