Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Just Another Brick in the Wall ( And What it Means to Your Career)

I hope you are having a great week. I wanted to share some thoughts today about building your career. I hope you read through this short article and see some of the training events and offers I have for a limited time.
Recently, there have been two new homes built right next to me. The noise and mess can really get to my wife and I at times, but it’s a part of living in a partially developed neighborhood.

The house across the street caught my attention the other day. The house has been under construction for months and now the workers are in the process of laying natural stone on the entire front of the home.

What strikes me about this process is how slow it goes. This is not a process that can be completed in a day or two. This is more like a matter of weeks. Each stone must be made to fit in a particular spot to achieve a particular appearance. The stones can’t be cut in advance because each stone is uniquely fitted with other uniquely shaped stones.

This got me thinking about how we build our careers. Your basic education in school is the foundation, but after schooling is finished is when the real learning begins out in the real world.

All the skills we learn, the experiences we have with people, the books we read, the courses we attend, the projects we work on, are all stones in our wall. That’s why the wise person keeps fitting new stones into their wall.

Some people end up with a fully formed wall (i.e., career), although sometimes it may need even more stones added. Others lay only a few stones every so often that may look nice to a point, but fail to reach the level they desire.

This is hard work. It takes time to read the books, take the courses, complete the projects, get the mentoring, make connections, and do all the other things needed to keep building a career.

This is also why sometimes we see people with twenty years experience in their field, but it’s actually one year of experience repeated twenty times over. You want to be the person with diverse knowledge and experience. That’s one reason I went into consulting. I figure that one year of consulting experience is like three to five years of job experience in that I get to experience so many new things just in one year.

My encouragement to you in this short post is to stay at the work of adding those stones to your career wall. It’s slow and painstaking at times, but the reward is a beautiful work of craftsmanship – a career that serves you now and in the future.

E-Learning Specials

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Basic Training in Software Testing - $249 per person, a savings of $150.
Structured User Acceptance Testing - $349 per person, a savings of $221.
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If you already have the ISTQB Foundation Level certification, now is a great time to go deeper with advanced level training!

Live Online Class - Establishing the Software Quality Organization - May 19 - 20, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

This is a great class led by Tom Staab. In this course you will learn the activities required to establish a successful software quality organization (SQO). The SQO is comprised of three distinct quality functions, quality assurance, quality control (testing), and configuration management, that work in harmony and complement each other. The successful establishment of this function requires careful planning and execution. It is essential that the SQO function provides business value and ROI to the organization; therefore it is imperative that it has the proper placement, infrastructure, and governance. This class further defines all activities related to the successful planning and establishment of an SQO activity.

Thanks for reading this newsletter! Please contact me if I can be of any service to you. I am happy to create a custom quote on training and consulting for your team.

Best regards,

Randy Rice

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