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Mike Azocar So long and thanks for all the Fish!

This week, I had the pleasure of being invited to Microsoft to help define the objective domain for the Team Foundation Server Technology Specialist certification. My flight to Seattle was scheduled to leave on Monday afternoon but due to bad Texas weather, my trip almost didn't happen. Luckily I was only delayed for 6 hours and made it to my hotel in Redmond around 2:30 in the morning.

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The first thing you notice when you get to the Microsoft campus is the energy. There is a buzz around all of the people going about their daily jobs. Even in the cafeteria, that energy level is all around. I was simply amazed at what I saw. These people feel that they are changing the world and it shows. Although I was tired that first day, I fed off the energy of everyone around me and it kept me going.

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Day one of the session was extremely intense, but our group gelled very quickly. The process that we went through also helped. It was clear that Microsoft had done this before. Our group consisted of five subject matter experts external to Microsoft and one internal Microsoft subject matter expert. Etienne Tremblay, from Quebec, Canada, is aágregarious VSTS guru who is just "flipping" brilliant. Mickey Gousset, a polite and humble gentleman from Mississippi is the creator of Team System Rocks and has a book coming out next month. Willy-Peter Schaub is a quiet and thoughtful South African who's amazing posters help you get a good understanding of VSTS. Steve Borg is a extremely happy guy from Washington who had the distinction of being the first participant of an OD Session to have a child born during the session. Charles Downer is part of the internal Microsoft IT group and an ex-Marine (hoo-rah!). He is theáUber-Administrator for the Microsoft internal Team Foundation Server which is around 400 gigs.

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I was definitely the new kid on the block. All of the external subject matter experts invited to the OD Session were MVPs. All of them were also well know to the Team System product team. Most have or will be doing work at Tech Ed. I was a little intimidated by the wealth of knowledge and relationships that all of these men had. The amazing thing is that they embraced me and made me feelálike I belonged there. I can't say enough about how awesome all of these guys are. A highlight of the trip was that I got to meet and interact with Rob Caron. I have to admit I was a little star struck at first but he was extremely nice and helpful. Another highlight was that I got to have dinner with Korby Parnel. Korby is responsible for TFS Version control as well as CodePlex and is quite brilliant.

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Enough of my ramblings! Here are some photos for you to enjoy.

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Here are all of the subject matter experts minus Steve Borg who was on his way to the hospital for the birth of his son.

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Here are all of us again with Robáand Korby.

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Happy Coding!

Posted on Saturday, October 21, 2006 11:10 AM | Back to top


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