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With regards to benchmarking, there is a chinese saying “人比人，气死人” (You will only anger yourself when comparing yourself against others).
When it comes to benchmarking, perhaps it is most useful when comparing against similar projects within the same organisation since the baselines (company culture, company structure, etc.) should be the same. However, what is most important is that project reporting is truthful and the management is willing to accept deviations from the benchmark if there are valid reasons.
Problem is, we’re talking about corporate flexibility when it comes to standards. “Flexible standards” comes close to being an oxymoron, and few are the corporations that have management willing to commit to such an undertaking.
Not sure why, but I thought it would be healthy to walk to and from school everyday even though it took about 20 to 30 minutes. So that was my daily routine for 2 years…
One thing I liked about walking to school in the mornings was the mist from my breath in the cool morning air.
In our ritual display of one-upsmanship, there was a bunch of classmates in Secondary School who would stack up chairs and see who could jump over the tallest pile of chairs.
I was not keeping score, but I think the person with the best vertical leap (or best technique) was Tim. He was able to clear higher chair stacks than anyone else!
Not sure if it’s an Autobot or Decepticon though…
In the IT world, certification is given quite heavy weightage when it comes to beefing up your resume, however employers should be wary that a certification just means that the person knows about the best practises behind the certification standards but does not necessarily mean that they will make use of those skills.
For instance, I have come across PMP and PRINCE 2 certified professionals who have detracted far from what is preached by those standards. Some of them may have been restricted in the sense that they need to fit into the corporate culture, but others may just lack the necessary skills (both hard and soft skills) and are just hiding behind those pieces of paper.
Certification may be important, but it is not what defines the person. Ultimately, since IT work usually involves working closely together in teams, such cert-rich but skills-poor people will get exposed and lose their credibility.
I had a favourite pair of light blue shorts when I was younger. Don’t think it was very fashionable but I wore it very often. In fact, I think I wore it every time I had to go down to run errands!
Unfortunately, my Sony Ericsson went kaput on me one day and I had to use one of the spare phones that was available to me: a gold Motorola D&G Limited Edition phone.
Needless to say, I got plenty of ribbing from my friends and colleagues…
In case you somehow missed out on this trilogy of videos and you have the spare time, you really ought to check them out. Hilarious!
The Duck Song I
The Duck Song II
The Duck Song III
Although I like the concept of Test Driven Development (TDD), I have yet to apply it in a corporate context as it might be excessively off the beaten path for management to accept comfortably.
As it will be difficult to explain TDD within 3 paragraphs, I have left it to Wikipedia to do the honours. Basically what it entails is to write the test case first before writing the code that is expected to pass the test case.