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“Developers are my life; I love them.” OK, how can you not want to find out more about who said tha

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Let us introduce you to Shoshanna Budzianowski, 10 year Microsoft veteran, who is the director of program management for the developer division.  She and her team are responsible for helping the division plan how they produce products that meet the needs of our customers.  Not only that, but Shoshanna plays a mean game of chess.  Get to know this fascinating woman who finds programming fun – the more challenging the problems the better -- in another edition of our WM_IN in Technology series.

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  • MinhMinh WOOH!  WOOH!
    Another great interview in the WM_IN series.

    Regarding MQ, if I understood it correctly, this is done POST release? Sort of a refactor for a better architecture? If so, what do you do about regression testing?

  • ok, please dont get get upset at what I have to say, but I do like your interviews and I think Microsoft is doing stellar work lately. The woman doing the interviewing is very distracting.  The interview is not about her and the content is not so dull that she has to jazz it up somehow. She seems to be acting the role of someone who is interviewing people at Microsoft for channel 9! ( got the same impression when watching the interviews from Microsoft India. Maybe the two regular interviewers do such a great job that everyone else pales in comparison. )

    Your interviews are terrific. You are capturing the creative essence of people who are on the leading edge of commercial computer science. Honestly, you should get an academy award or something.

    -Steve


  • LarsenalLarsenal ready to give an answer

    Just for fun, she writes a computer program to help her son practice his math skills. If that's not geeky, what is?

    Embrace geekiness, kids. In a few years, most of those "cool" kids will be working for you.

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    DenvilleSteve wrote:
    ok, please dont get get upset at what I have to say, but I do like your interviews and I think Microsoft is doing stellar work lately. The woman doing the interviewing is very distracting.  The interview is not about her and the content is not so dull that she has to jazz it up somehow. She seems to be acting the role of someone who is interviewing people at Microsoft for channel 9! ( got the same impression when watching the interviews from Microsoft India. Maybe the two regular interviewers do such a great job that everyone else pales in comparison. 

    Your interviews are terrific. You are capturing the creative essence of people who are on the leading edge of commercial computer science. Honestly, you should get an academy award or something.

    -Steve




    Jennifer has her own style. I think it works nicely. She doesn't beat around the bush!

    We like to have multiple interviewer styles on C9. Thanks for the compliments, though Smiley
  • Larsenal wrote:

    Just for fun, she writes a computer program to help her son practice his math skills. If that's not geeky, what is?

    Embrace geekiness, kids. In a few years, most of those "cool" kids will be working for you.



    I totally agree.. she's a total geek!  Embrace and love your geekiness.  I want my kids to be proud to be geeks.  Geek is not the same as a 'hermit'.  She sounds like a cool geek. 

    Great interview!  Nice to see women in computer science.
  • Hi Steve,

    Jennifer here -- the woman interviewer.  Thanks for your feedback.  I always try and focus on our interviewees and make it all about them, not me.  I remember being interviewed by a person once where I thought he talked too much considering I was the subject of the interview, and thought I had learned my lesson, but maybe not.  I'll work on it.  Promise!

    Cheers, Ritzy

  • I agree with Shoshanna, this "geek" tag, there's no need for it.
    Smiley
  • Hmm, this conversation seems familiar:
    http://forums.topcoder.com/?module=Thread&threadID=509135&start=0&mc=14#526582
  • Jennifer (Ritzy),

    I thought you were great. No need to "work on it".

    Matthew

  • Yes, we did MQ post VS2005 release. This is the first time Developer Division has ever done this, and we had a lot of catching up to do. We used MQ to improve our engineering practice and to get our tools and codebase into a place where all code that gets integrated into our "main" build is ship-quality.
    The core team responsible for managing the MQ release just recently discussed the MQ milestone on Channel9. Here's the link:

    http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=158154

  • Stevan VeselinovicSteve411 Me, all suited up!
    The way the first lady says "Building 41" makes it seem like it's "top-secret-we'll-kill-ya-you-cant-touch-this".

    btw, dont feel bad, you're last name isn't the only one that is long as two hockey sticks.

    ps. We love you too, hehe.
    - Steve
  • her name is hard to pronounce. I she of a Jewish background?

    nice interview
  • Agreed.  I think Jennifer's spunk and energy add to the feel of the videos.  Every video thus far I have enjoyed with her unique style.

    There is no pleasing anybody, and sometimes people will have founded, unfound, or irrational feelings toward personalities.  Oh well.

    I enjoy them, and find them as a nice departure from drab interviews.
  • LaBombaLaBomba Summer
    Shark_M wrote:
    her name is hard to pronounce. I she of a Jewish background?

    nice interview


    it's either polish or macedonian...

    not sure.

    Nice interview btw.

  • Great interview. I'm not sure the whole geek moniker is such a bad thing. Geek used to be a four letter word, now it's a 6 figure word. Jennifer's style is good - but if I hear Charles say the word "Excellent" One more time...
  • You have techy conversations over dinner and you are uncomfortable in social situations? YOU ARE DEFINATLY A GEEK QUIT DENYING IT.
  • dahatdahat inanity makes my head hurt
    Microsoft has a chess club? Quit trying to give me reasons to move from South Dakota!
  • Hi,
    When you guys say dependencies are you talking about library dependencies or do you use some other conotation?
    As I have to use Java in my professional life, I'm using a tool called maven2 that seems to be doing some really slick stuff with project management, dependency management, reporting, testing etc.
    If for Java in the begining there was Ant, later Maven and now Maven2 and Ivy, and if we do the same analogy with .net where there was first nant and now msbuild, I really haven't seen any alternative for a project management tool like maven (PS there's even a plugin for it to compile c# 1.0 code, very plugin-oriented framework) that's command line oriented. I mean I like Team System and all but as I'm not in it's target audience I belive it'd be nice if there's some kind of a open source counterpart to maven2.
  • When we take a dependency in Visual Studio or in the .NET Framework we're doing two things.

    First, we're taking a commitment from a team to deliver a set of features into the product.

    Secondly, we're taking source or binaries from that team and technically integrating it into the product.

    The latter can be expressed in a dependency graph, and there are plenty of tools that we can use to discover static dependencies. The former involves people and needs to be carefully managed. I talked a bit about how DevDiv is using TFS Work Items,which we call our Feature Directory, to track features. Program Managers enter "commitments" on other teams as dependencies in the Feature Directory. We can report on features and look for schedule alignment and misalignment through TFS reporting. But ultimately, we manage feature dependencies by making sure our commitments are aligned.

    Thanks,
    Shoshanna
  • Shoshanna,


    You're Hot!


    eCourtier


  • I would like to submit that Visual Studio NEEDS to support vertical alignment of code statements in markup or code behind for pages.
    Maybe something under the context menu?
     
    i.e. Format Selection in Vertical Alignment of Attributes of Huge Server Control Tag Wink

    Thanks for listening.
    Brian

  • GalapagosNiltchGalapagos​Niltch Mahal Kita ASP.NET 2.0

    I'm with eCourtier on this one, Shoshanna is not difficult to look at.  And she loves developers... I'm getting misty...

    Wink

    GN

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