An open letter to testers and managers
Task prioritization 101: Urgent vs Important
I was going over my old blog posts and I came across one I wrote early in my career when I was a QA (see below).
As the saying goes, “Life Is What Happens to You While You're Busy Making Other Plans“.
Sometimes it’s easy to focus on the short term to make ends meet. And before you know it you are stuck in working in an industry you don’t care about. In a job that no longer interests you. In a low risk/low reward golden cage. When that happens remember that everyone is born for greatness, and that each is truly unique in his/her own way.
So keep learning and growing, never settle, and keep pushing yourself to the limits. And above all, find your passion. Life is too short to waste implementing someone else’s dreams/vision.
WTF is SCRUM
There is no way around it, we live in an era where we are bombarded with information on a daily basis. And as one climbs up the chain of command, the more responsibility and decisions he/she has to take into account. And this brings an even bigger load of information to process.
Learning how to prioritize and remaining focused (especially in chaos and when the team needs you to keep your head) is a very important skill to have. And will be the difference of you having a proper work/life balance. Or working overtime and weekends and having an endless series of fires to put out.
There is a never-ending debate in Software/Product Development circles on which agile methodology is better. Some defend SCRUM to their last breath. Others vouch that Kanban is the way to go. Some claim that a mixture of both, ScrumBan, is a perfect middle ground. While a bunch of people think that all these are just fads, and in practice are just extra fluff to traditional Waterfall.
Tips to help you manage your tasks
When designing a product, it might be helpful to imagine what would happen if a drunk tried to use it. Will he be able to complete a flow without any issues? How much time will it take him?
This is important not because drunks are your main target audience (unless you are selling smart beer mugs). But because you should strive to create products that are straightforward and with great UX, that even drunks can easily use.
Quick tips before you get started on your first game
Regardless of which field or position you currently occupy, time management is an important skill to have. Without properly managing your time, day to day activities will become a series of fires you need to put out, while you slowly burn out.
In this post we will list some tips that might help you better manage your daily tasks and increase your productivity
“I love games and I want to make them for a living, but I don’t know where to start. How can I become a game developer?”
I’ve been asked the above question (or a variant of it) several times. So after replying to a bunch of them, I decided to write a small blog post on the subject.