Microsoft Teams, Yammer, Skype, Office 365, Groups, SharePoint and Outlook – so many options to choose from, but where to start ?
How do I know which platform is best for the type of communication I want to engage in.
How do I know who I can contact on these platforms?
Teams and Yammer – Part 1
First of all, let’s break down the first two of these communication platforms Microsoft Teams and Yammer; into non-business use cases with our series; ‘Taking Tech into your world”. This week we will explore Microsoft Teams and next week Yammer.
Part 1 – Microsoft Teams
In the first instance, think of these two platforms as one being your close circle of ‘friends’ and the other as your extended circle of ‘acquaintances and friends of friends’.
Your close circle is Microsoft Teams – much like a sporting team you play with, or a parents group you see regularly or your closest circle of friends whom you spend time with.
In business, your Microsoft 'team' are those people in your organisation with whom you have close regular contact whilst working on projects together. You come together for a set purpose and have similar goals to achieve.… Click To Tweet
To put this into ‘your personal life’, as an example, to help understand the Teams concept (in a non-business sense), this could be similar to a group of people regularly coming together working / organising different scenarios or projects throughout the year.
Firstly, name your team. Choose a name that easily explains who are you known as, as a group. In addition, each channel inside that main team would be named according to the project or goal the members are trying to achieve or work with. The channel is where all the conversation, organisation and engagement would happen. Your team may likely have a much smaller number of members.
How Microsoft Teams works.
Here are some examples of how Microsoft Teams would be used in the non – business world.
“Tigers U21s” Rugby Team
(Your team name is who you are known as ‘Tigers u21’. Your team consists of the players, manager and U21’s coach. This team could be up to 8-15 people from the u21’s sport team)
Four channel examples are listed below. The purpose of a channel is to provide one place where conversations about set topics can take place under the umbrella of the main team. Keeping all the information together in one place.
- Fantasy league fun – selection, aggregate results each week, changes, competitions for the 8months of playing.
- Training sessions – focus areas, player changes, rehabilitation planning
- Game day tactics – team defence ea. week against diff teams, who is playing
- End of season trip – planning hotels flights
- Health and Safety issues – anything related to the players and their health.
More Examples of Teams.
- Yr. 7 Parents at a school (team)
- Annual parents luncheon event – locations, menu planning, prices, guests
- End of year play – casting, rehearsals, costumes, props
- End of year formal – location, costings, parents running aspects of the event.
- Extended Family (team)
- Xmas day and luncheon this year – meal planning,
- Family tree research – collaborating information between family members
- Family reunion – destination and planning
- House renovations on grandparents’ home
Teams is one central place where projects / ideas can be explored, worked out, developed and completed by the same small group of closely connected people within one or more channels with a fast / instant style of communication.
Microsoft Teams has put a great Getting Started Guide for Educators together. It gives a great insight on how to introduce Teams into classrooms for all levels of students from grade school to university, enabling even the quietest student to have a voice.
Fast responses are key features of Microsoft Teams. Answers are sought and received fast due to the conversation style of interaction. You can make video and voice calls from within Microsoft Teams.
In conclusion, next week we will look at Yammer “in your world”, followed by integrating these concepts with Part 3, into the business world for a complete introduction and understanding to these incredible conversational platforms.
If you want to know how we here at Adopt & Embrace use Teams, feel free to get in touch where we can give you some starting tips.