Nikki’s Speaking Engagements

Here is a list of all my speaking engagements.

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Future speaking sessions

1 December 2022 ESPC22: Don’t let Microsoft 365 Governance and Compliance be a roll of the dice. In-person Copenhagen Denmark

Can you afford not to be compliant?

  1. Data is exploding
  2. Data regulations are increasing around the world
  3. Protecting information is critical.

Let me show you how the Microsoft 365 Governance, Risk, and Compliance maturity model can help you reduce risk and improve compliance effectiveness by building a strategy for protecting and managing sensitive and business-critical data?

Benefits of Attending this Session:

  • How to discover and manage your risks using the maturity model
  • Who are the stakeholders needed in your compliance journey
  • Governance, risk and compliance is not a project it is a lifestyle

Register now at European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference (sharepointeurope.com)


11 November 2022 :M365 Chicago – A Salute to Services!: Implementing Microsoft Teams lifecycle governance to stop Team sprawl | Online event

Microsoft Teams empowers users to collaborate. However without governance it is easy for organizations to create thousands of Teams sites with no clear ownership and no lifecycle. This uncontrolled growth can quickly turn into sprawl resulting in an IT admin headache to manage and lead to user confusion and dissatisfaction as they struggle to identify which is the correct team to use.
This session will discuss best practices on how to implement Teams lifecycle management to manage your teams through the following stages:
1. Teams creation
2. Ongoing management
3. End of life

Read my associated blog Implementing Microsoft Teams governance to stop Teams sprawl.

Previous speaking engagements

21 October 2022: Virtual M365 Friday Cincinnati: Implementing Microsoft Teams Lifecycle Governance to Stop Team Sprawl | Online event

Microsoft Teams empowers users to collaborate. However without governance it is easy for organizations to create thousands of Teams sites with no clear ownership and no lifecycle. This uncontrolled growth can quickly turn into sprawl resulting in an IT admin headache to manage and lead to user confusion and dissatisfaction as they struggle to identify which is the correct team to use.
This session will discuss best practices on how to implement Teams lifecycle management to manage your teams through the following stages:
1. Teams creation
2. Ongoing management
3. End of life

View my session slides and read my associated blog Implementing Microsoft Teams governance to stop Teams sprawl.


15 October 2022: South Coast Summit: Women In Tech Roundtable hosted by Microsoft Spotlight Podcast | In person panel session United Kingdom

The Microsoft Spotlight Podcast highlights the importance of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion within the Microsoft Community.

In this session will talk with a number of high profile Women In Tech about their journey into the world of IT and how as a community we can engage more women to get involved with the IT industry.

This will provide insight into the challenges our panel has faced and how they manage to carve out a successful career in IT, the goals that they have set for themselves and how we can get women in technical or non-technical roles throughout the industry.


5 October 2022: CollabDays Bletchley Park 2022 – October edition: Governance, Risk and Compliance and you – Microsoft Purview and beyond
by Simon Hudson & Nikki Chapple | In-person event United Kingdom

Governance, Risk and Compliance; it’s not nice to have, It’s The Law. Every organisation needs to pay attention to GRC, but not everyone has the tools, expertise or strategy. Microsoft Purview is a surprisingly capable tool in your organisation’s GRC tool bag when combined with a broad & competent approach. This session will provide: – an overview of GRC obligations and approaches – what’s in Purview – pragmatic approaches to elevating your Compliance Score – wider technical and business thinking for de-risking your operations and organisation – thoughts on using the Maturity Model for Microsoft 365 GRC Competency to set your objectives.

View my session slides.

28 September 2022 Teams10X: Using Power Automate to Manage Teams evergreen change | Online event

Keeping up to date with the hundreds of changes in Microsoft 365 and Teams can be hard, especially when multiple stakeholders are involved.
This session will demonstrate how to use Power Automate to enhance the standard Microsoft 365 Message Center sync to Planner. See how Power Automate can save you time by automatically:
1. Adding labels to categorize the changes
2. Assigning tasks to groups of users
3. Add standard checklists to allow you to quickly view progress
4. Notify stakeholders of up coming changes
5. Why multiple Planner Boards are not possible

View my session slides or read my associated blog How to manage Microsoft 365 evergreen change using Power Automate.


