The PowerShell Podcast From Engineer to Manager: Mike Kanakos on Transition, Lessons, and Community


In this episode of the PowerShell Podcast, we sit down with Microsoft MVP Mike Kanakos to explore his journey transitioning from an engineer to a manager. Mike candidly shares the valuable lessons learned, from navigating newfound responsibilities to embracing a mentoring role. We delve into the pivotal role community involvement played in his managerial growth, touching on how insights from successful teams and best practices informed his approach. The discussion also unveils exciting changes ahead for the Research Triangle PowerShell User Group, which Mike leads. As a bonus, we get an insider's look into Mike's favorite PowerShell modules. Join us for an insightful conversation packed with lessons, community impact, and a sneak peek into the evolving PowerShell landscape.


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Mike Kanakos is a three-time Microsoft MVP award recipient and currently manages the Foundational Services and Automation team at Align Technology, the company behind Invisalign braces. He leads a team that develops automation tools for Azure AD, Active Directory, and Single Sign-On, with the goal of automating processes and eliminating tedious tasks for various teams.


In addition to being a Microsoft MVP, He also leads the Research Triangle PowerShell Users Group and serves as the Director of Community Engagement for He shares his expertise on PowerShell, Cloud services, and automation through his blog In his spare time, he fumbles through maintaining a home assistant setup at home.


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