Something rotten at the Microsoft Convention



  • <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Actors:</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Joe:                  Manager of Marketing Business Unit A </font>

    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Mark:               Manager of Marketing Business Unit B / Graphic Designer</font>

    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Candace:          Part Time Graphic Designer</font>

    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">James:              One underpaid web developer</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">[The great idea]</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Candace:   “Hey everyone I just picked up a new XBOX 360 for a contest that Joe wants to have.  We are going to give it away at the Microsoft Vista launch .  All we have to do is build a contest form on the website.”</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">James:  “Ok I will create a simple contest system for our public internet site.</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">[In the afternoon]</font>

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    <font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Mark:  “Wow… that is a great idea why don’t we do that with a PS3 to generate some more leads for business unit B”   </font></font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">James: “hmm.  I guess I can make a generic contest system, complete with reports and everything.   That shouldn’t be too hard.  I’ll have it done in two days just send me the images and the contest rules. ”</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">[The next day]</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Mark:  “Here are all the images and text you requested James”</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">James:  “Thanks.  Give me a bit and I’ll have the contest form done!”</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">[Development complete]</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">James:  “Here you go the contest system is complete. Please test it”</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Mark:   “The contest works well. Lets start to get some leads.  I already picked up the PS3 system. “</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">[PS3 contest launches and is a great success]</font>

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    <font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">James:  “Hey Candace, do you have the images done yet for the contest form?”  </font></font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Candace:  “Yeah but I’m still waiting for approval from Joe”</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">James: “Ok I have made a copy of the PS3 contest and put them in the XBOX360 folder.  All you have to do is replace the images and let me know if you want to capture any extra data”</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Candace: ”This is great work.  Thanks James!”</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">[3 days later]</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">[THE MICROSOFT VISTA LAUNCH CONVENTION]</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Joe:   “Welcome everyone we are having a contest where you can win an XBOX 360 all you have to do is go to this link  “</font>

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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Everyone:  “WOW we can win a PS3!”</font>



  • They forgot to change the images?



  • Yes,  

    They never even managed the project or checked to see if it was working before instructing everyone to visit the website.

    Furthermore as a MS gold certified partner that was very politically incorrect :)



  • Kinda like the iPod offered as a prize by the contact agency to contract staff working at MS, including those working on Zune...


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