Arkisto: November 2016



Where is the Junkyard of Concepts?

23. Novemberta, 2016 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

I could not fall asleep in the evening. I kept pondering how the concepts molded by the past keep turning sour faster than we can comprehend.

Jesus is a concept with a a lot of historical charge. Similarly, it is not a coincidence that in Germany, a child called Adolf is very rare. Money is also a concept. How does it feel like to you when money is being talked about?

The bearded man in the picture is showing a universally known concept with his hand. Let me offer a few ordinary examples of concepts, whose transformation will eventually topple even large companies.

Strategy and tactics

We often feel like we work on empty, hollow, barrels in workshops. They are structures that exist beyond us.

Actually, the question is more and more about handcrafting and story telling, whose highest form is to show.

One could even call it art, because the content filling the structure is always subjective. The effect resides in another person’s experience of it despite the structures.

Sales

It is no longer a question if I get to hold my practiced sales speech in front of a person. It is more often the question of if I dare and succeed to form a bridge between us, so that something valuable could cross it.

So that the person, who just a moment ago was a stranger, could get an opportunity to return the service I gifted in, let’s say, euros.

Marketing

We skip the ads whenever it is possible. We install an adblock in our browser and even news letters are mainly an annoyance. Marketing has nothing to do with who shouts with the loudest voice.

Actually, the question holds true for everything we get around to doing:

Do I produce something useful to you right now, so that it is worth your while to sacrifice your time and attention for me?

If we cannot let go of moldy, stuck, concepts in time, someone else will sweep past us before we even know it.

What does recognizing this mean for the tester, the developer, the entrepreneur or even the boss of a listed company?

You Aren’t Doing Stuff Right, I hope?

7. Novemberta, 2016 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

I visited Clas Ohlson this morning. Great Scott just how much stuff they have on the shelves that is used to organize stuff! They have memos, baskets, lids, notes and boxes. If you cannot organize a home or an office with these, then nothing can help you do that.

That familiar big glass-fiber bag you might now from Ikea stores gets filled pretty quickly and in fact, the amount of weight you’re carrying around just increased by around five kilos. That just means more things to organize, right?

Leading the testing often drives you into a trap familiar from indoors decoration maganizes. As years roll by, stuff accumulates continuously. There are test cases, test sets, bug descriptions, reports and work strategies.

Organizing frenzy is easy to understand, since the notion of order feels beautiful. However, organizing is often the wrong path towards fulfillment.

Outside examination reveals how the gang runs their processes and tools instead that the team would concentrate into the most important results of the job.

If you have ever moved, you will know this: You can easily send over a trailer’s worth of useless or non-functioning stuff. And the feeling afterwards… what a relief to get rid of useless junk. In the working life we don’t know how to do this, however, and we are often afraid of the decision to toss all the used junk.

Abandoning the useless is one of the most important arts of our job.

It pretty much does not matter what field you are an expert in. This concerns you: You will drive yourself to trouble if you get focused in mainly organizing stuff and doing the right thing. Instead you should learn how to choose.

Doing things right is only the second most important thing. It is more important to learn to do the right things.

It is Wonderful to Spread Gospel

3. Novemberta, 2016 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

Software business grows explosively. If we read and believe even a part of previous year’s #softwaresurvey2015 results the trend is becoming clear. The business easily doubles by the year 2020.

Doubling business field, accelerating development methods and introduction of automation promise good not only to the developers of the software products, but also for the testing.

Taking a step back, we are presented with a marvelous big picture and a noble scene. We are at a revolution, the results of which will make 8 billion people enjoy the net alongside the items and environment.

Right now it is a pleasure to be an expert on a field, whose revolution will change the world.

P.S. I invite you to forge success stories. If you ever get inspired by the thoughts in our blog, it might be that the next Tester 3.0 training will change the flight altitude of your career as well as your life’s.

Back Towards the Front

1. Novemberta, 2016 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

I am yet to meet a single software project with unlimited money and time involved. Have you?

Project budgets are usually pretty thin, the schedules become tighter alongside the profit margins. The projects ought to be kept profitable and at the same time they should be done fast and well. Otherwise, everyone runs out of work.

For some mystical reason, in the world of finite resources the projects do not understand their limits. This is often seen as a strange habit of making work, which might have once worked but for which there is no sensible basis anymore. That is when money and time gets wasted.

Too often the people driving the projects do their work facing backwards. By seeking the answers of tomorrow from yesterday. The truth is that life happens back facing towards the front and we only keep looking at the wave we leave behind.

We start to succeed on a greater scale only when we learn to more sensitively accurate send what is going on.

A space filled with ideas from yesterday cannot be filled with new and better ones. First you need to do some Christmas cleaning and accept to abandon that which no longer serves its purpose.

What could be an idea of yesterday in your projects to which you first need to wish fond farewells?