Mike Lyles tells us about his career so far and shares his thoughts on testing and quality.
If you are in software testing – please take my testing survey. It’s very short – just a few questions and mostly multiple choice!
I am compiling responses to this survey to share in an upcoming conference presentation in a few months.
Please share this blog/link with your friends in testing and ask them to take the survey as well.
Anyone that knows me understands that I have quoted Steve Jobs many times in my leadership coaching, mentoring, speaking, and training. I was fortunate to find an article which listed 12 rules of success that he had claimed years ago. I wanted to share these 12 rules with my readers and followers….
Rule #01: Do what you love to do. Find your true passion. Make a difference. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
Rule #02: Be different. Think different. Better to be a pirate than to join the navy.
Rule #03: Do your best at every job. Don’t sleep! Success generates more success so be hungry for it. Hire good people with a passion for excellence.
Rule #04: Perform SWOT analysis. As soon as you join/start a company, make a list of strengths and weaknesses of yourself and your company on a piece of paper. Don’t hesitate to throw bad apples out of the company.
Rule #05: Be entrepreneurial. Look for the next big thing. Find a set of ideas that need to be acted upon quickly and decisively and jump through that window. Sometimes the first step is the hardest one. Just take it. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Rule #06: Start small, think big. Don’t worry about too many things at once. Take a handful of simple things to begin with, and then progress to more complex ones. Think about not just tomorrow, but the future. Put a ding in the universe.
Rule #07: Strive to become a market leader. Own and control the primary technology in everything you do. If there’s a better technology available, use it regardless of whether or not anyone else is using it. Be the first, and make it an industry standard.
Rule #08: People judge you by your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. Advertise. If they don’t know about it, they won’t buy your product. Pay attention to design. We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Rule #09: Ask for feedback from people with diverse backgrounds. Each one will tell you one useful thing. If you’re at the top of the chain, sometimes people won’t give you honest feedback because they’re afraid. In this case, disguise yourself, or get feedback from other sources. Focus on those who will use your product – listen to your customers first.
Rule #10: Innovate. Innovation distinguishes a leader from a follower. Delegate. Let other top executives do 50% of your routine work to be able to spend 50% your time on the new stuff. Say no to 1,000 things to make sure you don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. Concentrate on really important creations and radical innovation. Hire people who want to make the best things in the world. You need a very product-oriented culture, even in a technology company. Lots of companies have tons of great engineers and smart people. But ultimately, there needs to be some gravitational force that pulls it all together.
Rule #11: Learn from failures. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
Rule #12: Learn continually. There’s always “one more thing” to learn.
Cross-pollinate ideas with others both within and outside your company. Learn from customers, competitors and partners. If you partner with someone whom you don’t like, learn to like them – praise them and benefit from them. Learn to criticize your enemies openly, but honestly.
I hope you enjoy these, and I hope also that you are already following some of these rules in your life. I wish you all much success and that you reach all of your goals!
Source of information: http://www.businessbrief.com/apple-ceo-steve-jobs-12-rules-of-success/
In 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!!!