Brian Groth's Life at Microsoft

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About Brian Groth's Life at Microsoft

Hi there,

My real persona online is at www.BrianGroth.com

My main blog these days is at http://BrianGroth.wordpress.com.

My personal blog is at http://grothadventures.spaces.live.com  

But, I'll still update this blog once in a while too when appropriate.

- Brian

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    Handbook for a manager

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    Business 2.0 has a good article about a handbook of sorts that they say CEOs swear by. Below is my version or interpretation of their list that should really apply to any manager, not just a CEO: Have the right strategy Admit when you don...
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    Fellow Microsoftees: Let's get a rail system

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    This blog is for my peers at Microsoft: Having this cool little rail system around campus would make it a heck of a lot easier to get to meetings on time. Check out the photos and videos at http://gettherefast.org/bettercampus/bc-ms1.html#1 - from what...
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    Microsoft Student 2006

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    I don't have kids and I'm way past the 8th grade. However, I am very jealous that I didn't have anything as cool as Microsoft Student 2006 when I was in school. There is a great review of it by a father and son who give it two thumbs up at http://office...
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    Strategy Focused Organization

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    Thinking about applying Balanced Scorecard ideas to an organization comes down to making that organization (company, division, team, etc.) focused on the strategy that drives it. You could call this a Strategy Focused Organization. I just watched a nice...
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    Presentation Tips

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    How do you try to pitch an idea to peers or upper management? I use PowerPoint probably more often than I should, but recently I have started to write up my bigger ideas or proposals and use PowerPoint for just the highlights. A couple of good articles...
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    Traveling the world, missing our dogs

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    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...
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    Decision Making with businessThink

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    I recently read businessThink and got a few good tips out of it. The premise of the book is to remove guesswork out of decision making by following 8 main rules: 1. Check your ego at the door before it shuts out great ideas 2. Create curiosity to...
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    Why I work at Microsoft

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    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...
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    How can Microsoft help change the world?

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    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...
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    A $20 Cookie for Katrina Victims

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    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...
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    360 Degree Review

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    A few months ago I participated in a “360 degree review” where my colleagues, manager, peers, and direct reports answer a series of questions about my management and work styles. I recently got the results back and figured the results would go nicely...
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    Balanced Scorecard

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    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...
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    The World is Flat

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    The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman is a great book to read for anyone interested in how the world and business is changing due to technology. He starts out by explaining how the Internet, the fall of the Berlin Wall, outsourcing (and various versions...
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    XBox 360 Design Review

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    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...
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    Theo's Last Hop: Our Rabbit's Eulogy

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    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...
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    Buzz Marketing

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    I just read Buzzmarketing by Mark Hughes thoroughly enjoyed the marketing stories about Miller Lite, Britney Spears, Apple Macintosh, Ford Mustang, and others. The meat of the book was also interesting and I am now thinking of ways to use these ideas...
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    The start of something exciting

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    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...
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    Life as a Support Engineer, circa 1994

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    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...
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    Recommended Statistics Refresher Info

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    In my last entry I asked for some good references for statistics books that I could use as a refresher of what I have forgotten over the years. Here’s what I got: Kevin in Utah: A great book for modeling and forecasting is " Quantitative Business...
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    Good Statistics Book

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    It has been a while since I took any sort of statistics course. As a part of my new job as Business Manager for the Microsoft Technology Centers, I will probably be analyzing historical metrics and coming up with forecasting models. So, can anyone...
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    Applying ideas from Good to Great

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    Good to Great , by Jim Collins, has been out since 2001, but I just now got around to reading it. It’s an excellent book for anyone in management, and if you are thinking of starting a business, then make sure to read this book before doing anything else...
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    Microsoft Technologies Available for Licensing

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    This is pretty amazing. We are making quite a few technologies available for others to build products with. I think most of them come via Microsoft Research. See http://microsoftipventures.com/ for information on how to license them. Business Week has...
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    Microsoft Small Business Center, a Tablet PC, and a 5-year old

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    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...
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    Demos and Evangelism

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    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...
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    Organizational Agility

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    This is another in my series of management tips, but this one can easily be applied to anyone in a large organization. Know Your Vision: At the start of a project, make sure you can clearly articulate the vision for the project. Explain Benefits...
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