ShipIt Baby!


Well it took it’s time coming – but it’s finally here. And just in time for my 3 year Microsoft anniversary (which required me to make the customary offering outside my office of 3 pounds of M&Ms – plus a few Starburst for selfish reasons!). I am talking about my first ShipIt award. For those who don’t know what that is – it is simply an award for the recognition of having helped in shipping a product- and for most people it simply serves as a kind of souvenir from an exciting and challenging project. For me – it just feels like I am on the top of the world. I don’t think I can agree with what Joel has to say about the ShipIt award and general rewards and incentives at the workplace – I am way to high on my award to buy that for now (funny that I had to read about the review process being a farce while filling out out my review form!).


Here is the text on it:



“Every time a product ships, it takes us one step closer to the vision: Empower people through great software – Any time, any place and on any device. Thanks for the lasting contribution you have made to Microsoft history.”
– Signed by Bill Gates


First entry: Microsoft Commerce Server 2002, Feature Pack 1, May 7, 2004



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P.S. – Trivia – You don’t get a new ShipIt plaque for every product release – You only get stamps which you can apply to the plaque that you have. On to the next stamp now!

Comments (4)

  1. Thanks fir the wishes, Mike.

  2. Ben says:

    It seems weird to get an award for doing your job. Many people ship products because that is what they do for a living but there work gets unrewarded (if you consider a plaque the reward).

  3. Andy says:

    Congrats from somewhere down the hallway :-)