15 September 2022 ESPC 22 Microsoft Teams Week: Create a Simple Teams Creation Workflow using Power Automate | Online event



Use Lists and Power Automate to build a Team creation process to govern the creation of Teams.
This practical demonstration will show you how to enhance the standard Teams creation process by:

– using your own tailored Teams naming convention
– adding an approval step
– stopping duplicate Team names
– requiring multiple owners
– adding sensitivity label to allow or block guests and external sharing.

View my session slides and read my associated blog post: Create a simple Teams creation workflow using Power Automate.


11 July 2022 MN Microsoft 365 User Group (mn365.org): Implementing Microsoft Teams lifecycle governance to stop Team sprawl | Online event.

Deep dive into the pragmatic ways to manage Microsoft Team sprawl.

Microsoft Teams has become crucial in supporting remote and hybrid working, allowing users to work, collaborate, and learn from any location and any device.
However, for many organizations, the move to Microsoft Teams was in a direct response to the COVID -19 pandemic. Often the result was a tactical rather than a strategic deployment of Teams.
This has resulted in the uncontrolled growth of Teams. Leading to unforeseen challenges such as Team sprawl, stale content, duplicate content and general user confusion. This in turn increases the risks of data overexposure and the use of shadow IT by dissatisfied users.
In this session, I will look at.
-Why does Teams sprawl occur?
-What are the biggest risks of Teams sprawl?
-Why does governance need to extend beyond technology?
-How to mitigate the risk of Team sprawl through managing your workload and content lifecycle.

Watch the event recording, view the slides and read my associated blog Implementing Microsoft Teams governance to stop Teams sprawl.


30 June 2022 Commverse: Why you need to manage Microsoft Teams sprawl | In-person England.

Commsverse June 29 & 30 2022 at Mercedes-Benz World, UK
Delivering Practical Knowledge On Hybrid Working Practices & Technology Using Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams has become crucial in supporting remote and hybrid working, allowing users to work, collaborate, and learn from any location and any device.

However, for many organizations, the move to Microsoft Teams was in direct response to the COVID -19 pandemic. Often the result was a tactical rather than a strategic deployment of Teams.

This has resulted in the uncontrolled growth of Teams. Leading to unforeseen challenges such as Team sprawl, stale content, duplicate content and general user confusion. This in turn increases the risks of data overexposure and the use of shadow IT by dissatisfied users.

In this session, I will look at.

  • Why does Teams sprawl occur?
  • What are the biggest risks of Teams sprawl?
  • Why does governance need to extend beyond the technology?
  • How to mitigate the risk of Team sprawl through managing your workload and content lifecycle.

Watch the event recording, view my session slides or read my associated blog post: Implementing Microsoft Teams governance to stop Teams sprawl.


23 June 2022 Expert Roundtable: Securing Access to and Data in Microsoft 365 at GET-IT Microsoft Cloud Security and Compliance | 1-Day Virtual Conference.

I am joining Peter Rising Head of Practice – Security, Compliance & Identity @ CPS; Rod Trent, Cloud Security Advocate at Microsoft and Graham Hosking, Director of Advisory Sales EMEA at Lighthouse to discuss all those important security and compliance questions about Microsoft 365.

Watch the event recording GET-IT Microsoft Cloud Security and Compliance 1-Day Virtual Conference – Petri IT Knowledgebase


5 May 2022: Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon 2022: Build a Teams creation workflow using Power Automate |Online event

Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon is a free, online, 60-hour event happening May 4-6, 2022. They will have content going the whole time with speakers from around the globe. Topics are Microsoft 365, including Azure. Read more

My session: Use Lists and Power Automate to build a Team creation process to govern the creation of Teams. Build on the standard process to require a justification, an approval step, add multiple owners and apply your own naming standard.

