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Are we there yet?

You need to know what you want to achieve before you can claim to have achieved it.

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of Paul Culmsee’s insightful blogging at CleverWorkarounds and in particular his series focussed on the importance of shared understanding in preventing SharePoint projects from failing.

This has all come from advising on SharePoint development recommendations which transformed into providing detail on more general SharePoint governance that then metamorphosed into attempting to define the business requirements for implementing SharePoint in the first place. I’d liken the experience to taking a series of steps backward to gain a wider view of an sculpture only to discover that you’ve inadvertently left the art gallery.

The real problem is that currently there are no clear business requirements and little awareness throughout the organisation about the potential benefits. This threatens to result in other, more business critical, projects venturing down paths that don’t lend themselves to SharePoint integration at a later date.

This is something of a journey of discovery beyond that of the normal technical nature of this blog but if I can glean anything of value for other developers/architects then I’ll carry on posting on this theme.

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