The Authentication in SharePoint 2013 Learning Roadmap topic is now available.

Consider the following questions:

  • I don’t know anything about a technology or product. What is the fastest way to build expertise?
    • Real world example: I just got assigned this new technology. Do I really have to wade through the mountains of potential content out there? Can someone show me the shortcuts so I can ramp up quickly?
  • I already know something about a technology or product. What is the fastest way to build more expertise?
    • Real world example: I need to specialize in this technology. I know the basics and some of the technical stuff, but I want to know everything. How do I do that quickly?

For both questions, you can use a Learning Roadmap, which is a topic that provides a methodical approach to building expertise by stepping you through a series of learning goals. You start with the prerequisites and then build on your knowledge and experience in levels corresponding to introductory (level 100), intermediate (level 200), advanced (level 300), and expert (level 400) learning resources.

Each section of a Learning Roadmap contains an ordered list of steps, which you should perform in the recommended order. Each step points to a resource (a Microsoft or third-party topic, white paper, video, book chapter, blog post, etc.) and states a learning goal. When you are comfortable that you meet the knowledge or experience requirements of the learning goal, move on to the next step.

Let's return to our original questions:

  • I don’t know anything about a technology or product. What is the fastest way to build expertise?
    • Answer: Start with the Prerequisites section of the Learning Roadmap.
  • I already know something about a technology or product. What is the fastest way to build more expertise?
    • Answer: Scan through the learning goals, starting with the Prerequisites section, to quickly locate your current level and perform the steps to build additional expertise.

Take a look at the Authentication in SharePoint 2013 Learning Roadmap. Does its purpose and structure make sense? Are there other technologies of SharePoint that need Learning Roadmaps? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment on this blog post.

Just like the previously published SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2010 claims encoding topic, I published in the TechNet Wiki to invite community participation. If I missed something, feel free to add steps or add resources to an existing step.

For additional Learning Roadmaps for other technologies or Microsoft products, see the Learning Roadmaps Portal Page.

To get started with SharePoint 2013, see the following:

Enjoy!

 

Joe Davies
Principal Writer