I don’t regularly check how many readers I have and I was baffled by the sudden increase in popularity. This is a thank you post to all my readers.
Common goals bring us closer together whereas individual goals drive division.
Lately, I’ve noticed that I have less and less free time. That got me thinking of all the tasks on my to-do list and how they fall into two categories: the ones I have to do and the ones I want to do.
After more than 3 years working consultancy at Realdolmen, I spent my last working day there on 31st of December 2016. Realdolmen was a very good employer and gave me great opportunities to learn and grow. Unfortunately, that also means that opportunities present themselves that are just too good to pass up.
A while ago, the team asked who took the decision to use a certain pattern on how a custom configuration was implemented. As that happened weeks or even months ago, nobody could remember taking that decision. That got me thinking about when I take a decision versus when I know something for certain.
It surprises me how impatient and aggressive people are these days. I noticed several incidents in the past few weeks and wanted to talk about them.
A little while ago I learned an important lesson: lack of goals in a project can lead to stress. Yes, not only can goals cause stress, apparently, they can take a part of it away too.
Do I know or did I just take a decision
A little while ago, my teamlead spoke to me about my performance on the team. He (and the rest of the team) is happy with the work I do. There was a case he pointed out where I took a decision where it wasn’t my call to make. Now that I think back on it, he was right. I took a decision to implement an object in a certain way that later confronted a colleague with a small bug. When the classes are used independently they are technically correct, but due to the interaction between them, a bug arose.
This confronted me with the subtle difference between knowing something and deciding something. It happens in a fraction of a second inside my brain, but it can have consequences to the rest of the team, without me giving it some thought. I have to be a little more mindful of when I take a decision, compared to when I know something with a 100% certainty.