(Yep, they added Credly badges this year.)
If one of the goals of the Microsoft MVP program was to build a crazy enthusiastic community of experts, marketers, evangelists, community leads, feedback conduits, and more, I’d say they’ve been successful. The Microsoft tech community continues to grow year over year and the momentum created by folks (MVPs, Microsoft employees, and lots of other folks…) brings all sorts of great content to learn from.
Do other technical communities have similar programs? Salesforce, Workday, Service Now, or others? (I’m legitimately asking and curious…Respond in comments if you know of other programs)
If you follow the Microsoft technical community on pretty much any social media platform, you likely saw the flurry of “excited, humbled, grateful, and honored” posts that coincided with the annual re-award cycle. New “MVPs” are awarded and announced throughout the year, but July 1st (or thereabouts) is when existing MVP award winners hear whether or not they’ve been re-awarded for another year – hence the flooding of your threads. (sorry)
Grateful and Honored
I am also honored to be re-awarded this year. I continue to work in the M365, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and Microsoft Lists spaces – but am also working to get a larger foothold in the Power Platform and Power Apps space as well. My favorite space is in the bridge between the two communities and platforms helping folks established in M365 expand their capabilities with Power Apps. There’s an interesting combination of a huge existing (M365) community using Lists and a dramatically expanded set of technical capabilities that come with the Power Platform that I love to share.
Notes and Expectations
With every year comes a number of “How to become and MVP” posts. Many are good intros and roadmaps for how to be good community contributors and leaders. It is important to remember, however, that following anyone’s guidance is not a guarantee to an MVP Award. The process remains subjective – there is no sure-fire recipe that equals a slam dunk award. I’m not saying this to dissuade anyone – far be it. I’m 100% supportive of anyone contributing in any way they can. I merely want to set expectations appropriately.
With that in mind, if you see something, say something. Wait… that’s not right… 😉 If you see folks doing awesome things in the community, please let folks know. We are as eager as you to identify and recognize them. Pull those Microsoft folks or MVPs aside and let us know who’s rocking it as these are the ones that can nominate people to be considered for the MVP award.
Each year there are also folks that aren’t re-awarded for one reason or another. And while this change of award status can come with a sense of loss it also puts a spotlight on the relationships that are formed. Relationships often grow beyond just a collection of geeky content contributors. There are connections, partnerships, networks, and friendships that form and last well beyond the MVP program (not to mention even a few marriages) and our time as MVPs. So, when that time has ended and award years lapse, as it will eventually for all of us – either temporarily (plenty of folks get re-awarded later) or permanently as our careers and priorities change, be sure to reflect on all the great stuff they have contributed over the years. Thanks to all MVPs, current and alumni.