Modern PM research techniques

In a comment in the previous post there was a mention of maybe the PM role will go away with the advent of new technologies that make it easier to drive data directly to the developers.  In particular there was a mention of Watson — which is our online crash data — which has been a…


PM at Microsoft

While at Stanford this week I was asked by a number of PM (program manager) candidates to talk about the PM role at Microsoft.  The PM role is unique to Microsoft and was actually created in response to developing software that is more usable and at the same time pushes the state of the art…


Thanks Stanford…

I had a great time at Stanford–though it was cold and cloudy 🙂 🙂  Thanks everyone for taking the time to get together today. As I expected, the questions and discussion really kept me on my toes all day!  I tip my hat to Dhyanesh and Greg for working me over with a number of deep…


Off to Stanford

I will be at Stanford on wednesday the 14th meeting with Develpment and Program Management hires.  I’m definitely looking forward to the time so bring your tough questions! –Steven


Ken Morse on advice for graduates

A few weeks ago I was on a panel discussion at Cyberposium 2005.  The panel’s moderator was Ken Morse, a lecturer and managing director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center.  Professor Morse has quite a lot of experience with startups in the technology industry (having been involved in launching companies like 3COM, Aspen, and others) and…


Seattle: The Emerald City (Really!)

It is not the heat, it is the humidity.– David Letterman (ok not really, but it was a catch phrase for a while) No matter where you live, people can find a reason to complain about the weather (or is it weather forecasting?).  Seattle is no different and while we call it the “Emerald City”…


By the way … Office "12" Beta 1 is live

Just thought I’d let folks know that Office “12” Beta 1 went live today.  We’re pretty excited about the product and getting it into customer hands. Way to go team!


The 100 hour work week: believe it or not?

So how much and how hard do you have to work at Microsoft to be successful? I was asked this question by a graduating student who has an offer from Microsoft to be a software design engineer. Actually the question was “do I have to work 100 hours a week to be successful?”I went back…


Release timing and Office products — how fast is fast enough?

I’ve been asked quite a bit by people interviewing at Microsoft about “software release”.  This post will talk about our strategy around product releases for Office products, since we have been pretty consistent over the years and this represents a balance between some competing interests. The topic comes up because there has been a lot…


Highlights from Boston recruiting

The past couple of days have been busy with a round of presentations and discussions at MIT, Sloan business school, and Harvard College. I know folks are always super busy so I appreciate the time everyone took out of their busy schedules to meet on campus. I always find the opportunity to meet and talk…