Friday, September 12, 2008

What I Did Today

I've been thinking lately about tactics versus strategy, about getting through the day and the pile of "gotta do it now" versus the long-term changes we'd really like to make. On a separate note, I have been thinking about treating QA projects like development projects, and chunking them up intelligently. On top of all that, there's estimates, and how much time we should spend estimating versus just saying, "this is the most important thing we have to do now, so let's go do it.".

All of these things are about balance. They're about finding the mean that gets the most people happiest the quickest. In the end, I think it boils down to one small philosophy:

Every day, leave working having made one thing better.

I'm a fan of small philosophies. They're attainable, they're simple. You don't have to spend a lot of time selling people on your grandiose vision. It's just your contribution to your world - one small day at a time.

So every day, I go into the office. I go to meetings. I deal with bugs and fires. I test things.

And in that quiet time at the end of the day, I ask myself what one thing I made better today.

In the end, that adds up. And I can do it every single day.

So change your world with me, one small day at a time.

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