This is probably the most common use case for Teams. Monthly review using Teams is easy to setup and manage. It gets everyone on board quickly and painlessly. This is NOT a tutorial on Teams. Some knowledge of using Teams is required to implement steps mentioned here. 10 min reading time.
Teams is a very powerful tool. But there are many common mistakes I have observed across customers. Here is a list of 50 mistakes – or – worst practices. Make sure you are not committing these Teams mistakes.
This is just a list. I will expand on some of these mistakes as separate articles or videos. If you do not understand a particular topic or have a different opinion, please post it as comments.
As Teams becomes popular, a new issue crops up. You are suddenly a part of too many Teams. Not to worry. Here is how you handle them effectively. (Reading time 7 min).
Have you tried the Teams Zoom feature? It can make your life easier. This works in the Desktop and Browser editions. Not on mobile app. Try zooming in and out and choose what suits you best.
Teams Zoom keyboard shortcut
Use Ctrl + to Zoom in and Ctrl – to Zoom out.
Why use Teams Zoom
Zooming In makes it easier to read and notice details. Find what level is comfortable for your eyes and the type of work you do. It will help you reduce eyestrain and work more effectively. Sometimes, Zooming out also helps to get the overall picture.
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…
Shortest possible blog article. Just remember and use the shortcut when there is a sudden disturbance (cough, phone ringing, etc.)
Small but useful feature added to Teams. During Teams meetings when the desktop is shared, the communication option windows used to stay on the screen. This windows often overlapped important areas of the screen. The only way to avoid that interference was to manually move it to the bottom right corner (or some such inconspicuous area).
Now the problem is solved. There is a nice Minimize button. The window disappears. Job done.
How to get it back? Look at the Taskbar and click on the Teams app icon. There is another window visible. Click on it to get the window back.
This applies to the Desktop Teams App only.
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.
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.
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
- How to handle too many Teams
- Use Teams Zoom
- Teams Call Mute Shortcut Shift + Ctrl + M
- Minimize button in Teams Screen Sharing
- Teams Private Channels Best Practices
- SharePoint vs. Teams
- Where to store files with Office 365