MVP Summit 2008 Notes, Comments and Pictures

That probably wasn’t a good title for this blog post since all the good stuff that was shown is covered by a Non-Disclosure agreement.  So given that caveat, all I can really say about the future of TFS is “Wow!”   The team has done a fantastic job moving the product forward and there is a lot of value waiting to be released upon the world.  As we get the “green-light” to talk about these new items, I’ll be able to post more.

Since that’s all I can really say about the content I’ll have to talk about the people and places.  That will also give me a chance to show off my new photography gear…

First off, here’s a picture of Brian Randell taking a picture.

And here’s a picture of Brian Randell checking his picture of Gert Drapers…see a pattern?  I have plenty more, but you get the idea.  😉


Here’s what it looks like when you give a bunch of MVPs 3-minutes to get their lunch…there wasn’t even any pushing or shoving…go figure!




Here’s a couple of picture of the space needle taken from my hotel room on the 41st floor of the Seattle Westin.  If you have to work from Seattle, it’s nice to have this kind of view just beyond your laptop.






Our Canadian friends were passing out Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 hockey pucks to anyone and everyone.  They had a few “special” MVP branded pucks that would earn you a really sweet Canadian MVP hockey jersey.  Here’s a picture of the complete set of pucks.  Thanks to Paul Hacker and Eugene Z for letting me borrow theirs for the picture.


And last but not least, here’s a picture of some of the Team System MVPs and Microsoft Team members after a discussion about how Microsoft is implementing TFS internally.  This picture doesn’t show all the MVPs as some had flights out earlier in the day.  If you want a full size copy(~6mb), just click on the picture.


Here’s the run-down from left to right:
Eugene Zakhareyev, Me, Sin Min Lee, Paul Hacker, Neno Loje, Willy-Peter Schaub, Grant Holliday (back), Chuck Sterling (foot out), Ed Blankenship (hang-over), Wes MacDonald (wearing spiffy Canadian hockey jersey), Dave McKinstry, Luis Fraille, Joe Schwetz (Principal Group Mgr – TFS), Tiago Pascoal, Marcelo Hideaki Azuma

If I’ve butchered your name or just plain got it wrong, please let me know so that I can fix it. 🙂