I’ll be speaking at the SDLC Acceleration Summit in May 2014!

What a great opportunity and honor.  I have been invited to speak at the SDLC Acceleration Summit in San Francisco, CA on May 13, 2014!

I will be a panelist discussing the following topic “Game Changers: Best Practices for Development, Test, and Release“.

Read more about this conference at the following link:  http://www.sdlcsummit.com/

Read about the agenda for this conference at this link: http://www.sdlcsummit.com/agenda/

Read about our panel discussion at this link: http://www.sdlcsummit.com/schedule/best-practices-for-test-release-and-delivery/

If you’re in the area – please join us!

Don’t Miss these STP Testing Interviews!

STP has two interviews coming this week…..check them out.

 STP Radio Live:  What the 80′s Taught Me About Testing

With: Mike Lyles – Sr QA Manager, Lowe’s Companies, Inc

Get an inside scoop from International Keynote speaker Mike Lyles as he discusses his upcoming keynote presentation: “What the 80′s Taught Me About Testing

Mike is an STP Advisory member, performance tester, and passionate about organizational leadership. Rich Hand will ask him difficult questions like: “Who was you favorite 80′s band?” and other relevant testing questions. It should be fun!

LISTEN LIVE: Tuesday, March 11th – 5pm Eastern

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STP Radio Live:  Interview with Perf Testing Pro Mark Tomlinson!

With: Mark Tomlinson, Independent Performance Engineer, West Evergreen Consulting, LLC

Join STP Conference advisory member, performance tester, speaker, and testing pro as he answers probing and critical questions like: ” what is your favorite brand of scotch?” and other such interesting questions. Rich Hand, host of the upcoming STPCon in New Orleans will interview Perf Bytes host Mark Tomlinson and ask host type questions. It should be fun!

LISTEN LIVE: Monday, March 10th – 3pm Eastern

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How Did The 80′s Affect You? (please comment!!!)

KeepCalm80sIn the 1980′s, the world was introduced to so many new things: CDs, MTV, Sony walkman, Pac-Man, VCRs, PCs, the Apple Mac, and by 1989, Tim Berners-Lee was getting started on a new invention he called the “World Wide Web”.

With that said, I NEED YOUR HELP!!!! 

I want your inputs on all the things that stand out when you think about your memories of life in the 80′s.  I need your memories to be things that people remember (e.g. Alf, Pac Man, cassettes, Back to the Future, Rubik’s cubes, hair-bands, Swatch watches, etc).

I will give you some help as you reminisce:

  • What was your favorite song from the 80′s?
  • What was your favorite musical group?
  • What are your favorite electronic ‘gadget’?
  • What games did you like?
  • What was your favorite movie?
  • What is your favorite quote (either from movie, song, or book) from the 80′s?
  • What 80′s song/movie/title/quote most accurately describes your day to day life at work?

I’m pulling this information together to support an article and presentation I am doing this year.  Please comment below and let me know what you remember the most!!

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with me!!!

One Day

Preface to this blog post:  I originally wrote this blog to submit to Jim Norman, the President of The Zig Ziglar Foundation, who in turn told me that I took too long to meet my submission committment.  He was right about that.  I procrastinated and didn’t follow my motto to “DWYSYWD” (Do What You Said You Would DO).  However, Jim also told me that it had no substance and that he wasn’t interested in wanna-be speakers.  My  hope is that this means more to you, my followers, than it did to Mr. Norman.

ONE DAY 

One day you will regret all the time you missed to spend time with your kids as they were growing up.  The potential memories you can build with them will go with them for years, and will very likely make them parents that share the same experiences with their children. 

One day you will regret the hours you spent at work doing little things that had nothing to do with your career or the growth of the company.  Examine your contributions, determine if you are helping yourself or your company, and if you think you are not, then rebuild your game plan.

One day you will wish you had spent time with your parents when they were younger and alive.  You will think of hundreds of questions you should have asked them.  And it will be too late to turn back time when you realize this.

