One of the things I keep getting involved with over the years is Technical Due Diligence on the Microsoft stack – although never exclusively Microsoft.
One thing that I keep being reminded of is a key difference in how I do it to how some of the other firms do it.
When you’re asked by a Venture Capitalist firm to perform a technical audit on a prospective merger or acquisition, and kick the tyres of any software products written, I always find the best source of information is the people who wrote it. Go and ask, but be nice!
You’re going to be asking people who really care about their software to tell you where the weaknesses lie. If you want to do this successfully, you need to be nice. Personable. Humble. At previous jobs, I’ve been brought in after other consultants trampled over people in their size 12s. This is a tough position to recover from.