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Decoding Program Management at Microsoft: Landing the Job and What to Expect After

  • 21 Oct 2009
  • 5:30 PM - 8:29 PM
  • Starbucks Support Center


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michael_crop.jpgIf you have ever wondered what it is like to be a program manager at Microsoft, this is your opportunity to find out. Michael Surkan will share his experiences as a program manager in the Windows division at Microsoft, talking about what it takes to deliver software products at one of the biggest software firms in the world. He will talk about what makes the program management role at Microsoft is unique, and what kinds of challenges PMs face. Michael will also discuss what Microsoft hiring managers look for in program managers, and what types of questions are asked in interviews.

Michael Surkan has worked in IT for 20 years. He was an IT manager, and an lab director at PC Week Labs, conducting technology product reviews and analyses. Until July, Michael worked at Microsoft for 9 years working in product and program management. He was a program manager in the networking group of the Windows division, responsible for such technologies as the Windows Firewall and IPv6. Recently, Michael has been sharing the things he has learned from his career on his blog, and to groups like this one. He is also conducting research on what long term impacts the recession might have on the IT industry.

Slides, Video link
Here are slides from Michael's presentation, and a link to a video of the presentation.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

  • 5:30-7pm: Registration, networking, and dinner
  • 7-8:30pm: Presentation, Q&A, and networking

Starbucks Support Center (map)
Mezza Cafe Conference Room - Third Floor
2401 Utah Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
Free parking in the lot in front of Starbucks/Sears.

Registration Policies

  • We accept reservations up to and including the day of the meeting.
  • Only cash and checks are accepted at the door of the event.
  • We gladly take cancellations up to the 3rd day before the meeting.
  • For paid meetings, no-shows will be charged.


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