I had many conversations over the past couple of weeks trying to explain what it is that I do these days at Microsoft as a Product Marketing Manager. And you know what? It's hard to explain as it was for my manager when I asked him to explain what a typical PMM day looks like. The best way I can put it is that it's very different from a developer role but these developer skills are invaluable in doing what we do. My goal is to more or less work with the engineering teams, PMs and other marketing teams to …[read more]
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That's the start of a new series - tagged '#RandomThougts'. As the tag implies, these will contain short, random thoughts about work, life, and various observations. My hope is to write at least once per day and hopefully, you'll find them useful. If nothing else, it will definitely be an interesting personal experiment. Enough with the fluff in the intro These past 2 weeks have been equally exciting and frustrating. I got to work at Ignite running a few booths and making sure that our staff and attendees got the best out of the conference. Then a flight out …[read more]
It's time for that new chapter! This July, the Matskas family will be moving to Seattle, WA, where I'll be taking on my new role at Microsoft as the new Product Marketing Manager for Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin, Visual Studio for Mac and game dev tooling (Unity et al). After 2 years, 4 months and 22 days (who's counting?) as a Premier Field Engineer in the UK, I'm really excited as I transition to my new role. My PFE days The PFE role has been an amazing ride, don't get me wrong! It's given me the platform to learn …[read more]
It's been a full year since I joined Microsoft as a Premier Field Engineer (PFE). As I sit in my hotel room preparing for my session tomorrow, I thought that I should take some time to give my 1-year retrospective and explain what it is that I do in my team. Before I start, I want to say a special thanks to my wife and kids for being so understanding and supportive. My wife is the real hero holding everything together and looking after our 2 young daughters as I travel up and down the UK with work visiting customers …[read more]
If the title isn't clear enough, then let me clarify. On March 7th, I'll be joining Microsoft as a Senior Premier Field Engineer on the Azure team! The news couldn't be more exciting, exhilarating and scary at the same time. But let's rewind a little bit. A bit of history I've been working as a software developer for over 12 years. During these years, I was in a permanent role for 7 of them, before becoming a contractor/consultant/one-man band. The first part of my career was all about building my knowledge and experience. I've worked with some really …[read more]