Training SharePoint End Users Is A Waste Of Time

Jan 26, 2016 10:08:30 AM

Many years ago, I came to the conclusion that thoroughly training end users on SharePoint is a waste of time for employees and trainers. I don't mean to say that SharePoint trainers are bad people or that all training programs are useless. It's just that comprehensive SharePoint training, crammed into a 1/2 day or five days is by and large wasteful. This might sound controversial, but this is the conclusion I have come to after many years of unsuccessful attempts by myself and other Microsoft MVP trainers like me.

Topics: SharePoint, SharePoint training

SharePoint training in a cloudy world

Nov 4, 2014 2:31:57 PM

If you’re responsible for keeping your organization up to speed with how to use SharePoint, moving to the cloud may seem like a daunting prospect. While moving to the cloud can provide many benefits, SharePoint Online in Office 365 in particular is changing extremely rapidly. As a trainer or a consultant, you may have to rethink how you impart knowledge about SharePoint.

Since the birth of Information Technology (or Data Processing, or Information Systems, or...), there has been some sort of training arm to the role. Back in the 1980s, I was responsible for training at a large management consulting company. We had to start with the very basics: This is a keyboard, here’s what a mouse does (when we had mice!), etc. The upside was that we had printed manuals that came with the disks. As time has gone by, people have learned what computers are all about. Now, almost everyone has at least one computer at home, perhaps a mobile device or two, maybe a tablet. Most people are pretty comfortable moving around in Web-based applications like SharePoint, too.

Topics: SharePoint training