18 weeks and 735 emails ago, Gianpaolo green-lighted my involvement on an Andrew Coates flight of fancy: What if we gave every paid delegate of TechEd a Netbook running Windows 7? Ideas are easy, implementation is hard.
By involvement read â€œProject Managementâ€. And, oh what a wonderful ride it has been.
18 weeks of discussions, negotiations and thought. Wrapping your mind around all the side, non-technical implications has taken the last 18 weeks to contract signature.
People management, Finance policy, legal agreements, terms+conditions, understanding internal policies. The funny thing is that Iâ€™ve done all this before during the last 3 years of my Adobe sales management life. The internal Microsoft â€œstuffâ€ was just my previous Adobe experience, with a different consequence.
Big thanks to Jorke Odolphi for being my sounding board. A calm shoulder to cry on. And thinking of things I didnâ€™t anticipate. Thanks, Jorke!
What is new is the Project Management aspect. Technical Integration is going to be relatively easy: 2000+ high quality Netbooks with Windows 7 is a doddle. Jeff Alexander is taking point on the image build. David Haysom and David Connors are the logistics and install team leads.
Project Management not so much of a doddle. David Haysom will assist here. Right, David?
The funnest part of this project begins now: one aspect is the logistics of getting 58 palettes of Netbooks loaded for the TechEd delegates.
The other major aspect is what happens with the Netbooks. Here, itâ€™s the Microsoft community aspect: what can we do, as a Microsoft community?