Best Practices Conference 2010

I’m currently at the 2010 Best Practices Conference in Reston, VA (Washington D.C.) and will be presenting a couple of topics this week in addition to sitting in on an Ask the Experts panel. 

I LOVE the idea behind this conference – talking through the *why* we do things instead of only the *how*.  Don’t get me wrong, understanding how to do things with SharePoint is pretty important.  It’s a big platform that keeps getting bigger. 

One challenge that many decision makers, implementers and users run into with SharePoint is that there are often more ways than one to get things done.  While options are sometimes a good thing, it can also be confusing to know which solution is the best for a particular scenario.  The answer to this is understanding *why* a decision is made.  So, that’s what we’re tackling this week. 

There are a lot of experts here and a lot of topics being covered.  It’s going to be a good week.  My topics include:

Lists: Used, Abused and Underappreciated
Lists are used as the core of many things SharePoint but they are rarely used as well as they can be. Learn the top tips and tricks for getting the most of your lists: How to build them smarter, how to display them more clearly, and how to use them in your environment for effectively. Also see how these practices evolve from 2007 to 2010.

SharePoint: The Day After
You’ve deployed your farm, built your customizations and integrated your external systems… now what? How do you make sure your users are informed, educated, trained and supported? How do you measure success? How are you insuring the stability of the platform going forward? And why are answering these questions so important to your success.

I hope everyone has a great week!

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