SharePoint Governance and Information Architecture Master Class, Why You May be Stupid, and How to Fix That!

If you are in the UK on November 22-23, 2010, or even if you are elsewhere, and you want to understand governance and information architecture in SharePoint, you may be about to be insulted. Chances are I am about to call you stupid, but the as the loving and gentle soul I am, I will also tell you how to rectify that situation.

My buddy Paul Culmsee is holding an information architecture master class in the UK in a couple of weeks. Paul has asked me to help promote the event, and that’s what I’m about to do. So, without further delay, let me tell you a bit about Paul and why you should attend his class.

Let’s do the brief version first, in case you’re in a hurry. If you’re in the UK at the time, or even if you are elsewhere, and have even the slightest interest in learning governance and information architecture in SharePoint, and you are not attending that event, you are stupid. Plain and simple.

To not be stupid, hurry along and book your seat, it only takes a couple of minutes.

To those who are still here, I’ll tell you why that first batch of people are stupid if they do not attend.

A few years back when I started our with SharePoint for real, I wanted to accomplish what every other SharePoint professional wants to learn, namely how to make SharePoint not look like SharePoint.

I’m likely just like you, so I went to the best friend I have for solving these difficult tasks, namely Google. Paul’s site came up, and from that point on, I knew I had found gold, both in Paul and in SharePoint.

Little known fact: A major reason why I started writing about SharePoint is that I was so inspired by Paul’s writing.

Paul is a funny guy and highly intelligent. He possesses both the technical skills (he’s a bit rusty, but don’t hold that against him) and the business understanding that makes him able to work in an area that is absolutely vital to SharePoint success. The combination of humor and intelligence is also very important in accomplishing what I find is extremely difficult; that of writing and explaining advanced topics in a way that makes it easy for others to understand.

Throughout the years, I’ve been fortunate to talk a lot with Paul, and we’ve had some pretty interesting discussions about all sorts of topics. I still find reading his blog to be one of my favorite chores, and I look forward to reading and learning from him, simply because of his clear and understandable way of explaining.

I still remember fondly when we discussed for hours what governance is and we sort of arrived at a conclusion that is is whatever you decide it to be, as long as everyone understands the same thing. How cool is that? Governance is whatever you want it to be. This is a perfect example of the simple but powerful truths that I find extremely fascinating.

Enough about Paul and me, let’s talk about this event of his. A while back, must be closer to a year ago now, Paul came to me with his f-laws idea. I won’t even begin to explain all of the details here, but I’d venture as far as saying that this is the gold standard for governance in SharePoint. He wanted my feedback which I gladly supplied, and since then, Paul has kept me up-to-date on the progress. I’ve seen some pretty raving reviews of his classes already, and I’m far from surprised.

Sadly, this isn’t a topic that I’m dealing with on a regular basis, so I’m not going myself. However, if I had not been a die-hard developer, working primarily on delivering the systems that people like Paul governs, then I’d sell vital parts of my anatomy to be able to go.

You can though! And you should. In fact, you’d be pretty daft to miss this opportunity. Paul is coming to Europe to hold a master class in SharePoint governance and information architecture. I wish that I had some way of magically transmitting my confidence in the value of this class to you, because I know this will be one of those events that will drastically change your views of those topics.

The event page really explains the details of the event, so let me just do what I am supposed to do, and highly, highly recommend that you take whatever measures you need to attend that class.

You won’t regret it.


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Bjørn Furuknap

I previously did SharePoint. These days, I try new things to see where I can find the passion. If you have great ideas, cool projects, or is in general an awesome person, get in touch and we might find out together.

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