Just over five weeks ago I was humbled to be awarded Microsoft MVP for the Office Development group and it has been a whirlwind few weeks. I was quickly enrolled in the Microsoft MVP Summit in Bellevue, WA and expectations were high. I now sit in Seattle Airport reflecting, glad to be going home but sad to leave…
Just like the first time I went to a major technology stack conference nearly 5 years ago, I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Professionally and personally this week exceeded my expectations. Not such much the technology, I kinda had a good idea about where that was going, but mostly the people, the company and the attitude. I got to go to Microsoft HQ, I got to see Building 1 and “Bill Lake”. Nerdy and kinda cool at the same time.
Technically, I can’t share what I learned – but that is not the point of this post…….sorry 😉
I wanted to say thank you to all the Microsoft employees for being so embracing, enabling and approachable. The summit was an excellent opportunity to share ideas, and more importantly discuss a vision for the future. I care less about what we do today and more about what we will be doing tomorrow and that is what I found. Plan for growth, go with a realistic vision, embrace tomorrow, take risks.
Due to rearrangements and program restructuring, there are only a handful of “Office Developer” MVPs and I am very excited to be in on the ground floor of something I believe in.
- I learned that the Microsoft campus in Bellevue is one of the most beautiful business parks I have ever been to.
- I learned that Seattle rush-hour traffic sucks just like anywhere else
- I learned that the Microsoft product group I have met and worked with this week are aligned with my vision for their product and I am really excited it.
- I have learned that what Microsoft is doing is complimentary to my IBM world, not competitive. It is perfectly OK to play in both worlds as a web developer.
Thank you to the poor souls who said no no…..”bitching is OK” and “it’s what we want”! I still don’t really believe you, and I still didn’t come hereto bitch, but you asked for it 😉 Thank you to all the product group people I met and I know I will forget some names (it’s only been a few hours)….I love what you do, I love what you did this week – THANK YOU to:
Rolando, Daniel, Michael, Yena, Sean, Michael, Gabriel, Sonia, Gareth, Sudhi, Caitlen and everyone I clearly forgot at Microsoft…..
Thank you to Lisa Anderson for corralling the Central MVPs and enabling me.
Thanks also to the many MVPs I met including David, Max, Leonid, Donald, Andrew Connell, Maarten, Colin and all the others !!!
I look forward to all seeing all you all again next year !
This coming year is going to be a lot of fun…..but then, that was the plan wasn’t it……….? 🙂