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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Read, Watch, and Give Feedback ==> Webinar: The Good, the Bad, the Metrics!

Thanks to everyone that joined our webinar on metrics on 12/17/13 at 11am-12pm.  If you missed it or if you loved it so much that you want more, below are details of it.

1. Link to the recorded webinar and slides on YouTube”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxBC0MeNy8k&feature=youtu.be

2. The slides can be found at the following link:

http://www.slideshare.net/xbosoft/the-good-the-bad-and-the-metrics-webinar-hosted-by-xbo-soft

3. What was the webinar about?

“The Good, The Bad, and the Metrics”

Panel: Mike Lyles, Jay Philips, Rex Black

Has your organization ever considered replacing a tester that did not write, for example, 15 test cases per day? Is the testing team blamed if defect leakage is greater than 5% into production?  What drives decisions like these?  The common thread in these examples is “Test Metrics”

Test Metrics… Everyone has an opinion about them. Some believe they are the most valuable way to communicate the results of testing. Some think that they are useless, misleading, and damaging to the communication of test results. Some believe that without measurement you are not managing the effort. And some believe that bad metrics are worse than no metrics at all.

Where does your organization fit in the metrics and measurement debates?  Is your team aligned?  Do you agree with the team?  Do you use a reporting process for test results?  Are you forced to report on metrics you don’t believe are valuable?  Do you have dozens of metrics that you are reporting periodically that no one looks at, and when they do look at them, there is room for misinterpretation?

In this webinar, Mike Lyles will challenge a panel of experts to discuss the topic of metrics and measurement, review multiple viewpoints on the topic, and address many of the questions that organizations have today around metrics and measurement.

Join us as we open for questions from the webinar audience in a highly interactive webinar that will benefit all skill levels from beginner to expert.

Key Takeaways:

  • Top metrics that are misused or misunderstood in most every organization
  • What metrics should you get rid of ASAP?
  • Best and Worst metrics – based on opinions of the panel & audience
  • Metrics that everyone should use – and how they compare to your organization’s metrics
  • Tools and processes that can help your organization better measure your testing

4. How can you help me?

I am working on a conference presentation on this very topic.  And I would like your input on the questions that we asked in the webinar.  If you have some examples, or inputs to this, please provide them as comments to this webinar, or email them to me at mikewlyles@gmail.com.

Below are the questions i need your help on:

  • What Metrics do you feel are misused or misunderstood in most every organization?
  • What Metrics do you feel are good and that everyone should use in any organization?
  • What Metrics should organizations stop using (if they are using them today) immeidately?
  • What tools and/or processes have you used or seen used successfuly for assisting with measuring testing?

Thanks in advance for your inputs!

Recording: Building a Successful Test Center of Excellence – STPCon 2013

I am happy to share with you a link to a recorded session of a 75 minute presentation i did for STPCon in Phoenix, AZ in October 2013.

This presentation was one of many that I had with the conference, and it covered “Building a Sucessful Test Center of Excellence”. 

I would love your feedback on this presentaiton and any inputs you have on it.  But I hope it helps you in your testing roles.

The link can be found at the STP site below:

http://www.softwaretestpro.com/Item/5872/Session-503-Building-a-Successful-Test-Center-of-Excellence/Quality-Assurance-Teams-Management-Software-Test-Professionals-Conference

Thanks to all of my followers for keeping up with me on this site!

Ask The Tester – December 2013 Issue – Is Out!

Thanks to everyone that provided inputs to the Ask The Tester column.

We had some great questions for Melissa Tondi, and I invite you to take a look at the finished article at the STP site below:

http://www.softwaretestpro.com/Item/5878/

When you got there, you can sign up for a free membership if you are unable to read the article.

Get ready for our next article.  I will be interviewing Keith Klain — stay tuned to this site for the upcoming opportunity to ask him questions.

STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING – and Sign up for this Webinar!

You are not going to want to miss this webinar on Tuesday, December 17 from 11am-12pm EST.

Do you believe in metrics?  I mean do you REALLY believe in them?  Or do you think they are stupid, useless, and cause more damage than good?

Does your company use metrics that are telling the wrong story?  Are they causing misinterpretations?  Or do you have the best metrics in the business and feel that others should be like you?

