I have to tell you, my customers are always baffled by the size of the plan (33 pages) and the diverse and detailed set of governance areas covered by the plan:
- Resources: people, teams, roles, technical
- Governance hierarchy
- Operational policies
- Application usage policies
- Communication plan
- Training plan
- Support plan
In my consulting knowledge arsenal, I have a leaner governance plan adapated to getting started with SharePoint, focusing on the minimal level of governance needed. The next two posts in this mini-series covers this minimal governance plan:
Part I - Eating an Elephant (this post)
Part II - Start with Simple Governance
Part III - Minimal Governance Plan
The Minimal SharePoint Governance Plan has a functional focus, and do not cover organizational aspects at all. You will need to cover more and more areas in your governance plan as SharePoint grows enterprise on you. Just eat the elephant one bite at a time.
Most importantly, make sure that the governance plan is understood pragmatically, adopted consistently, applied productively, and managed sustainably. Realizing the plan is the daunting task of the organization, and it is your task to make them realize that.