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Interview with Wally Mead – Part 1

Over the last several months I’ve developed a relationship with Wally Mead. Wally is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft where he works with the System Center Configuration Manager product team. He handled a bug report that I submitted about SCCM (here and here…bug was fixed in SP1) and we connected offline afterwards. He had seen in the bug submission that I work for Campus Crusade for Christ, and he has had interaction with CCC in the past.

This week Wally has been in Orlando at Tech-Ed, so I invited him to come out and let me take him on a tour of CCC’s headquarters. After the tour we sat down and Wally allowed me to interview him. Below is the first portion of the interview. I will post parts 2 and 3 sometime next week.

I’d like to also offer a public thank you to Wally for taking the time to sit down with me. It was a very enjoyable time, and if Chris ends up coming to UCF, I look forward to seeing you more often!

Another thing…who else would you like to see interviewed? Let me know on that page and I’ll see what I can do.


Part 2 of the interview is live now…

[Update 6-22-08: It was brought to my attention in the comments below that if you don’t have the Adobe Flash Plugin on your computer, you will not see the audio player that is just below the “Enjoy!” line. You can get it here if you don’t already have it.]

June 13, 2008 - Posted by | ConfigMgr, interviews, Jesus, kids, life, music, sports


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  2. I love Wally!

    I’m such a dork, I’d have never considered asking anything other than technical questions. I’m more machine than man now…

    Comment by Brian Mason | June 13, 2008

  3. I think many people listening to this are nerds/geeks. :-)

    I have to agree with Brian, it is refeshing to hear the personal side of Wally. Go thinking Jarvis!

    Comment by Garth Jones | June 13, 2008

  4. Thanks for this Jarvis and Wally!

    Comment by Natalie | June 13, 2008

  5. This is awesome! Thanks to both of you!

    Comment by Manoj Shah | June 16, 2008

  6. This is probably a dumb question, but where’s the link to the sound of the interview? (or video or text). I’ve tried everything on parts 1 and 2 and can’t find it…

    Comment by Paul Thomsen | June 22, 2008

  7. Hey Paul…not a dumb question at all. My guess is that you don’t have Adobe Flash on your computer. Just below the “Enjoy!” line in this post is a little flash player. It has an image of a speaker and a triangle to play the audio. If you don’t see it, it is probably because of not having flash. If you do have flash and don’t see it, let me know and I’ll do some more troubleshooting for you.

    Comment by Jarvis | June 22, 2008

  8. I agree it must be Flash problem, now that I know where to find the right link. But no matter what I tried, I couldn’t get it to work. Another computer ran it fine (though the sound wasn’t as good as my main home machine).

    Great interview! I’ve known Wally a long time but wanted to know more and learned a few interesting bits here. It’s certainly a fun interview. Very wide ranging, classic interview. A bit of religious topics, but that’s cool. Everyone in the SMS community should check it out!

    Where’s part 3?!

    Comment by Paul Thomsen | June 22, 2008

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