Selecting SharePoint team members
By Eric Riz
July 24, 2012 —
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The senior stakeholders are those key business leaders who hold ultimate accountability for the success of SharePoint’s implementation. Their role is pivotal to the project as it provides the high-level guidance and support that the team requires. They will also serve as critical information partners to share information that the project team may not know. These are the people who you may see in an elevator who ask for a quick update, the people at the end of the table with an approving smile at the progress of your SharePoint project, or those you seek help from to remove corporate barriers. Additionally, they will likely hold the budgetary keys, should your project need additional funding or financial support.
The core team is made up of your key individuals on the project who are responsible for the design and implementation of a turnkey SharePoint solution. These people are working on the requirements, functional specifications, technical design, user sessions, delivery and training. You know who these people are, but it’s important that the business and users are equally aware of whom the core team members are. One way to accomplish this is to have a project team site created which features your team members. This creates an open environment where users and company employees can see the team, and learn more about the project. What you are trying to do is create an environment where people are aware of and excited about SharePoint and what the project team is doing to improve core business functions.
Defining the business need, then overlaying that need onto your project team, is a delicate process, which may be difficult to accomplish. For example, if you are deploying a pilot environment, how will you ensure that the team members working on that phase are required for future phases? If you are able to define the business need (business and technical requirements), your purpose and justification for having a team member on the project long-term may be obvious. Having that knowledge will ensure a smooth transition between phases.
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