Long time, no blog – plus 6 months at Microsoft.

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It’s been almost 2 months since my last blog entry. Sorry about that. I have a growing list of “things to blog about later”. It seems that no matter what I do, there is never enough time to do everything, and time keeps moving forward – no matter what I do. 🙂

One of the things that happened in since last time – my 6 month mark at Microsoft past. That’s not that big of a deal, but I thought that I would recognize it. There are a couple of things that I have learned about working for Microsoft in the last 6 months.

  1. You MUST be able to manager your self and your time. Honestly, this is an area that I continue to grow in. At Microsoft, you will never have enough time to finish everything that you *could* do. So you have to really pick and choose the critical items, and really work to be extremely efficient with you time. Also, learning what you need to do, is almost as important as learning what you need to say no to.
  2. Email on your cell phone it a life saver – if you use server side Outlook/Exchange email rules to organize certain email to folders.  At Microsoft, you get *a lot* of email… no really, a ton. Think of the most email that you have ever received in one day, multiply that by 10… no bigger, a lot bigger. I can’t believe all of the stuff that I can accomplish from my phone. True, the fact that it has a keyboard built in helps, Mobile 5 rocks, and the full outlook synchronization is nice too.
  3. People at Microsoft are passionate about Microsoft, our partners and our customers’ success. I have been a fan of Microsoft technologies for a long time now. A couple of years ago, I started doing more with people at Microsoft… that was when I started to become a fan of Microsoft – not just the technologies. Now that I work here, I am a huge fan. It’s incredible to see how far people to help other people succeed. It’s refreshing.
  4. The best is yet to come… OK, I’m sure this is cliché by now (especially coming from a Microsoft guy.), but really… VSTS Rocks, TFS – Awesome; Vista is going to be mind blowing, Halo 3 will kick some serious bum (we -in my house- don’t use the other word – doesn’t bum sound nicer anyway) and I can’t wait to see the final incarnation of the whole Expression Suite, not to mention Live, Atlas, Office 2007, and a dozen other products that are coming out in the next year that I’m sure I don’t even know about!

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About Caleb Jenkins

Caleb Jenkins is an international speaker, author and 6 time Microsoft MVP award recipient, he currently works for Solera as a Director of Software Development. An entertaining and informative speaker who approaches software from a fresh perspective that spans UX, agile practices and technologies for enterprise customers from across the globe. Leading UX product design teams, coaching multi-team agile transformations and architecting and mentoring at some of the largest companies in the world, As a long time community leader and former Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Caleb is well known for his engaging speaking style, depth of knowledge and creative energy. Founder and Principal Mentor of Proaction Mentors, former UX Manager and Agile Coach, Senior Architect for Six Flags Corporation, Product Architect on a Cloud Marketing Platform, Caleb has made a career out of empowering others while building products and teams that delight customers and solve business needs. You can follow him on twitter (@calebjenkins) or his blog, DevelopingUX.com and if you're still reading this, then you could also subscribe to his blog RSS feed or sign up to receive updates by email