Interview with a SharePoint Wiki Ninja – Mohamed El-Qassas


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Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?

I am Mohamed El-Qassas from Egypt living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with my little family (Lovely wife, sweet children’s Judi and Hamza).

I have graduated in Faculty of Computer & Information in 2007 with a very good grade and among the top ten students.

I am working as Senior Solution Consultant having +10 years of experience in SharePoint and Project Server.

I am a Wiki contributor in TechNet Wiki, I gained 29 Medals ((13) Gold, (12) Silver and (4) Bronze) in Microsoft TechNet wiki Technical Guru (TechNet Profile).

I am honored to receive the highest number of Medals in

I am also SharePoint Stack Exchange Moderator, the 5th top contributor (+28,950 reputation) of all time.

To know more about me kindly check

 

What are your big projects right now?

I just finished developing Project Center Totalize Google Extension that calculates the Projects status and the total number of displayed projects in the Project Center in Project Server.

It’s not considered a big project though it overcomes one of the main limitations of Project Center in Project Server (All versions).  For more details about totalize, Kindly check Project Center Totalize.

I am also working on Multitenant Control Panel Open Source Solution for managing the SharePoint Sites, PWA Instances and AD.

I am currently planning to write Arabic books related to SharePoint Online/Project Server/Project Online where there are little to no Microsoft Arabic resources at the moment.  Plus, writing 200 wiki articles during the next six months! (Allah willing).

Last but not least, I started preparing for PMP and MCSE: SharePoint 2016 Solutions Expert certificate.

 

What is TechNet Wiki for? Who is it for?

TechNet Wiki is a great edifice for information exchange and knowledge transfer. In my opinion, it’s the right place for all Microsoft professionals, geeks, and beginners to polish their knowledge.  It’s also a suited environment to make a great friendship with a number of helpful people.

Actually, I would blame myself for not joining TechNet Wiki for a long time ago.  It became a way of passion as well as ambition for me.  I hope to convey my humble experience as well as to learn much more from experts on TechNet Wiki.

By the way, I would like to thank “Waqas Sarwar - MVP” and “Hasan Köroğlu - MVP” for encouraging me to start writing in TechNet Wiki.

 

 

In what other sites and communities do you contribute your technical knowledge?

Besides my TechNet Wiki activities, I’m an active contributor in SharePoint Stack Exchange

I also wrote lot of articles on my own blog: blog.devoworx.net since 2012 with +350 articles.

The main objective of this blog is to document all solutions for the Errors / Issues that I have faced during my working life.  The purpose of this is to make a helpful reference for all to avoid these errors in the future.

I’m also sharing my humble knowledge in C# Corner, I’m ranked in the Top 50 (#32).

 

On what articles have you collaborated with other community members on #TNWiki? What was that experience like?

There are a lot of articles that I shared it in the Wiki Ninjas Group on Facebook like my first article: Project Server 2016 Configuration.

In my opinion, the Wiki Ninjas Group on Facebook is considered as a great place for TechNet Wiki collaboration. I learned a lot from the notes provided by Group Admins/Members like Wiki rules and Wiki Article standard format..etc.

By the way, I would like to thank all the exquisite Admins (Ronen Ariely, Kamlesh Kumar) and all the awesome members for their valuable and continuous support.

 

On what Wiki articles do you spend most of your time?

I believe any article will be published in TechNet wiki should be a worthy material and matching Wiki’s rules.  So many of my articles have taken much time to properly publish in an appropriate manner to TechNet Wiki.

Below are the articles list:

 

What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?

Few of my favorite articles

  1. Project Server 2016 Configuration. (Guru Gold Medal).
  2. Visual Studio 2017: Install and Use GitHub Extension. (Guru Gold Medal).
  3. Power BI: Determine The Project Status Based on the Project Start & Finish Date Using Calculated Column. (Guru Gold Medal)
  4. PowerShell Script to Configure Project Server 2016. (Guru Silver Medal)
  5. Project Server 2013 Migration (Step by Step). (Guru Silver Medal)
  6. Project Server 2016: SharePoint Permission Mode Vs Project Permission Mode. (Guru Bronze Medal).

