[This email uses the word fab too many times]
I am just back from a fab “two centre holiday”.
- First up was Cumbria, mainly the fells rather than the lakes. Absolutely beautiful. Rained every day :-)
- Next up was the North York Moors. Absolutely beautiful. Rained every day :-)
Definitely recommend the format – although maybe with less rain :-)
Which brings me to my change of job which started this week (Aug 2010).
The last two years were fab
Back in July 2008 I switched from being an ISV Architect Evangelist to a Developer Evangelist in Microsoft UK working with the UK developer community. I have had a fab two years working with Mike and Mike on the frontline of community evangelism in the UK - plus lots of other folks who joined/merged with/left/managed the team during those two years. But it was Mike and Mike who were the constants for me throughout and from whom I learnt a lot and shared the ups and the downs.
However the highlight for me throughout the two years was by and far working with the none MS folks – be they authors for the MSDN Flash articles and the Windows Azure eBook, User Group leads, regular attendees at events or even simply faceless sparring partners over twitter. They are all simply fab and were a huge factor in keeping the job fun whilst we actually were going through a lot of tough changes internally. I am tempted to name them all here but I always fear that I will miss someone obvious out and the guilt will stick with me for weeks :-) Hence – if you think I mean you, then I do! :-)
The future will also be fab
I am now back in the ISV team but doing something very different this time around. The cunning plan (with no details yet!) is to take the skills and lessons I learnt from the last two years doing broad reach evangelism, mix them up with my deep knowledge of the ISV space and make a positive difference to the large numbers of ISVs in the UK who are navigating our technology without the aid of a seatbelt (i.e. without an assigned ISV Architect Evangelist). It sounds…. let me think of a word…. ah… got it…. it sounds fab.
P.S. What do you think FAB really stood for in Thunderbirds? I tend to believe it was "Fully Acknowledged Broadcast”.