Sharing our Test practice charter , the North Star for our internal community

One of the "hats" that I wear internally at my current company is the role of a Test Service Lead . The main responsibility of this role is to serve the practice and ensure that the internal Test Practice ( we are a consultancy and dont have  fixed Teams) gels together and flourishes as a … Continue reading Sharing our Test practice charter , the North Star for our internal community

Want to Lead by example ? …. be “emotionally nimble”

The best Leadership experience comes from working for average Leaders This experience is a close runner-up to, working for great Leaders Fortunately I have had the experience with both kinds The single biggest trait I have experienced in great Leaders is that they "lead by example" I know that you are rolling your eyes now … Continue reading Want to Lead by example ? …. be “emotionally nimble”

Don’t just be a “people person”, be a “people nerd”

Via Wikipedia - Nerd (adjective: nerdy) is a descriptive term, often used pejoratively, indicating a person that is overly intellectual, obsessive, or lacking social skills. Such a person may spend inordinate amounts of time on unpopular, little known, or non-mainstream activities, which are generally either highly technical, abstract, or relating to topics of fiction or fantasy, to the exclusion of more mainstream activities. Mrs … Continue reading Don’t just be a “people person”, be a “people nerd”

A metric for the new year :: “Managing the boss” time

Does any organisation track this metric ? Most likely not , primarily because we have almost given up on this being a norm. As something that comes as part of being in the political cesspool of corporate organisations As something that being in management roles brings, the unwritten charter of "getting things done around here" … Continue reading A metric for the new year :: “Managing the boss” time

Branding risks as personal impact, lessons in coaching # 2

Getting folks to pay heed to risks in time , is hard I recently finished a coaching gig with a leading agriculture industry org here in Christchurch. My key responsibility was to coach their internal Test Lead to , a) frame a Test strategy for their multi year change management programme b) provide on going … Continue reading Branding risks as personal impact, lessons in coaching # 2

Don’t await wizardry,lessons in coaching # 1

Close your eyes Ask yourself to picture the word "Coach" What are some of the images that come to your mind ? Someone.... "grey haired" "knows all,full of wisdom" "motherly figure" "years of experience" "pointing to the north star" Is it necessarily true that the best coaches are folks who have accomplished a lot, have … Continue reading Don’t await wizardry,lessons in coaching # 1

Winning

The most authentic of human pursuit is not victory it is, struggle We touched down on the earth not to conquer it but to survive,fail,evolve,adapt,co-exist and then continue to our fleshly demise it was all going fine until winning came along