Sunday, 15 March 2009
Saturday, 29 November 2008
"She had been married to man who never bored her and these people bored her very much"
From 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro', in 'The First Forty-Nine Stories', by Ernest Hemingway.
- Grab the nearest book.
- Open it to page 56.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
- Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
Book Meme spotted on http://matthewneale.wordpress.com/2008/11/13/book-meme/
Friday, 4 July 2008
One particular quote I like is:
Finding great talent, looking after staff and nurturing their talent is what we learned to do well. Losing good people is symptomatic of only one thing: truly crap, appalling and abysmal management.
I have to agree with this comments and principles, even though it is dressed up in the usual blunt Ramsay style of language.
Wherever I have worked, there really does seem to be a difference where some organisations do indeed look after their staff and reward them with a good environment, interesting roles and increasing responsibility. Not forgetting suitable pay awards, of course, which are one of (but definitely not the only) reason to work at your chosen career and company.
Just something to recall if you are ever seriously dissatisfied with your work environment and starting to feel under-valued or no longer appreciated. Maybe you don't deserve it, but it could just be a company culture that might fail it's staff in the long term.
Hopefully you aren't in this position though, and you have a happy workplace and good prospects. If not, think seriously about what you want and how you can benefit your company - or possibly taking those benefits to a more appreciative employer...
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
You know the sort of thing that gets bandied around in design documents and discussions:
GIGO for Garbage In, Garbage Out
ACID for Atomic, Consistent, Isolated, Durable transactions
KISS - Keep It Simple, Stupid
SNAFU - Situation Normal, All Fouled Up
FUBAR - Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition
I believe those last two come from the military, but have been widely adopted. Maybe because IT has so many foul-ups?
In a similar vein, I thought I would make a list of further possible acronyms that may be used in IT, but that I would not expect to see promoted in any corporate environment. My hotel notepad ended up with the following:
- Think It Through
- Attempt Sensible Solutions
- Specify Explainable XML
- Build Usable Models
- Forget Using Complex Keys
- Someone Will Always Layer Lots Of Waste
- Cleverdicks Understand Nothing Tangible
- Producing Really Intricate Complexity Kills Solutions
- Test With Acceptable Targets
- Don't Only Notice Graphics
- When Alert, Normalise Keys, Eliminate Redundancy
And the last one on my list, which has to win some kind of award for creativity:
- Totally Rewrite Any Non Strategic Variants Early, Saving Time In The End
Friday, 28 March 2008
Glad to say, that request was accepted and that I can now use the letters 'CITP' after my name. It means I also need to pay attention to the code of conduct and to make sure I maintain the correct level of professionalism in my engagements and my future career progression.
However, if I had applied earlier in the year, I would have been able to read my name in a BCS feature in the Telegraph last February. http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.17339
Not that my ego likes to see my name in the press, but it is nice to get recognition from as many different channels as possible. Maybe I can post an addendum next year if they list 2008 members awarded CITP status...