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Teams Live Events Best Practices

Teams Live Events are used for live streaming to large audiences (max 10,000). Common uses are online training, address to staff by the management, corporate announcements and events, entertainment and so on. I conducted 15 live events in 15 days and learnt a lot in the process. Here are some best practices I have learnt.

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Global Online Conference using Teams

Microsoft is conducting a global, online conference using Teams as I am writing this article. It is a great way to learn how to not just work remotely, but deliver 100’s of sessions to 1000’s of people across the world remotely. Here is what I learnt – and what YOU can use to do the same!

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Monthly review using Teams

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.

Monthly review using Teams - table showing needs and how Teams can help

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Common Teams Mistakes / Teams Worst Practices

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.

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Use Teams Zoom

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.

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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.

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Teams Private Channels Best Practices

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.

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Thoughts and Best Practices: Teams Private Channels

  1. Don’t use Private Channels just because the feature is available
  2. Think very hard before creating a private channel
  3. Hiding things within a team does not lead to better teamwork
  4. Creating private channel makes managing the team more complex
  5. Private Channels are not the same as hierarchical security
  6. Do not overuse Private Channels
  7. Compare creating separate Teams vs having Private Channels inside the Team from a business point of view and then decide
  8. Project Management and Vendor Management are two different things – require two different Teams

Here are the details…

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Minimize button in Teams Screen Sharing

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.

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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.

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This applies to the Desktop Teams App only.

What is Microsoft Teams

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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