“We’re piloting Teams.”
If you talk to the people we talk to, that’s the standard answer. Questions such as “Where [or: What] are you up to with Teams?” have become rhetorical. You might as well just start with: “How are you piloting Teams?” Or on bright, sunny, courageous mornings, you could go straight to the killer question “Why are you piloting Teams?”
There are myriad answers to this question, one of the less uncommon of which appears to be “to work out why we should be piloting Teams”. Teams has become a Good Thing To Do, perhaps because small “t” teams are seen as a Good Thing To Have. (To get some perspective on this, try Patrick Lencioni’s Five Dsyfunctions of a Team before bedtime.)
Teams (the Microsoft kind) is indeed a good thing to do, as long as you succeed in selecting the right reason. Perm one or more from: better collaboration, better meetings, write useful bots, step up from Skype, window into Office 365 (a cosmos in its own right), etc, etc. Or: just seeing what it’s good for (inside IT? ... clue: IT teams aren’t always representative of line-of-business teams).
And the other thing (see: cosmos of Office365, above) is that Teams is a potential game-changer of vast proportions. Once you’ve worked out how. And why. It brings with it a massive oil tanker bearing SharePoint, OneDrive and all the other burgeoning apps like Planner, Flow, and that new one that came out last week that no one knows what it’s really for yet...
So we’ve been choppering our bright young chaps onto oil tanker decks armed with custom-built Teams implementation offerings: baselining, roadmapping, incubating, governing-and-complying... while the Old Guy Who Breaks Things stokes his pipe, calmly reaches for his Collected Works of Simon Sinek, hunkers down in the focsle and repeatedly asks: Why?
And even when you’re set on your Why, you have to acknowledge that these millions of tons of fuel that will power mighty industries can only be delivered one port at a time. So, which port first? And as you enter the busy roads, how, without causing a galactic environmental disaster, do you actually dock?
Who do you bring on board to help you steer the ship safely home? What’s that guy called who knows these waters better than you, so well that you trust him with your ship at such a critical juncture?
He’s called a pilot. And that’s what we’re doing for our customers.
We’re piloting Teams.