Program Manager (PM) Tip Index

I thought it would be worthwhile to produce an index for the (very) occasional series I have on giving tips to PMs at Microsoft.  PM Tip #10: Interview Tips for Landing a Great Program Management Job PM tip# 11: Information is the Currency of Program Management PM Tip #14: Great teams have members that defy…

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PM Tip #10: Interview Tips for Landing a Great Program Management Job

Update: See the full list of PM Tips. Recently a friend of mine at Microsoft asked about tips for how to land a great Program Management job at Microsoft.    It has been a while since I did a “PM Tips” post, so I thought I’d use the opportunity to share my thoughts and get your…

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Presentation tip: They Remember the Mistakes more than the Polish

Update: See the full list of PM Tips.  One of the reasons I love going to Mix is getting a chance to watch really world-class technical speakers.  As I watched the keynote and a few sessions this year one theme really stood out to me:  The audience seems to remember how the speaker handles their…

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Book Review: Made to Stick

  I just finished reading (ok… listening) to Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die.  The authors do a great job at expanding on some ideas on how to make ideas resonate and, well, stick with your audience… This is a key skill for any Program Manager needing to lead without authority.   …

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PM Tip #14: Great teams have members that defy roles

Update: See the full list of PM Tips.  I was asked recently to define the roles for PMs on my team.  Specifically what they should do as compared with the dev and test teams.  I flatly refused.   The best teams I have worked in and with are those that defy the traditional roles and responsibilities. …

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That is a full day's work!

I am starting to work on writing some annual employee performance reviews and I was thinking about one of the first bits of advice my manager gave me when I joined Microsoft  “Don’t confuse activity with results”.  As we reflect over the year, it is easy, and natural to think about all the activities we did… the…

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FxCop Honored with Chairman's Award for Engineering Excellence

Every year, Microsoft honors a few innovations that have furthered the state of engineering excellence at Microsoft… Some years, Bill Gates selects one of the winners to honor with the special distinction of the chairman’s award.   I am told that Bill does this for truly noteworthy achievements that have tangible impacted software development in every division…

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Are you ready to make a change?

The ASP.NET team is looking to fill some senior Program Manager positions and you might be just the right person. I would love to have someone who is passionate about the web’s potential, who is an expert in common web technologies such as Php, Rails, JSP, Ajax (and of course .NET), who wants to build…

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The Wisdom of Crowds: Rethinking consensus

I am a HUGE believer in building consensus, but The Wisdom of Crowds is starting to make be rethink the approach a bit.  I just finished reading, ok listening to the audio version on my bike ride into work,  James Surowiecki’s latest book.   His point is that groups of people make good decisions on matters…

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PM Tip #12: Don't waste keystrokes

Update: See the full list of PM Tips. At Mix I ran into Jeff Atwood who reminded me about a my post on the “Be More Visible” Sham.  He also told me I should take a look at Jon Udell’s post Too busy to blog? Count your keystrokes [via Jeff’s blog] While I don’t think every…

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