After 3 weeks on the road, I am feeling the jet lag. I started my adventures by driving up to Seattle (just over 850 miles) to organize my 7th and final SharePoint Saturday Redmond event on Microsoft campus. I then stayed with my sister Michal for a week, working from campus a couple times – but mostly sitting in her basement staring at my Surface Pro – until attending the annual MVP Summit. And then I drove the 850 miles home, stayed for less than 17 hours, and caught a flight to Vienna, Austria for the European SharePoint Conference. Thankfully, with Thanksgiving happening this week, I’ll have a couple days to catch up on sleep….except for the 18 family members coming over on Thursday.
But before I wander away into the holiday (and sleep), I thought I’d share links to my three sessions at ESP16.
My first session was the Day 2 keynote, which I did with Benjamin Niaulin (@bniaulin) on the topic of finding the right cultural fit for your collaboration technology. Ben and I work well together, and have a similar energy on stage. We had some excellent feedback, and we had fun. Always a great combo. You can see our slides here:
Following our keynote, I then joined Jussi Mori (@jussimori) for our favorite joint topic: gamification. Jussi had this idea of incorporating zombies into our deck, and we had some fun with that. Jussi and I have both talked about and written about this topic for several years, and so we were able to move through some heavy material fairly quickly – and hopefully people left with a better idea of how they could leverage these tools and methodologies to improve end user engagement.
And finally, on the last day of the event, I was able to present on one of my favorite topics: networking science, and how the traditional views of how small teams collaborate do not usually extend to large enterprises, and why. I find the topic of network brokering fascinating, and tried – during the very short 1-hour schedule – to share my thoughts on how an understanding of small and large team dynamics can help organizations better leverage the many tools that we have at our fingertips to improve company-wide collaboration. I’m sure I’ll expand on this idea in a blog at some point, because that’s what I do.
To be honest, the slides don’t do this topic justice – you lose a lot without the stories and context, but hopefully you’ll find them interesting enough to follow me on Twitter (@buckleyplanet) or read my other posts on this site from time to time.
Ok, short post – time for sleep. More tomorrow…