Respect for Marketing
Even in my short time at Microsoft so far, I’ve have already learned a *ton* from marketing. Of course, I’m working with lots of marketing folks as we get closer to the PDC. Because of my role, I have to worry about what’s good for the developer. Marketing guys, on the other hand, have to balance that with what’s good for the administrator, what’s good for the user, what’s good for the company, what’s good for the shareholders and what’s good for a bunch of other folks I don’t even know about. And, they have to do it for all of the streams of information coming out of the company, which now includes lots of informal streams like newsgroups, message boards, user group talks and blogs. Anyone that can balance all of these folks and still get developers what they need has my unabashed respect.