With Halloween upon us, here are a couple of fright-inducing wishes for people that manage or support your Office365-based intranet or digitalworkplace. Courtesy of your “Wicked Witch of the Dutch” 🙂
This post has been inspired by Comms Curses by Helen Reynolds.
So, be aware if someone throws one of these spells on you.
Computer and network curses
- May your bandwidth be forever restricted
- My your wifi drop when you are presenting your new intranet to your Board of Management
- May your migrations be throttled due to too much content being migrated at the same time
- May your computer need a mandatory reboot in the middle of a global webinar that you are hosting
This happened to me once. Thanks to whoever threw that spell on me!
Office 365 Functionality curses
Office 365 has tons of good, well-designed functionalities that you take for granted. So what if someone curses you with sudden changes?
- May all your embedded videos start autoplaying at the highest volume when you open the page
- May Search and Delve forget their security trimming
As if their normal behaviour is not puzzling enough!
- May all pictures on your SharePoint modern pages be deleted
- May all your Flows stop working without warning
- May all SharePoint document and list item permissions be unique
An organizational change can have an enormous impact on your digital workplace. Trust me, I have been there. So you can create a lot of panic and work when you throw an organizational curse someone’s way:
- May your intranet need to merge with that of the organization that has just bought your organization
Are you already looking forward to the discussions about who has got the best one?
- May part of your organization be divested, making it necessary to move that part of your Office365 content to another tenant
This happened at my earlier employer, and I tried to write about the project, but it was so much and so complicated that I stopped
- May your CEO suddenly come up with the suggestion to replace Office365 with the platform of this nice small vendor that (s)he just met at this event
Good luck with talking him or her out of that brilliant idea!
- May your intranet owner insist on home page customizations
I wrote The Curse of Customization about this
- May all your SharePoint site owners leave at the same time without providing successors
Divestitures or large reorganizations can do that
- May your organization decide to cut your MVP-improvement budget, forcing you to stay at an imperfect and slowly declining level for the next few years
- May your Office365 support and/or tenant administration be outsourced
I wrote Ouch-Sourcing about this – and I may write more
- May your introduction video, meant for employees only, go viral after being uploaded without hiding or security and being included in my Video Collection
The havoc that Microsoft brings upon us now and then is reality rather than imagined 😉 but just in case you want to scare your enemy, let’s go:
- May Microsoft introduce new standard functionality that you have just custom-developed yourself
My previous organization had just spend a lot of time and money on a custom-built News solution, when Microsoft announced…News!
- May the latest update turn your MVP into a NVP
- May Microsoft roll out unwanted changes without warning or without the option to undo them.
- May all your employees suddenly be able to buy their own licenses. Oh wait… 🙂
You can still vote on UserVoice to block this!
What to do when you have been hit by a curse?
I am working on the counter-spells but until now I have not been very successful…
Pixel witch image courtesy of saphatthachat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Noise image courtesy of imagerymajestic at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Voodoo doll image courtesy of Kheat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
News image courtesy of rawpixel.com on pexels.com
Witch with pumkin image courtesty of Lekkyjustdoit on FreeDigitalPhotos.net