Going Freelance Once Again

I mentioned last fall that I had taken the big plunge and taken on a full-time position at ErgoGroup in Norway. I have now quit that job, and to avoid speculation, I’d like to explain at least the outline of the reason.

First of all, the SharePoint team, including the bosses of the SharePoint and portal departments at Ergo, are a great bunch of people, highly skilled, passionate, and very friendly.

However, I have been working freelance for all my life, more or less, controlling every aspect of my work. I probably have grown too accustomed to that freedom to fit into a huge and highly regulated company like Ergo. What I expect from them isn’t always what they are able or willing to give, and when those expectations turn into needs, there is a conflict that we have not been able to resolve.

Ergo is not a bad company for most people – it’s just not right for me. Many people prefer the safety and predictability of such an environment and can live with sacrificing some freedom to get that.

I can’t, and that’s the reason why I am back as a freelance SharePoint consultant as of Friday, January 15.

Oh, and to any recruiters out there: Don’t even think about it.


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What Are Your SharePoint Learning Challenges?

I mentioned before Christmas that I’m working on a new service that will focus on providing SharePoint training on a whole new level. Based on the initial feedback I’ve received from those few people who have heard about or seen the early stages, I still stand by my promise to blow your minds 🙂

However, I could really use your assistance.

I have created a very simple and short survey that I need you to answer. The survey is so simple, it has only a single question. If you have a minute available, please stop by and help me create the best training resource for SharePoint:

Click here to take the survey

After the survey is done  later in January, I’ll post the outline of the results here.

Thanks in advance!


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Adding Custom Actions in SharePoint Designer 2010

In previous editions of SharePoint, adding custom actions required adding features with XML code and was generally a bit troublesome for non-developers. However, in SharePoint 2010, everything gets a bit easier, especially since you can now add at least some types of custom actions using SharePoint Designer 2010.


Open your Shared Documents library settings in SPD2010, assuming you have a Team Site–based site. If not, just choose any list or library.

Go to the Custom Action menu, and select the Display Form option on the Ribbon. Doing so launches a pop-up dialog box where you will configure your new Custom Action.

Note, as shown below, that you can select what kind of event you want happening when you click the Custom Action. If you have defined workflows, for example, you can have your Custom Action trigger that workflow easily.


In my example, I have chosen to create a custom action that opens the USP Journal web page.

Next, hit OK, and then navigate your browser to your chosen library. Upload a new document, and once done, click the item drop-down menu and select View Properties. The results should resemble this:


Neat, eh?

By the way, if you were to create a List Item Menu type of Custom Action, it would open up in the Edit Control Block, or item menu as it is more commonly known.


One more thing. The Navigate to URL type of event will open the URL inside the Ajax pop-up window and not in a full window. Just so you know…


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