50 Shades of Green

So, I made some supper for my daughter. Fruits and a sandwich. Sometimes she might be a bit tired at this hour and act up. Slightly crummy apples, those browns sports on bananas or wrong amount of drink just won’t do then. The routine that follows usually entails diplomacy, arguments, bribes, threats and pretty much anything that would improve the odds for her eating something before she goes to bed. This time the problem was the sandwich, more precisely the butter coverage of it.

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Test Leadership Congress 2019 teaser

So, I got to speak at Test Leadership Congress 2019 next June. As a grim Finn I usually keep my composure, but when I got the mail from the organisers that I was accepted as a speaker, I danced. Getting to speak at conferences is always a tremendous honor and a unique opportunity to share something that might benefit people in their daily struggles. But it is something quite special when the stage is in my absolute favourite city in the world, New York.

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Sir Blom?!

Ok, domain changed to sirblom.com. Capslockholmes.com was clever and all, and I will keep ownership to it, but it had no connection to my actual life. Sir Blom, on top of having certain brand value and nobility to it, is however very connected to my life: It is often and by accident used by those who cannot pronounce my last name (Söderblom) correctly. There are even people in India and China who think that’s my real name. Long story, don’t ask.

So, we’ll go with this for awhile.

PS: Next post will be something sensible. Promise.

Back to work

Ok, back to work. I chose to leave my business aspirations for now and start doing what I love the most, and where I’m most beneficial to people who struggle in the turmoils of digital world: As of today, I coach testing and DevOps in Elisa, the biggest telecom company in Finland. I also try to do some diary work here while at it. Stories about my actual work instead of general smartassery I’ve been prone to practice. Wisdom has started to grow interest on me. Let’s see, if it catches my fast moving ass.

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Mayfly wranglers rule ok!!1

I work in business now. The biggest downside of this is that the distance between me and the things I hold dearest professionally seems to grow with alarming rate. I don’t want to complain about this, but instead I want to share something I’ve learned about this, before I return back into doing what I love.

Business lives from fads. Something that creates temporary and often dramatic movement in the market. The idea of DevOps is a good example. Like the idea of Agile, idea of Lean, or for example Pokemon, Hubba Bubba or those godawful UGG boots for that matter. Why I used the word “idea” instead of just writing DevOps, Agile, Lean, etc? That’s because people have an idea of what for example DevOps is without any intentions to study the history of it or how successful companies and teams have actually applied it. It is something involving development and operations, right? Perhaps some containers? Oh, someone said CI/CD? Jenkins? It’s like new Agile, right? Well, no. But that’s the idea business usually has about DevOps and that’s the level business usually talks about it. Business seeks understanding to the extent of economical feasibility and leaves it there. “Can we sell this?” is often asked. ROIs, break even points, pricing adjustments. If it gets any more complicated than that, business loses its interest. DevOps is tolerated by business as long as it brings meat on the table.

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The gravity of kindness

Have you ever met a person who is so good at her/his job, that she/he seems to solve all your problems? In my line of profession these magic makers are of technical sort and usually titled as developers, sysadmins, testers, architects, etc. They can code you something, give you access to crucial places, provide valuable information, draw you a bigger picture, etc. in the crossfire of people who expect a heap of things from you. I couldn’t do my job without these people. And where as they are not only very skilled individuals, they are also often very helpful. Very kind. To a point.

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So, where were we?

Since the last post at The Adventures Of Space Monkey A LOT has happened. At that time I worked in Telia where I tried to breathe life into their testing operations. The better I got in my job, the more aware Telia became of the challenges it needs to meet in order to function properly in modern technology market. But there was no one to help them before these challenges…

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