MOCA on my own – Microsoft Modern Collaboration Architecture?

MOCA series 1 of 5

🤔😯🤓Have you ever felt confused about which Microsoft 365, or other digital tools for that matter, to use in different contexts and situations? Then you’re not alone, and you don’t have to continue being confused – help is at hand! 💡🥰

🚀The developments and updates for platforms such as Microsoft 365 have been frequent, and many, the last couple of years! From using “only” SharePoint and Outlook to moving into Office 365, and now the full magical box of Microsoft 365, in a few years, gives a ton of possibilities. Although many possibilities is great and can make a huge difference for people using it and the company as a whole, it can also be confusing to understand which app to use for what and when.

🤗Microsoft listens to their customers and they have created MOCA – Microsoft Modern Collaboration Architecture, which can be a good guide and a helping tool for a company to decide on which apps and services to use for what, and perhaps most importantly; why?

I am going to write a series of blog looking at the different context and what to think about when choosing apps and tools for these. This MOCA-blog is a series of 5:

  • MOCA on my own
  • MOCA in a team
  • MOCA in a Community
  • MOCA for the organization
  • MOCA for business

Context is key

🤔When deciding on tool (Apps and services) the context you are using it for is an important key. This could be a given, and even if it might be obvious for some, it is not as obvious for others.

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If I am going to remove some weed from my flower bed, I don’t have to use the shovel I use for removing snow, I can use a tiny one that is meant for flower beds. The same principle goes for modern collaboration and communication; first decide what you want to do, then decide on tools.

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When I work on my own

Working on my own can be many things, in this context we will focus on collaboration and communication as part of my every day work, working more or less with digital tools during my workday.

Company decisions

The tools I choose is depending on what tools my company has made available for me and how they are guiding me to use them.

Typical situations where I work on my own and which tools I would naturally choose:

I amUsingToFor achieving
Having an idea I want to share with a colleague, about a project(A) Private chat in Teams orShare my thoughts and informationthat we have a shared space to discuss the idea and information and to ensure that everyone in the dialogue have the same information
Having an idea I want to share with a colleague, about a project(B) Shared channel in Project Portfolio team in TeamsShare my thoughts and informationthat we have a shared space to discuss the idea and information and to ensure that everyone in the dialogue have the same information
Having an idea I want to share with a colleague, about a project(A) Share a document or a folder with documents via private chat and my OneDrive with a colleague or a few colleaguesWork on our project business case togetherTo avoid having many different versions of the same document and work on the document together
Having an idea I want to share with a colleague, about a project(B) Share a document or a folder with documents via shared channel conversation and Files document folder (in the Project Portfolio team in Teams with a colleague or a few colleaguesWork on our project business case togetherTo avoid having many different versions of the same document and work on the document together
Having an idea I want to share with a colleague, about a projectMy personal OneNote
(When project business case is approved I move the sheets from my private notebook to a shared notebook associated with the project team in Teams)
Make notes during the work processTo make sure I don’t forget important things to consider, and start preparing information and structure for when our project gets approved
Example of how the different Microsoft 365 apps can be used in different contexts
Example illustration: A colleague and I are collaborating and sharing via OneDrive, private chat and via shared channel conversation in Teams, including sharing documents in the associated SharePoint site, when working on a project business case.

Which Microsoft apps do I use when working on my own?

Microsoft 365 consists of many different apps, and several can be used for similar activities. For example Microsoft To-Do, Planner, SharePoint lists, OneNote and Outlook tasks are useful for managing tasks and activities, however, they work best for certain contexts respectively.

Here is my recommendation for which Microsoft 365 app to use for what:

Microsoft 365 appWhy is it a good idea to use it?
Microsoft TeamsFor private conversations that does not need to be logged, e.g. clarifications regarding time for meeting, when to meet for lunch, ad-hoc conversations with one or with a few
Microsoft To-DoMy personal task dashboard, integrated with Planner and Outlook, flagged emails, activities from Teams channel conversations, etc.
Available both via Microsoft Teams menu and via client desktop, pads and smartphones
OneNoteThere are both personal and shared OneNotes. The personal OneNote is my personal notebook and only I can see the notes. This replaces my paper notebook, and is much safer and easily accessible notes (I can even snip images via OneNote)
OneDriveMy personal repository, my digital cupboard in the office. It is only for me to share my drafts, ideas, ad-hoc sharing, and it is connected to me as a user. Business critical documents should not be stored in OneDrive, but in shared repositories.
OutlookWe can invite to meetings via Teams, still you can still use Outlook to invite for meeting and events, as well as external communication. It is recommended to keep all internal communication in Teams. I will get back to this in the blog about MOCA in a team.
Quick overview of recommended use of Microsoft 365 apps when I am working on my own.

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