Moving On…

Well as a followup to my post from earlier in the year regarding my need for some changes in order to achieve a more healthly work / life balance, I decided to start about a month ago by announcing my intent to step down as President of INETA NorAm.  This was a very difficult decision for me that took a large amount of careful thought and consideration.  While I was very excited to be in the position I was in, enjoyed the people I was working with and was passionate about the new activities we were getting ready to launch, I had to make a very challenging choice to put my personal and business life first and walk away. 

INETA is a volunteer run community organization that requires a large amount of time from those that run it.  In many ways the role as President had turned into a second full time job for me and that was having an impact on my ability to spend time with family, pursue new opportunities and focus on other projects and activities.  So while the decision was not an easy one, I feel confident it was the right one for me at this point in my life.  I still completely respect and support what INETA is all about and look forward to working with them again in the future after I have had some time to refocus and regroup.

Over the past month, I have been working at transitioning my duties to other board members and today we elected Daniel Egan as my replacement.  Daniel is a fantastic leader and all around great guy.  He is extremely passionate about the community will do a wonderful job in his new role.  I couldn’t be happier for both him and the organization.

Does this mean I am giving up on the community?  Not at all!  In fact it just means that I will be more focused over the next while and have more time available for doing other things that I have not been able to do for quite a while such as blogging and writing.  In addition, I will have more time focus on SharePoint specific projects over the next while that Shane and I have had sitting on a shelf.  The fun is really only yet beginning.  :-)

Tech Ed 2007 | I Will Be There

I am always a little slow to jump on the Tech Ed blogging wagon but I will be there once again this year.  Look for me hanging out at the INETA booth, Birds of a Feather sessions as well a variety of technical sessions.  Chances are if the word SharePoint is being said, I will probably be around somewhere.

I have also been invited to be a panelist for the Women in Technology Luncheon which is a HUGE honor for me and something I am very much looking forward to.  This luncheon (open to any attendee) is one of the highlights of the week and has become very popular over the past few years.  To be asked to participate as a panelist is very exciting for me.

We are also in the talks about possibly doing a book signing at the conference as it looks as though our book will be available during that week.  I will update more information on this as it becomes available. 

In any event, should be another exciting and action filled week in Orlando.  Drop me a line if you are going to be there.

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Update: For those that have been asking, the Women in Technology Luncheon is on Wednesday, June 6th from 11:30 A.M to 2:00 P.M at the Peabody Conference Room.  Also the book signing has been confirmed to be 3:00PM on Wednesday at the Bookstore.

INETA President Elect

For those of you that don’t know…

About a month ago, the INETA Board of Directors for North America held an election and I was elected to be their next President.  It is a pretty awesome thing for me on a number of levels.  First I am completely honoured that the current board chose to nominate and elect me.  It has been a great experience serving with them for the past year and a half.  I have learned a lot and truly appreciated the opportunity I had to work with each of them.  Secondly those who know me well understand how much I love working with the community and I truly cannot wait to spend the next two years working with the rest of the board to deliver some really awesome new services and programs to our members.  The past couple of years have really been about INETA maturing as a large organization and redefining our processes so we can properly serve the fantastic community we represent.  Moving forward I am looking forward to a much greater level of direct interaction and involvement with our members as we roll out new programs and activites.

It seems like only yesterday, I was just getting my feet wet trying to start up a small user group here in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.  Julie Lerman reached out to show me the way and pretty much launched me on my path.  So I guess on some level, you all have her to blame.  :)

The complete list of new board members was released in the April 2007 newsletter.  To highlight, we will have two women serving as President (myself) and Vice President (Morgan Baker).  Morgan was the one the recruited me into volunteering with the Community Activities division a few years back.  We also have two Canadians (Rob Zelt – VP of Community Activities) on the board this time around.  I really needed some support in that area as being the token Canadian was more than I could handle on my own.  :)

Anyhow I know this update has been slow but its only because I have been busy behind the scenes ramping up for some of our existing and new projects.  This includes some great things we will be doing at Tech Ed this year including the Birds of a Feather sessions, Community Leadership Summit and some other surprises.  Stay tuned for more!

SharePoint 123! – Level 200 Session

SharePoint 123! Level 200
August 30th at 3:30PM EST

Join us for our next exciting INETA Live! Webcast event on August 30th at 3:30PM EST for the level 200 content from the SharePoint 123 Training Series!

SharePoint 1, 2, 3! is a new concept in community-based training being offered to the development community by the development community. SharePoint 1, 2, 3! offers six sessions designed to train developers to install, use, and develop custom software for Microsoft’s Windows SharePoint Services. SharePoint 1, 2, 3! is designed to be a start to finish training session that has a 100 level course, a 200 level course, and a 300 level course to get into all aspects of SharePoint. A few months back we delivered the first session (level 100), which was a gentle introduction to SharePoint – what it is and how to use it effectively. You can view that presentation via our webcast archives available at http://live.ineta.org.

The second session (level 200) will be presented tomorrow on Wednesday, August 30th at 3:30PM EST and will be aimed squarely at developers and will focus on customizing SharePoint sites, developing and using web parts, and deploying SharePoint sites.  Sign up here!

The final session (level 300) will dive deep into advanced topics such as connected web parts and the SharePoint Object Model and will be coming up later this fall.

