Rules to Better Microsoft Teams

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  1. Do you add the right tabs when creating a new Teams conversation?

    ​​When you're having a discussion about the Northwind ordering system that you're building, you need to see your backlog, and of course, it would be handy to see a OneNote diagram of the workflow. It might also be handy to see an Excel spreadsheet of the stakeholders and testers.

    What separates Teams from other chat programs, such as Slack and Skype, is the ability to add Tabs to your conversations.

    The number of tabs is really broad and starts with the standard Microsoft products such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. You can also create tabs using Trello, YouTube, Zendesk, and more. The usefulness of this feature cannot be understated – it is so handy to have all your work items in one place.​​

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    Figure: There is a virtual smorgasbord of tabs to add the conversation – aggregating all your necessary work parts into one easy, accessible location
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    Figure: Beyond our "​​conversations", we have 4 tabs – our "files", our "VSTS backlog", our "workflow notes", and our "stakeholders in Excel"
  2. Do you know the best wiki for Microsoft Teams?

    You should use OneNote instead of the default Wiki. This way you can use it on your mobile apps.

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    Bad Example: Default tab – Wiki. There is no offline mobile application
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    Good Example: Use OneNote. Now you can use the normal OneNote Desktop and Mobile app for iOS and Android 

    ​Note: Rename the tab to show that it is a OneNote Tab. E.g.:​ "OneNote - SSW Reno Sydney"​​