Someone asked me this recently: You have 2 options: Work with a good boss, but the work is some boring stuff, or work on some interesting project, but the boss is not good. Which one would you choose? My mind jumped to all the boss-work combinations possible, see the picture. If I make this a … Continue reading Career Choice: Good boss or Good work?
Recently, I had an opportunity to meet many test engineers from a large IT services company. These were 0-5 years experienced engineers. Here are a few comments I heard multiple times: "I am in performance testing and I don't know about manual testing" "I only write automation scripts (execution and reporting is done by other … Continue reading Slicing Roles, Stifling Careers
This is the final post in the series about Organization Politics. In the first post Organization Politics – Truth or Myth, we presented some examples of situations which might be termed 'political' and proceeded to analyze these situations in more detail in the next post Organization Politics – Anatomy of Office Politics. In the last … Continue reading Organization Politics – Tactics and other takeaways
This is a post in the series about Organization Politics. In the first post Organization Politics – Truth or Myth, we presented some examples of situations which might be termed 'political' and proceeded to analyze these situations in more detail in the next post Organization Politics – Anatomy of Office Politics. In this post, we … Continue reading Organization Politics – Dealing with Politics
Giving feedback is one of the most important tools for career growth. It may be easy to do, but hard to do well. Here we are talking about feedback that is delivered face to face. A feedback can be of two types: Solicited - You are asked by the receiver to give them feedback. Unsolicited … Continue reading Giving Feedback Effectively
Career Matters Career matters, good career matters greatly. Right perspective about your career can make a big difference to your career growth. While there can't be an absolute 'right' model to think about careers, there can be multiple. Consider Sid who works in Awesomely Creative Enterprise (ACE). There are 2 ways Sid can think about … Continue reading Your Career, Your Business
As Indians, traditionally we have taken very algorithmic approach to careers: our marks determine the college we are supposed to pick, family and friends determine the current hot areas of careers that should be pursued and externally controlled parameters (like performance reviews, what does my manager think, etc.) tend to shape our view of our … Continue reading Be the CEO of your career