Decision Making with businessThink

I recently read businessThink and got a few good tips out of it. The premise of the book is to remove guesswork out of decision making by following 8 main rules: 1. Check your ego at the door before it shuts out great ideas 2. Create curiosity to uncover opportunity 3. Look for more than…


Why I work at Microsoft

I recently posted my resume on my blog, and this resulted in a few people to contact me wondering if I wanted to leave Microsoft. My answer is always “NO”. Here is what I love about my job, which is my minimum bar before even considering working somewhere else.   I get to work with…


How can Microsoft help change the world?

I’ve been doing some thinking and figured I would ask the blogsphere…. How would you combine all of these different assets to enable our customers and partners to change the world? It seems like we have a lot of stuff (facilities, patents, technologies, experts, training, and other) that could be combined in some way, but…


Brian Groth’s Resumé/CV

In the spirit of transparency and open communication, here is my resumé/CV so you can know a bit more about me. Brian Groth Resumé/CV As of July 2010 /   Highlights & Summary       Primary Strengths (as verified with my current and previous managers) Capacity to execute at a business and…


A $20 Cookie for Katrina Victims

Here is how I just paid $20 for a chocolate chip cookie: Sara Ford works here at Microsoft She grew up in Waveland, MS which was hit by hurricane Katrina Her parents house was flooded and the entire community needs help Sara decided to help MSNBC contacted her about it MSNBC then went and interviewed…


360 Degree Review

A few months ago I participated in a “360 degree review” where my colleagues, manager, peers, and direct reports answer a series of questions about my management and work styles. I recently got the results back and figured the results would go nicely with the other stuff about me in my ongoing “Business Management Tips”…


Balanced Scorecard

I recently finished reading Balanced Scorecard Step-by-Step by Paul R. Niven and if you manage any part of a business, then I highly suggest reading this book. It’s pretty dry reading, but the concepts and how he guides you through it are very good. Of course, the most difficult part of putting together a balanced…


The World is Flat

The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman is a great book to read for anyone interested in how the world and business is changing due to technology. He starts out by explaining how the Internet, the fall of the Berlin Wall, outsourcing (and various versions of it), and complex supply chains are creating a “flat world”….


XBox 360 Design Review

A friend of mine (Alan Shen) helped develop the UI and pointed me to a good write-up of the process that went into creating the UI for the XBox 360. The article is at  We don’t own an XBox right now, or even a regular TV (just a PC running Windows XP Media Center Edition),…


Theo’s Last Hop: Our Rabbit’s Eulogy

For some reason, I feel like sharing this with anyone who is interested: Theo’s time was up, so today Lorie and I took him to the vet for his final visit, and we didn’t return home with him. He was almost 9 years old and due to some internal complications, he no longer enjoyed eating….