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  • Blog Post: 25 Bill Gates Lessons Revisited

    “Until we’re educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.” – Bill Gates Bill Gates was my original inspiration for joining Microsoft.  Here was a guy with all the money in the world that showed up everyday, and put in more hours...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learned from Bill Gates

    I shared some lessons learned from Bill Gates .   He sets a high bar and pushes the envelope of what's possible in a lifetime.  That's what's great.  Thinking back, he was one of the key reasons I joined Microsoft.  He'd rather be making impact, than sitting on the beach. ...
  • Blog Post: 10 Years at patterns & practices

    I never imagined I would invest 10 years on the patterns & practices team at Microsoft.  Life is short and I always imagined I would spend it across so many more adventures.  What surprised me is how much you can grow yourself, and grow the job in the process.  While I sometimes wonder...
  • Blog Post: Lessons in Software from Mike de Libero

    I have a guest post, Lesson in Software from Mike de Libero , on Shaping Software.  Mike was a security tester on the Microsoft Office team and has a variety of experiences under his belt.   Here is a summary of his lessons: Lesson 1. All software is flawed. Lesson 2. Check-in often. Lesson...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learned in patterns and practices

    I'm a fan of continuous learning.  My post Lessons Learned in patterns & practices on Shaping Software summarizes some of my best lessons.  It's from the school of hard knocks.  I've been lucky enough to have some great mentors that have really helped me unleash my best.  I've...
  • Blog Post: Quitting and Sticking More Effectively

    Are you the best at what you do?   Could you be the best at something else?  How do you know when to hold'em?  How do you know when to fold'em? The Gambler teaches us: "You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away, and know when to run."...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learned in Product Management on Shaping Software

    I have a guest post at Shaping Software by Rick Samona on Lessons Learned in Product Management .  Rick's actually one of the most effective Microsoft product managers I know.  I had the pleasure of working with Rick on several security projects, including our .NET Framework Security Guidance...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learned from Peaceful Warrior

    Have you seen Peaceful Warrior ? It's a pretty simple movie, but it's full of lessons. Probably the most important lesson is how to keep getting back up when life knocks you down and how to continue to follow your dreams, even after your world is shattered. I shared my lessons learned from Peaceful Warrior...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learned from Per

    I like to learn from everyone around me.  One of my most influential mentors has been my manager, Per .  Here’s a highlight of some of the lessons I learned from Per over the years: Communication Consolidate communication .   Chunky over chatty.  Rather than a random stream...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learned from the Most Successful Innovators

    What practices can we learn from the leaders in innovation?  How can you improve the success of your R&D efforts?  In "Smart Spenders, the Global Innovation 1000," an article in strategy+business magazine, Barry Jaruzelski, Kevin Dehoff, and Rakesh Bordia write about the key practices...
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