Yesterday I received it. The “Congratulations 2013 Microsoft MVP!” email. And I must say…I felt relieved.
Last year I received the MVP award for the first time so it was my first full year as MVP. In the beginning it felt strange…What Now? What do they expect of me? But later I realized that I should just continue doing what I was doing already. That was how I got awarded isn’t it?
It is nice to be an MVP. You get all kinds of extra’s from Microsoft (MSDN + TechNet) and, as my fellow VS ALM MVP Tarun Arora describes, from other companies.
Besides the benefits it is nice to be part of a group that shares the same passion. Fellow MVP’s but also the guys from the VS ALM Product Team.
But it was only after I visited the Global MVP Summit in February that made me realize that I wanted to stay a MVP. The summit was really great. Meeting up with all the people you know from twitter and blogs and talking about the product.
So, as I said, I felt relieved when the email popped in.
To become a MVP is quite hard. And it necessary to be supported by the right people. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank my company Delta-N, and especially Roderick Schoon and Marcel Timmers, who made it possible for me to “be visible” in the community. Besides them, I would like to thank my colleagues Jasper Gilhuis, Mark van den Berg and Fokko Veegens for being such great ALM colleagues. Their ideas, inspiration, hard work and feedback makes it great to go to work every day and continue work in this great area of Application Lifecycle Management.
Finally, thank you, the reader of this blog. The growing number of visits every day makes it worthwhile to continue my work on this blog. Keep posted !