Interview with a PM Leaving MicrosoftNews ·
Mary-Jo Foley has an interesting interview with Hamilton Verissimo, the founder of the open-source Castle Project, who has been a PM in the .NET Fx team.
He tells about his frustration about the company. Of course, the interview is one-sided but it does pull the veil on the internal working of Microsoft company, which I always found instructive.
He reveals, for instance, that in his opinion, Microsoft follows a very waterfall process and that a small fraction of the resource (i.e. development team time) is spent actually creating new code.
As I said, the interview is one-sided and it was obvious from the get go that Verissimo was incompatible with Microsoft’s culture. It might just be a cultural shock from somebody used to work in start-ups facing the structure of a massive company. Nevertheless, the comments are interesting to read.