CollabTalk Podcast | Episode 48


For Episode 48 of the CollabTalk Podcast, the conversation focused on the nuances of building and sustaining technical communities, and where they are similar to and different from other community efforts. You can listen to the podcast above and follow me using your favorite app, such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or the iHeartRadio app. Be sure to subscribe!

Joining me on this podcast:

  • AvatarVesa Juvonen (@vesajuvonen), Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, is responsible for the OneDrive and SharePoint developer ecosystem activities worldwide (, including documentation, guidance, samples, and open-source projects. He is also one of the Microsoft 365 Community project coordinators within the PnP (Patterns and Practices) community, and is based in Helsinki, Finland.  [LinkedIn | GitHub]

A bit more detail on the topics covered in this episode:

  • Vesa and Christian retrace past Microsoft movements when we may have crossed paths in 2006 or 2007 [3:54]
  • How did the Patterns and Practices (PnP) community come together? [7:12]
  • Tapping into the collective wisdom and experience of the crowd, and building community muscle [15:08]
  • Why the PnP community focuses so much on recognizing member contributions [17:00]
  • Identifying roles and responsibilities to help the community scale [23:50]
  • Companies need to recognize the value and benefits of their employees participating in community [27:57]
  • How the community handles NDAs & intellectual property, and builds trust between community members [38:02]
  • Being involved in the community can be a competitive advantage by keeping members on the cutting edge [43:25]

Enjoy this week’s episode, and be sure to subscribe for more content like this every Friday, as well as interviews with Microsoft MVPs and Regional Directors every Monday. Thanks for listening!

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.

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