Elizabeth Gartner .Prem Kumar .Ross Smith


Elizabeth Gartner is a Human Resources professional with public, private, small, and large company HR experience across the US. She currently works at Microsoft as an Ops Program Manager in Global HR Operations assisting with the Nokia integration. Outside of work she rides horses, plays video games, and searches for amazing Seattle restaurants.

Prem Kumar has held several roles in various spaces of the software industry, from customer facing to internal IT, and most recently product management. Prem currently works in the Dynamics Organization at Microsoft. In his spare time he loves to stay active, cheer on Seattle sports teams, and support his favorite charities. Follow Prem on twitter @premkumartweets.

Ross Smith really enjoys getting a paycheck to “play” with software for 25 years now, over 20 at Microsoft. Most of his career has been in testing and QA roles- including Test Architect. Prior to joining Lync/Skype – he spent 17 years in either Windows or Office. He is one of the authors of “The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention” and holds six patents, latest in Nov, 2012. 42projects has aspired to promote cultural change, “bring buzz and laughter to the hallways”.
In December 2011, he was invited to the White House for a discussion on women in STEM. The work of his teams have been mentioned in Fobest, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, PSFK, the American Journal of Play, Harvard Business Review, and the London School of Business.
He has a passion for applying innovative practices to improving software quality.

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by Elizabeth Gartner, Prem Kumar, and Ross Smith

Study the past, if you would divine the future. – Confucius

In Greek mythology, Apollo gave Cassandra the power of prophecy in an effort to win her heart, but when she refused him, he cursed her with the affliction of her predictions to never being believed. Cassandra made many important predictions, including the soldiers hiding in the Trojan horse, but went through life without anyone listening to her predictions.

September 25, 2014
Businesses of all shapes and sizes are currently experiencing changes in the makeup of their workforce – from alterations in the economic landscape, technological advances, globalization, and – for the first time in the U.S. - members of five generations working, living, buying, driving, and aging together with one another.  
July 23, 2013

In Part I, “Be Yourself – Everyone Else Is Taken” - we stressed the importance of embracing your uniqueness on your path to success.

As we experience 21st century demographic and technical transformations in the workplace, one important adjustment that leaders can make is to acknowledge and reward positive deviance – both formally and informally. 

August 15, 2012

Embrace that which makes you different, and use positive deviance as a means to showcase your full potential.

Everyone has individual qualities and life experiences that make them unique and separate them from the crowd. And yet, we often find ourselves tempering our differences in order to fit in…..

Any quality that makes someone different can become an advantage.

June 4, 2012

“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” – George Orwell

When your alarm goes off each morning, and you roll out of bed to schlep off to work, you are entering a community that’s unprecedented in human history (even if it doesn’t feel that way on a Monday).

May 9, 2012

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.  - George Orwell 

Mentee perspective – Ross

 I am 48 years old and started working on software before my mentor, Prem, was born.  Prem’s research on Gen Y was intriguing, particularly his
recommendations around reverse mentoring, and I asked if he would be MY mentor a few years back. 

May 7, 2012