Jan 27, 2021 • 46M

[LISTEN] 088. Planning the Most Important Windows Ever

"There is no more important project at Microsoft. There's no more important software project in the world. —BillG speaking at the Windows 7 Vision meeting July 27, 2007

 
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Personal stories and lessons from inside the rise and fall of the PC revolution as narrated by the author.

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One of the biggest challenges in leading a big team is that nothing ever seems to finish—there’s always more to building a team. Even at milestones, one looks ahead and sees more work to do. In the first few months I had been working on Windows so far, we re-organized the team in a huge way and shipped Windows Vista, only to then have to figure out how to plan a product release with this entirely new organization, while building an improved engineering culture. The planning work began in earnest in December 2006 and concluded July 2007. This is the story of those months and what it was like and what management tools we used to develop a product plan for what would become Windows 7.