We spoke to Dima Korolev to gain some insight into what it’s like working at the big companies in tech.
For example, he says at the company everyone knows what a developer does and what a product manager does. But those roles need an overhaul, and that’s what he meant in his memo when he said “nothing is off the table.”
I saw the role of the Program Manager change only slightly in my ten years at Microsoft. The explicit separation of the Program Manager’s responsibilities from the non-code side of the business – marketing, business development, KPI’s, etc. – made it such that you could get really good at designing a UX interface but have no idea if customers liked it (or really needed it in the first place). Not every team or individual PM had such clear separations, but it was definitely less than common.
I’m still in a bit of the honeymoon phase of working for a tiny startup where everyone’s roles are naturally wider (due to the work vs. resource balance). Yet my short time here has convinced me that for the PM role to evolve at Microsoft, it absolutely must move more towards a Product *Management*-style discipline, one driven by metrics, KPI’s, and customer-driven development. This was happening on my last team where we were building Mail, Calendar, and People on Office 365, and I hope that the style of work we were beginning to embrace (more agile, metrics- and customer-driven development) continues to spread.
Wow. I saw early demos of this tech while I was at Microsoft and it’s awesome to see it coming to life for everyone.
Amazing article and interview. Avoid the comments.
The week in cloud: Oracle and Microsoft put the finishing touches on a surprise alliance announced in June. What brought these two rivals together? A common adversary.
Interesting (powerful) move by MS and Oracle in their fight against AWS.
Microsoft has today launched the newly rebranded Office Online (www.office.com) suite of apps, succeeding the popular Web Apps. Today’s launch also paves the way for more usability improvements to make it easier for consumers to take advantage of available features, including easier collaboration and sharing with others. The original Microsoft suite of online Office apps were…
Awesome to see Office Online getting the branding, unification, and ease of access it sorely needed.
The honeymoon is on. Microsoft finally announced a new CEO yesterday: Satya Nadella. And the blogosphere seemingly could not be more pleased.
And I have to admit, reading all the coverage, Nadella sounds like the right choice. He knows Microsoft. He was leading the one…
This is basically exactly how I feel (minus the fact that I still use a lot of MS services and devices):
“Look, I’m rooting for Microsoft. I know that given the devices I prefer and where I work, this will sound disingenuous. But I mean it. Microsoft was once the tech company I admired above all others. And if nothing else, I firmly believe that a strong Microsoft only helps push the entire ecosystem forward, faster. Competition is not only good, it’s vital. And no company will be more competitive than a strong Microsoft. Any way you slice it, that would be a huge win for us, the consumers.”