Finally revealed!!! The secret criteria for the Microsoft MVP Award!!

March 20, 2007 at 8:32 pm 21 comments

Ok, this may be my last post for a little while on anything explicitly MVP as that is not the point of this blog.  But, on the heals of the MVP summit, I’ve decided it’s finally time to come clean on the “official” criteria for the MVP Award program.  I’ve revealed these super TOP SECRET criteria only privately to some of the MVP’s in the past, but at some urging and with tongue firmly planted in cheek, I give you the following.

Before proceeding, please put on your best Jeff Foxworthy voice…now, here goes:

  • If you have more computers than rooms in your house…you might be an MVP
  • If your family members learn about your life from your blog…you might be an MVP
  • If you’ve ever synchronized your smartphone in a bathroom…you might be an MVP
  • If you don’t think of Starbucks when someone says to meet you in the coffeehouse…you might be an MVP (only MVP’s will get this)
  • If you’ve ever been introduced at a party by your online name…you might be an MVP
  • If you’ve ever “thrown down” in a bar over which developer language is the best…you might be an MVP
  • If you plan your day around wireless hotspots…you might be an MVP
  • If your wardrobe prominently features computer industry logos…you might be an MVP
  • If your spouse gets jealous of your laptop…you might be an MVP
  • If you spent more money on hardware than the car you drive…you might be an MVP
  • If you can quote a KB article, but have no idea who won the last season of Survivor…you might be an MVP

🙂  hope you enjoy and thanks to all the MVP’s and Microsoft personnel that made this years MVP Summit the most interactive summit ever with over 1700 MVP’s and over 1000 Microsoft personnel involved.

If you’d like a little more formal take the program and background, read here.


ps…for the record, 7 of 11 apply to me (if you substitute BBQs for Hardware on one – well, not quite, but disturbingly close enough!!)

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21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Corrine  |  March 21, 2007 at 3:58 am

    So that is why I was awarded Microsoft MVP. Thanks for providing the criteria. 🙂

  • 2. Kathleen Anderson  |  March 21, 2007 at 5:41 am

    That is too funny – and true 🙂

  • 3. Uschi Eilers  |  March 21, 2007 at 7:15 am

    Hi Sean,
    very funny and true. I think, you wrote about myself. I’ll blog this criterias in my German Blog, to let people really know, what MVP means 😉

    Thank you and your Team for the great days in Seattle and Redmond, I’ll will come back next year, if…. 😉

    Greetings from Germany

  • 4. Donna Buenaventura  |  March 21, 2007 at 10:59 am

    4 out of 11 apply to me. I know who’s the sole survivor! 😀

  • 5. Kari O'Driscoll  |  March 23, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Hmmm, I prefer to substitute the barbecue for computer in several of these, but I must say, since this blog was started you’ve become much more MVP-ish. 😉

  • 6. Arie  |  March 24, 2007 at 1:21 am

    You might be an MVP if….

    Your wife communicates with you through your blog 😉

  • 7. Sean ODriscoll  |  March 24, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    points to Arie on this…you are right:)

  • 8. Susan  |  March 25, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    Haha, so true. 😉

    Thank you and MS for a wonderful time at the 2007 Summit, and hope to return again next year. 😀

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  • 10. SSA  |  April 3, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Interesting post! I really enjoyed reading it.



  • 12. Joe Brinkman  |  April 8, 2007 at 3:40 am

    If you send people to flickr instead of opening your wallet to show them pictures of your kids…. You might be an MVP.

  • 13. nabadi  |  April 9, 2007 at 11:17 am

    are you enjoying with kidding people ? is this your awarded persons might smile your criteria but 4 other side we dont

  • 14. Marius Bancila  |  April 12, 2007 at 12:31 am

    Well, I just realized why I’m an MVP: I’ve been introduced to a party by my online name, my girlfriend is sometimes jealous on my laptop, my wardrobe features computer industry logos. 😉

    Great criteria, Sean! :))

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  • 19. Don't Panic!  |  April 17, 2007 at 9:34 am

    If you wear clothing designed for your computing needs… you might be an MVP.

    Had a great time in Redmond Sean.

  • 20. Roger  |  April 20, 2007 at 6:33 am

    If you lost your virginity at 25 … you might be an MVP.

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