From little things, big things grow

From little things, big things grow

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I have had to make a big decision recently.

One that impacts many many people, including my family.

I have decided to leave Microsoft Australia and head back to Microsoft Corporate.

This means packing up the house, selling the cars, taking the kids out of school and moving across the world.

It means leaving a group I have been with since 2001.

It also means leaving behind a great team of people that I have hired, including a bunch of newbies that have just come on board in the last few months.

So, why have I done this? Is it just a case of my midlife crisis? Am I doing this to be noteworty for Wikipedia? Is it in protest over the lack of Tech.Ed Flair?

To be honest, it hasn't been one thing, but rather a number of different aspects of my life aligning.

It all started with a management training thing I did back in February. Part of the exercise required I get people to provide words to describe me. One word really hit me - 'wasted'. Was I in a comfortable place, doing a good job, but maybe not doing an excellent job. Was I striving for mediocrity??  

It got me thinking. A seed has been planted.

I then had a trip to the US, which involved interactions with lots of people, lots of teams, and a realization that maybe I could make a difference.

However, I needed to know if my family were up for a move. My wife was supportive, so we hatched a plan. A couple of weeks later, we were in Disneyland, and then we spent some time in Seattle. The kids were sold.

The desire was there, the support was there - time to find a job.

This bit happened pretty quickly. Conversations turned into a series of interviews, which turned into a job offer.

Time for that big decision.

I have accepted a new role which is still with DPE, but as part of the Field Strategy Group. It's an internal focused role which acts as the business operation team for DPE. It's purpose is to assist all the DPE teams around the world to 'win hearts and minds' of all the different technical audiences we work with, such as Developers, Designers, Architects and IT Professionals.

From a timing perspective, the time is as good as it good be. All positions in the group are filled. The Australia team has had a series of good (and in some cases world leading) results. We have a pretty healthy developer community in Australia, great community leaders, active user groups. Things are in good shape. I wont say the job is done, but the foundation is there for the team to build on.

This is the week when the news gets out. I have already told me team, as well as  my manager and the people I work with on a regular basis. I have also been dropping hints on Twitter over the past few weeks and some folks have started to piece it all together - I guess letting folks know that my house was for sale was a bit of a give away.

I am looking to Tech.Ed on the Gold Coast as my final Australian commitment. Tech.Ed is going to be a blast and for me it will be a special time to catch up with members of the Australian Technical Community on last time.

After Tech.Ed the family and I will head over to Seattle to start our new life. That's just 5 weeks away. It will come quick. very quick.

From the seed being planted in February, to making the move in August, it's been a life changing 6 months.

I guess Paul Kelly says it best:

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

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  • Good luck with it all dude :)


  • We're gonna miss you Frankie.

    I'm beginning to think that we should keep your <a href="">shame</a>  alive to preserve your memory.

  • Frank, you'll definitely be missed. If there was ever a spokesman for the Microsoft developer community in Oz it was (is) you, so we'll be counting on you over there to make sure we're not forgotten in the grand scheming that goes on at Redmond. :)

    Sounds like an awesome challenge and most definitely a change that will invigorate the child gene in you that is always looking for something new and exciting. :)

  • That's very sad news (for us) :( Great news for you..sounds like an interesting job news.  Keep in touch Buddy!

  • Congratulations Frank!  I'm sure you'll have a great time over there. See you at TechEd.

  • Shows how much I was paying attention - I thought you were moving, but I didn't think you were moving that far! :)

    Good luck with the new job Frank :)

  • Cheers Frank!!!

    i wish you all the best of luck but lucky for us you'll now soon be in a position to really do some good.

    Since you'll continue blogging i'm certain it wont be that hard to keep track of what you're up to!

    best wishes!!

  • Congrats Frank! Best wishes for your transition to America. :D

  • Good Luck with your new job.

    Keep up the blogging!!

  • Bugger.

    No worse:

    tit bum poo shit wee willy whiss plops (and every other foul curse that could be uttered).

    Phew - now that I have that out of the way, best wishes to the Arrigo clan from team Seyfang.  More reflections in a post at:


  • All the best Frank - you will be dearly missed!

  • Good luck frank...

  • Frank Arrigo , one of the most prominent Technology gurus and evangelist in Australia has decided to

  • Definitely our loss and their gain.

    Thank you so much for your support over the years.

    Not going to be able to recognise DPE without you and Chuck!!! :-(

    All the best, good luck, take care, we'll miss you.

  • Fortune favours the brave Franky!

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