View my session slides and read my associated blog post: Create a simple Teams creation workflow using Power Automate.


29 April 2022 Cloud Conversations Podcast

Watch my guest appearance on the Cloud Conversations podcast. I join Kat and Azure in this episode to talk about… What is Teams sprawl, How tech has changed over 30 years, Speaking and networking events & Music


29 April 2022: Minnesota Microsoft 365: User group Using Power Automate to manage Microsoft Teams evergreen change | Online event.

Keeping up to date with the hundreds of changes in Microsoft 365 and Teams can be hard especially when multiple stakeholders are involved.
This session will demonstrate how you can use Power Automate to enhance the standard Microsoft 365 Message Center sync to Planner. See how Power Automate can save you time by automatically:
1. Adding labels to categorize the changes
2. Assigning tasks to groups of users
3. Add standard checklists to allow you to quickly view progress
4. Notify stakeholders of upcoming changes
5. Why multiple Planner Boards are not possible

About The Minnesota Microsoft 365 User Group 

The Minnesota Microsoft 365 User Group was started in 2017 to provide a forum for sharing Microsoft ideas and questions with peers. While there are other user groups in the area that may touch on Microsoft 365, this group is dedicated to the discussion of Microsoft 365 features. Read more

Watch the event recording, view my session slides and read the associated blog post: How to manage Microsoft 365 evergreen change using Power Automate.


6 April 2022: Teams10X Virtual Summit: Implementing Microsoft Teams lifecycle governance to stop Team sprawl | Online event

Microsoft Teams empowers users to collaborate. However without governance it is easy for organizations to create thousands of Teams sites with no clear ownership and no lifecycle. This uncontrolled growth can quickly turn into sprawl resulting in an IT admin headache to manage and lead to user confusion and dissatisfaction as they struggle to identify which is the correct team to use.
This session will discuss best practices on how to implement Teams lifecycle management to manage your teams through the following stages:
1. Teams creation
2. Ongoing management
3. End of life

View my session slides or read my associated blog post: Implementing Microsoft Teams governance to stop Teams sprawl.


15 March 2022: Jonnychipz Schooled in Podcast – Microsoft Teams Governance to Halt the Sprawl with Nikki Chapple | Podcast

Watch my guest appearance on Jonnychipz Schooled in Podcast where I discuss all things Microsoft Teams Governance.


8 March 2022: Microsoft Spotlight Episode 28 – Nikki Chapple | Podcast

Watch my guest appearance on the Microsoft Spotlight podcast where I discuss my career in IT, Microsoft 365 and women in tech.


17 February 2022: Canadian Cloud Summit 2022: Build a Teams creation workflow using Power Automate | Online event

Use Lists and Power Automate to build a Team creation process to govern the creation of Teams. Build on the standard process to require a justification, an approval step, add multiple owners and apply your own naming standard.

Watch the recording, view my session slides and read the associated blog post: Create a simple Teams creation workflow using Power Automate.


16 February 2022: Microsoft 365 UK (M365UK) User Group: How to stop ownerless Teams using Power Automate | Online event

Demonstrating how to build a Power Automate Flow to automate the process of reassigning Teams & Groups ownership when a Team or Group owner leaves the organization. Therefore reducing the number of ownerless Teams & Groups and therefore sprawl.

Watch the video and read the associated blog post: How to use Power Automate to manage Ownerless Teams (& Groups).


15 February 2022: MM4M365 practitioners : Maturity Model for Governance Risk and Compliance | Online event

Exploring the value and use of the new Microsoft 365 Maturity Model for Governance Risk and Compliance competency.

Watch the event recording or view my session slides.


28 January 2022: TeamsCommunityDay 2022 Cologne and central: How to stop ownerless Teams using Power Automate | Online event

Demonstrating how to build a Power Automate Flow to automate the process of reassigning Team ownership when a Team owner leaves the organization. Therefore reducing the number of ownerless Teams and sprawl.

