Category: Management 2.0

The Ongoing Battle Against Employee Disengagement

Around the world, one obvious trend in the collaboration ecosystem is the increasing focus on employee adoption. It’s a no brainer — you can spend all the money in the world on technology, but if your employees don’t use it, you’ve failed. Organizations are questioning the value of their structured...

Five Issues Businesses Are Still Facing with Collaboration

Collaboration has changed pretty dramatically since I entered the space (officially) back in 1997, when my little startup built our own proprietary instant messaging app, and then developed an early social graph technology for the purpose of automating project management activities. Most organizations have gone from locked down, process-driven corporate...

The Coming Business Analyst Surge

With so much talk about “productivity transformation” and moving businesses to the “digital workplace,” I really thought we would see a huge spike in the hiring of one specific role: the Business Analyst. Did I miss something? Has it happened? Are companies hiring them, possibly under a different title that...

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The ROI of Social Collaboration

When most people think about collaboration, they often have specific features in mind. Some people think of the new Microsoft Teams, Yammer, or Slack. Others look at Skype, or the many different web conferencing platforms, as enabling collaboration. Still others think of SharePoint and Office 365. All of these tools...

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A Brave New PM World

On my drive back to Utah from a week in Seattle, I had a great call with fellow Microsoft MVP Treb Gatte (@tgatte), who is an expert on Project Server and PowerBI. We were talking about the evolution of the project manager role, and the wide-open opportunity for business intelligence...

Productivity Requires Operational Change

There is a definite ROI in improving productivity: faster employee onboarding and training, for example, or simply generating more business output and more usage of the platform, all of which lead to a faster realization of the financial investments you’ve made in the platform. But until you understand your business...

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Governance and Systems Thinking

While working for SharePoint ISVs Axceler and Metalogix as chief evangelist, I lived and breathed the topic of governance. While it’s true that I don’t talk much about migration anymore — the other topic I was once known for — governance continues to be a hot topic, even within the...

The Future of Project Management in the Microsoft Stack

The project management and portfolio management space has been crowded for decades, with no single solution “owning” the space. While MS Project could make an argument for the leader position, the most common tool actually used for project management schedule building and planning is Excel. With the expansion of cloud-based...