SP Conference for Business users - Workshop day

I was Lucky to win the contest of the free SharePoint Conference for Business Users pass arranged by T.A. Cook.

The pre-conference workshops was "Effective Requirements Gathering" and "SharePoint 101". As i would like to do workshops better I choose the first one. The speaker was Andrew Woodward (@AndrewWoody) and he delivered a good workshop for us all.

Gathering requirements and information about how people in Companies Work across departments, countries and perhaps Companies and match these to features on the SharePoint version they are currently using or planning to use can be a struggle. One of the challenges is to gather this from executives, managers and people in other positions - even if they are in the same room! Who actually want to challenge their boss "in public"?

Andrew showed us different methods or "serious games" to get the right information in a way that did not seem trivial or boring. I only saw one spreadsheet to fill out during the entire day - which was great! I have heard about some of the "games" before, but did not get what they actually should be used for.

These where the workshop methods he presented:

  • Speed Boat
  • On the cover
  • Opportunity
  • Requirements Rainbow
  • Product Box
  • Buy a feature

You can read more about these games at http://www.innovationgames.com and even get certified in running these if you fancy that.

We tried out the different workshop methods during the day and Andrew "attached" real-life examples and additional theory/guidance to each subject. He briefly touched other subjects such like SharePoint teams, Kanban way-of-working and govenance. 

The first day here in Amsterdam has already given me ideas to improve workshops. If anyone here attended the other session, "SharePoint 101" that covered using the solutions available to make the most out of your collaboration solution, then please blog about this and your experience.

I will be blogging every day from this conference - so stay tuned! 

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Tags: Information-Architecture, Records-Management, SharePoint-Community

Comment by Mark Jones on March 20, 2013 at 18:06

Great to hear you had a good day Jesper. We need to meet for a game of pool... Are you in the main hotel ?

Comment by Ant Clay on March 26, 2013 at 9:17

Glad you enjoyed the workshop. Don't forget other sources of similar activities from places like the agile community, gamestorming, David Sibbett's work and even creating your own activities or 'games'. The key is to always have a clear purpose of what you are trying to achieve,

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