EP54: Achieving Real Value for MS teams

In this episode, 54 of Office365Distilled Steve and Marijn talk about putting the value back in MS teams with updates on the old and a bunch of new questions that finally puts to bed why ‘It Depends’is real and not an excuse for not having an answer.

The Guys throw in the first advert for the Whiskay@ease channel, which is on YouTube. Just search Whisky@ease to see Steve and Marijn

Shout out for the March teams Summit and the Omaha365 User Group lunchtime sessions where Steve and Marijn have slots to speak.

Steve realizes that he should not trust everything he hears because he believed that you could only have 30 channels, but the reality is 200+. Always confirm your information.

UPDATE:  If you want to see all the MS Teams previews as they release then  Admin Teams > Teams > Update Policies  and decide who should get the new updated features

Marijn explains how to use MS teams and how you can manage your time spend using MS teams through a little personal management of your channels and Teams.   This includes showing how to use MS Teams showing how to Tag people.

Steve talks about including content in the adoption communications, and Marijn tells you how you can re-apply the un-read items.  They also cover the fact that notifications are essential to ensure that you are notified about the crucial channels and teams

Marijn tells his latest User story about asking Microsoft to show in the OneDrive Synchronized files to show which ones are shared as an icon

Steve suggests that before you create a new Team or new Channel that you think about how the user will feel about another entity or if a new document library will suffice

 Remember you can @ someone In the chancel if the subject is right but use the personal channels to speak to someone directly.

Steve points out that the convenience of ‘Just creating a new Team’ has some dependency on the global retention policy, which might, of course, mean a team/SPO site cannot be deleted.

Emojis can same lots of time and responses, use the LIKE to make a powerful statement of support

Steve suggests a new App called the @ed me App that sends over all the Likes from your outlook and MS Teams chat.

Control of Notification is possible; check the settings

Steve talks about the ‘MS teams search’ bar and how cool it is. Discovering the strength of the / comments and the @ and # the search of great content

The boys discuss that the search bar must be a hot item for MS to be strongly considering.

We look at the channels and how you can now add the Praise images for things like Awards

Checking out connectors and add-ins for the channels for integration with external apps

Bots are discussed, and whilst it is a great idea, but then we wonder how many people stick with a bot long term

So the real question is eventually asked why you would create a private channel?  Marijn quotes one great example of keeping content away from external people who are in the same team.

Marijn Quotes Disney, specifically a Princess, on the Office365Distilled podcast. 

As an end-user, who would they create a private channel when they could make the team.  Other than Private channels, ONLY in the coming months, will have retention applied.

Two words  ‘ It Depends’  which whilst we laugh about is a perfect description for considering when and if to create a Private channel 

Be aware that you can only be a member of a private Channel if you are a team member.  When you add people to a private channel, the user list is driven by the Team membership

Marijn suggests that the objective is to collaboration, so ignore the no folder rule, and Steve indicates that this is a compromise too far.

Add channels and build things that only add value as a golden ruled

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