Peanut Butter Jelly Time? (Part II)

Following up on the Yahoo memo, I found it interesting to read the section regarding the effort level at Yahoo. I believe the larger your company grows, the harder it is to get everybody driving hard–especially at the levels of a startup. For as much as people love to lobby for the “startup mentality” at…


Peanut Butter Jelly Time? (Part I)

The shakeup at Yahoo is a fascinating reflection of the life and times of a tech company. Now many consider Yahoo a competitor to Microsoft and I have no interest in disparaging their company, but this is an interesting business case study and there is a lot of learn here from a strictly academic perspective….


Intrapreneurship and the Innovator's Dilemma

Has anyone else noticed how much the word “innovation” gets tossed around lately.  I think it has always been important in the technology industry where it is seen as the holy grail.  We all aspire to be innovative and be called innovative.  Personally, I’ve tried to stray from the word a little bit because it’s like one of…


'What The Heck Is He Doing Here?'

For the last few weeks, I’ve been spending one day a week sitting in the shared workspace that several members of the Commuinities team uses.  We have about nine people sharing one large office in Building 6 that was once home to Bill Gates and then Steve Ballmer.  “So what?”, you may say.  Well, I’m a manager…


Management Accountabilty in a Scrum World

Last summer, I was having a conversation with a friend who worked in Microsoft Research.  I knew him from outside of work and we rarely talked shop, but in this specific instance, I was telling him about my projects.  The biggest project on my plate was CodePlex.  After bragging about the featureset, I began describing…


Revenge of the Marketing Nerds

Recently, Microsoft went through a major reorganization that really changes the primary leadership of this company. Three primary groups were created to divide the business into broader areas of focus. While many are speculating on why Microsoft did this, I am actually very interested in looking at who they did it with and the ramifications….