The toughest question you can ask, isn’t tough enough

One skill all engineers need to have in order to ship high quality software is the ability to ask hard questions.  No matter if you are a developer, a tester, or a project manager, you need to look at each situation, line of code, architecture/design, or user scenario and determine if you and your project…

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Integrity With a Dose of Confidence Part2

My last blog was about how to act as a person with integrity, how to make sure you are thinking in terms of doing the right things for the right reasons no matter hard difficult that may be to do.  Sometimes the easiest route is not the right route.  As you continue to become a…

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Integrity With a Dose of Confidence

Ok, I’ll say it because I know others have thought it, but I’m not sure anyone has ever admitted it.  Having integrity in your role at work can be tough, very tough!  Especially if you are really ambitious.  First, let’s make sure we are talking about the same thing here.  What I mean by integrity…

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How Important is the "How"?

Do you know the best way to succeed in your career?  To stand out in the crowd?  To prove your capabilities?  Well sure, that’s by showing results, a ton of results!  You work long hours and stay focused on getting your deliverables done.  Right?  Well, have you considered the possibility that showing results isn’t the…

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What are your intentions?

When it comes to determining someone’s intentions, it’s fairly easy to do after a few drinks and a walk back to your apartment with someone you just met at the bar.  But let’s not go there.  🙂  Knowing someone’s intentions becomes much more difficult in a work setting.  What if the scope of your work…

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Being Social with Me, Myself, and I

It all started with a training class I took.  We spent three days learning about better manager skills.  On the last day, we had to send a letter to ourselves and put it in a self-addressed envelope.  We could write about anything but we were supposed to mostly focus on what skills we wanted to…

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Up, Up, and Away!

Picture this visual.  You are standing in a field on a foggy day and a rope is dropped in front of you from the sky.  You can’t see where it is coming from but you hear someone ask you if you want to experience the unknown, be challenged more than ever before, move forward in…

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I Scream, You Scream, We’re All Testing!

Scream testing is an interesting concept, not so much applied to finding defects, but instead to clean up your processes.  In the engineering world, we have a habit of creating a lot of things, yet have a very difficult time retiring things, whether those things are projects, hardware, automated test cases, etc.  I guess to…

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It Takes a Village to Blow Your Nose

I heard this saying recently and although I chuckled, I also understood it more than I wish I did.  What does this statement mean to you?  Does your team behave like this?  Maybe this represents the managers of a team, ones who micro-manage.  Or a team that needs to ask permission to get things done…

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Vision Without Action is a Daydream, Action Without Vision is a Nightmare

Does your team have a vision?  If it doesn’t, it should.  I heard this saying once that really sums it up, “vision without action is a daydream, action without vision is a nightmare”.  In my experience, most teams are taking action yet the team vision is non-existent.  Now I wouldn’t say those experiences were nightmares,…

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