Hi there! It’s about a month now since I posted here. Last one month had been very busy with frequent client interactions, deliverables, performance discussions (ahem!) and what not! I had a couple of weekends where I worked more than 40 hours and I realized the importance of sleep first hand! Number of incidents happened in the past month – some of which I will blog about in the coming days and some more which I wish I could blog. But I wanted to post couple of quick life lessons that my boss preached me casually in good intentions.

Managing expectations

We have heard this number of times. The projects are about managing expectations as much, if not more, as technical work. My boss explained this with simple example. You are supposed to deliver something on Friday. You work heads-down the whole week and on Friday, you say you need one more week. This puts people off. In another scenario, you inform on Monday itself that you can’t deliver this by Friday and need one more week, people think you have the issues under control and appreciate it. Basically, the amount of work you do through the week is the same. The fact that you are not going to deliver on time stays the same. Just because you managed the expectations well in advance, people think highly of you instead of getting pissed off. Absolute truth. I am thinking I should tell the  government right away that I wont be able to pay the taxes next year!

Clean the poop

One of my pet peeves is doing documentation work. As much as I love to write, I hate documentation. May be because they have structure and purpose. During a casual chat I told my boss that doing a documentation work puts me off. So boss started explaining nicely. When you have a baby,  poop is inevitable. But if you clean the poop, the baby is awesome. So get the poop cleaned out from your task list. Hey, that’s brilliant. It took me minute to understand the metaphor. Before my brain processed this completely, it prematurely started thinking of cleaning the baby’s poop using the documentation. Close shave!

More to come! Hope I keep coming back to post and catch up on some reading! Cheers!