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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.”

“Satya Nadella: This Is How I’m Really Going To Change Microsoft’s Culture” via BusinessInsider

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.

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AMERICANS PAY MORE FOR SLOWER SPEEDS THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD

“THE INTERNET IS FUCKED” via The Verge

Don’t read this article if you’re in a calm, relaxed state, and want to remain that way for the next two hours.

I sometimes trick myself into thinking the problem isn’t as bas as it seems. For example, Amy and I were somewhat spoiled in Seattle as we were able to use the *amazing* www.condointernet.net service for our house (100mbps up/down for $60/month).

The joy we felt using that service was easily overshadowed by the sheer terror I felt every time I turned our Comcast box to watch TV, a box which looked like my PowerMac 6100 from 1995 and had an interface like an Atari. It didn’t even play Space Invaders.