2 Uncommon Ways to Increase Your Value as a SharePoint Professional

by , Posted May 10, 2011 - 14:44

Are you on an upward progression in your career in SharePoint?

As a card-carrying SharePoint professional, I’ll make 2 assumptions:
1.) We all want to succeed on our SharePoint projects.
2.) We all want to provide maximum value to our companies and SharePoint practices.

The huge learning curve that we all faced as SharePoint professionals in tackling each new feature rollout with every release of SharePoint is something we all cherish.

There is a saying that “Familiarity breeds contempt” and that can apply to a career in SharePoint.
After you’ve learned your way around the SharePoint platform, delivered sessions at a few community events, and made enough introductions that you could actually call the person who wrote the blog post outlining the problem you need to solve, your approach to your career in SharePoint can become stagnant.

1.) Write Case Studies for Each Project
A well-written Case study is one of the most important Credibility Indicators for a SharePoint professional.
Case studies are invaluable for a SharePoint pro because of a few reasons:
* Demonstrates how a SharePoint implementation was delivered in a real-world scenario
* Highlights Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities leveraged to complete the deliverable
* Provides value to other professionals who seek to duplicate the effort based on their requirements
Other Solid Uses for Case Studies:
Case studies are great presentation topics at SharePoint community events and conferences.
The written case study can be used as a handout to add additional value to your audience.
Case Study Resource:
Here is a Case Study template in Microsoft Word to get you started in the right direction
2.) Develop your SharePoint Skillset Baseline
In my Roles and Responsibilities: 2010 and Beyond sessions, I often reference the concept of the skillset baseline for SharePoint teams/practices. These are the fundamental skills and tasks that every SharePoint professional should have working knowledge from theoretical to hands-on application of.
This is not a complete listing, but every SharePoint should know how to achieve the following tasks:
*Deliver a complete SharePoint installation
*Deploy a solution file to SharePoint Central Administration
*Complete a full/incremental Backup in Central Administration
*STSADM {backup/restore/export/} operations (MOSS 2007)
*Add Users and Groups
*Drag and Drop WebParts onto a page
*Create Sites/Web Applications
*Apply a new Master Page once deployed

Developing your toolset regarding the SharePoint platform will increase your value because of your overall working knowledge will allow you to have more depth in troubleshooting and provide you with the ability to
support additional teams or roles within your SharePoint practice or project.

Utilizing these two methods enables peak readiness as a SharePoint pro?

What methods have you leveraged to increase your skillset as a professional?
Leave your comments below.

Written by: Shadeed Eleazer

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  • Kiona

    I was really confused, and this answered all my questions.

    • Shadeed Eleazer

      Glad that this article provided the insight that you needed. Stay tuned for more posts here on SharePoint Careers, Kiona. – Shadeed

  • http://www.tatvasoft.co.uk/sharepoint-development.php Mayfield Rader

    These are some nice assumptions that one should keep in mind to increase your value in business as a SharePoint Professional. To gain good value it is necessary for one to have the thorough knowledge to SharePoint.

    • Shadeed Eleazer

      Thanks for reading Mayfield! The 2 Uncommon methods that I’ve suggested in this article come from observing dozens of SharePoint professionals and determining ways to improve. Thank you for providing your opinion of this article.