Associate blog post : How to use Power Automate to manage Ownerless Teams (& Groups)


14 January 2022: M365 Below in Chicago!: Using Power Automate to help you keep up to date with Microsoft 365 evergreen change | Online event

Demonstrating how to use Power Automate to enhance the standard Microsoft 365 Message Center sync to Planner. See how Power Automate can save you time by automatically:
1. Adding labels to categorize the changes
2. Create multiple Planner Boards is functionality managed by multiple teams
3. Assigning tasks to groups of users
4. Add standard checklists to allow you to quickly view progress
5. Notify stakeholders of upcoming changes

Associated blog post How to manage Microsoft 365 evergreen change using Power Automate


8 January 2022: M365 Saturday Ahmedbad: Using Power Automate to help you keep up to date with Microsoft 365 evergreen change. Online event

Demonstrating how to use Power Automate to enhance the standard Microsoft 365 Message Center sync to Planner. See how Power Automate can save you time by automatically:
1. Adding labels to categorize the changes
2. Create multiple Planner Boards is functionality managed by multiple teams
3. Assigning tasks to groups of users
4. Add standard checklists to allow you to quickly view progress
5. Notify stakeholders of upcoming changes

Associated blog post How to manage Microsoft 365 evergreen change using Power Automate


11 December 2021: M365 Saturday Bangalore 2021: Build a Teams creation workflow using Power Automate. Online event

Demonstrating how to use Lists and Power Automate to build a Team creation process to govern the creation of Teams. Build on the standard process to require a justification, an approval step, add multiple owners and apply your own naming standard.

Associated blog post Create a simple Teams creation workflow using Power Automate.


16-17 November 2021: Teams Day Online 4: Build a Teams creation workflow using Power Automate. Online event

Use Lists and Power Automate to build a Team creation process to govern the creation of Teams. Build on the standard process to require a justification, an approval step, add multiple owners and apply your own naming standard.

Associated blog post Create a simple Teams creation workflow using Power Automate.


13 November 2021: Lisbon 2021 | Collabdays: Microsoft Teams lifecycle Management to stop Teams sprawl. Online event

Associated blog post Implementing Microsoft Teams governance to stop Teams sprawl.


16 October 2021 South Coast Summit – A Microsoft Cloud Technology Conference: Microsoft Teams lifecycle Management to stop Teams sprawl. In-person Southampton, England

The largest FREE Cloud Technology Conference, focussing on the Microsoft stack, to be held in the UK, in person in 2021.

Associated blog post Implementing Microsoft Teams governance to stop Teams sprawl.


19-20 May UCX Now 2021: Round table discussion: Securing your UC systems for multi-modal work. Online event

Roundtable discussion on the best practices for secure Microsoft Teams collaboration.


14 May 2021 M365 Philly Virtual 2021 : Microsoft Teams lifecycle Management to stop Teams sprawl. Online event

Microsoft Teams empowers users to collaborate. However without governance it is easy for organizations to create thousands of Teams sites with no clear ownership and no lifecycle. Resulting in uncontrolled growth which can quickly turn into sprawl resulting in an IT admin headache to manage and lead to user confusion and dissatisfaction as they struggle to identify which is the correct team to use.
This session will discuss best practices on how to implement Teams lifecycle management to manage your teams through the following stages:
1. Teams creation
2. Ongoing management
3. End of life

Associated blog post Implementing Microsoft Teams governance to stop Teams sprawl.


7 April 2021 Teams Day Online 3: How to Collaborate securely with guests in Microsoft Teams. Online event

The first part of the session will discuss the Microsoft 365 configuration best practices to enable secure collaboration with guests in Teams.
The second part of the session will recommend how to implement a guest lifecycle management process, to ensure your guests only have access to the information they need, for the time they need.

Associated blog post How to collaborate securely with guests in Microsoft Teams.