//On being offered MVP status

On being offered MVP status

Back when the MVP program first started, I was a developer at American Express.  I was writing code in VB1 and VB2, and the forum was on Compuserve.

I answered questions regularly, and earned an MVP award.  I kept it up, and remained a VB MVP for three years.  Then, when the dot-com explosion came, I stepped out and took my shot, first at fine.com and then at Acadio.com (which I co-founded).  I simply didn’t have time to participate in the forums, although I did miss the interaction.

Earlier this year, I started to contribute again to the newsgroups, this time to the C# forums.  It is fun and I enjoy it.  I also applied to work at Microsoft.  The dot-com bust had crushed my former employers and I had grown tired of the politics surrounding the government-sector consulting that I was doing. 

Well, Microsoft took me on, and I’ve been with one of the IT groups for a number of months now.  However, I did not reveal this fact on the forums.  I didn’t want folks asking me questions about their MSDN accounts, or asking me to justify a language feature in C#.  Microsoft is a big place. 

However, I got a call about a week ago.  Apparently, I had been nominated for MVP in C#.  What an honor!  However, since I was an employee of Microsoft on the day I was nominated, I had to refuse.  Microsoft employees are not eligible for this award.

Such is life. 

But it is time to reveal my employer.  So from now on, my signature line on the newsgroups will have the characters [MSFT]. 

Let’s see if I start getting the PSS questions…

By |2004-12-21T06:53:00+00:00December 21st, 2004|Enterprise Architecture|4 Comments

About the Author:

President of Vanguard EA, an Enterprise Architecture consulting firm in Seattle focused on the Pacific coast of the US. Nick has over 30 years of professional experience in management, systems, and technology. He is the co-author of the influential paper "Perspectives on Enterprise Architecture" with Dr. Brian Cameron that effectively defined modern Enterprise Architecture practices, and he is frequent speaker at public gatherings on Enterprise Architecture and related topics. He coauthored a book on Visual Storytelling with Martin Sykes and Mark West titled "Stories That Move Mountains".

4 Comments

  1. Addy Santo December 21, 2004 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Hah, that must have been quite an ego booster 🙂 Anyway, congrats and keep up the good work!

  2. Denny December 21, 2004 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Here’s hoping no dopes try and make a flame about your "undercover" work 🙂

  3. Paul Clement (VB MVP) December 23, 2004 at 5:18 am - Reply

    >>Back when the MVP program first started, I was a developer at American Express. I was writing code in VB1 and VB2, and the forum was on Compuserve.<<

    Now that seems like ages ago. Remember the ’95 MVP Developer Summit?

  4. Nick December 23, 2004 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Hi Paul,

    Yes, it has been a long time. I remember the summit, although I couldn’t spend much time there, because my wife had just come in to town the day before, and I hadn’t seen her in three months!

    The computing world is very different now… but we are still here.

    send me e-mail. I’d like to catch up.

    nickmalik at hotmail

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