#Microsoft365 #Office365 As part of a mini series for #CitizenDevelopers I’ll be sharing tips and tricks around Business Analysis, Project and Change Management etc. Today we’ll take a look at being more creative and the tools we can use to curate content. Always remember that what you create is a legacy you leave behind – so make it count.

For previous posts in my #Microsoft365Challenge go to the index page.

DISCLAIMER: I WRITE ARTICLES ABOUT OFFICE / MICROSOFT 365. CONTENT IS ACCURATE AT TIME OF PUBLICATION, HOWEVER UPDATES AND NEW ADDITIONS HAPPEN DAILY WHICH COULD CHANGE THE ACCURACY OR RELEVANCE. PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN USING MY BLOGS AS GUIDELINES.

Recap: The purpose of this blog is to help you become a better solution builder. As mentioned, you might have the technical skill – but I want you to rock at building great solutions. And to do so, there’s some other skills you require as well. Like Business Analysis, Project Management, Communication, Problem Solving & Creativity. I’ll be basing this on the 8 Digital Literacy Pillars that I support through training, and you’ll see that Business Analysis is supported by all 8 of the pillars, so you need to apply all those skills in your business analysis.


Creativity and Curation of Content

I know that most people think they’re NOT creative. I don’t think that’s true. Sometimes we just need to show people the great tools out there, which helps them be creative.

Of course Microsoft / Office 365 gives us the most incredible tools to help us achieve this. I’m thinking about PowerPoint, Sway, Stream, Forms, SharePoint News Pages, Hero Web Parts etc.

As a Citizen Developer you might be responsible for the following:

Communicate and Launch a solution:

Use PowerPoint to create a banner / poster, Infographic to tell the users more about the solution. Remember to use Design Ideas and for presentations you should add Zoom and Morph. Add a spotlight video on Stream. Create a News Article on SharePoint with information, cool images / videos.

Create Training Material:

Use PowerPoint to record videos and load these on Stream. Quick Reference guides can also be created in PowerPoint and Word – remember to use the Insert Screenshots functionality.

Document your Solutions:

Remember I’m lazy – so I’ll rather record a video in PowerPoint and save that to Stream as my “technical documentation / handover”. Also refer to the previous blog where I shared templates for requirements gathering and a solution registers.

Get Feedback

Get feedback from the users by creating a survey in Microsoft Forms. Use these for Quizzes as well after training was delivered.


To help you find your creative superpowers, I’ve compiled a summary of blog posts which will take you from “I’m not creative” to “I’m an artist” in no time.

PowerPoint:

#Microsoft365 Day 199: How to Crop, Resize and Rotate images in #PowerPoint
#Microsoft365 Day 194: Save time by using Dictation in Word, Outlook and PowerPoint
#Microsoft365 Day 186: Create your own icons for #SharePoint in #PowerPoint
#Microsoft365 Day 185: Less is more when Compressing Pictures in #PowerPoint
#Microsoft365 Day 184: Bring out your inner Artist with Artistic Effects in #PowerPoint
#Microsoft365 Day 183: Change the colors of your images in #PowerPoint
#Microsoft365 Day 166: Get your facts ‘straight’ with Ink to Shape in PowerPoint
#Microsoft365 Day 163: Have you used Morph in PowerPoint?
#Microsoft365 Day 162: Insert Icons in your Microsoft Office Documents
#Microsoft365 Day 161: Using the Alignment Tools in PowerPoint
#Microsoft365 Day 160: Pick colours with the Eyedropper in PowerPoint
#Microsoft365 Day 159: Get creative with Design Ideas in PowerPoint
#Microsoft365 Day 153: Remove the Background of your images in PowerPoint
#Microsoft365 Day 134: PowerPoint Designer ups its game AGAIN!
#Microsoft365 Day 77: Set transparency on shapes in PowerPoint
#Microsoft365 Day 146: Use Summary Zoom in PowerPoint to ROCK your presentations
#Microsoft365 Day 57: Take the boring out of bullet points with PowerPoint Designer
#Microsoft365 Day 56: Use PowerPoint Designer to UP your creative game
#Microsoft365 Day 53: New PowerPoint Recording Tab
#Microsoft365 Day 51: Align your shapes in PowerPoint
#Microsoft 365 Day 41: Use the eyedropper for picking colours in PowerPoint
#Microsoft 365 Day 37: Using the Effect Options in PowerPoint Morph Transitions
#Microsoft 365 Day 36: Using Morph Transitions in PowerPoint

Other:

#Microsoft365 Day 55: Insert screenshots in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
#Microsoft365 Day 158: Layout Options for better image placement in Word

Forms:

#Microsoft365 Day 285: Add Feedback to #MicrosoftTeams with #MicrosoftForms
#Microsoft365 Day 247: How to use Branching Logic in #MicrosoftForms?
#Microsoft365 Day 246: Have you used the Ranking Column in #MicrosoftForms?
#Microsoft365 Day 241: Create a Quiz with Microsoft Forms
#Microsoft365 Day 245: Updates to the Settings in #MicrosoftForms
#Microsoft365 Day 244: #Office365 Groups now available in Microsoft Forms

SharePoint News Pages:

#Microsoft365 Day 109: Promote your News on SharePoint Online
#Microsoft365 Day 108: SharePoint Online Web Parts: News
#Microsoft365 Day 62: Promote news from your SharePoint Communication site

Hero Web Parts:

#Microsoft365 Day 100: SharePoint Online Web Parts: Hero
#Microsoft365 Day 90: A closer look at the ‘super’ hero web part in Communication Sites
#Microsoft365 Day 59: Using a GIF in your Hero Web Part

Stream:

#Microsoft365 Day 170: Adding a Stream Channel on a SharePoint Online Page
#Microsoft365 Day 133: Use Stream for Awareness and Training on your Intranet

Sway:

Day 305 – Design and Remix in Microsoft Sway
Day 304 – How to use Layouts in Microsoft Sway
Day 302 – Working with Images in your Microsoft Sway
Day 303 – Using Media in Microsoft Sway
Day 301 – Creating your first Microsoft Sway Presentation

Enjoy!!! 🙂


Purpose of this blog challenge: I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found here. I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available. A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

You can also find me contributing to REgarding 365. I’m a member of a group of enthusiasts, sharing their stories, thoughts and opinions about Microsoft 365. Catch us at https://regarding365.com | @regarding365 on Twitter and regarding365 on YouTube


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