Office 365 Groups: Practical Usage Guidelines

Groups in Office 365 simplify teamwork. Creating the Group is easy. But getting the entire team to utilize it effectively is another matter. This article shows a step by step process of bringing your team together using Groups. Technology is only 50% of the story, rest is psychology!

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Office 365 Groups: Knowledge Pack

This is a list of articles about Office 365 Groups. Managing teamwork becomes extremely easy and intuitive if you use Groups. These articles explain the details of how to create, use and manage groups. Remember that groups can be used with external parties like consultants, marketing agencies, vendors, suppliers, etc.

This list will be updated as more articles are added.

  1. Office 365 Groups
  2. Office 365 Groups: Automatic Sync between personal and group calendar
  3. Office 365 Groups: Practical Usage Guidelines

more articles coming soon…

Google Docs vs. MS Office: “I don’t need all these features”

In the first article, I mentioned that Office has 12,000 features. I knew people will wonder how did I get that number. So I published a breakup of feature count. Now the next thought which comes to your mind is – “Ok, I know the number now. But I Don’t need so many features”. Absolutely right!

Right in the sense – your thought process is exactly how everyone thinks.
Fortunately, this thought process is ABSOLUTELY WRONG!

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Read on to find out why. (What is fortunate about it? – that is also explained).

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Knowledge Pack: Google Docs vs. Microsoft Office 365

Here is a series of articles about this commonly performed comparison.
It offers an unconventional yet practical perspective.

  1. Google Docs vs. MS Office: Want vs. Need – the concept with few examples
  2. We are doing a feature comparison. So we should know the quantification as well.
    How many features does Microsoft Office have?
  3. Google Docs vs. MS Office: “I don’t need all these features”
    This post discusses the commonest response to feature explosion in Microsoft Office

more articles coming soon …

Google Docs vs. MS Office: Want vs. Need

I am confronted with this question quite often while conducting Office Efficiency sessions.
In spite of writing 716 blog posts as on date, I have not covered this topic – intentionally. Why not? Because if you actually compare the products, concluding that Microsoft Office (and Office 365) is better is a no-brainer.

Problem: There seems to be a lot of confusion and ambiguity in the minds of decision makers, users and IT professionals about this issue.

Solution: Let us compare some features and try to reach a conclusion.

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Don’t worry too much about the content of this visual. I just tried to make it look like a poster with lot of filler text.

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How to succeed in office politics using Office

Here is the recording of my session in Pune DevCon – a gathering of developers in Pune, India. Please pardon me for using Hindi language intermittently. I needed to use local language for maximum impact.

Thanks to Mahesh Mitkari, Mayur Tendulkar, Vikram Pendse and team for arranging a great event. Enjoy!

This is a live recording. Please pardon the background noise and poor video quality.

Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 8 – Focus only on What’s New

This is not specific to Office 365 – it is a general phenomenon. IT professionals are especially prone to this “What’s New Syndrome”. Whenever any product is being considered for purchase, deployment or adoption, What’s New becomes an important part of the discussion. Unfortunately, that is NOT the right way to plan rollout or adoption of ANY product. Why? Because focusing on What’s New assumes you already know What’s Old (and are using it effectively) – which is rarely true!

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Photo credit: Georgie Pauwels / Foter / CC BY

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