Rolling out a Microsoft SharePoint project may seem an impossible task at times, especially considering they can often be open ended. However, if your team approaches SharePoint with the right mindset, the implementation should roll out without a hitch - well that's the plan!. The infographic shown here and the text below, offer the reader 10 handy tips on how to make your new Microsoft SharePoint project a success.

HOW TO : Make A Successful SharePoint Project (Infographic)

Engaging the Stubborn

Customers often have their own idea of what they want and expect of any project. Rather than butt heads with clients, discover what their ideas and expectations are and work with them. Before you know it, those obstinate customers may become your most loyal clients.

Project Owner

Don’t hesitate to assign positions within the team, most especially a project owner. Generally speaking, you want someone who knows what he or she is doing, has the seniority and experience to make sound decisions and the leadership skills to lead.

Proactive Training

User guides are similar to assembly guides – it can be argued that many don't read them. So don’t expect to hand your employees a user guide and leave them to their own devices. Be proactive in their training, guide them, and ensure they know what they are doing and what is expected of them.

Don't Let IT in SharePoint

As strange as it may sound, your business’s Information Technology department and any SharePoint project can sometimes be a bad mix. Understanding this, don’t let the IT department run, or attempt to run, your SharePoint project. Simply put, this is one place IT simply does not belong.

The Nameless

Most projects are given a name, often one that reflects the project’s purpose or end results. Why should a SharePoint project be any different? After all, SharePoint is a framework from which to build upon, not the actual project, thus not a fitting name.

The Never-Ending Project

SharePoint projects don’t end, but rather continue right along with the business. For this reason, the project steering group and the users should provide feedback, suggestions and work together to ensure the project doesn't become an archaic dinosaur.

Changing With the Times

Change is the name of the game, especially with SharePoint requirements and strategies. The key is to gather information, to know in detail what the requirements are before delving into development. In short, take the requirements, develop a strategy, and watch the project improve over time.

Expectation Management

At the start of any project, upper management wants to see the numbers in the form of cost and a delivery date. Be sure to give them the high end of those figures, allowing the project some breathing room. At the same time, ensure you manage expectations by helping "the suits" understand exactly how results will be delivered.

Project "Steering"

Every project, ideally, has a project steering group and with good reason. These are the people who help “steer” or direct the project. With this in mind, the project steering group should be comprised of more than upper management. Also get key individuals and end users involved.

Rules in Moderation

Rules have their place and purpose, but establishing overly stringent rules or refusing to push beyond those boundaries can smother a SharePoint project. Allow room for growth by developing simple rules in the beginning, changing the rules as the project rolls out, ensuring there is growth as needed.

Never forget, SharePoint projects take time and require a lot of planning, development and change. These 10 simple SharePoint project tips are just here as guide to help you along the way, by the end of it you may have your own suggestions and tips to share with the community.

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