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April 15, 2014

SharePointPeople are sponsoring international basketball tournement

by Anders B. Skjønaa (


SharePointPeople are proud to be the sponsor for referees at the annual Basketball Festival ( in Aarhus, held by Skovbakken and DBBF pro-league team, Bakken Bears.

Why would a SharePoint Governance Consulting and Software company sponsor basketball referee’s? It’s a good question that deserve a good answer. We think that this partnership makes excellent sense, and here’s why.

First of all; We love basketball! This high intensity, high velocity game, with technical complexity and extreme athletes is just amazing. And like any other sport, the referee is an important part of the game. Not unlike to SharePoint, the referee’s need to pay attention to every detail of the game, plan ahead, be strategic, make quick decisions and be able to control the game from tip-off to the last second runs out. Two or three refs need to work together as a team, establish trust, make clear agreements and stick to own areas of the court. And perhaps the most important thing of all; facilitate and control the game – instead of decide the game!

At SharePointPeople we feel that this is very similar to what we are doing every day. When implementing and operating a complex SharePoint platform (the game) you need to have rules and policies (agreements) on how we want things to run. The Governance practice is not there to make decisions for the people working in your organization, but there to set some boundaries inside which people can safely work, to be productive and meet business goals.

When you think of it, it’s just like a basketball game; players are working to be as productive as possible; to win the game, as referees are facilitating the whole thing to make sure everyone is safe and the game is fair.

This week, thirty basketball referees from all over Europe will be governing hundreds of players on their path to win the trophy, with our support. We are looking forward to be a part of that, and learn.

If you like to join us, you can read more about the tournament at the tournament Facebook page:







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