Teams Real Simple with Pictures: How to share Code Snippets with the Team

A developer or another member of the Team may want to periodically share snippets for review purposes, to pass on the snippets for use or to articulate as examples of solutions  previously used. However in Teams, these can't be simply cut and pasted into the conversation bar as they do not render correctly. Typing them out is possible but in most cases such as needing to share multiple snippets or a large snippet this is completely impractical and time consuming.

Teams Real Simple with Pictures: Integrating the Microsoft 365 Roadmap with Teams via Flow

In my personal experience, it is not just IT Pro's who want to keep up to date with roadmaps and have an understanding of whats coming to the platforms they manage. Enthusiasts and evangelists are often eager to see new features that they may be able to leverage or rave about to their partners and customers. Support always wants to know what's coming down the pipe in order to prepare for what they see are inevitable issues. Finance loves anything which can lead to greater ROI and save money - and CEO's often like to know they got it right.

Teams: Leveraging Extensibility and Growing your Teams Practice

If you were in Vegas for MS Inspire back in July then I'll wager you probably heard the expression Teams, Teams, Teams! at some point during the conference. Microsoft used it a hell of a lot. Partners did too. And Vendors. Even my colleague Graeme - who I shared a room with over at the Tropicana - proudly proclaimed it Day 1 having returned from the Hub and having - in his words - caned Fifteen K purely on the freshly brewed organic coffee they were serving outside the breakouts. Now, I had absolutely no doubt in my mind that after he'd left for the evening he went on to recreate the pose he did in the room - something I can only record for posterity as bordering on lunging - at some partner event at the Venetian, or the Wynn. I personally wouldn't be surprised if he partook in a bit of photo bombing too.

Teams Real Simple with Pictures – Using Power BI Dashboards for insights and data driven decisions within the Team

An increasing amount of our working lives are spent in Team meetings. The biggest issue of mine - at least with the meetings I attend on a regular basis - is that they still often lack insights from data, lack open team discussions based upon and challenging these insights and data driven decision making. All too frequently meetings tend to descend into wild conjecture or arguments based on emotion without anything to back that up. Even worse, not all members of the team always have access to such data to be able to counter arguments based upon data hoarded by other individuals. 

Teams Real Simple with Pictures – Getting Feedback to the Team with Forms & Flow Notifications

From time to time it's important to get feedback to the Team. Within the Team itself this can be done in several ways. Two examples are Polly - the app which allows the pollster to snap poll members of the team, as well as Yammer Q&A's via a Yammer Tab. However, today we'll focus on feedback from outside the Team and getting feedback to the Team. An effective way to do this is with Microsoft Forms. Microsoft Forms is a simple, lightweight app that lets you easily create surveys, quizzes, and polls. It's a very popular app - very pragmatic and meaningful, yet its also a young app. It means that it still has a long way to go and a lot of development needs to occur for it to have parity with competitors such as SurveyMonkey.

Teams Real Simple with Pictures – Managing Entry and Exit Announcements in Conference Calls

We've probably all had it happen to us at some point. The booking for the conference went smoothly. We are on time. The headset is working. Coffee in hand. Good. Good. Then we enter the meeting and start introductions when a synthetic voice plays a few sections later announcing that we have joined the meeting - right over the top of us speaking. A few seconds typically pass after that announcement in awkward silence. In calls with a larger number of speakers jitter is the last thing on ones mind in the opening and closing salvos as the conversation is shot through with these announcements. Good thing there is an easy remedy to this should we choose. It really is surprising how many admins don't realize they have the ability to manage entry and exit announcements and can rectify it within the space of less than 10 minutes.

Teams Real Simple with Pictures – Four ways to create a set of links for the Team

A set of common links (I.e. https://teams.microsoft.com/start) can be important for a team. Whether to access training, vendor sites, or even files within a channel it democratizes access to information, makes information more readily available and brings it to the users instead of them having to search for it. Yet with Teams there are different ways to create sets of links and each way has it's own pro's and con's. At the time of writing there is no single accepted way which has been recognized by the Tech Community as the best - so its a case of choosing which one is right for the Team. This will show you four potential methods to create a set of links.