Why Microsoft didn’t love me back

What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learnt as a professional Software Engineer?” Marcus asked shyly.

“And here I was, thinking that I’m the one asking the tough questions” I replied, smiling at him encouragingly.

I was taking a sabbatical from Software Engineering at Google and spending the Fall teaching at the University of Puerto Rico.

Marcus was one of the quietest students in my class and he’d never volunteered to ask a question before. Sometimes, after I’d cracked a joke in class, my eyes would meet his, and…