Tackling Scrum Agile for the First Time: A BrightWork Approach

If you know Scrum Agile, you may be thinking about introducing this methodology to your projects. To help you get started, I’ll share some experiences and tips following our application of the methodology in 2016. The Need for Change Our team is responsible for developing custom business solutions internally for BrightWork. We have delivered many successful projects over the years without the help of Scrum Agile, so let me start by saying only change your formula if you feel it is going to bring about a real positive change. Giving Scrum Agile a run made sense for us and we felt it was the right fit for some of our development programs. Only change your formula if you feel it is going to bring about a real positive change We wanted a change because we felt more traditional methods of project management were missing a certain versatility. We would begin with a requirement, kick off our development, and come back to the table some time later with a release candidate. We felt we were failing to get adequate feedback from the product owners along the journey but more significantly, the solution we were building never had a chance to adapt…

BCS Example: Take advantage of external data columns in existing BrightWork lists

We have had many enquiries about how you could use external data or external content types in SharePoint with Business Connectivity Services to an advantage. Here is an example of the potential gain of using external data through BCS and how you can use it with BrightWork. 1. Summary BCS is a SharePoint service which allows you to connect to pieces of data like SQL content databases. Once connected to these data sources you can then create SharePoint lists from this data. In this blog we will attempt to explain a use for SharePoint BCS inside BrightWork with a real world example. The example is, you have a software system used by all employees for time tracking which is external to SharePoint. For the purposes of this example we will simply say this system records effort in hours in one column and this is recorded against a project code column in the other. Aside from this system you use SharePoint and BrightWork to track other project management progress and success. What if you could bring the project code and effort data into SharePoint and BrightWork lists so that you can start to take advantage of both systems? Well you can and here is…

SharePoint 2013: How to avoid common administrative and upgrade issues

Since our exciting transition to SharePoint 2013, we have experienced a number of issues, which took us some time to overcome. In this blog I want to share with you some of these principle issues, to save you time when making the transition to the SharePoint 2013 platform! Things to watch out for when upgrading from SharePoint 2010 Following an upgrade from SharePoint 2010 you may come across difficulty when using the create a new item form, edit form or display form on certain lists in your site. You may receive the following messages. Sorry, something went wrong. An unexpected error has occurred. This will affect all lists which were created from a list template at any time in the past inside of SharePoint 2010 after you migrate to SharePoint 2013 RTM (reproduced with SharePoint 2013 RTM(base level) Server and Foundation). This can be resolved by installing the April 2013 CU. Therefore if your upgrading from SharePoint 2010 you must take on the April 2013 CU for SharePoint 2013.  SharePoint 2013 restore changes to be aware of when migrating sites from one SharePoint 2013 server to another On SharePoint 2010, you could restore sites collections in the following scenarios using backup-spsite and restore-spsite…

Administrator loses control!

Are you a SharePoint Site Collection administrator? Have you ever experienced a loss of permissions within your own site collection? Well if you have answered YES to both of these questions you may find this article helpful. Scenario: A primary site collection administrator with Full Control permissions, cannot see the full range of options available on their site actions drop-down in their own site collection. They further investigated and discovered they could no longer make any changes what so ever to the site collection. Note: BrightWork site collections work off standard SharePoint security like any SharePoint Team Site. We have detailed the various local permissions that are required to create projects, templates and portfolios. There are three main scenarios which may present a loss of permissions… 1. The Site Collection is locked in Read-me Mode Possible Reason: If a server recently shut down unexpectedly To unlock: Within Central Administration –> Application Manager –> Site Collection Quotas and Locks http://weblogs.asp.net/peterbrunone/archive/2011/03/01/read-only-lock-on-a-sharepoint-site-collection-or-why-can-t-i-edit-anymore.aspx 2. Content Database for the site collection is locked in Read-Only mode Possible Reason: A failed restore of a site collection can leave a Content DB in Read Only mode To Check for Read-Only: Within Central Administration –> Application Manager –>…

Ghost users from times gone past!

Ever seen SharePoint users listed in your My Work Reports or mentioned in drop down menus belong to staff or members who haven’t been around for years? We are commonly asked what is the easiest way to remove these users? We will use a SharePoint hidden view and heres the steps. Briefly to introduce myself as this is my first time blog for BrightWork. My name is Jonathan Browne I am a Support Engineer here at BrightWork, better known to our customers as JB. There is a view which will show you all users involved in the site collection. This view should correspond with the dropdown of users you see in any “My Work Report”. This view will then allow you to remove any users from your entire site collection*. To explain how you access this hidden view with example urls. Your own url will be used. 1.       Firstly you must be logged on with site collection admin rights. 2.       You want to remove the portion highlighted from the url of your site collection http://sp2010.brightworkdemo.com/sites/pmpoint/Example/example/example/default.aspx     …which leaves you with http://sp2010.brightworkdemo.com/sites/pmpoint/ Now add the following hidden view portion to the url…      _catalogs/users/simple.aspx     …which leaves you with a complete url. http://sp2010.brightworkdemo.com/sites/pmpoint/_catalogs/users/simple.aspx    …