Implementing Successful Collaboration


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Presentation from the 3rd and final segment of the #MeasureCollabSuccess initiative, this time focusing on the implementation factors that can determine collaboration success.

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  • In a fast-paced world where employees are constantly barraged with content and tasks and requirements, collaboration is not just nice-to-have - collaboration is a business imperative. But success doesn’t come through technology alone, but in helping employees understand how to leverage the technology and work more collaboratively.
  • Not that you need to have a perfect understanding of where you’re going, but to measure success you need three things: an end goal, a baseline of where you are today, and a plan to track progress along the way. Without these basics, it’s a lot of unnecessary pressure not just on your end users (who are not mind readers, and just want to get their work done) and also on the IT team – who historically get blamed for every bad technology decision the business makes, even if they were against the latest fad tool in the first place (yes, I have first-hand experience here, and yes, I am still bitter).
  • Within the survey, we asked respondents to share their thoughts on how their management teams viewed collaboration.
  • Implementing Successful Collaboration

    1. 1. Implementing Successful Collaboration: Community Feedback
    2. 2. Christian Buckley Author, social collaboration expert, SharePoint MVP, and Chief Evangelist at Beezy @buckleyplanet Eric Overfield Author, branding and customization expert, SharePoint MVP, and President of PixelMill @ericoverfield John White Avid diver, SharePoint and Business Intelligence geek, SharePoint MVP, and Chief technology Officer at UnlimitedViz Inc. and tyGraph @diverdown1964
    3. 3. Beezy is the Intelligent Workplace for Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint, extending the feature set and improving the user experience for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid deployments. We are on a mission to transform the way people work, and to help employees be more connected, innovative, and happy. Learn more at or @FollowBeezy on Twitter.
    4. 4. Best Office 365 Solution, ESPC 2015 Lecko Leader in information dissemination & circulation, knowledge management & productivity, Paris 2016 Trend Setting Product of 2016, KM World Top 10 Intranets rated ’genuinely enjoyable’ for employees, Digital Workplace Group Best Intranet of 2013, Nielsen Norman Group Best Social Collaboration Solution, Vodafone, Chicago 2015 Most Innovative Cloud Solution, ESPC 2016 Microsoft Gold Partner
    5. 5. What is the current state of enterprise collaboration?
    6. 6. #MeasureCollabSuccess
    7. 7. #MeasureCollabSuccess The goal of this community initiative is to understand how organizations define, measure, and implement successful collaboration strategies. We have divided our efforts into three areas:  How do organizations define success?  How do organizations measure success?  How do organizations effectively implement these strategies?
    8. 8. If you haven’t defined the end result, how do you know when you’ve reached it?
    9. 9. “A nice to have, with little visible understanding of how collaboration is information flow, which helps the bottom line.” “They know it is important, but are resistant to new technology due to regulatory restrictions.” “They think it is the key to success and increased productivity, but haven’t wanted to invest in the tools to achieve it.” “Their idea of collaboration is sharing files.” “They understand the value and support it, but see it as a technology solution, not a people + technology solution.”
    10. 10. Some initial sampling:
    11. 11. How well do people within your organization collaborate?
    12. 12. Latest Survey: Implementing Successful Collaboration
    13. 13. “Never underestimate the amount of change management, training, and effort required to get people to collaborate effectively.” “Don’t be afraid to stumble. Do some experiments.” “Understand the goals, and work with leadership to ensure their visible support.” “Get everyone on the same page. Agree on goals, promote transparency and sharing (instead of working individually and in silos).” “Start by talking about your expectations. And decide on some initial metrics up front, refine over time as people start using the technology.” “Engage people in the planning process. Build solutions in small increments.”
    14. 14. Find out more at
    15. 15. Be sure to download the whitepapers
    16. 16. Christian Buckley @buckleyplanet Thank you very much!