[Update: Yikes! Several people have informed me that my SharePoint Community side meetings conflict with my colleague, Mike Fitzmaurice’s sessions on Windows SharePoint Servers V3 Overview and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Overview, which are expected to be standing room only. Doh! This is what happens when each of us is doing 15 different things at once. J We don’t slow down enough to sync up once in awhile. So, if you’re debating whether to attend my side meetings or Fitz’s sessions, I’d strongly encourage you to go to the sessions. Instead of having formal side meetings, I will schedule a couple of theater sessions in the Office System Technical Learning Area as well as be available for ad-hoc chalktalks. So, use the TechEd Session Scheduler tool and filter on Track = Office System with Session Type = TLC Theater after 1PM on Monday to find my sessions. I look forward to meeting with many of you in person next week!]
Well, sort of. J It’s not fully baked just yet, but I’ll have much more details by the time I kick off my side meetings at TechEd Boston on June 12, from 1 to 3PM and from 3:30 to 5:30PM. The two meetings will have the same agenda since the room will only accommodate a maximum of 30 people. Basically, I’ll take about 45 minutes to present and provide a status update for my SharePoint Community Advancement Initiative, and the rest of the time will be for Q&A and discussion on optimizing priorities, refining specific activities, and brainstorming new ideas and possibilities. My primary objective, however, will be to meet with those of you who are active in the SharePoint community and would like to do even more.
During the past several months, I’ve spent much of my time and energy on building a collaborative relationship between myself and those whom I’ve dubbed “SharePoint MVPs” – that is, the Microsoft MVPs for Windows SharePoint Services, SharePoint Portal Server, and Content Management Server. We now have a secure team site and a very active mailing list, and I truly feel like they (about 55 of them currently though I’d expect this number to grow to 80 over the next 12 months) are an extension of me and the SharePoint Product Group within the community. Quite frankly, the sole purpose of my role as Community Lead is to enable them to be more effective in what they so passionately do -- helping others succeed with SharePoint Products and Technologies.
Now, I’m about to turn my focus towards the broader group of active contributors in the community, who either aspire to be MVPs or prefer to be community leaders and influencers in other ways. And this is exactly where the SharePoint Community Champions Program fits in. I’ll have more details about the program and other SharePoint community related activities during my side meetings. If you’re interested in attending, please e-mail me to reserve a seat (by specifying which of the two side meetings you prefer), and I’ll reply with exact location information.