Information Architecture and Microsoft Teams

CollabTalk TweetJam November 2018As Microsoft Teams increases in popularity, one question that continues to arise is “How does Teams align with the rest of my information architecture?” Many have spent years organizing and orchestrating IA within our SharePoint environments, only to see the rapid adoption of Teams with a somewhat less obvious IA approach. Be sure to join us on Thursday, November 1st 12pm (noon) Pacific / 3pm Eastern  for the next #CollabTalk TweetJam as we discuss “Piecing Together Your Microsoft Teams Information Architecture” with members of the community. Participants will include an assortment of partners, MVPs, solution providers, and community influencers who will join us online, and will include those who attended Ignite in-person, as well as those of us who watched the antics online.

You can join the community discussion using Twitter and the #CollabTalk hashtag, or using your favorite social tools. You do not need to be an “expert” to participate in the online conversation, and can ask questions, comment on the questions posed, or just “lurk” in the background. These online discussions are open to anyone — you do not have to be on the panel to participate.

This month’s tweetjam and our amazing stats are once again being sponsored by our friends at tyGraph.

If you have never participated in one of these tweetjams, it’s pretty simple: anyone can jump in and share their thoughts, or just lurk in the wings and absorb the wisdom of the crowd. Either way, it’ll be a TON of content to consume in a single hour. You can follow the live session using the Twitter UI of your choice (, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Twubs, whatever). How it works is that I’ll post a series of questions every few minutes, and people will respond to Q1, Q2, Q3 and so forth with A1, A2, A3, always including the #CollabTalk hashtag with their answers. Feel free to reply as often (or as little) as you’d like, ask your own follow up questions, share relevant links, re-tweet others, and engage with the audience.

The questions we will discuss during the session include:

  1. How do you define Information Architecture, and how well do users understand and adhere to this definition?
  2. What is the state of Information Architecture in Microsoft Teams today?
  3. Are there “best practices” for aligning Microsoft Teams information architecture with SharePoint and other workloads?
  4. Is there still confusion around ‘which tool, when?’ in Office 365, and does this impact IA adherence?
  5. What is the state of navigation and search across Microsoft Teams and other workloads?
  6. How does an organization manage taxonomy as Microsoft Teams becomes more prevalent?
  7. What 3 things should organizations do to begin information architecture planning for Microsoft Teams?

As always, there will be side-questions, side-conversations, and wise-cracking throughout. This is open to the public, so please join in the discussion! The dialog is usually thought-provoking but also fun.

Participating on this panel (so far):

  • Darrell Webster (@regarding365), Office Apps & Services MVP and co-founder
  • John White (@diverdown1964), SharePoint MVP and cto at UnlimitedViz Inc.
  • Ragnar Heil (@ragnarh), Office Servers & Services MVP and Microsoft alliance manager EMEA for Quest/Metalogix
  • Randy Drisgill (@drisgill), SharePoint MVP and branding and design expert at Rackspace
  • Geoff Varosky (@gvaro), managing consultant at BlueMetal, president of Boston Area SharePoint Group, and co-founder of Boston Office365 User Group
  • Matt Wade (@thatmattwade), Microsoft MVP, vp of client engagement at AtBot, co-founder of
  • Harjit Ghaliwal (@Hoorge), Microsoft MVP, IT Pro, technology & social media evangelist
  • Owen Allen (@owenallen), Redmond O365 UG board member, sr. solutions architect at Zones
  • Brian Culver (@SPbrianculver), SharePoint MCM and founder, president of Expert Point Solution
  • Max Fritz (@TheCloudSherpa), identity management, Office 365, AzureAD, and SharePoint expert at Now Micro
  • Stacy Deere-Strole (@sldeere), SharePoint MVP and owner of Focal Point Solutions
  • Nick Brattoli (@Byrdttoli), Microsoft MVP, founder and lead consultant at Byrdttoli Enterprise Consulting
  • Noah Sparks (@noahsparks), former Office Apps & Services MVP, community igniter and strategy manager at Brainstorm
  • Melinda Morales (@trulymelinda), solution consultant at 3Sharp
  • Paul Swider (@pswider), cto at RealActivity and enterprise SharePoint strategist
  • Marc Anderson (@sympmarc), SharePoint MVP and consultant at Sympraxis Consulting
  • Erica Toelle (@ericatoelle), evangelist at Record Point
  • Dean Swann (@sdeanswann), social collaborator, growth hacker and product manager for UnlimitedViz
  • Rick Garcia (@SilentRick), SharePoint project manager at United Airlines
  • Drew Madelung (@dmadelung), SharePoint and Office 365 MVP and architect at Concurrency Inc.
  • Hal Hostetler (@TVWizard), Microsoft MVP and senior field engineer and social media coordinator for Roland, Schorr & Tower
  • and your host, Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet), Microsoft MVP & RD, founder & ceo of CollabTalk LLC, cmo of

If you would like to join our panel, please drop me a line. If you have questions, please connect with me via @buckleyplanet. And thank you again to tyGraph for your support of these CollabTalk tweetjams! And finally, if you are interested in being a sponsor of a future tweetjam, please contact me at CollabTalk

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.