Microsoft: Welcome to Your New Future!

2020 has been an interesting year for everyone, without a doubt. For me, 2020 involved a career change that wasn't something I was expecting at the start of the year. I had been comfortable with my past employer, Magnet Forensics, for just shy of 8 years and had the opportunity to work on many high-impact projects as part of a mission to help with saving children and assisting law enforcement. But at the end of August, I started my first day in my next adventure with Microsoft. I wanted to write a couple of posts about getting up and running at Microsoft so I figured I'd start with some high level points. This post will be focused on what it was like to join a tech giant after helping scale a startup to hundreds of people internationally. Meeting the Team…

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Article Dump #24 – Weekly Article Dump

Article Dump #24 Welcome to the 24th issue of my (nearly) weekly article dumps. I don't have a theme or an update this week, so it's kept pretty short. I hope you find the following articles interesting though! Leave me a comment if you have any opinions on these Articles The 7 Values That Drive IDEO: In this article, the CEO of IDEO Tim Brown talks about the various values that his organization embraces to have a creative culture. Some of the ideas in the slides seem really high level or like generic fluff, but try thinking about what they would mean in your organization. It's one thing to glance at IDEO's list and say "Yeah, yeah... That's nice..." but when you actually think about how that fits in with your organization, you might actually realize you don't embody those values. Do…

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Happy Holidays – Weekly Article Dump

Happy Holidays The holiday season is upon us, so I'd like to start by extending my best wishes for you to have a safe and happy holiday. I've personally been pretty busy the past few weeks wrapping year-end stuff up at work, so I'm looking forward to a few days of being able to catch my breath a bit. If you have some time off from work, I'm hoping you'll get a chance to do the same over the holidays. I can't sit idle for too long though. I don't like not feeling productive, so once I've caught up a bit on some well deserved rest, I'll be right back at it! The holidays and end of the year are a great time to reflect on everything that's happened in the last 12 months. Did you have goals that set you…

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Migration – Weekly Article Dump

Migration: Bye to the Pi Well... it happened. If you checked in earlier this week, you might have noticed Dev Leader was completely down on Thursday. Quite a bummer... but the show must go on. Migration to a new host was necessary, but that wasn't without some hiccups. For me, having a site hosted was still a pretty new process. I had tried it a couple of times before, but running a web server that I controlled always felt better. Just more control I suppose. Migration started off sort of sour where I was required to re-install Wordpress on my host a few times due to some technical difficulties... And of course, it was hard to sit still while I knew my site was down. Once I finally had Wordpress launched, the only part of the migration that went smooth…

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Intrapreneurship – Guest Blog by Tayfun Uzun

Last week I mentioned a colleague of mine, Tayfun Uzun, had a little surprise. He's put together a great write up on intrapreneurship and what it means to be an intrapreneur. The importance of Intrapreneurship Innovation is the life-blood of any organization; we have all heard it and one way or another understand it. Actually, let me rephrase that. Revenue is the life-blood of any organization, but innovation begets revenue. One big movement in large companies is the idea of intraprenuership, the act of behaving like an entrepreneur within an established organization. Intrapreneurship is baked into your culture--it starts from your first hires in a start-up and needs to persist as you grow. It is not something that you can take a two day course and learn, much like entrepreneurship. Why do you need intrapreneurship? Well, innovation is what sells.…

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Job Titles and Responsibilities

Your New Job Title Congrats! You did it! You finally have that new job title you've been working so hard towards! Let's be honest with each other here--you were working hard for the title, not because you just wanted to see your company flourish with all the hard work you were putting in. Of course that wasn't bad or anything, it was just a nice side effect of you getting your new job title. Some great things happened once you received your new job title too! Your responsibilities shifted so now nobody can come after you when your pesky clients are complaining about your sales process, when your code won't compile into your finished product, or when employees are having conflicts in the workplace. You're literally only responsible for the two new tasks that you have attached to your job…

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