Reading… becoming wiser…

Here are some recommended links from my reading history for the past week..

  1. This link is a detailed treatise by Kaner on selecting testers which resonates with my thinking. I had written earlier about building a team where I wrote about my thoughts on recruiting them right.
  2. I have always believed that empathy is a vital characteristic for leaders in today’s fast moving and complex world. This  post says that “Rules can be helpful in determining what we should and shouldn’t do, but we must depend on something else when rules fall short. You could call it a conscience or a moral compass. Whatever you call it, it affects how you choose to behave towards other human beings and it is affected by your ability to empathize with others.” In another place and in context of caring leadership it says that “we see people who don’t have empathy as jerks, and we don’t like to follow jerks”. Could not have been better expressed.
  3. Here are couple of video links on Agile Methodology. Brian Marick talks about 4 Challenges and 5 Guiding Values of Agile Software Development and Tamara Sulaiman speaks on Tips And Techniques For Implementing An Agile Program Across Distributed Teams.  Good stuff this..
  4. Pancreatic Cancer is sometimes called a “silent killer” because early pancreatic cancer often does not cause symptoms, and the later symptoms are usually non-specific and varied. Therefore, pancreatic cancer is often not diagnosed until it is advanced. Common symptoms include:
    * Pain in the upper abdomen that typically radiates to the back
    * Loss of appetite and/or nausea and vomiting
    * Painless jaundice (yellow skin/eyes, dark urine)…
    * Significant weight loss
    * Diabetes mellitus, or elevated blood sugar levels.  etc.   More of this at Wikipedia.

    Now watch this video  or better still read the book ‘The Last Lecture’ by Randy Pausch. The video is a lecture he gave at the Oprah show. See and read and pick up the threads. It will make us better. Randy died of Pancreatic Cancer.


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