Not a lot of people, except few colleagues, knew about that, but I had the unique and incredible opportunity to work directly within the SharePoint Engineering team for a while. This "unique" mission started on 1/4/2010 and lasted for 7 months, financed by WW Services & MCS France, sponsored by Norm Judah (WW Services CTO) & Jeff Teper (SharePoint Corp VP).
Let’s be clear: I won’t disclose the activities I’ve been involved in directly: most of them are internal, confidential, and some concepts are under patent pending. So, I’ll talk in later posts about what can be disclosed, but not that much in details.
I’ll share here few thoughts and funny discoveries I made during my stay in the Building 16 of Microsoft Campus @ Redmond, WA.
First thing, SharePoint is made by people in the Building 16. That looks obvious, but in fact it’s not. Most of you who had/have contacts with SharePoint Product Group, talk with the Building 17, where most of the Product Managers are. They take the new released product and support its adoption, commerce, licensing, positioning, etc.:
On the others things, there's a lot to say on what I discovered: Microsoft is an interesting company from the outside. When you work in the field as a consultant, you may think you know a little bit more on it...but...nothing is like working on Redmond Campus.
Redmond is not only the Head Quarters of Microsoft, but it's almost 60% of its body. If it’s not called MSFT HQ, it’s because it’s not the HQ, with few execs, and a lot of assistants: It’s Microsoft. How many global companies do you know have 45,000+ persons in their "HQ", working on the same site? NONE!
This site is unique. Most of the product related people & what they need is here:
Few funny things around SharePoint development:
Regarding the environment, I learned funny things:
Here are my few environmental finds out. In later posts I'll talk about the technical and processes things I've seen.... Pretty surprising also.
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And few goodies to finish this long (text) post:
Find your way on the Campus:
Ah, that’s here:
And here’s the building:
How is it inside?
I WAS THERE!
And the competition is not far: