Sunday, March 2, 2014

Do Something About It

     Been on a bit of a vacation as far as this blog goes. Not happy about that. I have a few unfinished drafts. I figured it would be best to just get a post out here and get the momentum back.
     Recently returned to work. I went back to work at a previous employer. I am hapy to be working and excited about the opportunity I have.  I am supposed to have expanded responsibilities and  different project types down the road.
  Only a few steps in however some familiar ghosts have reared their head. The software vendor has deemed me unfit to report issues with their program . Apparently the two years prior experience with the application didn't give me the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the system.  Ironically the refresher course I have been getting the last month is proof to me I knew more than I thought I did.
      There are a few other aches and pains that have come back all too quickly. This isn't about the grass being greener. It is about me conceding all grass needs some fertilizer.
       These challenges are a big part of what has fueled me to set some of my current goals. It is only fair that they be what continues to motivate me towards them. I am currently studying my ass off for some long overdue tests. I am working on a couple web sites. I am also drawing up some goals for a small handful of apps I wish to make in that too distant future. My long term goal is to grow a real software company and work for myself making quality products that rival the half balked crud  that people pawn off as enterprise level systems.
        I apologize for almost none of this having anything to do with the I.T. brain. My normal posts presume I have an I.T. brain and that my questions are shared at all. If you can take anything away from this, it should be that professional criticism should only motivate you. Don't take it personally. Keep improving yourself. Never let it be true. I am a big fan of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and none of them are about self-pity and content for others.
     Hopefully this mini rant is just the fuel I need to get back to much more regular posts. Ciao.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Cowboys and Surgeons

   My previous posts have been to a great degree subjective. They have pushed you in a direction rather than show a precise course of action to resolve an issue. They haven't been full of scripts and images and statistics like I might have originally imagined. Statistically my audience is like 0 people. There is one statistic for you.
  I may have glazed over the idea in a previous week but you can divide people into two groups . Cowboys are those that get a "good" idea and act on it before too much evaluation weakens the merit of the idea. Surgeons are the ones who need to consider the idea before suffering any avoidable consequences from the action.
     Cowboys are okay with doing things quick and dirty. They can then move onto the next project. They may be students of the pareto principle. They figure if they keep working on the big problem they are solving the majority of their issues. They believe you can't let perfect be the enemy of the good.
     Surgeons are more final in their actions. They build in details to prevent fallout from the change being made. Waiting to do something has its own value. To them than having to do something similar again in the near future is not worth making "absolutely" sure it is being done in the best possible way. Their changes might be so meticulous that the benefit is lost in the time to launch.
Are you a surgeon or a cowboy ?