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Christian Buckley
Manager, author, entrepreneur, husband, father
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You are welcome. But are you going to allow Kashman to remain the Mayor of the Swarm check-in? Seems to me he is out of the country, and there's nothing to stop you from stealing it away...
Toggle Commented yesterday on February 2017 Content Wrap-Up at buckleyPLANET
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Nothing like weeks on end alone in a basement office working on gargantuan whitepapers and research projects to make you appreciate getting back out there on the road for more SharePoint and Office 365 events! Looking forward to big announcements next week – and especially to start talking about the results of the Hybrid SharePoint initiative kicked off in January in partnership with the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University (located about 30 minutes south of me in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at buckleyPLANET
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We live in a world that is increasingly being measured at every click, every decision, every outcome – even within the tools we use to connect and praise our peers and employees. Praise and recognition are an important part of any collaboration platform. Of course, different users, teams, and business units are motivated in different ways. Having lived through a couple sales-centric organizations, I saw the power of leaderboards to drive the competitive nature of the sales teams – providing... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at buckleyPLANET
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All of this this talk about Teams, Groups, SharePoint, and Yammer – and yet not much talk about the leading collaboration tool in use today: email. Yes, that’s right – email. Having a discussion on collaboration without email is kind of like talking project management tools without mentioning Excel, which remains the top tool for the category. In project management, Excel may not be the best tool, or the right tool for every solution, but it’s the default solution and,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at buckleyPLANET
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Back in early 2014, I wrote a piece for Wired.com called ‘The Future Requires Social Portability’ where I reminisced on a time from my telecommunications career when we built out a number of key operational capabilities, including number portability. It’s something we largely take for granted now – when you switch carriers, the ability to keep your phone number. I’m old enough to remember when the phone came with the house, with no ability to disconnect the cord from the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
I’m usually not a fan of radio, but this morning while dropping my youngest off at school, I had a random station playing in the background and was pleased with the assortment of tunes from Alphaville (Big in Japan), Roxy Music (Don't Stop the Dance), and Talking Heads (And She Was) -- all of which I have on CD (and most likely vinyl) but have not had in my Spotify rotation for some time. Need to change that. It got... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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The most misunderstood metric in collaboration today is engagement. What engagement means within your organization, and how you measure it, depends on a number of factors: technologies in place, collaboration culture, corporate and team goals, measurement tools and reporting, company processes and bureaucracy, and operational oversight, among other factors. The misunderstanding occurs when organizations treat out-of-the-box adoption or activity-based metrics as their engagement measurements, and do not attempt to identify what engagement means within their own unique requirements. The result... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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For the shortest month of the year, it’s amazing how my activities at the start of February seem like they happened such a long, long time ago. So much happening on both the work and family fronts that I am rarely asleep before 1am – and up most days around 6am. Which all sounds exhausting, but I am really enjoying a lot of the projects I am working on. The big item that most of you are aware of is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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When most people think about collaboration, they often have specific features in mind. Some people think of the new Microsoft Teams, Yammer, or Slack. Others look at Skype, or the many different web conferencing platforms, as enabling collaboration. Still others think of SharePoint and Office 365. All of these tools provide varying degrees of collaboration and communication capabilities -- but not one of them will meet the needs of every team, and every business requirement. We are constantly looking for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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A few years back when I was working for Axceler, I was frustrated by what I viewed as a slow response to hybrid SharePoint by many of the SharePoint vendors. I saw hybrid as a necessary next step for most on-premises solutions given the time, cost, and complexity of transitioning highly customized environments to Office 365. Of course, at the time, Microsoft was not really talking about hybrid (except for Bill Baer), and the push from their salespeople was all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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As a non-developer, what am I doing talking about Visual Studio? Well, I think the 20th anniversary of it’s release is a pretty important milestone – and the launch date is coming up quick on March 7th, followed by a day of live interactive training sessions. And if that’s not enough, Microsoft is also organizing regional launch events in March. These local events are a great opportunity for the broader ecosystem to come together and network with our local Microsoft... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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Ever since Microsoft debuted their Office 365 Groups, focusing initially on the conversational capability within Outlook rather than the underlying architectural changes – which is what Groups is really all about – there have been questions from the community asking if and how Groups impacts how we manage the various workloads in Office 365. The concept of groups presents a new direction for the platform (and Microsoft has corrected the messaging that separates the Outlook features from the Groups platform... