How To Edit And Manage Permissions For SharePoint List Or Library Or Survey

June 23, 2018 in Cultivate, how to

Administrators and owners of SharePoint list, library or survey can change permission for letting the selected people access the required data and restrict others from accessing them. All the sites, lists, libraries and surveys in a site group get their permission settings from the site that lies immediately on top of them in the hierarchy. For editing and managing permissions to a list, library or survey, you must first break the permissions inheritance. This can be done on the Permissions page.

How To Edit And Manage Permissions For SharePoint List Or Library Or Survey

Here we learn how to land on the permissions page, break inheritance and follow through the steps necessary to edit or change permissions.

How to view the permissions page in SharePoint Online, 2013 and 2016

Open the library or list or survey, choose settings and then click on Library settings or List settings or Survey settings. If you do not see Settings, choose the Library, list or survey tab and then click on Library settings or List settings or Survey settings.

Under Permissions and Management, click on Permissions for this list or Permissions for this document Library or Permissions for the survey as is the case may be.

Managing unique permissions for individual items

Some items in the list might have been assigned unique permissions which cannot be controlled from this page. To know what are in the list of unique permissions, click on Show these items and you will find an Exceptions dialogue box listing out the items under this category. For making changes, click on Manage permissions for each of these items to make the changes as needed.

Managing limited access user permissions

The site can also have some limited access users in cases where some users have restricted access when an item is shared with them. To see who are having limited or restricted access to some items, click on Show users. When you unshared the item, the user will only have limited access to the site and cannot access the items not shared with them.

How to break permissions inheritance

If you see the message, “This library inherits permissions from its parent”, this will mean the inheritance for the list, library or survey is not yet broken. To break permissions, follow these steps.

  1. Open the list, library or survey
  2. Go to the permissions page
  3. Click on Stop inheriting permissions to break permissions

How to assign unique permissions in SharePoint Online 2013, 2016

First, you must break the permission inheritance from the parent site to be able to grant unique permissions. After breaking the inheritance by following the steps in the above section, go with these steps to assign unique permissions.

  1. Open the list, library or survey
  2. Click on Grant permissions on the Permissions tab

In the Share dialogue box, ensure that Invite People is selected. Go to the Enter names or email addresses box and type the names of the people or group you wish to provide access to.

If you want, you can also add a personal message.

You can now check or uncheck Share everything in this folder. This can also be done for items that have unique permissions. This can grant or restrict aces to those items for which you have already set unique permissions. All those people who are given access can make changes to the list, library or survey. If you wish to change permissions level like Read-only, click on show options and change the selection in the Select a permission level box. An automated email will be forwarded to all those in the Invite people box. If you do not want to send these automated emails, you can click on Show options and uncheck the Send an email invitation.

Once you finish these steps, you can click on Share.

5 Tips To Make User Interviews More Effective and Productive

May 25, 2018 in Cultivate, Uncategorized

Deemed as the most common user research strategy, user interviews can bring more value to your discovery phase. While many user interviewers can go wrong, here are a few tips to get the best from them.

5 Tips To Make User Interviews More Effective and Productive

Tips to get the best from user interviews

  • Prepare a set of well-crafted interview questions

Open-ended questions will help avoid ‘yes’ or ‘no’ responses and draw more from your users. Though short and vague answers are not much welcomed in user interviews, the fault here is with the interviewer who does not frame the questions well. For instance, instead of asking, “Do you like to use the product X?”, it is better to ask, “What do you like about using product X?” a still better way of framing this question is “Tell me how you feel about using product X?” 

  • Right follow-up questions help dig deeper

When you find the interviewee talking about something relevant to your research, find ways to make them expand on that. 

  • Avoid jargons

When you work in a field for so long, you catch up a lot of jargons that become a common component of your communications and understanding. Nevertheless, understand that most users need not be familiar with those jargons and hence you must ensure your conversation is free of any jargons. 

  • Learn to tackle awkward silence

Learn to embrace awkward moments of silence since some best answers can always come after a pause. The pause can be a moment of reflection or the interviewee might need some time to think. Sometimes they might even provide more information to fill the space as they are equally uncomfortable with the silence.

  • Neutralize your reactions

Researchers must be highly conscious of the effects of your behavior on the interviewee. Never react strongly to people’s answers as such reactions can change the way they respond to the next question. Also, if they find some answers pleasing you, they are most likely to think of exciting you with answers in the similar vein. This will make you forgo the chances to find out the truth.

Designer’s Guide To Ascertain the Perfect Interface Dimension

March 10, 2018 in Cultivate, Design

The world today is using a wide range of software products. Every product is designed following an idea of how much interface is good enough. While some creations make it minimal, some look forward to going all out. For the question how much interface is perfect for a software product, there cannot be a universal answer since the context of every product is different from the rest. However, here are the top considerations that can help decide the right interface dimensions for a new software product.

The task the user engages in

Different tasks need different interface size. Different tasks call for different “amounts” of the interface. The users must get everything they require and nothing that they will not need. There must not be any distractions since they already have many on their phones and other tabs in their browsers corresponding to different social media sites. Hence when the interface gives the customer everything they require and nothing more, then it can be successful.

What the users need to accomplish the task

Examine the nature of every task independently. During every moment of the user’s experience, reflect on what can maximize their outcome. Strictly confining to what the user needs will help provide a great base for deciding on the interface.

The insights are drawn from user feedback

Closely studying the user feedback is the best way to decide how well the interface will suit the user needs and expectations. Look deeply into the analytics and explore the completion rate. See if the completion rate can be increased. Running user testing is a great way to gather their feedback regarding those tasks. This will help decide if the interface is working perfectly or it must be scaled up or down to make it better.

5 Simple Tips that Help Improve User Testing

December 4, 2017 in Cultivate, Design, Education

Testing is indispensable when it comes to launching a new product or just releasing a new UX design. A product that has gone through a comprehensive and well-planned user testing mode stands a better chance of succeeding.

Here are five simple tips that can help you make sure you get the best results of the testing phase of your product:

    Decide what’re your objectives

Without clear objectives, a testing session may turn out to be futile and a waste of time and effort. Make sure you know what you are looking for: it may be the time taken by users to complete a particular task; it may be whether they can complete a particular task successfully or not. Whatever be your objective, outline it.

    Prepare your questions well

Before you have some testing session going on, you need to prepare the questions which you are looking to answer. Prioritize them and set time for every task, and also for the whole testing session.

    Get some users that represent your actual audience

A lot of companies launch their new design or product to a limited set of their already established user-base. This helps in getting the right kind of representation for proper user feedback of the new design. (Don’t limit these users to be your friends and family members only because their feedback might have a hint of bias)

    More may not be needed

Don’t get your testing users in more numbers—rather, a lesser number constituting serious and concerned users will provide you the major chunk of feedback, issues, and problems that your design might have. So, focus on ensuring the quality of users—quantity does not matter much.

    Let them play

Don’t explain to the user what they need to do—that’s what your design should be able to convey. If you interrupt the testing users with numerous suggestions or inputs, you are bringing the element of bias in the testing session, which is not a healthy practice for the best outcome of UX design.