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When NOT to use Microsoft Teams

See this article to know When to use Microsoft Teams first. This article lists scenarios where using Teams is counterproductive or plain simple wrong!

Do not use teams if one or more of the items listed below are true.

  1. If there are too many people involved, do not use Teams. Technically, the limit is 2500. But you decide practically. Teams is designed for extensive interaction between team members. If there are lot of people, you cannot expect extensive interaction. Think about using Yammer. It is good for predominantly push and interaction-on-demand kind of functionality.
  2. If the team means the whole department and you already have a departmental Team Site in SharePoint. Use that site. Do not use Teams to create another Team. Why? Because, behind-the-scenes it creates another SharePoint site. Defeats the purpose.
  3. This one is obvious but still makes sense to mention it: If all team members do not have access to the Teams app, do not use Teams. In this case, you will need to do double communication manually. I will not call it inefficient usage – it is misuse.
  4. If the communication and coordination with the team is required but not critical, do not use Teams. Non-critical, but functionally necessary stuff can continue using traditional email.
  5. Do NOT use Teams unless every member is aware about its actual benefits. If you try to force it on ignorant people (Ignorant about Teams, I mean!) , it will not work. Educate them first. The best way is to show a nice and compelling demo.
    If only few people in the team use the Teams app and others do not, it defeats the purpose.
  6. If all members have not understood that they have to check the Teams app as frequently as they check for mails in the Inbox.
    The benefit of Teams is that it does not send anything to your inbox. Conversations and communication happens within the Teams app. If some members forget to see the activity in the app, they are effectively not working as a team.

That is all I can think of as of now. If you know more scenarios where Microsoft Teams is contraindicated, post them as comments.

 

 

 

 

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When to use Microsoft Teams

When to use teams

The obvious answer is – “whenever you want to work with your team”. But that is not enough. Here is a more precise answer. If all (or most) of the requirements listed below are true, you should use  Microsoft Teams.

  1. Your organization has Office 365 Teams license available for all the people whom you intend to work with as a team.
    As on Jan 2018, if you intend to work with people in another organization, they also need to have Office 365 license.
  2. The kind of work you do with the selected team members has to be specific to a common topic of interest. It could be a project, a new initiative, a deliverable, an outcome …
  3. Usually there is an end date for such things. But that is not a must.
  4. The work being done is not just about sending messages and informing each other. You need to keep track of who said what, need files, images, notes, collaterals and so on.
  5. The kind of work you do is frequent. For infrequent work, just use email.

Yes. That’s it.

You can create a new team even for just you and someone else. Remember to create multiple teams for multiple contexts, even if some members may be common. More on that later.

Finally, DO NOT create too many Teams in the app. You will need another team to manage all these Teams.. ha ha!

Good to know When NOT to use Microsoft Teams as well.

Pause Screen Sharing while creating Polls in SFB

This is just a quick best practice. I learnt it while conducting a webinar on Thursday using Skype for Business (SFB). During webinars, you have two options, just show a presentation and explain it or demonstrate something on your screen – typically some software product. Screen sharing is used to broadcast your desktop.

Often, I need some live input from the audience. For example, what is their profile? Which product / feature is more important for them? Have they understood the topic or not?

Continue reading Pause Screen Sharing while creating Polls in SFB

Outlook: How to Add your own columns in Outlook with Outlook Custom Field

This quick video illustrates how you can enhance the usefulness of Outlook beyond your imagination by adding your own columns to Outlook.  We can achieve this with the useful little known feature in Outlook called Outlook Custom Field.  Watch this video to understand the power and practical applications of this great feature.  Learn how to allocate incoming mails in a helpdesk to engineers or how to allocate incoming CVs to different recruiters.

Word: Simple to Magical

Word simple to magical

View this short video to see how Word can be used to modernize your  work and increase efficiency dramatically.  In just five minutes, you will learn how to:

  • Reuse existing contents
    • Templates
    • Quick Parts
    • Building  Blocks
  • Reduce Formatting efforts with styles
  • Benefits of using styles
    • Quick navigation
    • Reorder content by drag drop
    • Heading numbering
    • Instant Table of content,
    • Convert to PowerPoint in one click
  • What is wrong with storing files on My Documents
  • Introduction to OneDrive for Business
  • Edit documents together in real-time
  • Versioning on OneDrive
  • Compare version history
  • Online sharing and Present Online

To learn more, read these related articles.

For a more in-depth coverage, watch this 30 min Word Best Practices video.

New outlook towards Outlook

New Outlook towards outlook

Things have changed. We have to look at Outlook differently. Otherwise we will continue to misuse it. Spend just five minutes to understand the new role of Outlook:

  • Use Clutter to clear out less relevant mails
  • Identify important mails
  • Avoid excessive mail attachments by using links
  • Manage your work better with Task Folder
  • Use Skype for Business and Skype FB for faster, more secured teamwork
  • Use Yammer to faciliate discussion, ideas and progress
  • Recap: Which one to use when

 

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