I'm Tracy VD Schyff Passionate Inspired Geeky about People

Facilitating the Evolution of Human Capabilities
Office 365 Coach & Catalyst

Helping ordinary people become EXTRAordinary employees Anywhere, anytime on any device

I am an energetic, hyperactive adrenaline junkie who sees challenges / issues as opportunities and thrives on improving processes, environments and the general quality of life. Always discovering, always growing, my values are most important to me. My broad knowledge about IT and Business gives me the ability to communicate on both levels and convey meaningful requirements and narrow the (ever present) gap between the two.

My passion is to empower people and therefore training and change management lie close to my heart. My Mission is to positively impact WHAT and HOW people create, as I believe that what we design / create, designs / creates us back (Ontological Design). It is about enabling others to serve themselves better, expand their possibilities, increase their capacity to learn, act more effectively and better design their future.

My Skills

Office 365 / SharePoint
80%
Change Management / Governance
85%
User Adoption / Usability Engineering
85%
Business Analysis / Rapid Prototyping
80%
Training / Coaching / Mentoring
90%
UI / UX / CX
65%

Services


Facilitating the Evolution of Human Capabilities is our focus, and this is how we can help you:

Training

With all things Information Technology, the proverbial proof is in the usage. This cannot be achieved without equipping users with the correct type of enablement to achieve their goals and that of the organisation. We measure literacy before, during and after and adjust our training plans to best suit the uniqueness of each organisation, thus fostering a personal one on one relationship with all users throughout the engagement. Training includes SharePoint (End User / Power User), Microsoft Office, Office 365, Digital Literacy & Soft Skills.

Business Change

There are over 83 000 books on business change on Amazon, yet most studies still show a 60-70% failure rate for organizational change in companies. Our intensive focus or core business change methodologies provides stakeholders with proactive metrics to ensure that users are put first in the change process.

Strategic Governance

User experience patterns and practices form the basis for strategic governance. Through our comprehensive stakeholder engagement framework, we are able to extract the strategic imperatives of the organisation and turn blue sky into tacit productivity enrichment solutions.

Adoption

Effective adoption is derived from two things; Training and Business Change. Both are intrinsic to the overall usability of the implemented solution. By building quantifiable metrics upfront, we are able to measure the granular stages of adoption from product awareness, interest, evaluation, trialling and finally adoption. Interweaving the training and business change phases to create a strategy for innovation and growth provides organisations with the tangibility required for adoption success.

Prototype Incubation

Most organisations have to cater for “Business As Usual” all while trying to implement the thought leadership concepts and solutions deemed necessary by top level management. With rapid prototyping, organisations are able to build and test through iterative consulting which translates into less user down time and more user uptake, as we empower the users with being part of the decision and not a bystander, being excluded from the process. This empowerment tactic drastically assists with the overall adoption, with users becoming “Ambassadors of Change” in the organisation.

What, How and Why

“Our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Technology can shape growth, help us to be more agile. We can use technology to change, disrupt the landscape of the industries we participate in. Building technology so that others can build technology and makes things happen. Our success is not dependant on our products, it's dependant on the success that our customers, our partners have with our products. It's really not about our ambitions, but it’s the application of our ambitions so that we can deliver digital transformation. I want you to envision, what difference can you make to shape the world.” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella


WOW! Now THAT inspires me. Everything I do revolves around empowering people. Which in turns empowers me. I could not have written a better Mission Statement, thank you Microsoft for being a company who's Mission I endorse and live by.

#Office365Challenge

As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I undertook the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for 365 days. Crazy, I know. So I wrote the epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365. #Office365Challenge. And yes, I actually completed it on the 28th of February 2017.

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#MacFriendlyOffice365

After recently training a user Office 365 on a Mac, I realised how little I knew about the macOS and that I couldn’t help students who used Office 365 on Mac. When we’re not comfortable on the environments we work on already, we will not adopt any new technology. This blog is dedicated to helping people on the macOS with Tips and Tricks as well as assisting them to adopt Office 365 on their favourite OS.

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#42WeekHitchhikersGuide

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 42 week blog challenge. Documenting my journey into understanding the mysterious world of UI / UX and CX. I’ve always had a lot to say about UI / UX, but have been delaying actually learning more. I also turned 42 in February of 2017 - so I had no choice but to start this challenge.

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Community

Community is everything. Without the support and mentorship of my SA Tech-Family I would be nothing. Thank you guys & gals for being superheroes in my life. See the 365 Insights on Medium for our random musings. Please reach out to me if you'd like to become part of our community.

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