This was easily one of the most enjoyable interviews I've gotten to conduct since arriving at Channel 9.
I had been wanting to interview Peter Provost
for some time, and finally got the chance a few days ago. He brought a friend of his along,
, and we chatted about how
the patterns and practices group at Microsoft
was born, as well as how it operates.
Really, I went into this looking for a fun afternoon, interviewing an old friend, but as the interview progressed, I became more and more interested. The work they do is absolutely unique - the process sounds complicated from the outside, but they seemed to
have little difficulty explaining how it all works.
At the end, we go for a brief tour of their offices, which is quite a bit more interesting than you'd think.
As for why I call them "A Team of Thieves" - just pay attention to how they started the group and turned it into a success through sheer force of will.
I've never heard another story like it. It's the kind of thing you'd expect to see in Dilbert.
some noise at points throughout the video, and I apologize for that, but we were recording in an office during normal work hours, and weren't sure how the execs would feel if we shut down the entire building to get some peace and quiet during
The information is worth it, though. These people have truly fascinating jobs...