One day you will wonder why you procrastinated on your dreams, and allowed other low priority tasks keep you from doing at least one thing every day to move you further toward your ultimate goals.  Have you been known to focus on all of the lower priority things because they are easier to do?  Don’t ruin your opportunity to do something magical and important by allowing yourself to procrastinate.

One day you will recognize the impact that you could have had in someone’s life.  Many people are looking for that one role model, that one example to follow.  Don’t let fear or lack of confidence hold you back from being the one that someone thinks of when they say “they changed my life”.  Leave a legacy.

But I have good news for you……

One day is all that it takes to change the time you spend with your kids.

One day is all that it takes to assess your contributions to your company and your career.

One day is all that it takes to call that parent, have dinner with them, or give them a visit.

One day is all that it takes to document your dreams and begin working on them in priority.

One day is all that it takes to show someone you care and give them a helping hand.

One day you will realize that every day is a blessing.  Zig Ziglar once said “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem.  We all have twenty-four hour days”.

One day, this will all make sense to you.  Don’t waste your time.  Get started!

Please Take this Quick Test Metrics & Measurement Survey!!

Calling all Testing Professionals and Practitioners……

I need your inputs for a very short survey I am conducting on Test Metrics & Measurement.

Please share this link on your social networks, with all of your friends, and ask them to take this survey!  We will be doing this for the next 3 weeks – with plans to wrap up before end of February and begin tallying the results.

Here is the link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MikeLylesMetricsSurvey

Who Will Win Superbowl XLVIII?

It’s almost time for kickoff of Superbowl XLVIII (48 for those that are Roman Numeral illiterate).  As the Denver Broncos take the field for the AFC and the Seattle Seahawks take the field for the NFC, many people will be gathering around the stadium in New York, as well as around their televisions to watch the event.  Parties will be taking place, and fans of these teams will be happy or sad by the time the game is over.  Fantasy football will be at it’s peak, with the winners showing their pride in selecting the right team for their season.

But for me, it’s one of the first times that I do not care who wins.  In so many years past, I have either had a team there that I really wanted to see win the game, or, in many cases, there may have been a team I really did NOT want to win the game (that has happened a lot lately).

But as these two teams take the field, I see myself sitting back and just enjoying the game of football.  I get to enjoy just watching two teams go head to head for the Vince Lombardi Superbowl Trophy, and be happy or sad based on who wins it.  I have been known to be superstitious about the fact that I can control the win or loss of a team, simply by ‘willing’ the team to win or ‘wishing against’ the team I hope will lose.  There are now some very funny commercials about football superstitions  (“It’s only weird if it doesn’t work!”).

I thought about this over the weekend, and it struck me as a great metaphor for how we should look at events in our day to day life.  Too many times we position our lives as if it is the Superbowl and we are ‘required’ to pick a team we want to win or a team we hope will lose.  We see events at work or in our personal lives as ones in which we must either win or lose – and there will be no room for a break even, or even a win-win situation.

My challenge to each of you, is to step back and examine how you approach each event in your daily life.  Are you struggling with everything that is going on?  Are you trying to drive things to a win at all costs?  Are you subconsciously wishing for someone to lose?  If so, think about the situation – is it truly important?  Take yourself out 6 months, 1 year, 5 years and ask yourself if this is really important enough to be anxious, losing sleep, or worried about.

So as I sit back and relax with no tension for a team to win or lose, I ask you the following… what can you sit back and relax about tomorrow, this week? or this month?  What things can you stop worrying about and let the ‘game of life’ take it’s course.  Focus on the important things.  There are many things in which you MUST worry, and you MUST win at.  But that list of things is probably much shorter than the one you are carrying with you right now.

Work the list.  Everyday is a new kickoff and it starts off with 1st down and 10 yards to do.  It’s your decision how you plan the plays to be successful.

Enjoy your game!

My latest article in Tea Time With Testers Magazine

I’m very fortunate to have been asked again to write another article in the Dec/Jan edition of Tea Time with Testers.

This month was my 2nd installment of a two part series called “Are You Smarter than a Test Manager?’

