Yammer MVPs Tell All: How to Successfully Launch Yammer

I loved being part of this panel at Microsoft Ignite!

Hear stories from Yammer MVPs about how to successfully launch Yammer within all sorts and sizes of organizations. Challenges, best practices, and more!

What I loved about this session is that despite a little bit of technical difficulty amongst the microphones when we started, we quickly sailed off into Yammerville, and even though this was a 75-minute session, ran over time with people still waiting to ask us questions!



How to Prove that Yammer is Working

So you’ve got your Yammer network up and running. How do you really PROVE that people are using it with purpose?

I had the opportunity to present with Dean Swann of tyGraph at Microsoft Ignite 2016. Hear how we (I and other MVPs) are using analytics to show the value of our networks!

Why You Might Want to Know What Your Grandma Got Up To

Grandma’s Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes, says this Discover article, making no mention of grandpas, and including this rather unfortunate sentence:

“Like silt deposited on the cogs of a finely tuned machine after the seawater of a tsunami recedes, our experiences, and those of our forebears, are never gone, even if they have been forgotten.”

Silt aside, if you’re interested in genetics and epigenetics, which I am on the periphery but haven’t had much time to refresh myself, it’s a fairly in-depth look at the premise that no one is free who has a thousand ancestors (I stole that phrase from Louisa May Alcott’s Emily books). In other words, the very genes you’re sitting on right now were shaped and shifted by the life experiences of your mom, grandma, great-grandma, and so forth.

Or just read it for the odd turns of phrase peppered throughout, such as this slightly sinister one:

“Of course, it is generally not possible to sample the brains of living people.”

Right Now Is All About Guinea Pigs

This is known as a drive-by pigging.


Still Talking About Microsoft Ignite

Mostly because I’m still catching up on work. It’s been quite a week! That and making sure my MVP contributions are all up to date…it’s no secret that I’d love to be renewed for next year.

Being an MVP really is pretty special. I don’t think it really, truly sunk in until Ignite, when I met everyone in person who I’d been talking to online for more than a year. And then being told that we were considered “gold” by Microsoft.

That felt really good. It really brought home to me how this award was viewed by the people giving it!

So anyway, I made my first Sway about the entire experience:

Ignite 2016, or How I Spent My Fall Vacation.