SharePoint Group Therapy on SharePoint ShopTalk

In case you haven’t heard, I’ve joined the panelists on SharePoint ShopTalk, a weekly webconference where you can interact with panelists, ask your questions and share your thoughts and opinions too!

On the Thursday, June 28 edition of SharePoint ShopTalk, I’ll be leading SharePoint Group Therapy (A SharePoint Governance Workshop), a session formatted as an open discussion where I talk about some of the governance challenges I have faced, and ask everyone else to share their challenges as well,  Together, in the style of group therapy, we’ll discuss everyone’s SharePoint problems and work together to provide solutions and approaches to managing your SharePoint governance issues.

This session will be reprising the successful format of sessions run at SharePoint Saturday Austin in January, and SharePoint Saturday Houston in April of this year.

Every SharePoint implementation is unique, as they each live in in their own environment of users, business objectives, requirements, and organizational cultures.  The workshop format allows us to tailor solutions to the problems in your environment.  But despite the uniqueness of your implementation, the pains you feel are a lot like the pains felt by others, so (at the very least) you’ll be discussing your SharePoint problems with a sympathetic group.

Sign up to attend next week’s SharePoint Group Therapy on SharePoint ShopTalk!


Q: Getting Started With Governance

I’ve been very busy and haven’t been pushing to get questions submitted, so I haven’t gotten a new question just yet. (if you build it, they will come, but only if you promote the heck out of it!).  I’ll be pushing to get more questoins submitted, but int the meantime, I am going to be going with questions asked at my recent SharePoint Group Therapy session at SharePoint Saturday Houston. 

Fortunately, this first question I am addressing was a topic I have been talking to other SharePoint professionals and non-SharePoint business people about.

How do we get started with SharePoint governance?– (Q at SPS Houston)

The SharePoint Therapist Says: The simplistic answer is “Start where you are.” Continue reading

Q: Ongoing Role for Governance Committee?

We’re in the early stages of defining our governance plan.  We think we have identified the people we would like to have help define our strategy and we have asked them to participate in our governance committee.  We have gotten many questions about how large a time commitment this will be.  Obviously, there will be much work defining the plan, but what about the ongoing commitment?  What is the role for the committee once the governance plan has been created? – P.

The SharePoint Therapist Says: Well, a lot of that is going to depend on the specifics of your governance plan.  For instance, Continue reading

Welcome to the SharePoint Therapist


Welcome to, the “Dear Abby” of the Sharepoint community.

Do your users complain about the usability of your SharePoint?  Do you suffer from site proliferation? Rights management issues? Content inaccuracy and staleness? Can you easily tell who owns the content of a particular site or list? Do you have rogue SharePoint servers in your environment? Is your SharePoint out of control?

Then you might benefit from SharePoint Therapy.

  • What problems are you having in your current environment?
  • What fears do you have about implementing governance?
  • What fears do you have about implementing SharePoint?

Send your questions regarding SharePoint Governance to or tweet them to @SPointTherapist. (Let me know how anonymous you need to be too!) Once I get your question, I may ask you for some clarifications, and I’ll post it here on I’ll do my best to advise you on your options, and provide insight based on my experiences, and I invite the rest of the SharePoint community to share their opinions and experiences as well.

Did I mention it is all FREE?  Free to ask, free to answer, free to read what everyone has written.

Don’t forget to subscribe over on the right-hand side to be alerted when questions have been posted!