After 4.5 years on the VS Environment / VS Core team, I’ve finally decided to make the switch into Program Management.  Don’t get me wrong, I love testing.  It’s still the ultimate “you broke it and I’m telling.”  But, I can’t resist the temptation of the driver’s seat anymore.

I recall being told that the secret of life is to figure out what you love to do, then get someone to pay you to do it.  And at work, I love nothing more than blogging and interacting with customers.  Therefore, I’m very excited to join the DevDiv Community Team!  Specifically, I’m working on the Developer After-Market Community Solutions Team.

Since today was just my first day, I’m going to hold off on specific responsibilities.  I probably should get my goals / commitments written first.  =)  However, I can tell you that my new role will involve working more closely with you.  And yes, Tip of the Week continues, hopefully with more gravitas than ever before!  (Thanks Stephen Colbert for adding this word to my vocabulary.)

I want to give a shout-out to all those I’ve worked with on the VS Environment / VS Core team.  As I said in my “so long and thanks for all the fish” mail, it’s been an incredible experience to have worked with you all on the Visual Studio environment / shell.  I’m very proud to have worked on thteam for 3 releases of Visual Studio.

For more info, check out my team’s blog and Josh’s intro post to the Developer After-Market Community Solutions Team.

I look forward to hearing from you all about how I can make you more successful with Visual Studio 2005.  Wish me luck in my new role!