Well, its very likely that the number of people that are for and are against the value of metrics is split down the middle.  And I have always said that “BAD Metrics are worse than No Metrics at all”.

I’m on a mission —- I want to engage with various views on this topic, and, thanks to XBOSoft, we have setup a webinar for Tuesday, December 17 which will include Rex Black and Jay Philips in a panel discussion with me on various topics related to Metrics and Measurement.

You will not want to miss this, and we will be planning to take questions from the audience…..COME JOIN US FOR THE FUN!

Here is the link to sign up – do it now before you forget — it’s easy and you are in, and most importantly its FREE!

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/667518358

Hope to hear from you soon!  Below is a description of the webinar that I wrote…….and some of the takeaways:

“The Good, The Bad, and the Metrics”

Webinar presented by XBOSoft

Panel: Mike Lyles, Jay Philips, Rex Black

Has your organization ever considered replacing a tester that did not write, for example, 15 test cases per day? Is the testing team blamed if defect leakage is greater than 5% into production?  What drives decisions like these?  The common thread in these examples is “Test Metrics”

Test Metrics… Everyone has an opinion about them. Some believe they are the most valuable way to communicate the results of testing. Some think that they are useless, misleading, and damaging to the communication of test results. Some believe that without measurement you are not managing the effort. And some believe that bad metrics are worse than no metrics at all.

Where does your organization fit in the metrics and measurement debates?  Is your team aligned?  Do you agree with the team?  Do you use a reporting process for test results?  Are you forced to report on metrics you don’t believe are valuable?  Do you have dozens of metrics that you are reporting periodically that no one looks at, and when they do look at them, there is room for misinterpretation?

In this webinar, Mike Lyles will challenge a panel of experts to discuss the topic of metrics and measurement, review multiple viewpoints on the topic, and address many of the questions that organizations have today around metrics and measurement.

Join us as we open for questions from the webinar audience in a highly interactive webinar that will benefit all skill levels from beginner to expert.

Key Takeaways:

  • Top metrics that are misused or misunderstood in most every organization
  • What metrics should you get rid of ASAP?
  • Best and Worst metrics – based on opinions of the panel & audience
  • Metrics that everyone should use – and how they compare to your organization’s metrics
  • Tools and processes that can help your organization better measure your testing

My Latest Article (part 1 of 2) – Tea Time with Testers

I’m happy to announce that my latest article “Are You Smarter than a Test Manager”, has been published this week in the testing magazine, “Tea Time with Testers”.

This will be a two part series, with part two coming next month.  The first month contains some information on test management, and interviews with some of the well known names in testing.

Check out the article at the link for the magazine below:

http://www.teatimewithtesters.com/

Your feedback and input is appreciated!  Let me know what you think!

What is the “State of Testing” today?

Have you ever looked back and realized how much IT has progressed in the past 5-10 years?  It seems like we have used ipods for much longer than the October 2001 release of the device.  The iphone didn’t come out until 2007, the Samsung Galaxy until 2009, and the iPad was not a household name until April 2010.

I’m not telling you this because I keep up with Apple history.  What I want you to realize is that while technology has grown so quickly through the years, especially the last 5-10, so has the advances in the testing community.  I, myself, have seen the most changes in the last 2-5 years.  However, we don’t have a good historical view of the advances that we have experienced

If you have been in testing for any amount of time, you know there has been a lot of activity, evolution, and advancement over the last 5-10 years.  However, this information is not centrally stored and recorded.  I recently learned that Lalit Bhamare with Tea-time with Testers., and Joel Montvelisky (his blog is found at QA Intelligence – a QABlog) were creating a survey to review the state of testing, and to attempt to centralized the advances in the testing world over the last 5-10 years.

The survey is in progress, and it is going to run for 10 days.  Don’t miss out to let your voice be heard.  Your input is so greatly crucial to helping this project be as successful and accurate as it possibly can!

Please go out immediately and take this survey.  Hundreds have taken it already, and you can be part of it too!  The link is below:

TAKE-THE-SURVEY-HERE

But there’s more that you can do!  Share this link on all of your social media sites and help these guys get more of the testing community involved.

While I’m not involved in creating this survey, analyzing the results, or compiling the report, I do strongly support this and hope that you can too!