I hope you take a look as we explore the many inputs I received from hundreds of testing professionals in a survey I took on test management.

Go to the website where you can download the latest free copy of this months magazine!!

Here is the link:

http://www.teatimewithtesters.com/#!

Thanks for following my work!!!

The Good, the Bad, and the Metrics — Our Question & Answer Notes

For those of you that have been following me, you may recall that back in December 2013, I conducted a webinar with Jay Philips and Rex Black called “The Good, the Bad, and the Metrics” with XBOSoft where we discussed many topics around metrics and measurement.

We had an tremendous response from the folks attending, and we had a lot of questions that were asked during the webinar that we were unable to answer due to time constraints.

XBOSoft took responses that Jay and I had for the questions and posted them to their blogsite.  You can find the answers here, and we solicit your feedback and support!! 

Follow this link:  http://blog.xbosoft.com/2014/01/29/q-jay-philips-mike-lyles-good-bad-metrics-webinar/

Thanks to everyone that attended – also, if you were unable to attend, you can get a link to the webinar on youtube at the bottom of the site with our Q&A.

The Mike Lyles 2013 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Happy New Year 2014 to my followers!!  What an Amazing Year 2013 was for me…. My ultimate goal in life has been to touch as many lives as possible with my writing, speaking, and work.  In July 2012,  I started a blog, that by the end of 2012 had nearly 2000 hits.  But I wanted more.  I end 2013 right on the edge of 10,000 hits.  I can’t wait for that moment to come, but it’s only the beginning for me.  Whether folks come here to read my leadership and management articles, they come to learn more about software testing, or they come for something else; my simple goal is to always have something interesting for everyone to crave when they come to this site!

Whether you come to www.MikeWLyles.com or you come to www.ManIKnowEverything.com (M.I.K.E.), I hope to see you more this year than ever!  Let’s share an awesome year in 2014!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,800 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Rudolph Was Not a Brown-Noser

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Feeling like you are not doing enough to get noticed and appreciated for the things you do?  Thinking about what you need to do in order to get the attention of people who decide the future of your career or personal life?

Just remember, that to move to the top, you don’t have to be a brown-noser.  Rudoph wasn’t.  And look what it got him!

We all remember the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, right? (You’re singing the song in your head right now, I can hear it….)

Rudolph initially lived a tough life.  He was different than the others.  He had a red nose.  All the other reindeer had brown noses.  As the story goes, the other reindeer made fun of and laughed at Rudolph.  Does this happen to you?  If so, you can learn from the story – because Rudolph didn’t let this push him down.  He kept going, even with adversity.  He went about his day and focused on what he could do and what he was delivering.

The story goes on to tell us that the brown nosing reindeer excluded him from their reindeer games, making him an outcast, and treating him different from the others.  In so many circles, those who are patting themselves on the back and self bragging are getting the most attention initially.  But it’s not always strength and victory that wins in the end – but instead consistency, resiliency, and dedication.  Rudolph ignored the name calling and the “better than you” attitudes of the other reindeer.  He didn’t get lost in the race to be Santa’s favorite reindeer, fighting to move to the front of the line against the other average brown nosers.  He stayed consistent.  He did his job, and in the end, Santa picked him out of the crowd to be the leader among all of the others.

NotLikeTheRestMy challenge to you today is to stop worrying about the others.  Stop looking around and comparing yourself to the best that others can do.  Stop complaining that others are getting opportunities that you are missing out on.  Stop complaining that others are moving up in their careers and goals and you’re not moving.  Because if you do this, you will eventually get lost in the crowd and drowned in the abyss of averageness.  Focus on what you can do, focus on your goals, focus on what you do great, focus on making sure you are proactive, growing every day, moving closer to where you want to be…. and the day will come that you will be rewarded for this.

Let’s start a new phrase and make it viral.  “Red-Noser!”.  I would much rather be a red-noser than a brown-noser.  Wouldn’t you?  Let’s do our part to change the world, building a society where we focus on what we do great and how we can make things better, and end our focus on how well we can impress those who might be able to give us what we want.

Red-nosers Unite!

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