Amazing Applications - build Dynamics 365, Power Apps and Power BI apps that everyone will love

Amazing Applications - build Dynamics 365, Power Apps and Power BI apps that everyone will love

The Amazing Applications show is for Microsoft Business Applications creators who want to build amazing Microsoft Dynamics 365, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agent and Power BI applications that everyone will love. The podcast is hosted by Microsoft Business Applications MVP, Neil Benson.

Episodes

July 27, 2021 20 min

In this solo episode, I continue the deeper dive into the role of the Product Owner with advanced Product Owner questions. 

This episode covers:

  • Can the product owner role be combined with scrum master or developer?
  • Which product owner certification that I recommend?
  • Making decisions about the product backlog,
  • Whether the Product Owner needs to be technical,
  • What's the difference between a product owner and a project manager?
  • Whether ...
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    In this solo episode, I continue the deeper dive into the role of the Product Owner, who is responsible for maximizing the impact of the application that the scrum team is building. And I think our product owners in Power Platform and Dynamics 365 projects have a couple of twists compared to product owners on other scrum teams. 

    This episode covers 10 myths about Product Owners. 

    Resources

  • Customery Academy
  • Amazing Applications podcast...
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    In this solo episode I dive deeper into getting into the right mindset to build applications.  In the last episode, we looked at ten potential candidates for the product owner role in our scrum teams building Power Platform and Dynamics 365 applications. In this episode, we're going to continue the product owner topic by helping the product owner set a product goal.

    This episode covers:

  • The 2020 edition of the Scrum Guide's r...
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    June 29, 2021 24 min

    In this solo episode I dive deeper into getting into the right mindset to build applications, including using the Scrum agile approach.

    This episode covers:

  • Why the Product Owner is the most critical role in the Scrum team.
  • The accountability of the Product Owner.
  • Which type of person within an organisation makes the best Product Owner.
  • Hurdles and roadblocks encountered during the development of the tool.
  • Resources

  • Product Mastery - from...
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    Join me with Gail Mercer-MacKay, the founder and CEO of Mercer-MacKay. They have a unique position in the Microsoft ecosystem: they help Microsoft partners clarify their marketing message and produce compelling digital content that inspires Microsoft customers to take action. 

    Our discussion covers:

  • Why Mercer-MacKay decided to Deploy Microsoft business applications internally.
  • Gail's perspective on choosing a Microsoft business a...
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    Join me with Reza Rad, the founder and CEO of RADACAD providing Power BI training and consultancy services to thousands of Microsoft customers and partners every year. Reza's list of achievements is pretty embarrassing. He's not just a 10 times Microsoft MVP.  He's a Microsoft Regional Director. He's written over 15 books on data analytics, in addition to dozens of courses on RADACAD. He's been a speaker at doze...

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    Join me with Stephen Handley,founder, CEO and chief architect at Fin365, an application development business serving financial services professionals in Australia. Fin365 was born out of need for better data management practice management platform that Stephen identified in his own financial planning business.

    Our discussion covers:

  • How Stephen's background of being a software developer and a financial adviser could be the perfec...
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    Join me with Mohammad Mohsin Khalid. And he's the founder, CEO and chief architect at Imperium Dynamics. He and his team built a Power Portal to support a million constituents booking their COVID test appointments, and they did it in less than 100 hours.

    Our discussion covers:

  • The physical logistics of drive-up COVID testing for thousands of people.
  • Why custom scheduling was used instead of the inbuilt scheduling functionality of ...
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    Join me with Brendan Eger,  an Associate Director of Information Systems and Analytics at Partners In Health in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Brendan's story is a fascinating journey of a small, bootstrapped team adopting the Power Platform.

    Our discussion covers:

  • Knowledge sharing within teams - invest in team members in a semi-formal structured environment, sharing what they've just learned with their coworkers.
  • Ove...
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    Join me with Mandar Zope, a principal consultant at Slalom Consulting from Seattle. Mandar has been busy building business applications that are being used by a hundred thousand users at a global oil and gas company.

