Chapter 4: Planning for Governance

Excerpt from Essential SharePoint 2010: Overview, Governance, and Planning.

By Scott Jamison, Susan Hanley, & Mauro Cardarelli

Published by Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN-10: 0-321-70075-9

ISBN-13: 978-0-321-70075-9

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The governance plan describes how your SharePoint environment will be managed. It describes the roles, responsibilities, and rules applied to both the back end (hardware, farm, application, database configuration, and maintenance) and the front end (information architecture, taxonomy, and user experience). Effective governance planning is critical for the ongoing success of your SharePoint solution. In the previous edition of this book, we embedded the discussion of governance in the chapter on strategy. In this edition, we give governance a well-deserved chapter of its own but focus primarily on front-end governance because this is the topic that is, quite frankly, hardest to get right. A good governance plan is “necessary but not sufficient” to ensure success, so be advised: A governance plan alone will not guarantee the success of your solution. You still have to ensure that the governance plan is applied. However, not having a governance plan or having a plan that is either impractical or unrealistic is a clear recipe for disaster. This chapter contains the following key sections:

  • Why Is Governance Planning So Important?

  • How Do I Create a Governance Plan?

  • What Is in the Governance Plan?

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