Have you ever thought about what your life would look like if you had the confidence to live life to its fullest?
I know I have. When I look back on my timeline, I see a trail of missed opportunities, indecision, emotional eclipses, and some broken relationships too. Exploring this path revealed that for me, one of the missing skills was a lack of confidence.
Just think about it. How much more freedom and happiness could you feel if you had the healthy kind of confidence within you? How much easier would it be for you to make better or…
Can you remember a time when you had enough time to do everything you wanted to and the way you wanted? A time when you were able to start a task early enough and with enough background information to do a great job?
For me, it’s tough to remember such a time. I think it must have been back in my university days where I mostly wasted the time that I had!
Looking at my professional life, it feels like I’ve never had enough time to meet my needs. For example, in my domain, the professional software testing documents are…
Today, I woke up feeling like crap. After downing the morning coffee, I just stared at Instagram for the next hour in a messy brain-fog. Have you ever had mornings like this?
Getting back after the holidays full of irregular sleeping, eating like a pig, no exercise, and countless other reasons, I found myself in a bad place. The year was about to start with a discord.
Sitting there, I had just wasted my chance of hitting the gym. I had made a grand plan of hitting it three times every week and knew my way around the meal plan…
I spent my childhood listening to the sounds from the nearby factory. A stream of smoke pillared towards the sky day and night.
My hometown based its economy on the industrial complex — Timber in, paper out.
Very early, I knew that working on an assembly line of a factory wasn’t for me. I wanted to work with computers instead. So, I became a software professional.
Not long into the career with software, I found myself in a new kind of trouble. I had become a part of the software industry and just another assembly line.
Anyone who’s ever gotten…
As a little boy, I went to an idyllic yellow wooden elementary school. The school had its kitchen, where Martta cooked lunch for us, and only a handful of students attended each class. No worries about the covid back then.
We started learning our first foreign language during the third grade. English classes began with basic vocabulary, and we all gave ourselves English names.
My name was Andy, while my friend Aki wanted to be known as Jake. He was a big fan of the TV series “Jake and the Fatman.”
When you learn new languages, you quickly reach a…
In 1896, a scientist at the University of Lausanne noticed something unusual. After examining the distribution of land ownership in Italy, he saw that about 20% of the population owned almost all cultivated land.
Amazingly, the same distribution seemed to be repeated elsewhere, too, not just in Italy. 20% of the population owned about 80% of the land. Wherever Wilfredo Pareto looked, he saw the same thing.
Much later, a management expert Joseph M. Juran formulated “The Pareto Rule” based on these observations. He said that 80% of the companies’ turnover seems to come from about 20% of the customers.
The tent was packed with soldier on a christmas lunch when the explosion happened. It was the busies hour for the caterin in Mosul. A suicide bomber had walked in wearing a friendly uniform when the terror started. The year was 2004.
As the dust settled, Sergeant Edward Montoya sprang into action from under the table where he miraculously hidden in time to save himself. He began to search through the casualties in order to evaluate the situation.
Within hours, a small makeshift hospital had been set up and the troops were taking care of the injured. Those with the…
Imagine yourself driving a car. It’s already dark. No headlights. No streetlights. Nothing. It’s just you, travelling on a dark road.
You know you’re already running late. And stopping is not an option because this is really important!
As your eyes are accustomed to the darkness, you do recognise some shapes but it’s hard to distinct any details.
Moving forward, your biggest problem is that you see things at the last minute, if at all. No way to tell if there is a junction, pedestrians, deer or children. It mostly depends on luck if you reach that destination without accidents.
How does it feel to sit in that reclamation meeting? Trying to explain project delays to the customer?
As a software tester, I’ve had a priceless opportunity to observe these customer roastings several time. And I can tell you that it is not fun for any participant. Nobody wants to be in those meetings.
During my 15 years of journeys as a testing guru and an entrepreneur I’ve noticed that there are two core types of criteria that affect success. Most people get these two mixed up, and then problems become inevitable.
Before we dig deeper into the secret, think…
First, there is the real thing.
Then, you add something like tests to observe the real thing. You create a smoke test to check that nothing important was broken in the update. Then, you automate the tests to free your hands for something more important.
That’s one layer of abstraction on top of the real thing. Like optics that you chose to view the world.
Now the organization demands more visibility to testing and the quality of your product. So you add metrics to observe your tests.
That’s already the second layer of abstraction on top of the real thing…
Today the world doesn’t need your fear or your worry. Now, more than ever, it needs the best version of you!