Setting up SharePoint and getting it running is not really that technically challenging. I know, you have database servers, firewalls, web sites, etc to setup and configure but it all works pretty well. The challenges of SharePoint installation are organization changes that will impact how members of
the organization work together.
The SharePoint community has a term called “Governance” that means putting the guidelines, practices, procedures in place so the organization can incorporate SharePoint in their daily lives. If properly governed, the organizational install should be as easy as the software install, but it hardly is.
I’ve been doing lots of thinking about this, and yesterday I woke up with my head buzzing about it. While sipping coffee and still waking up, I wrote down the thoughts I had about what governance included. Here is list of what governance includes from my dreams (or is that nightmare?) in no particular order.
Too bad organizational installs do not have a “Next >” button. The list is not complete and needs some refinement, particularly when thinking about governance for a specific organization. However, it’s a good start when looking at what needs to be installed.