I had a very interesting discussion with a guy from NetApp at the E14 Airlift last week about the Board process for attaining MCA status, and how rigorous, fair, subjective or not, the process may be. It made me have a think about it too and I sent back an email which I'm using as the basis of this post, as I hope it's useful info for anyone contemplating the Board.
First off, if you have no idea what the Board I'm referring to is about or what MCA is then take a look at this site and read through that first.
To try and answer the most common questions I get;
So a brief intro to the Board process. I really do enjoy sitting on the Board. The hardest part for me is telling people they didn't pass, so I always try to give solid and constructive feedback to help them next time round. None of us are too proud to learn, I learn something new about Exchange every day, and I've been doing this thing for 10+ years. That's what I love about it. That and the little yellow envelope in my taskbar. Hello, my name is Greg and I'm addicted to email.
Any questions or if you want to hear about any other aspects of the Board, just ask...
Thanks for that Greg.. at least I can think I have a fighting chance at the solutions one. I need to work on some of the competencies but at least there is a goal
So whats the procedure for someonne with an MCM exchange to apply and schedule for the board? Is there a minimum amount of time one needs to wait to attempt the board after getting the MCM?
Hi JC, there is no minimum waiting period. We used to run the Boards at the end of each training rotation but stopped doing that as it made it hard to people to schedule their travel, not knowing whether they would be able to take the Board or not, depending on the result of the training....
Now the only waiting period is between the training and the next scheduled Board (we run them regularly throughout the year). The next are likely to be in the summer.
For you JC, just email me. and I can fix you up. Given you have your MCM already and I know who you are, I can help you prepare and apply. :-)