I like to take the chance to talk directly to the development community as often as I can. I commonly use outlets such as this blog, but sometimes I get the opportunity to speak out loud instead of through my keyboard via sites like Channel9 or .NET Rocks!.
Today is an interesting day – at least for those of us at Microsoft.
As the world knows, today is the last day for Bill Gates as a full-time employee of Microsoft.
I wanted to share some of my thoughts and reflections as we go through today.
One of the things that I think about often is how do I cultivate a culture in my team that encourages, empowers and rewards/recognizes incubation efforts. Any technology innovation in its infancy, or early stage R&D work for something that is not necessarily well-defined is what I loosely call an incubation.
As we near the end of 2007, I was reflecting back and realizing that this year has been an amazing one for us in Developer Division at Microsoft. We delivered a number of innovations, technologies and products to you. We have released the first version of Expression Studio,
Last Friday, we reached a major milestone in our quest to win the hearts and minds of creative designers with the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) of the first edition of Expression Studio. It has been a very interesting journey so far with a lot of twists and turns.
I am a big fan of making sure that the work environment (that I am a part of at least) is highly conducive for people from all walks of life to be able to be a part of, do their very best and be successful in the way each of them defines success.
I was getting ready to speak in front of a large group recently and was looking for something to illustrate the point about how having a good business strategy followed by a great execution capability is critical for any business to be successful.
As you can imagine, part of my job is to ensure that we have the right balance of technology and business leadership principles in my division as we drive technology innovation and move the business forward. I came across this story the other day that really pointed out the differences between the two disciplines in a really funny way:
A man in a hot air balloon is lost.
Those of you who are from South India, particularly from the State of Tamil Nadu, will probably know of Mr. Tamizhvanan, who founded the Kalkandu magazine and was a prolific writer in his days. I got a chance to spend a couple of hours with his son,
I spent a day with the leaders in my division recently at an off-site. The focus of that day was not about technology but rather excellence in leadership and how we work together as an effective leadership team. One of the anecdotes that I mentioned there was something I recently read related to migratory birds in flight.