So long Exchange, hello Exchange

I haven't been blogging much recently, and there's a reason for that. Omar's recent post reminded me that I needed to blog this. I'm changing jobs... Starting in a couple of weeks, I will no longer be a program manager in Exchange. Instead, I will be the release manager for Exchange, which is a funky kind of program manager. Rather than owning a feature or a component area, I will 'own' the processes through which we develop the product and the overall schedule, and my arse is on the line for the success of the entire product.

If you've read Paul Thurrott's in-depth look at shipping windows server, I will be the Todd Wanke for Exchange. He summed it up pretty well: "My job is to manage the day-to-day operations with regards to shipping Windows," he said. "I'm responsible for 8000 to 10,000 developers, program managers, and testers, and I have to make sure they're doing the right things every day." Although to that I would clarify that the release manager is also responsible for making that those developers, PMs and testers have certain roadblocks cleared so that they can do their jobs every day. For example, some of the things that I will be helping "coordinate"[1] in this role involve the build & build verification tests, automated tools we run on our code, test automation efforts across the team, localization, security, internal partner relationships like Windows & Outlook, getting into dogfood, etc. Like most roles in software development, the responsibilities morph at different stages of the product, and I've only scratched the surface in my description.

I've been fascinated by software development projects ever since I started working at Microsoft (I've blogged about it before), so this is a great opportunity to be involved in the entire process from end to end. I am seriously stoked. Although I really enjoy my current job and I absolutely love working with Exchange communities, this is an exciting new challenge for me; I'll be able to get a running start due to my existing skills, but I will also have many opportunities to grow in new ways.

So I will be finding someone else to manage the Exchange blog and the other projects I've been working on (like the user group project I've alluded to a couple of times). I'll keep writing this blog, but someone else will be taking care of my other baby.

I'll still be at Tech-Ed next week and I am really looking forward to it, my last conference was MEC 2002 so it's been a while for me. The Exchange team has a lot of great announcements coming at Tech-Ed - I'll talk about them more next week.

[1] Yeah I know it sounds foofy - "leverage" "coordinate" "synergy" etc. But that's just the vocab... it's not easy, and somebody's gotta do it.

Comments (12)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Today is the third anniversary of my first blog post. A whole lot has happened (and been blogged) in…

  2. Margery Spears says:

    Congratulations, and good luck!I’m sure you’ll do a terrific job!

  3. Jonathan Hardwick [MSFT] says:

    Way to go! Are you going to have some training in herding cats before starting the new job? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Roady [MVP-Outlook] says:

    Wow! Great job! Does this mean we can (de)bug you even more? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Jeff Corey says:

    Congrats, KC…..I hope you are getting a raise along with the added responsibilities!

    Jeff Corey

  6. Larry Osterman says:

    My condolences KC ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s an amazing opportunity, I wish you the best of luck in it, I know you’ll do an amazing job at it.

  7. KC, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve moving, but I know you’ll do a dynamite job as the release manager. Don’t forget to pack your bullwhip, chair, and golden lasso.

  8. Kevinm says:

    Does this mean you will be Davids Boss?

  9. Benjamin Mateos says:

    Congrats ! Now you are going to be way more bussy, then.

    Make sure your QOL (Quality Of Life) is not affected !.

    And now probably you are going to travel a lot.

    Hi from Spain.


  10. Amanda Murphy says:

    Congrads KC! That is awesome. I know you will do a fabulous job and it makes me happy (an Exchange user) that someone like you will be having such an impact on future releases. I know there will be great things to come.

  11. adam says:


    Hope the new job goes well and Im sure you’ll keep us all updated ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Neal says:

    You go gurl !!! ๐Ÿ˜›

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