All these theories about change can be used for whatever collaboration platform we implement within organizations, but this blog will mostly be about Sharepoint as the platform used. The reason for this is my personal interest in Sharepoint and from out a professional point of view. The theories which will be discusses in this blog can be translated to other kinds of change as well.
Why am I discussing change when writing about Sharepoint? Well, in my personal experience I see often bad Sharepoint projects going the wrong way because of a lack of the right tools being used to implement Sharepoint. Sharepoint is not going about only the hard stuff, the infrastructure, the bits and the bytes. In most cases it is going about the soft side of the implementation, the users, the politics, the changes in procedures and business focus. When Sharepoint will be implemented and the soft side is not steady on the change agenda, then disaster is almost unavoidable.
This sounds like reasonable stuff. Actually, it is reasonable stuff but still in most Sharepoint projects it is an underestimated piece of equipment. One of the main reasons of this is the fact that often the people involved in Sharepoint projects are not well trained on the business side, the change management side. And if there are some of those on board a Sharepoint project, then the communication with the hard side of the project team, the guys doing the bits and bytes, is not well aligned. This has to change cause it costs us bilions of dollars going down the drain.
That’s the reason why this blog and this site came to existence. I myself am well trained in the bits and bytes (see personal information) and I do have a huge track record in the Microsoft World of doing things. I have the full packet of certificates in Sharepoint 2010. But, the last couple of years I’m also focused on the soft side of things, the soft side of Sharepoint implementations specific and the change aspects of software implementation in general. I decided to round this interest up with a Master Degree in Leading Innovation And Change which will help me to for a more focused mindset on the subject Change.
So, I will use the things I learned, combined with my years of experience in the bits and bytes field, to write about Sharepoint implementations and how this is related to change and how this can help us doing more successful Sharepoint projects.