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    Posted on February 4th, 2011 Andy Parkes No comments

    I had a hard time thinking of a title for this post and I’m not entirely sure if it’s applicable…but it’ll do!

    Yesterday I read a post called

    “Dropping my MVP”

    The post from David Woods who was until very recently an MVP in developer security.

    David isn’t happy with his experience of the MVP program and has decided not accept any further awards.

    Now it’s not actually David’s post that prompted my post. It’s some of the comments made.

    1) “As someone who is trying to get into the MVP program but has not succeeded yet I can’t speak to your comments on that.”

    2) “My observation is that there are people who are professional MVPs; it’s not that they are experts who end up being selected, it’s that they are consultants, writers, and trainers who need the credential as a part of their job.”

    3) “Don’t disagree at all about the MVP; from what I’ve seen it’s way too easy to “game the system”. Do the right things to get the MVP, then just coast for years.”

    I’m just curious to know what other IT Pro’s (and MVPs!) think about the program and similar community recognition.

    I always thought MVP status was something that was awarded to you as a recognition of things you were doing in the community, regardless of any rewards.

    How can you getting into the program be a goal? Something you intentionally seek out?

    Surely that would be like me working towards becoming an MBE?

    This isn’t in anyway belittling the MVP program or the people on it as this isn’t what its about. You can swap out MVP for any other community recognition award.

    I’ve met lots of MVPs and they work they do is fantastic. The amount of their own time, money, blood, sweat and tears (etc) they put into community participation just because they want to should be commended.

    I’m very interested to get other peoples thoughts on this. Do you look at any work you do for the IT community with your CV/Status/Image/etc in mind? or is it just a happy consequence of something you’d be doing anyway?

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    Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. He is also Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013 and coordinates AMITPRO which is a peer group for IT Professionals in the Midlands area. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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