Welcome to Popfly

Today (that’d be Friday) we’re announcing Microsoft Popfly(tm), which is the project my team has been working on. It’s a simple, web-based tool that makes it easy to create mashups, web pages, and so on. We also have a Visual Studio 2005 package that enables you to connect VS to Popfly. This is a simple…

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RTB Finished

One of the meetings that our division inflicts regularly schedules is called “running the business” (formerly they were called “rhythm of the business” but I think someone noticed that we don’t got rhythm). Our team had its RTB meeting today. It went well, with Adam Nathan delivering a stellar demo and Paramesh (my PUM) delivering a stellar…

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Power Outage

This morning, building 41 lost power. Steven Wilssens (one of the PMs on my team) and I were just settling into some deep conversation when everything went black and the fire alarm started whooping and periodically saying, “Lobby, lobby, lobby” in an awful mechanical voice. So we all adjourned to the Building 26 cafeteria for…

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Calculating Operational Costs

One of my tasks over the weekend was to calculate how much it would cost to operate a service. I can’t tell you what the service is, of course, since actually providing useful context is far beyond the scope of this blog. 😉 However, I had a good sit-down with Excel 12 on Saturday morning…

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Doing the Happy Dance

After a review with SomaSe last week in which we demoed what I’ll just call “our stuff” (though the credit belongs to Adam Nathan, who really needs to update his blog), we went yesterday to present to Bob Muglia. The last time I presented to Bob in any way, shape, or form, I was a director…

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Job Descriptions

I’ve found that writing job descriptions is harder than I thought. In particular, it’s harder because I’m writing for so many audiences: for the internal developers and PMs who might be interested, the external folks, for other managers, and so on. Here’s one. What would make it better? Software Development Engineer 10 PRINT “This is…

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NPT Team Charter

After about four months of working through some hard problems, I’ve begun to center our team on a few core work areas. Based a lot on the feedback you gave me through this blog, I narrowed it to three work areas: We’re going to start by building on the momentum of the current Visual Studio…

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Non-Pro Tools Team PUM

We have a PUM. Paramesh Vaidyanathan who ran the India Developer Center for Developer Division – a team of something like 100 people – has decided he wants to come back to the US to run the Non-Professional Tools Team (NPT – our team). I’m incredibly excited. I’ve worked with Paramesh before as his marketing…

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What We’re Doing: Cool Tools

While I’ve been running around creating PPTs and sending email, Adam has been working on a prototype development experience that’s designed to take someone with no knowledge of code through to creating simple Web sites with HTML and Javascript or VBscript, teaching them along the way about things like methods, classes, events, properties, loops, and…

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Adam Nathan Joins Non-Pro Tools Team

  We have our first developer. Adam Nathan has joined us. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the soul behind Pinvoke.net, a community site dedicated to getting good coverage of .NET’s Pinvoke functionality (which he largely wrote). I knew Adam was the right guy when, on the weekend between leaving his former team…

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