Teams Private Channels allow a subset of a Team to have access to conversations and data. Although this is a very coveted feature, it must be used prudently.
Thoughts and Best Practices: Teams Private Channels
- Don’t use Private Channels just because the feature is available
- Think very hard before creating a private channel
- Hiding things within a team does not lead to better teamwork
- Creating private channel makes managing the team more complex
- Private Channels are not the same as hierarchical security
- Do not overuse Private Channels
- Compare creating separate Teams vs having Private Channels inside the Team from a business point of view and then decide
- Project Management and Vendor Management are two different things – require two different Teams
Here are the details…
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May be you already know this. But still, read for just 2 minutes more to clarify your thoughts. Teams is an app which streamlines teamwork. That is the obvious definition. But this is an incomplete description.
Coordinating with multiple persons is Teamwork. Agreed. But there are a plethora of apps available to collaborate with others. What is special about Teams?
Teams is an app which helps you work with all types of Technologies. So it is not just teamwork with other people, it is with multiple technologies as well.
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Of course. The name of the product suggests that it should be used when you are working with others. You + one or more other people makes a team. Agreed. We should use Teams when working with others.
Can I use the Teams app to work only with myself? The answer is YES.
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Here is a list of articles I have written so far about effective usage of Microsoft Teams.
If you would like me to cover some missing topic or a specific area of your interest, please post it as a comment. This is a live book. As I add more articles about Teams, this list will be updated.
- What is Microsoft Teams
- When to use Microsoft teams
- When NOT to use Teams
- Notice the notifications
- How to reply in Teams – Common Mistake
- One person Team – how to use Teams alone!
- List of Microsoft Teams connectors
You are working with an external agency on a project. There is a simple to-do list to be executed. There are three people involved. We want to keep track of who is supposed to do what and the status – pending or complete. Here is how you can do it using a shared OneNote notebook. Of course, OneNote does not provide any reminders. But it can help in time-sensitive situations everyone is actively monitoring the task list.
The Solution – use multiple OneNote tags
Create the task list. Put a To Do tag – which is just a textbox. But wait. We have different people responsible for each todo item. So we need checkboxes which LOOK different – one per person. The default checkbox is right on top of the tag list. But down below there are more… Use the Discuss with <person> and Discuss with Manager checkboxes to identify the person responsible.
You can also create custom icons. Inform each person which icon indicates their work and that’s it. Whoever finishes the work marks the related checkbox as complete. Page History will show who did what when.
Try it out and let me know if it works for you!
The functionality overlaps amongst Groups and Team sites (or Sites as they are called in Office 365). Here is a quick explanation of which one to use when and why.
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Groups is the new way of working together efficiently. Here are all the articles I have written about Office 365 Groups. The first step in using Groups is to educate all the team members about it. That is why I created a short and simple video to explain the concept and its benefits. Have a look and share it with your team members.
Office 365 Groups helps in simplifying teamwork. Creating the Group is easy. But getting the entire team to utilize it effectively is another matter. This article shows a step by step process of bringing your team together using Groups. Technology is only 50% of the story, rest is psychology!
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Group calendar is a shared calendar. Reconciling group (team) appointments with your personal calendar manually is a difficult task. That is why Office 365 Groups makes it very simple. Find out how.
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This is a list of articles about Office 365 Groups. Managing teamwork becomes extremely easy and intuitive if you use Groups. These articles explain the details of how to create, use and manage groups. Remember that groups can be used with external parties like consultants, marketing agencies, vendors, suppliers, etc.
This list will be updated as more articles are added.
- Office 365 Groups
- Modern Teamwork using Office 365 Groups – Quick Introduction (5 minute video)
- Office 365 Groups: Automatic Sync between personal and group calendar
- Office 365 Groups: Practical Usage Guidelines
- Office 365 Groups vs. Team Sites
more articles coming soon…