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    Teams Tuesday Meetup June 2022 Podcast

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    As the power platform is cheering up more citizen developers, the trend we see now is that apps that were originally created for individual use by an individual developer are later converted into multi-user or even teamwide apps. One key Point we miss here is accessibility. In this session, we would like to discuss the Powerapps accessibility considerations which citizen developers can adapt such as the themes, color codes, labeling, and some key tips and templates to make your apps more accessible.

    Below are the questions and answers from the June 2022 Meetup Session.
    Q. Tell us a bit about yourself? – City, family, hobbies, job title
    A.  From Kerala, India.
    Wife and a 3 yr old Son Hanosh (I call him Haan 🙂) Currently living in Malta, working with KPMG as Technical Architect.
    Hobbies: I am a foodie and I spend my free time reading (not related to Dynamics or IT 😋 ).
    Q. Tell us something about yourself that not many people know about you?
    A. I am dyslexic, but I was scared to admit or to tell that to others. I always thought that, if others came to know I would judge or be denied my opportunities but, now I am more confident and realized there are many people like me and I could inspire them.

    Q. What does a typical workday look like for you?
    A. A glance at my MS Todo-> Scan my Inbox-> Daily standups-> Break to prepare my meals and lunch -> Dev work-> Update MS ToDo-> Logout 🙂
    Q. 1st job out of college?
    A. Software Engg trainee for a startup, worked there for almost 6 months.

    Q. Your 1st version of SharePoint that you experienced and what year?
    A. Dynamics CRM 2013, 2015 (I am into Dynamics 365 CE)

    Q. Last challenging project and why? (this should relate to your demo)
    A. user adoption issue, a few of the key users had accessibility issues and this was never discussed, and they were not happy.

    Q. What is the biggest mistake that your feel holds back your clients from the results they want (this should relate to your demo)
    A. Not discussing/ setting a proper benchmark for the UX area of the project.

    Q. Describe a SharePoint train wreck project, and what did you learn?
    A. The Same example mentioned above, a few key people did not mention their UX expectations or accessibility limitations, hence user adoption was poor despite the well-designed technical architecture.

    Q. Your favorite M365 feature/tool and why ?
    A. XRM ToolBox, Solution checker, etc.

    Q. Where do you think Microsoft is going with M365? Be totally honest
    A. I really love the way low code is evolving, initially I was under the impression it's just rebranding and marketing. but now with recent announcements on power pages, the new designer it's really going in the right direction to enable citizen developers to build great apps.
    Q. What are the 3 cool features of the demo?
    A. Small things to make your app more accessible for keyboard users.
    Q. What was your first job out of hire school?
    A. Helper at dad's store.

    Q. What's your biggest nightmare project you have worked on … And what did you learn from this experience?
    A. Once I was in a project, where I was the least experienced one and every night I had to google the terms others discussed during the day 🙂. But it helped me to grow and learn beyond my limits 🙂.

    Q. What’s the best and worst tech advice you’ve been given?
    A. Active learning is something actually makes you stand out from the crowd, try to learn at least one thing from every activity you do at work.

    Worst one: Add more people to finish the work.

    Q. What are you working on to become a developer/consultant / CTO?
    A. Apart from usual technical learnings, I am trying to work on more diverse projects, learn the business domains, and people skills and prepare for business degree (I already have a master's in computer applications)

    Q. Where do you want to be in 5 years?
    A. An enterprise architect.

    Q. What's your blind spot in your Microsoft knowledge? Pitfalls
    A. AI and ML

    Q. Where do you source your knowledge? - Twitter- who do you follow, site urls
    A. I am more active on Linkedin :
    Twitter: @nijojosephraju
    Q. Where can people find you?
    A. LinkedIn
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