You came to a new team from an academic world having zero industrial experience.
Alexander Serebriansky

Interesting that your takeway is that I was bad at my job. Incidentally, the product did quite well back then, and is still doing well today. People who work on the product today thanked me for my hard work. They said the product would not have survived without me. In fact, that’s why I got negative feedback from other teams: they didn’t want my product to succeed. I got positive feedback from my own devs: they appreciated the structure that I brought to the team.

Btw, I had industry jobs before academia. It usually takes 6–12 months to be productive at Microsoft as an industry hire. I was productive within my first month.

The fact that you think men in this situation would have gotten the same feedback shows that you really don’t get that there’s a problem. There are number of studies that show that women are twice as likely to get negative feedback on their personality. People reading a story about a person at work and their actions are more likely to call the person “assertive” and “direct” if the story is about a man. If they change the name to a woman, she is “pushy” and “out for herself.”

Overall, your response makes a lot of assumptions. Did the article make you defensive? Do you think perhaps you could do more to create an inclusive culture in tech?

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