Make 2012 Better With a Survey and Workflow

How well are we doing In earlier posts I gave some thoughts on information structure design which is just one part of the bigger process in implementing effective SharePoint solutions. Getting feedback from users is a valuable way of determining if your designs are working or not How to get Feedback – use a survey […]
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More on Workshops (I.T. and the Users): My Thoughts on Structure Design, Part 3

In my last post I mentioned how members of the I.T department should be included in requirements gathering workshops. Often dedicated business analysts are involved but members of the I.T technical team are not. The rationale being, that I.T. are concerned only with the back end infrastructure. Not so, I argue. I have seen the […]
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Dialog Mapping Requirements: My Thoughts on Structure Design, Part 2

In part 1 I mentioned that mind mapping is a popular approach to documenting user requirements. I am a great fan of mind maps but I have seen them result in the representation of a structural SharePoint design losing other aspects of requirements. An alternative I am finding very useful that I suggest you consider […]
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Structural Basics: My Thoughts on Structure Design, Part 1

Mind mapping is popular among SharePoint designers as it allows layout of potential site structures with little effort. Modern mind mapping tools allow alternate hierarchies to be modelled in almost no time. The image above was created using FreeMind, an open source mind mapping tool available on sourceforge. This shows an easy starting point based […]
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Categorizing in SharePoint, the correct way!

The list of names is actual data from a production system that my company is working with (no we did not write it, but we need to extract data from it). Carefully take a look at how many variations of spelling (and misspellings). This system has the user entering a location in a textbox and […]
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