Brian Groth's Life at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: I've got a new job: Leaving the MTC, joining Windows Live!

    I am moving to the MSN / Windows Live team! I have been working with the Microsoft Technology Centers for a few years now, and have been focused on the "enterprise" customer space for my entire 12 years here at Microsoft. So, it's time to move. I am joining a group within MSN that does product planning...
  • Blog Post: Traveling the world, missing our dogs

    Lorie and I are visiting Microsoft Technology Centers and squeezing in some vacation in Beijing, Tokyo, Taipei, Dubai, Frankfurt, Zurich, Milan, Venice, San Francisco/Berkeley, and who knows where else. Even though this 'Round The World trip is amazing (in only 25 days), we miss our dogs. They are pictured...
  • Blog Post: Why I work at Microsoft

    I recently posted my resume on my blog, and this resulted in a few people to contact me wondering if I wanted to leave Microsoft. My answer is always " NO" . Here is what I love about my job, which is my minimum bar before even considering working somewhere else. I get to work with amazingly...
  • Blog Post: How can Microsoft help change the world?

    I've been doing some thinking and figured I would ask the blogsphere.... How would you combine all of these different assets to enable our customers and partners to change the world? It seems like we have a lot of stuff (facilities, patents, technologies, experts, training, and other) that could be combined...
  • Blog Post: Brian Groth's Resumé/CV

    In the spirit of transparency and open communication, here is my resumé/CV so you can know a bit more about me. Brian Groth Resumé /CV As of July 2010 Brian.Groth@microsoft.com / www.BrianGroth.com Highlights & Summary Primary Strengths...
  • Blog Post: A $20 Cookie for Katrina Victims

    Here is how I just paid $20 for a chocolate chip cookie: Sara Ford works here at Microsoft She grew up in Waveland , MS which was hit by hurricane Katrina Her parents house was flooded and the entire community needs help Sara decided to help MSNBC contacted her about it MSNBC then...
  • Blog Post: Balanced Scorecard

    I recently finished reading Balanced Scorecard Step-by-Step by Paul R. Niven and if you manage any part of a business, then I highly suggest reading this book. It’s pretty dry reading, but the concepts and how he guides you through it are very good. Of course, the most difficult part of putting together...
  • Blog Post: XBox 360 Design Review

    A friend of mine (Alan Shen) helped develop the UI and pointed me to a good write-up of the process that went into creating the UI for the XBox 360. The article is at http://www.designinteract.com/features/xbox/ We don't own an XBox right now, or even a regular TV (just a PC running Windows XP Media...
  • Blog Post: Theo's Last Hop: Our Rabbit's Eulogy

    For some reason, I feel like sharing this with anyone who is interested: Theo’s time was up, so today Lorie and I took him to the vet for his final visit, and we didn’t return home with him. He was almost 9 years old and due to some internal complications, he no longer enjoyed eating. And of course...
  • Blog Post: The start of something exciting

    Watch Steve Ballmer's interview on Channel 9 to get an idea of how excited Steve is (and I'd say everyone else at Microsoft too) about the future of the software business and what it can do for the world. I know I agree! It is one of the big reasons why I enjoy working with the Microsoft Technology Centers...
  • Blog Post: Life as a Support Engineer, circa 1994

    For me, some of the more interesting blogs I see from Microsoft employees are about “the old days”. In that spirit, here is what my experience was in 1994, which was the year I started working at Microsoft. I was hired to support OS/2 LAN Manager for Microsoft’s corporate customers. I have since...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Small Business Center, a Tablet PC, and a 5-year old

    A friend of mine has a very talented 5-year old daughter who has been using a Tablet PC to draw pictures. You can see her hard at work on a Tablet PC at http://www.helencards.com/ . Her dad, Paul, has used Microsoft’s Small Business Center (was called bCentral) to make these available to anyone willing...
  • Blog Post: Demos and Evangelism

    Here are a couple of quick tips for those of you doing demos and generating excitement about your products, which many of us at Microsoft do, or at least try to do :-) A book by Peter E. Cohan: Great Demo: How to Create and Execute Stunning Software Demonstrations Guy Kawasaki's Top 10 Rules...
  • Blog Post: Dogs at Microsoft

    And no, I am not talking about the discontinued “Microsoft Dogs” product, of which I actually bought a copy at our company store when we used to sell it. This is about life at Microsoft. I had my dog (Ripley) at work today, but unfortunately in the car (in a parking garage, so not too hot, not too cold...
  • Blog Post: Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career

    Tim Bray, who works for Sun Microsystems has written up a great list of why blogging is good for your career . I completely agree and suggest you take a look at his list if you’ve been wondering the same thing. Thanks to Michael Rys for pointing it out to me.
  • Blog Post: Blog Article in The Longview Daily News

    I grew up in Longview, Washington and was recently interviewed for an article ( Local bloggers caught in the web ) by the local newspaper there about local people (ex-local in my case) who have their own blogs. I don't think my quotes are quite accurate, but probably close enough. I did sort of ramble...
  • Blog Post: Life at Microsoft, in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)

    Since the overall subject of my blog is "Brian Groth's Life at Microsoft", I figured I should point out that the EMEA group has some interesting "Life at Microsoft" stuff on microsoft.com . Make sure to check out the Meet Our People section.
  • Blog Post: SOA Demo on MSDN's Channel 9

    Our video is now live on http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=38823 . To repeat the explanation of this demo, which originated in e-mail from me to the Scobleizer himself is: I work in the Redmond MTC (Microsoft Technology Center) and we have a very interesting Service Oriented Architecture...
  • Blog Post: New Blog Look

    Thanks to Josh Ledgard , my blog site now has a new look, including my photo. Now I'm sure that's pretty exciting for everyone! (Yes, it is a slow evening, the wife is working and the dog is sleeping).
  • Blog Post: Fellow Microsoft Bloggers - where will it lead?

    As you may have read, there are a bunch of Microsoft people from around the world in Redmond this week for an internal training event we call Envision. We even had a session today with Robert Scoble , Betsy Aoki , and Mike Torres leading an open discussion, which was moderated by Eileen Brown . Jeff...
  • Blog Post: Good Demo Tips

    I just found this useful blog entry, even though it is a few months old. It is from The Demo Coach Playbook . Basically, it says: It's a good thing to answer a question with "I don't know" so you can have something to follow up with after your demo. Also shows that you are human and not a know-it-all...
  • Blog Post: Defending Microsoft’s Products and Bill Gates

    At the risk of getting flamed from in the blogsphere, I’ve got to stand up and voice my opinion against Charles Cooper’s “ Gates and the code-jockey elite ”. It is generally filled with negative comments about Bill Gates being Chief Software Architect and a handful of products, specifically: Internet...
  • Blog Post: Passion by employees = great ideas and products

    The Seattle PI has a story about The story behind Microsoft's new hand-held multimedia device , which is all about how 3 guys worked on their own time to make the Portable Media Center a reality. It's an interesting glimpse into how a single employee (or a few working together) at Microsoft can turn...
  • Blog Post: Starting a New Project

    My team and I, plus numerous others not on my team, are starting to build a new version of the demo that we will have running in all of the Microsoft Technology Centers around the world . Our goal is to roughly expand our 16+ server infrastructure (mostly in virtual machines) to improve how we demonstrate...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Consumer Experience Center

    Since the demo that my team and I build is shown in an Envisioning Center (a really nice room for a demo) at a Microsoft Technology Center, I figured I should swap ideas with the people who run the Microsoft Consumer Experience Center (MCX). The MCX is pretty cool, and as the name implies, it focuses...
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