The MCM Experience
But one of the things you quickly notice when you talk to actual MCMs is that they possess incredible esprit de corps. Three weeks in the classroom may be difficult, time consuming, and expensive, but it is apparently also one heck of an awesome bonding experience as well. One of the things I heard from every MCM I talked to was how much they enjoyed the training, how strongly they bonded with their classmates and instructor, and how much they’d learned by working their way through the mountain of labs and materials presented to them during that period. Because two of the MCMs I talked to were Microsoft employees at the time of our conversation (but not, I hasten to observe, at the time they earned their MCMs), it isn’t out of line to suggest that the MCM has provided fertile ground for Microsoft’s own staff development as well.