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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Still working on the new website, which will provide a single location to aggregate all of the research projects and community activities that fall under the CollabTalk banner. As I was going through my buckleyPLANET newsletter db and cleaning out email that I know are no longer valid (its been a couple years since I sent out a buckleyPLANET newsletter) I quickly realized that I needed to start over and validate the entire list, hence the form below. And in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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I may have spent a good portion of my career building or running project and product management teams, but I owe a lot of my process knowledge (and what little patience I have) from my two years in an operations role at Microsoft. Sure, the bureaucracy was maddening – especially for someone who prefers action over endless analysis – but my time in role was a great learning experience, where I was able to read and participate in discussions around... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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Ok, that title is not exactly honest -- because email never went anywhere. It certainly didn't die, as was predicted by every social technology vendor ever. Funny enough, one of the biggest perpetrators of this fallacy was Yammer -- and then they got acquired by one of the largest purveyors of email technology, Microsoft. Even so, some of their anti-email messaging continued for a while after the acquisition, but went silent around the same time that Office 365 Groups came... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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When I started blogging on a regular basis back in 1998, publishing content was a painful process. Back then, I used a free text editor and posted simple HTML to my startup’s website, uploading my images and content using a free FTP tool. In February 2004, I switched to Moveable Type and ended up paying for Typepad, which is still my blogging platform today – and, as I explained in my initial post for the new blog, my goal for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
On my drive back to Utah from a week in Seattle, I had a great call with fellow Microsoft MVP Treb Gatte (@tgatte), who is an expert on Project Server and PowerBI. We were talking about the evolution of the project manager role, and the wide-open opportunity for business intelligence solutions in this enterprise solution category. I shared with him some of my experiences, which really began back in the mid-1990’s when, as a young project manager at Pacific Bell... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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I'm still adjusting to real winter weather, and the fact that many days I don't venture far from my basement home office. I was explaining to someone last night at a #SharePint mixer in Bellevue (I'm on the road for a couple weeks right now) that most days find me in pajamas well past lunch, and I sometimes forget to eat anything until the afternoon. That's the downside of working almost entirely online, with team members spread around the globe.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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Great product, late to market, confusing but visually brilliant ad campaigns. Oh Zune, you left us too soon. If only you were still around – people would love you so. Except the part about people not listening to standalone music players any more, and using their phones instead. At least my Gen1 is still going strong. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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It’s an important question – one that user groups around the world should constantly ask themselves. As a former board member of the Puget Sound SharePoint User Group (PSSPUG, now called O365 Seattle) and now part of the Utah SPUG, and also having running entrepreneur and collaboration user groups for years as part of the now-defunct eBIG.org in the San Francisco Bay Area (which was formed with fellow members of SDForum, now SVForum), I’ve been formally participating in these kinds... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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If you have not already done so, you should sign up for next week’s free online event Assembled 2017. The event was organized by designers, marketers, professionals and entrepreneurs to share their ideas and best practices for taking creativity to the next level. The event will include 60 minute keynotes and 30 minute breakouts on various topics from January 23rd – 27th. Join over 2000 creatives in design, development, marketing and UX/UI. Some of the confirmed speakers include: Andy Rahden... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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In the latest edition of Harvard Business Review (Jan-Feb 2017) there is a short article that caught my attention: “Algorithms: People Like the Illusion of Control” that is based on research from Chicago Booth and UPenn Wharton (Dietvorst, Simmons, and Massey, Overcoming Algorithm Aversion: People Will Use Imperfect Algorithms If They Can (Even Slightly) Modify Them, April 2016). As the article states, the premise of the research is that even with the rise in machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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Oh, what a year! One of the benefits of going through this monthly exercise of recapping last month's content and activities is that it is fairly easy to the 'Monthly Summary' category in the tag cloud and pull up all (or most of, anyway) my activities for past months. And if you haven't noticed, each item on this list is ready to be cut-and-pasted into a tweet, if you're feeling so inclined. What's different this month is that I'm including... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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In a December 7th, 2016 post by Microsoft's Cindy Bates on the US Small and Midsize Business Blog, Bates highlights some data points from a recent survey of over 1,000 consumers that, as she points out, uncover "shifts in the ways customers want to hear from businesses." Bates is the VP of US SMB and Distribution, and I reckon has a pretty good sense of the changes that have happened within even the last 5 years in the SMB space,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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For my final blog post last year, I compiled a list of the top 10 most viewed posts on this blog in 2015. As I started compiling a 2016 version of that list, I realized that just because some of the posts had strong traffic doesn't mean they were my personal favorites. Besides, my content is spread across a number of different channels -- from the Beezy blog to RedmondMag.com -- so a list of content from just one of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at buckleyPLANET