Studying weblogs at Microsoft: sampling by location
After two weeks of interviewing I started to feel familiar and confident at Microsoft Campus at Redmond – knowing how much time is would take to one or another building, developing a classification of parking spaces, learning when it’s time to change lanes to take a turn and finding my own favorites (RedWest, without any doubt).
Inside buildings it’s not that easy as well – most of them are not linear (hallo, semilattice :), so finding the right room may be a challenge. The indicators are not straightforward: you follow one that indicates the directions to the room you need to find out that the number is not on the next one. I’ve learnt not to panic and to follow the most obvious route instead – usually the right number appears on the next panel (after trial and error I found out that those routes are not the shortest, but at least they lead you where you want to go).
Last week I caught myself feeling that I do something goof for the study each time I have an appointment in a building I haven't been before. I guess it has something to do with sampling – different building means someone from the group I haven't been talking before – more diversity...