SharePoint User Groups – Raise Your Hands

So as some of you may know 2 of my many passions relate to SharePoint and User Groups / Communities.  Therefore it should come as no surprise that I would be working on some things that might benefit and affect SharePoint User Groups and Communities. 

I know there has been a fantastic community building up out there over the past few years and now I want to get to meet more of you so I can identify better ways of supporting and delivering information to you.

So if you are a member or leader of a SharePoint related user group – please either drop me an email or leave a comment here.  I would really love to hear from you.  Also if you are interested in starting a user group or joining one but don’t know where to get started – let me know and I will do my best to help you out.

Long Weekend

It’s a long weekend and my body (and mind) needs it. Easter weekend is a major time of reflection for me so I won’t be online as much. Though that is not to say I won’t be spending some time kicking back and catching up on my gaming.

The SharePoint 2007 posts will be continuing after this weekend. Thanks for all the positive feedback. I have lots more material to cover yet so no worries. Plus Shane and I have a few more surprises up our sleeves so stay tuned.

In the meantime, for your entertainment / education value I strongly recommend the following:

  • The On 10 Series is turning into a favorite of mine since they are including content close to my heart (Xbox) as well as lots of other interesting pieces. Recently they had a funny show with Major Nelson. Too bad they didn’t have more questions…so the people in the forums could have won more prizes.
  • I posted the link to view the archive of our first INETA Live! webcast with Chris Pels and Thom Robbins called “So You Want to Hold a Code Camp”. If you are a community enthusiast in the dev community – I highly recommend checking this out. See live.ineta.org for details.
  • INETA Live! From Redmond – Exclusive Webcast on WPF and Windows Forms

    Join our team tomorrow as we continue our Live From Redmond webcast series with a presentation on Windows Forms and the Windows Presentation Foundation. The Live From Redmond series is an exclusive set of webcasts coming directly from the Microsoft product teams directed towards INETA User Groups and their members. Come join us – and maybe even learn a thing or two in the process.

    Crossbow – Building WPF and Windows Forms hybrid applications
    Mike Henderlight

    Wondering how to take advantage of the power of the next generation presentation technology, Windows Presentation Foundation while preserving your existing investments in Windows Forms? This talk discuss key scenarios for integration between the two technologies, and strategies for building hybrid applications that take advantage of Windows Forms and the Windows Presentation Foundation. We show integration from both application perspectives and demonstrate how each can augment the other.

    Meeting Details

    Meeting URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft/join
    Meeting ID: Z3XWMN
    Meeting Key: 4:Hz

    INETA Live! – SharePoint 1,2,3

    One of the key projects for 2006 for my team within INETA is the webcast series called INETA Live! On April 19th at 3:30pm, we will be having our second event by kicking off the SharePoint 123 series.

    SharePoint 1, 2, 3! is a new concept in community-based training being offered to the development community by the development community. SharePoint 1, 2, 3! offers six sessions designed to train developers to install, use, and develop custom software for Microsoft’s Windows SharePoint Services. SharePoint 1, 2, 3! is designed to be a start to finish training session that has a 100 level course, a 200 level course, and a 300 level course to get into all aspects of SharePoint. With two types of meetings; a lecture style seminar followed by a hands on lab session, you will be able to try the technology yourself. Starting with the first session (level 100), we will provide a gentle introduction to SharePoint – what it is and how to use it effectively. The second session (level 200) will be aimed squarely at developers and will focus on customizing SharePoint sites, developing and using web parts, and deploying SharePoint sites. The final session (level 300) will dive deep into advanced topics such as connected web parts and the SharePoint Object Model.

    For more information or to register for this webcast as well as others we are offering in this series (including some great content directly from the product teams in Redmond) – check out live.ineta.org.

    INETA Live! – So You Want to Hold a Code Camp

    My team within INETA is getting ready to kick off a new project called “INETA Live!

    INETA Live! will provide user group leaders and members with an opportunity to discuss a variety of topics oriented towards improving your local developer community. The kickoff for this series will be Wednesday, 3/22/2006 and will be followed by additional events in the coming months.

    So You Want to Hold a Code Camp?
    Code Camps have enjoyed unprecedented success over the past two years as an informal way to bring developers together to share code. Have you held a Code Camp in your area and want to improve the next one? Would you like to learn how to organize the first Code Camp in your area? Join Thom Robbins, Microsoft Northeast Region Developer Evangelist, and Chris Pels, Boston .NET User Group Leader founders of the Code Camp concept to discuss best practices for building a successful Code Camp. Topics will include What is a Code Camp? How do you get speakers? What are options for a facility to hold the event? and more! This will be a discussion where attendees will have the opportunity to contribute by sharing their experiences and also to get their questions answered.

    Join us March 22nd, 2006 at 3:30PM EST as we kick off our new INETA Live series with this great presentation. We will following this session up with additional monthly presentations with topics such as:

    How to get Funding for My User Group?
    How to Grow my User Group?
    User Group Marketing 101
    Free Training 123!
    How to Better Manage User Group Communications (website, newsletter, etc…)

    In addition to these topics, we are very interested in what you want to see presented. So if you have an idea for a topic you would like to see, please let us know by filling out this form.

    Intended Audience:
    User group leaders, members, or community enthusiasts that are interested in hosting or running a code camp within their region.

    Sign Up for “So You Want to Hold a Code Camp?” Here!!