Hello! My name's Joe Morel, and I'm a relatively new Program Manager here at Microsoft, working on the Aftermarket Solutions team for Visual Studio. I work primarily on the MSDN Forums with Josh Ledgard, my manager. I decided to restrain myself from having an "official" MSDN blog for a few months after I joined the company, basically waiting for something worth blogging about. Over the past couple of months, I've had a few things I thought were worth broadcasting to the world, so I've decided to take the dive and split my blogging activities--I'm going to focus on Microsoft/technology related posts over here, and leave the personal stuff over on my personal blog on MSN Spaces.
So what's the occasion that finally pushed me over the edge into the blogosphere? My six-month anniversary at Microsoft. Six months. It's not a huge chuck of time. At Microsoft, you used to get a desk clock after you were at the company for five years. For six months, I'm guessing the equivalent would be a cheap Walmart digital watch. There will be no certificates, no awards, no celebrations. Heck--I don't even get to buy a half-pound of M&Ms (apparently it is Microsoft tradition to put the same number of pounds of M&Ms outside of your office as years you've worked on your anniversary.) But, to me, personally, six months is a major milestone--the difference between being the "new guy" trying to soak up everything he can to being someone that actually can contribute. It's the difference between "I just moved to Seattle from Cleveland" to "I used to live in Cleveland."
When I started at Microsoft, Josh posted a "5 Tips for Being Successful at Microsoft" entry in his blog. (That's where I learned about the M&Ms.) I'm not qualified to tell people how to be successful here, but here's five, more trivial things I wish I knew before starting at Microsoft:
All in all, this has been a great "onboarding" experience here at Microsoft, and I'm loving my time on this team. Here's to six more months and a full pound of M&Ms!