Outlining roles in maintaining a SharePoint site

October 7, 2008

I ran across an article today on SharePoint Magazine about Leveraging the SharePoint Platform. Overall, it’s a good (and realistic) discussion of how a SharePoint deployment must be planned supported within a company.

The section on people really stood out, because this was a point I made in my SharePoint presentation–if your deployment grows to any decent size, you can’t have just one person doing everything. Number of man-hours aside, it’s not reasonable for a single person to do configuration, administration, organization, development, and training. You’re trying to jump between a number of very different skillsets, so no matter how smart and capable your all-in-one SharePoint guy is, it’s not going to come out very good.

The article links to blog posts by Becky Isserman and Eric Harlan that attempt to define these roles a little more clearly. And for that reason, I think it’s a good read for anyone just getting started in a company that’s adopting SharePoint. Even if you won’t have a team of 4-6 people working on your SharePoint installation (and let’s face it, most people won’t), the division of skills is useful to divide up responsibilities between the team you do have–whatever size it is.

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