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  • Blog Post: That Team Is Struggling - Great!

    Ok, you are thinking that I'm crazy. If the team is struggling, why would you want to be on it? Or lead it? Do you really want to set yourself up to deal with all the problems that need fixed? And what if they aren't fixable? Doesn't a well-established, smooth-functioning team sound like one where it...
  • Blog Post: 17 on 17

    On October 17th, I celebrate my 17th anniversary at Microsoft. If someone told me on my first day at work that I would be here for 17 years, I wouldn't have believed them. Besides marriage and family, there's not a lot else that has consistently been in my life for that long. I have new hobbies, live...
  • Blog Post: What I Like About Blogging and Much More

    Recently, I had the opportunity to be interviewed about what I like about Microsoft (and specifically Microsoft IT), what I look for in testers that I hire, and why I write my blog. I personally like to understand why others decide to blog and if their intentions for blogging are being met. If you are...
  • Blog Post: Are you up for the challenge?

    If you read my blog, learn something new from it, or think in the same way as I do, why not see how my thinking gets put into action by becoming a member of my team. I am hiring SDETs (developers with a focus on QA) and this is an opportunity you don't want to miss. Are you up for the challenge? Just...
  • Blog Post: Recruiting - it's not just an open job position, it's an adventure!

    As a manager, hiring good people is a necessary skill to build a highly-functional team and continue to be seen as a credible manager. Recruiting can be difficult depending on the time of year or the position you are trying to fill. As the hiring manager, you own the whole recruiting process and final...
  • Blog Post: Don't Be Seduced by the Dark Side

    I was watching a TV show recently (no, it wasn't Star Wars) where a lead character on the show had a ton of integrity and everyone counted on her good judgment. Then within a few episodes, she got corrupted by others and her need to cover-up information continued to grow. This is taking her down a path...
  • Blog Post: The perpetual state of being understaffed - does it really exist?

    The last few months have been a staffing challenge for me and my team. I lost a quarter of my team in a 3 month time period due to reorgs….and I couldn't replace any of them. Due to the economic climate, things are tight and that includes headcount. Then, my team was affected by lay-offs and I lost some...
  • Blog Post: European Tech Talk Tour

    For a few days this autumn (or is it Winter now?) I’ll be out and about talking to great uni students about Microsoft Codename ‘M’, and some of the fantastic technical opportunities for graduates at Microsoft. Here are some resources: Apply for a Position at Microsoft Description of the Program...
  • Blog Post: Xbox Jobs: Developers in Test

    Are you looking for a job that you can actually enjoy ? Are you looking to work with a team of brilliant and passionate individuals? Then come and check out Xbox. There are a handful of SDET jobs currently open on the Xbox 360 system software team (the guys and gals who work on the Xbox's custom...
  • Blog Post: Résumé Tip: Don't turn on revision tracking

    At one point, I ran across a résumé (in Word format) which had revision tracking turned on. It probably wasn't the best move on the candidate's part because I was able to see all the changes he had made, which included the removal of certain key technologies from the "Skills" area. There was also a modification...
  • Blog Post: Senior Program Manager needed for the Community Platform

    I've got a really interesting job opening for an experienced technical PM who wants to work on some fun Web 2.0 stuff. Here's the detail... Job Description DevDiv’s Server & Tools Online team is seeking a highly technical senior program manager to help us build innovative new Community Platform...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Recruiting Makes Local Paper

    The Lansing State Journal covered the Microsoft Job-Cuzzi at Michigan State University. I was attending to help with running the event to help students understand what working for Microsoft is like. The actor in the job-cuzzi was hilarious and reminded me of Steve Carrell from The Office.
  • Blog Post: Let's experiment!

    We're excited to announce a new initiative here on the GPDE team -- Experimentation. We're going to be shipping a key part of Microsoft's new Experimentation Platform, which is a system for testing out different web designs and other experiments on real live users. It will initially be used by MSN and...
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