Learn SharePoint

Use 3 simple steps to successfully learn SharePoint as a Developer, Administrator or End User.

1. How should I start?


3 easy steps helping you to get the right start independent of your role in your company.


  Get Started...

2. What is SharePoint?


Before doing any task please watch the following videos covering important SharePoint basics.


  Watch Videos...

3. Learn SharePoint


The next step requires the two prvious steps and depends on your role in your company.


  Learn SharePoint...

When it’s time to learn SharePoint no one gives you enough time and resources. You are using your free time, the evening and the weekend. Everyone is expecting results and no one has a plan for you.

There's one huge problem for everyone and it doesn't matter if you're a developer, administrator or end user: If you don't know what SharePoint is and why it has been created you won't be happy using it.

A lot of people feel "forced" to use SharePoint since no one tells about its advantages. No one tells them about problems in their current working environment and how SharePoint makes it easier to get their work done.

You and I are used to our daily working routines and tools but this doesn't mean it's the most efficient way our work is done.

Step 1: How should I start?

I have never seen one person who wants to leave his or her current working environment behind and start working with SharePoint. Never!


It doesn't matter if you are an administrator, developer or end user... there's always the same question:

But, the current environment works, why do we change it?

And I have never seen someone giving a good reason why!

Because we are doing it... because we need something new... because we need Something 2.0 (3.0 or 4.0...).

And I have definetly never seen someone giving you a step-by-step guide how to learn SharePoint!


A lot of people get lost in the huge amount of unstructured information. Many people completely ignore why Microsoft created SharePoint. And most people want to absorb all information available.

Those are the top reasons why many people fail to learn SharePoint giving SharePoint a bad reputation.


SharePoint is fun and I'm happy that I don't know everything. But I know where to find information when I need them and which people to ask.

I'm sharing the exact same steps I used to learn SharePoint.



Congrats! You just passed step 1:

  • Done: Get a step-by-step guide
  • Understand why you need SharePoint and what it is
  • Learn SharePoint

 

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Step 2: What is SharePoint?

If you have never worked with SharePoint I highly suggest understanding the reasons why we need SharePoint and how it helps us in our working environment.

Based on my experience it depends on just one simple question if you're good at working with SharePoint or if you fail.

You can be a good developer but if you don't understand why your customers need SharePoint you fail. You can be a skilled end user but if you're forced to switch your daily working routine and tools you won't use the full potential of SharePoint.

That's why it's most important to fully understand why your current working environment may not be efficient. Why you do work which may be already done. Why you try to learn something someone else might already know.


I highly suggest that you watch my videos / read my articles because it answer the most basic and important questions:



If you can't watch the videos at work here's a short transcription:

You are an Information Worker. I'm an Information worker. The whole day we try to find information, use it and store it. At the end we have new information which can be used to make a decision. But is our decision right? Did we miss something? We need to justify our decision and because of that we have to take everything into account.


"I need something to store, to manage and to retrieve information, to find a person who may have the information I need and to access it from anywhere. I also need something that not only gets information I also need something that prepares, visualizes it or sorts it by relevance."

"An application that can do all the things will have a great impact on my performance during my working day."


SharePoint can do all of it in an awesome way.

Don't work more. Work less but more efficient.


Tip: Don't care for buzz-words like content, sites, communities, search, insights and composites!

What seems to be very confusing stands for the vision behind SharePoint and addresses the problems of an Information Worker. In short: You can store content in SharePoint, it's structured using sites, all is available to you and others using search and may be displayed in a more useful way using insights.

Of course it's more complicated but you get the basic idea.

And it doesn't mater if you use SharePoint 2016, SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Online: They share all basic concepts. On top of them they add enhanced or new features.


If you have ever heard or read something about SharePoint it may have been about lists.

Lists are everywhere and the way to store data in SharePoint. In this case user content, templates or SharePoint configuration files.

The advantage that comes with SharePoint is that you have everything ready to go. You can configure everything the way you want to: Columns, View, Permission, Workflows and much more.


SharePoint uses different ways to display data (e.g. from lists) and allows you to use content in different ways.

Web Parts or Controls mostly display data and gives you a way to interact with it. Workflows are used to start a process and to involve different people in it.


It's the second important step in SharePoint: If you want to enhance the way people work you need a great way to store data and to display it in a more meaningful way to users.



Congrats! You just passed step 2:

  • Done: Get a step-by-step guide
  • Done: Understand why you need SharePoint and what it is
  • Learn SharePoint

 

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Step 3: Learn SharePoint

The last step to learn SharePoint depends on your role in your company.

I recommend videos by SharePoint experts & trainers if you want to learn SharePoint. There are many simple, easy to understand resources if you know the right people:



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