The ‘MVP Thoughts’ Series – Live from Sharegate World Headquarters

2015-11-18_17-30-46Last month a handful of SharePoint and Office 365 MVPs (now Office Servers and Services MVPs, but who’s counting?) gathered at Sharegate‘s offices in Montreal to help them with their next series of Damn Simple videos. Stay tuned for those.

After all the silliness – I mean serious cinematography – Jennifer Roth (@jennifermason), Corey Roth (@coreyroth), Fabian Williams (@fabianwilliams), and I sat down with the great Benjamin Niaulin (@bniaulin) to talk about Office 365 and SharePoint. You know – the usual. Each time a bunch of us gets together, though, the conversations tend to go in different directions. It’s even interesting for me to watch these, as our opinions often change over time.

I’m not sure how many segments we ended up with, but I’ll keep adding them here as they come out. If you’d like to read the transcripts instead, follow the title links.

MVP Thoughts: What to Expect From SharePoint 2016

MVP Thoughts: SharePoint Workflows & Forms in Today’s Environment

MVP Thoughts: What Should SharePoint Developers Focus On?

SharePoint and Office 365 in the Modern Workplace

Office Graph API & Groups Seen By Developers

Coming soon:

Today’s SharePoint Developers’ Challenges


SharePoint Server MVP Again for 2012

On January 1, promptly at 13:00 EST (that’s 1pm to us Yanks), I got the email from Microsoft informing me that I had received the MVP Award for SharePoint Server again for 2012.


As in 2011, I feel tremendously honored and humbled to receive the MVP. I view it as a statement by my peers that what I do in the community has value, even if that isn’t the real reason I received it.

Yes, there’s some controversy around the MVP award. I’ve seen the good (many of these), the bad, and the ugly in posts about it over the last week or so. I can understand and echo some of the bad and the ugly, frankly. If there’s a point to the whole MVP program, I’m not sure what it is, either. No client of mine really cares about it if they know what it even is, other than to give me a gibe or two about it from time to time. Microsoft really doesn’t choose to share much with me that I can’t learn by following links on Twitter. The group of us who are MVPs represent vastly different skills sets, attitudes, and – dare I say it – aptitudes – me included, of course.

What the MVP *has* meant for me over the last year, though, is that I’ve gotten to interact with that incredibly interesting, diverse, and talented bunch of my fellow MVPs. We don’t all see eye to eye all the time, but that’s part of the fun of it. We have interesting conversations and debates about how SharePoint works, how we can best solve problems with it, and where we hope it goes as a technology. At the MVP Summit in Redmond last year – and I look forward to it again in February – I was surrounded with the best and the brightest in the SharePoint world. That interaction alone is worth being proud of the award. Whether or not Microsoft cares about us or wants our input is certainly moot, but I’ve written that part off by now.

So, thank you Microsoft for seeing something in me that deserved the MVP award, and I look forward to more and more opportunities to learn from my fellow MVPs and the rest of the SharePoint community in 2012. I’m having a ball.

I’ve Received the the 2011 Microsoft® MVP Award for SharePoint

Yesterday, I got the very nice — and surprising — news that I’d been awarded a 2011 Microsoft® MVP Award for SharePoint. I’m seriously honored by the recognition of my work in the SharePoint community. If you’d like to read a bit about the Microsoft MVP program, head over to the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Web site.

Believe it or not, and I’m not blowing smoke here, I haven’t been doing anything that I’ve been doing to try to earn awards, but instead to gain the rewards I get from doing fun, interesting work. Sure, some of those rewards are tangible, like a good income, but many of them are intangible, like the feeling at the end of the day that I’ve helped people or developed a good, solid solution.  I love what I do, which I haven’t been able to say very many times in my career. I’m happiest when I’m learning, and SharePoint, and most importantly the community around it, provides an almost limitless opportunity for learning.

This is an award for what I’ve done in the past, but my reputation is only as good as my most recent project, update to SPServices, blog post, or answer to a forum question. I don’t plan to flaunt this award or even talk about it very much. I want to keep doing what I do and also keep enjoying it. There are some who pooh-pooh awards like this (and I’m occasionally one of them), but I’m happy to accept the MVP award based on my work in 2010 because I’m proud of what I’ve been doing. Now I have to get back to work. There’s more stuff to do.

p.s. Thanks a million for all of the kind words I’ve been getting since this was announced! I’d try to thanks each and every one of you directly, but I’d miss someone and then you’d all gang up on me and call me names.