 

Do you have any comments for product groups about TechNet Wiki?

Actually, I would like to appreciate and respect all type of efforts on TechNet Wiki, I have the below bits of comments:

  • There is no “preview” and “Save as Draft” features to complete articles later.
  • The upload image mechanism should be enhanced to be faster like TechNet Gallery Image Upload.
  • There is no number of views, shares, article rating … etc.
  • Wiki approval workflow for the new articles and revision. This is will prevent the spam articles and the “no improvement” whatever revision.

 

Who has impressed you in the Wiki community, and why?

Everyone, especially the Guru Judges and Wiki Facebook group admins / members. They always try to support and encourage us to do our best 🙂

 

What does success look like for TechNet Wiki?

The Wiki appreciation that represented in the Weekly contributors Report, the Monthly Guru Award, the Wiki Ninja belt List, Wiki Interview …etc.

The appreciation is the main factor in the continuity of the success and wonderful works!

 

Do you have any tips for new Wiki authors?

First, I would like to thank all new authors for sharing their valuable knowledge in TechNet wiki.

Secondly, it’s heavily recommended to Join the Wiki Ninjas Group on Facebook and share your new articles. I promise you will get a valuable support to improve your articles.

Also, it’s recommended to follow the Wiki Guidelines mentioned in the below articles:

Finally, I would like to thank Mr. Kamlesh Kumar for giving me this honor to be interviewed in TechNet Wiki Ninja.

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Thank you, Mohamed El-Qassas for such a detailed resume! It's truly an honor to have you contributing content with us!

Everyone, please join me in thanking Mohamed El-Qassas for his contributions to the community!

Join the world! Join TechNet Wiki.

— Ninja [Kamlesh Kumar]

Comments (20)

  1. .paul. _ says:

    Great interview Mohamed El-Qassas : )

    1. Thank you so much .paul. _😍😍😍

  2. Bravooooo Qassas!

    You made it brother 🙂 Very happy and proud of you dear. All the very best and good luck!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words 😍😍😍

  3. Sami Alharbi says:

    Wonderful and great news.

    Really good interview for the right Professor. I totally enjoy each word.

    Good luck brother Mohammed.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words 😍😍😍

  4. Silva says:

    Amazing interview Mohamed ElQassas ,,👏👏

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words 😍😍😍

  5. Congratulations Mohammed. I was honored to mentioned by you about me. I wish, i’ll see your name as a MVP. You’re very hard worker and you have a lot of publishes about SharePoint. You deserv to be a mvp. Keep on my bro, you are going well.

    1. Thank you so much Hasan Koroglu for your kind words. It’s my honor to mention your name. 😍😍😍

  6. Nderon Hyseni says:

    Congrats for everything you achieved, achievments are results of hard working. Thank you very much for your outstanding contributions in all forums. Hope you will get MVP and PMP as soon as posible.

    1. Thank you so much “Nderon Hyseni” for your kind words 😍😍😍

  7. Great Interview and good to know more about you Mohamed,Very cute kids

    1. Thank you so much “SYEDSHANU – MVP” for your kind words. I’m so happy and honored to know you 😍😍😍

  8. Syed Abuzar says:

    Congratulations Mohamed El-Qassas for your achievements. Hope you continue to your contribution……..

  9. It is one of the best interview, Good to know about Mr. Mohammed El-Qassas. Great Technet Wiki achievement (13 gold), I am impressed. I am sure you will continue to contribute in future with your quality work. I wish you best of luck for future. You have cute kids.

    1. Brother Waqas, I’m so lucky to have met someone as helpful as you and this makes me feel proud, Thank you so much for your kind words and your usual support 😍😍😍

  10. Congratulations Mohammed !! You made it 🙂

  11. pituach says:

    I think this is one of the best interview (IMO) since we really get to know you Mohamed 🙂
    In most interview people give some short into and focus more on their work but here we have a long and great interview.

    Nice to meet your Mohamed. Finally we know who is behind the nickname 🙂

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