If you’re tight on resources, but have the luxury of some time, be sure to examine problems calmly and iteratively. The easiest solution is unlikely to be the most resourceful and it’s okay to move in stages towards the ideal. Becoming disheartened because I couldn’t accomplish what I wanted quickly, or even on just the first pass, was very common for me. Once disheartened I’d … Continue reading Calm examination of the problem
I’m a big fan of having as many options as possible. Not in the supermarket – but in how to move forward in life. At the moment though, I’m uncharacteristically thinking the opposite about my small business. We all have a finite amount of time and one way forward will preclude going the other way as quickly. It’s rare that two paths fully overlap, except … Continue reading Should you close that door?
Or perhaps you just don’t know how it’s going to work out, which is not quite the same thing. When in a holding pattern – between jobs; pushing for major change; expecting results; needing approval – it won’t be clear what’s going to happen next. It might feel like you don’t know what you’re doing, but you’re looking further than you can see and overlooking … Continue reading You don’t know what you’re doing
If it wasn’t for bad luck, or for hard work back in the day. My beloved, due to circumstances no-one would ask for, hasn’t enjoyed a traditional career and is currently battling to find ‘regular’ employment. A very talented and creative person, they consider this unfair as there are many roles they could do exceptionally well, but just don’t have a track record of. I’ve … Continue reading I wouldn’t have no luck at all
A recent blog crush of mine, Dan Callum,, wrote about ‘under the weather routines‘ today and I’d been thinking about something similar. When emotionally in need of a freshen-up but there isn’t the time or facilities to have a proper clean, just brushing your teeth is a big help. I’ve found this when I’m at home, when I’ve been ‘in the field’ with the armed … Continue reading Feeling grubby
My beloved has, I often think, a problem mindset. Where I gravitate towards solutions, they are quick to point out issues without offering (or even thinking about) how to solve them. This can be very frustrating and I’ve tried to nudge change around this in the past. When I step back from the irritation of feeling blocked, slowed or pointedly questioned, I can see the … Continue reading The problem mindset
In software development, assumptions cause a lot of issues. Particularly when they’re quite speculative and not tested until as early as is practicable. Re-work or deadline extensions follow, inevitably. Sometimes the reverse is true, in life as well as in software. We thought something was needed or complicated that turns out not to be, and this pleasant surprise (unless profiteering on hourly work) leads to … Continue reading Untested assumptions