What can I do now to move forward?
I get that you’re working on the rest of the reports, but what can I do now?
Take the First Step
Buy the Architecture Report and prepare yourself for important discussions
Start having internal sales discussions
Recruit some allies for the new approach. Understand what objections folks may have
Once you get your arms around the concepts and feel like you can adequately explain them, begin talking about the approach with like minded people in the organization. Validate your thinking, and consider other perspectives.
Use these preliminary discussions as an opportunity to pre-sell folks on a different way of doing things. These conversations will help prepare you for some of the tougher discussions to come.
Start first with folks that will be friendly to the new way of thinking about the intranet project. Once you’re ready for it, add-in a discussion or two with folks you think may object. Listening to their perspective will help prepare you for decision-maker discussions.
Set-up a demo ecosystem
Giving decision-makers and stakeholders something to look at is critical
Use a lab tenant if you have one. If you don’t have one, consider enrolling in Microsoft’s Developer program where they’ll give you a lab with a limited number of users, essentially for free.
I strongly recommend a lab, but if it isn’t for you then create the demo ecosystem as private sites in your production tenant.
Set-up the ecosystem as outlined in the Architecture Report
Create demo content
Lots of it, and make it good
Create “bogus” content that you’ll use for demos. Re-work existing intranet text into the new model. Focus on creating a best-in-class experience, don’t slap it together just to get it done.
Content will be used to inspire decision-makers and contributors, so spend an appropriate amount of time here.
The Bottom Line
- There's a lot of valuable action you'll take based on just the Architecture report.
- The rest of the reports will simply make the path a bit smoother, but the architecture report alone will make the mountain a more manageable hill.
- By the time you work through all this, I'll have likely delivered the next set of Reports.
- Give me a call if you get stuck, I'm always happy to help.
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