Archives For February 18, 2006

Off to Japan Sunday

February 18, 2006

I’m off to Japan on Sunday. It’s my first trip to Japan and I’m really looking forward to meeting with the subsidiary, our partners, and of course taking in the culture. I’ll do my best to keep up with moblogging and posting a semi-daily journal here of our experiences.

The small bummer is that by going, I missed out on an opportunity to show our execs and leadership some of the new features we’re working on in media for upcoming Vista CTP (Customer Technology Preview) releases. Let’s just say the next CTP release will be exciting, but it’s going to get even better much faster from there. Sorry, I can’t say more than that at this time. But when we can, I’ll make sure to set up a geek dinner with some members of the teams and we’ll take your feedback. Timing is TBD ;)

I had lunch today with one of my “mentors”. He’s very smart and we often spend the time debating company strategy instead of discussing career goals. I’m in a good place right now and enjoying learning in a role that has freed me from some of the baggage I used to have to endure. I’m a builder- I’m enjoying working with motivated v-teams that are building better products.

I sense a change in the air right now but for the good company wide. People seem to be “thawing out” – becoming less risk-adverse than I’ve seen for the past three + years- when done smartly, that’s a very good thing.