How to build an Idea Hub with Microsoft Office 365 [IDEATION] BUILD AN IDEA HUB USING MODERN SHAREPOINT, PROJECT ONLINE AND FLOW
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08 January, 2018

[IDEATION] BUILD AN IDEA HUB USING MODERN SHAREPOINT, PROJECT ONLINE AND FLOW

[This post is an extract of the original post on www.ppmblog.org.]

 

Most organizations know that innovation is about capturing ideas from everyone regardless of their position. In large organizations, this process is typically controlled in a format, where public “business challenges” are available for all to submit their ideas to. Typically, these challenges also have a start and finish date ensuring that ideas are submitted, when needed by the business. In Project Online you can obviously create projects using a stage/gate approach thereby capturing ideas early in the life cycle. On the other hand, if you want a quick approach to submitting an idea (imagine receiving hundreds every month), then you probably don’t want all ideas to hit your PPM system.

Some years ago, Microsoft had an Innovation Hub, which was a SharePoint solution that used Yammer, SharePoint 2013 and Project Online. I blogged and reviewed this solution, but soon after the solution was withdrawn without any explanation.

Since then, many have been using SharePoint lists, within the Project Online Site Collection, to capture ideas. Out of the box, portfolio managers could quickly select ideas (list items), and convert them into projects in Project Online. Today, we now have Microsoft SharePoint in the “modern” edition, which looks much cooler, allows for “Microsoft Teams” integration, and a better mobile experience. In the following post I will describe how to build a basic “modern” SharePoint site, and connect this to Project Online using Flow. This could serve as a new way for organizations to build simple Idea Hubs/Portals, which look awesome and connects to a Project Online PPM solution.

 

Step 1: Launch SharePoint “Modern”

If your Office365 administrator has allowed SharePoint “modern”, simply navigate to your launch pane, and select “SharePoint”

 Ideation Hub Project Online

 

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