Microsoft, Blog, Steven Sinofsky
Less than two months after departing from Microsoft as the company's 'Microsoft Windows President', Steven Sinofsky has launched a new blog - entitled 'Learning by Shipping' - and is clearly staying in the tech game.
His first blog begins:
Welcome to the Learning by Shipping blog-thoughts and perspectives on product development, management, and the process of bringing new products to market.
This blog is a continuation of writing on these topics through several different blogs, some internet and some intranet. For me, blogging started in the summer of 2005 with Techtalk, a blog focused on the college hiring process at Microsoft. When I changed jobs and moved to Windows, there were many questions inside Microsoft about how we would do things (in what was often referred to as a post-Vista recovery), but not just with Windows but with Windows Services (called Windows Live back then), Internet Explorer, and even Search (not yet Bing) which was part of our team for a while. The size of the team and the pace we needed to change required a different approach to communication. The Office Hours intranet blog was started in an effort modernize the communication channels.
Office Hours was a blog that discussed the challenges and choices in creating and managing large scale products and services. It was a candid view of what was going on in real-time and was read by many across teams inside of Microsoft. There were hundreds of posts (roughly weekly), some of which can be found in various places on the internet, unintentionally, and some of which can be found, intentionally, in a book co-authored with Marco Iansiti at Harvard Business School. The posts tried to take on the topics of building complex products used by many types of customers, by a team made up of diverse skills, in a company made up of a lot of people and a lot of other products.
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