The .NET Sweatshop (v2)

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Community Applications and Services: The Next Wave

    We hear a lot of feedback about how the forums and blogs should work. And I mean A LOT. Whether it's internal or external, people always have opinions about how to make them better. I prefer to think that the feedback is proof of how valuable these services are and that we have a responsibility to not...
  • Blog Post: An Ode To GotDotNet

    About two years ago, I stepped into this role with a primary responsibility being to help get GotDotNet back on its feet. As the first Microsoft community for .NET, GDN held a dear place in the hearts of many. However, it had clearly fallen on hard times and there was a strong proposal to end the site...
  • Blog Post: Oh Boise! My Second Code Camp

    Last weekend, four developers from my team and I headed over to Boise, Idaho for my second code camp. Having never been to Boise, I was almost more curious about the town than the Code Camp itself. After all, my image of Idaho was rural farmland, potatoes, and, well, potatoes. Granted, that isn't very...
  • Blog Post: Intrapreneurship and the Innovator's Dilemma

    Has anyone else noticed how much the word "innovation" gets tossed around lately. I think it has always been important in the technology industry where it is seen as the holy grail. We all aspire to be innovative and be called innovative. Personally, I've tried to stray from the word a little bit because...
  • Blog Post: Tag, You're It!

    Bob Rebholz , our resident Group Product Manager and all-around sharp guy, just got back from the Web 2.0 conference. When he mentioned he was going down there, I had little idea about the magnitude of the conference. Silly me--it seems everyone was there and they all had their plans for how the new...
  • Blog Post: Open letter to SteveB - Privatize Microsoft!

    (NOTE: I am not affiliated with the people who make these decisions, so please don't assume there's any insider info here--just one guy with one 'wacky' idea speaking his peace and throwing out some food for thought) Dear Steve, I see you've made your way down to Wall Street to woo the instituational...
  • Blog Post: Bob & Yag come to MSCOM

    For all the good and bad about Microsoft, the most important part of anyone's experience is the set of people you work with and for. Are they passionate, excited, and convinced they can change the world? Do they have that contagious enthusiasm that brings everyone's performance up a notch? In sports...
  • Blog Post: Now I have a Microsoft Cube to go along with my Apple Cube

    I just saw this post from Korby Parnell about getting the famous Microsoft "Patent Cube" . As Korby mentioned, I too received a Cube. He even referred to me as his "co-conspirator"--I think I like that term and I've certainly been called worse. :) Korby also mentioned that we also get a copy of the front...
  • Blog Post: Forums, Community Code, and The "Tyranny of Or"

    I really love our Forums . Any community is subject to Metcalfe’s Law where the power of the network is proportional to the # of users. Forums is still in its infancy and with the recent development of the community answering more q’s than Microsoft full-time employees, I think we’ve hit a possible tipping...
  • Blog Post: Communities and the stickiness of Q&A vs. T&O

    So Josh Ledgard and I have been having a discussion around what makes a sticky community experience. He recently blogged about it and the stickiness of forums.msdn.com and how I (perhaps amongst others--he mentioned "people" but he may be trying to protect me by implying there are others :) ) suggested...
  • Blog Post: Indentured Servitude at Microsoft?

    Does anyone notice how people love to predict the demise of Microsoft? It’s a series of Chicken Littles running around claiming the sky is falling. I’ve been at this company for almost five years and we continually operate under the specter of doom. Two years ago, I felt like there were a lot of attacks...
  • Blog Post: Back To The World of Microsoft.com Communities

    Wow. It has been a long time since my last post. I've never gone an entire month without blogging since I started a few years ago, so this "getting back into the swing of things" thing is new to me. But, in my defense, I had a pretty good excuse--I've been on paternity leave with my new daughter. It...
  • Blog Post: Pardon the GDN Dust

    A few years ago, I read a book about the rise of AOL (it was before any mergers, so the fall wasn't documented yet). In it, the book covered the evolution of the service and recounted a time when AOL's services completely fell apart . Steve Case, the head of AOL at that time, needed to handle the customers...
  • Blog Post: Revenge of the Marketing Nerds

    Recently, Microsoft went through a major reorganization that really changes the primary leadership of this company. Three primary groups were created to divide the business into broader areas of focus. While many are speculating on why Microsoft did this, I am actually very interested in looking at who...
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