    Our discussion covers:

  • The user adoption approach used to train and communicate with thousands or tens of thousands of users at a time, using Power Apps..
  • Building data import automation using Power Automate.
  • Approaches to...
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    Join me with Paul Heisterkamp, a Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations solution architect and developer at GWS in Germany. 

    Paul shares with us his story of a multi-country Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations project for an international automotive parts supplier.

    Our discussion covers:

  • Phasing long-term international enterprise projects.
  • Adopting an agile approach to ERP.
  • Dealing with the challenges of remote working.
  • How they bet on the ...
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    Join me with Julie Yack and Julian Sharp as we? discuss my question " are Microsoft certifications causing projects to fail?" Julie Yack is a founder and the chief operations officer at Colorado Technology Consultants. She's an author, a trainer, a solution architect, and an MVP. Julian Sharp? is the founder of Ready 365. He recently received an MVP award and is best known as a prolific Microsoft trainer. Over the past ...

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    April 27, 2021 40 min

    Join me with Britt Damkjaer, a customer excellence and change management coach and the founder of bd relations in Copenhagen, Denmark as we discuss change management and business applications and other insights from her experience as a product owner and coach. I like how Britt is expanding our minds to thinking not just about our users, but also our end customers and the impact that our business applications are going to have on th...

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    Bonus extended interview with Marc Schweigert,  principal program manager on the Power Customer Advisory Team at Microsoft as we talk about Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) approaches suited to novices and citizen developers through to professional developers. 

    Bonus Extended Interview: 10 rapid-fire "would you rather" questions

    1 Drink Australian wine or Australian beer?

    2 Use Scrum or SureStep?

    3 Include comments in you...

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    Join me with Marc Schweigert, a  programme manager on the Power Customer Advisory Team at Microsoft as we talk about Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) approaches suited to novices and citizen developers through to professional developers. A healthy application lifecycle process is critical if you're going to build amazing, agile, Dynamics 365 and Power Apps platform applications. I think it's great that Microsoft is fi...

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    April 6, 2021 19 min

    Gustaf Westerlund CIO and founder at CRM-Konsulterna asks " How can we get customers to really understand that an agile approach is best for them? Agile is built on trust. Trust that the developing partner will do their best. But if the customer has been burned many times before, this can be hard to gain. And half-hearted trust becomes half-hearted agile."

    I dive into the detail and expand on my top three tips:

    Know Scrum - g...

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    Today is a solo episode where I address a listener's question. Richard asks about working with user stories in a Dynamics 365 or Power Platform agile project.

    I'll spend this episode talking about user stories on Dynamics 365 and Power Platform projects and I’ll share three traps to avoid when working with user stories when building Power Platform and Dynamics 365 apps using Scrum.

  • The first trap is the level of detail. 
  • The s...
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    Bonus extended interview with CJ Brooks, a Fundraising and Engagement Architect at Mission CRM as we talk about how Mission CRM closed the doors on their consulting practice to focus on building the Mission CRM fundraising and engagement application for nonprofit organizations. In this bonus episode, CJ and I try to solve the Elon Musk problem in data verse. 

    Resources

    CJ Brooks on LinkedIn
    MISSION CRM on LinkedIn
    MISSION website
    Demo: ...

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    Join me with CJ Brooks, a Fundraising and Engagement Architect at Mission CRM as we talk about how Mission CRM closed the doors on their consulting practice to focus on building the Mission CRM fundraising and engagement application for nonprofit organizations. 

    Make sure you stick around until the end of this episode to find out how you can get access to the bonus episode with Neil Benson and CJ Brooks extended interview.

    Our discus...

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    Bonus extended interview with Bert Wijns, a Global Solution Strategy Architect a Microsoft and co-founder of Power Accelerate as we talk about the tool he created which allows you to take a screenshot of a legacy application or database schema and have a Power App built in a few minutes with the legacy data migrated. Sound crazy? Listen on to hear more about Bert Wijns' Power Accelerate.

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  • Bert Wijns on LinkedIn
  • Power Acce...
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