a leader means not always knowing the outcome but being able to make an informed
decision that has a positive outcome. It
means learning from every lesson and using that combined with your best
judgment to help make future decisions and actions to progress in your career. After pondering some decisions that I have
made recently and re-reading the article that Jim Murphy posted on Wednesday,
February 29, 2012, titled "Building
Your Career Through Vivit” (specifically item 1. Be willing to give away
what you have learned), it made me start to think about why some people (although
not as technologically savvy initially) could be more successful than their
colleagues due to their experiences, decisions and ultimately their networking (especially
in a volunteer organization).
the development world (which also encompasses automated script development), we
are often asked to give an estimate of how much time it will take to develop an
Action, Component, etc… If you are
familiar with the tools, language and/or objects etc… that you are using making
this estimate can be difficult still.
Imagine if you know that you can do something, but you are not familiar
with the application/product or tools that you know will allow you to do it. How would you give an estimate of the amount
of work required to complete the task?
How comfortable would you be with the estimate after you gave it? Or let’s assume that you are familiar with
the application, but it would require you to use a COM object or an API that
you had never used before. Now how
comfortable would you be with your estimate?
Again, let’s assume that you are extremely comfortable with your
knowledge of using .COM objects or API calls, but you had never used the one
that you would need to use in this instance.
How comfortable would you be in not only giving an estimate of the
amount of work, but also in your confidence level of actually being able to
succeed at the work in question?
in the IT industry for any period of time, it would be no surprise for a manger
to ask you for an estimate of the amount of work it would take to complete a
task regardless of whether you were performing application development, writing
automated test scripts with Quick Test Pro, updating Quality Center 10.0 to ALM
11.0 or updating some custom reports using Service Manager 9.5 after updating from
version 9.0. Having trouble determining
how to move to the cloud? Can’t decide how to implement your mobile performance
testing? What better way than to reach
out to practitioners and end users in your local community to get their
unbiased feedback and actual experience.
One of the biggest advantages I’ve found to being an "active” AND "involved” member of Vivit
(specifically) is that I have been able to network with some of the "Best and
Brightest” people in the industry. Not
just the "Best and Brightest” employees that help develop and support the
applications that I’m using (which includes third party vendors and their
tools), but these members are also End Users that have to develop solutions to
issues that they experience within their organizations that may not have been
identified by the company that provides the product or tools that they are
one advantage has shown me that regardless of what I do know, there are always
Vivit members that are willing to share their knowledge to help you
succeed with overcoming your obstacles and in your
career. In no way would I say that this
is any more or less rewarding than "giving away what you have learned”, but both will make anyone in life more
Ever heard of the saying, "is the glass half full or
half empty?" It’s said that if you
respond that it is half full, you are being optimistic, and if you respond that it
is half empty, you are being pessimistic.
If you want to have an optimistic response every time, then say that it
is 100% full because half of it is filled with water and half of it is filled
with air. ;)