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12 September 2005


Simon Phipps

You are too kind - we all run out of patience eventually, if people keep on shunning us. Danese finally ran out of patience this year and went to Intel, and I have had my moments in the recent past - but like Bob I've currently got a position where I can influence things for the better.

You are totally correct about executive time. One of the things that makes Jonathan Schwartz a great leader at Sun is he is always available - I know I can get his attention with just an e-mail, he makes a real effort for that to be the case. That's the absolute key to cluefulness in a corporation. I'll not name any of the execs for whom that is not true, but as you are aware it's not common!

Jeffrey S. Haemer

Nice post, Stephe. Sounds exactly like the guy I know.


I miss running into you in the hallways and having impromptu chats. I agree with you that the patience of Job is a necessary skill at MS, especially when trying to convince anyone of the "hidden" value of openness.

Jason Matusow

After working with Stephen, and having him act as a mentor of sorts, for a number of years on this topic I was sorry to see Eric's posting. Eric has never been one to worry too much about facts or getting the story straight when it comes to Microsoft.

Stephen made a difference during his time at Microsoft, and was the motivating factor that allowed us to put our toe in the water on collabdev projects. The challenge any large organization faces is to understand what the lessons learned from a pilot effort are, and how to internalize those lessons. Stephen's work on those three projects has people all over the company thinking more aggressively about how source code sharing and collaboration can make a difference.

While I would not classify our work in the collabdev space as nimble, nor rapid resonse, I would say that the end result will be both thorough and compelling. In no small part because of the ground broken by Stephen's efforts.



Thank you, gentlemen, for the kind words. It is much appreciated.

Rod Walli

I have always enjoyed doing the "impossible" as I am usally alone on the project. Nice to learn about your work.

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